CUBA – What To Know
Thanks to restored diplomatic relations in the US, you can now visit this beautiful and fascinating country for yourself. If you’re planning a trip, there are a few things that you’re going to need to know before you travel. There’s also plenty of one of a kind spots that you don’t want to miss while you’re there. Read on to find out more.
Wifi Isn’t a Given
Most people take wifi for granted when they’re on vacation. If you’re planning on finding your way around, you’re going to need to go old school with a guide book. Wifi access is sparse at best in Cuba, and you’ll spend longer just trying to get connected. Some hotels offer it, but you’re better off just saving your Instagram snaps for when you get home.
Brush Up on Your Spanish
If you’re hoping to go off the beaten path, you’re going to need to bust out the Spanish phrasebook. English isn’t that widely spoken outside of Havana, so you’re going to need to know at least some Spanish to get by.
There’s a lot of places in Cuba that won’t take American credit cards, and it’s hard to find an ATM, let alone one that lets you use your card. It’s much easier to take cash with you instead. Be sure to use hotel safes and other tried and trusted tricks to keep it safe.
Places To Check Out In Cuba
- El Floridita: This eatery was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway‘s and there’s lots of memorabilia around if you’re a fan of his work. Well worth stopping in for a bite while you’re there.
- Santiago de Cuba: This town has beautiful restored colonial architecture and an 18th century walking promenade. Perfect if you want to take in some of the country’s history.
- Zapata Peninsula: This biosphere is teeming with local wildlife and an abundance of history. The coral reef is perfect for scuba diving, and the area offers two museums commemorating the Bay of Pigs invasion, as it happened on ‘La Victoria’ as it’s known locally.
- Holguin: This city has something for everyone. The white sand beaches are the best place to take in the sun, while history buffs can explore the town’s abundance of museums.
- Baracoa: This is known as Cuba’s oldest settlement, and it’s been preserved to look the same as it did hundreds of years ago. Independent travellers have been discovering this gem for a while now, and there’s lots to explore while you’re there.
- Vinales: If you love a cigar, you need to visit Vinales. This tiny town grows tobacco for the most revered brands round. Take a hike through the tobacco fields and hit the Cuban dance club while you’re there.
Cuba is a stunning country, full of hidden treasures. Make sure you explore as much as you can, as much of what makes it special is tucked away. With a little savvy, you can see a huge amount of what Cuba has to offer.
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