Cuba has a number of airports, both international and domestic. You can fly to a good amount of the aiports depending on the country where you depart from.
Most of the shops are open between 08.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 19.00 hrs. from Monday to Saturday. Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 08.30 – 14.30 hrs. Post offices open from Monday to Friday and have mostly the same hours as the shops.
Moderate Tropical, with just two seasons: the rainy season, from May through October, and the dry season, from November through April. The average year-round humidity is 80 percent, and average rainfall, 1500 millimeters. January is the coldest month and together with December also the driest. The highest temperatures in Cuba are in July and August, but the trade winds provide a cooling breeze. Water temperatures along the coast are almost always warm, ranging between 25° and 28° Celsius. Ideal for swimming and/or scuba diving. The last few years Cuba has been hit by some hurricanes, our experience is that tourists at that time in Cuba have the utmost priority to keep them in safe places and they are well taken care off by the government.
Light summer clothes are sufficient – linen/cotton. For the evening you might need a sweater. Restaurants may have the air-conditioning high at night, so do not forget to bring your sweater. Dress is normally informal. If you visit a show or special occasion consult your hotel desk for the appropriate clothing.
Cuba has a network of telephone services which guarantee direct communication with any other part of the world and within its own territory.
Calling to Cuba: To call directly to Cuba you would have to dial the country code for Cuba (53) then the area code for the province you want followed by the telephone number you want. For a detailed list of area codes you can click HERE
Calling from Cuba: The best thing to do is buy a telephone card and make your call from a telephone booth. Calling from your hotel room is expensive. Telephone cards are mostly sold at the post-office and sometimes at your hotel-desk. In some areas you can use your mobile phone (T Mobile/KPN), for rates you should check with your local provider. Inform the people at home that reaching Cuba by phone might be very difficult sometimes. Internet is provided in special internet cafes and in big hotels.
In general, Cubans have a high cultural level, which makes them more talkative and sensitive. Various cultural manifestations such as literature, painting, movies ballet and modern dance have achieved great development in Cuba, and several Cubans in in these fields have attained world acclaim. Cuba has 265 museums, over 100 art galleries, around 70 theaters, 120 publishing houses, 354 public libraries, 315 community centers, 46 schools of art and an international film school located in San Antonio de los Baños, Havana Province.
Since November 2004 US dollars are not accepted anymore in Cuba. Instead of the US dollars tourists use the CUC (peso convertible for tourists). The locals use the Cuban Peso. We advise you to bring Euros and change them at local banks, casa de cambio “Cadeca” or at your hotel. If you change dollars in Cuba a 10% commission will be charged. Consult your bank for the daily exchange rate. For 1 Euro you will get the USD daily exchange rate in CUC. Before you leave the country we advise you to change back the left CUC to Euros or USD. In some parts of Cuba (Varadero, Cayo Coco) you can pay with Euros.
You can also use your credit card at the bank to withdraw money (Visa/MasterCard/Euro card not from an American bank). American Express and Diners Club are not accepted. Traveler cheques from Thomas Cook are the only travelers cheques accepted in Cuba. In Cuba you cannot withdraw money from the ATM.
The following may be brought in to Cuba duty free:
Prohibited are TV sets, radios, arms and ammunition, narcotics and pornographic magazines or products, fresh fruit, meats and vegetables and animals.
The following may be taken out of Cuba:
50 cigars (for more you would need to present the bill of sale) If you want to take more than $2000,- worth, we advise you to purchase them in of the establishments designated for this purpose by the Habanos, S.A. company
If you want to take works of art or antiques, you must get permission from the National Registry of Cultural Assets of the Heritage Department of the Ministry of Culture.
If you want to take gold and/or silver, you must obtain the authorization of the National Bank of Cuba.
Cuba is excellent for snorkeling and diving. Many hotels offer dive courses from qualified instructors. Experience the crystal blue sea and make that dive. Snorkeling/dive equipment can be rented at the hotel or might be included in your stay (All Inclusive hotels).
In case of emergency (car accident/robbery/theft etc.) contact our local representative immediately and always report to the police and your hotel desk. You will need official papers to claim your insurance company.
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