Written by Kieran

Cuba FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

I get asked a lot of questions about Cuba. Whether it’s airport security, friends, relatives or people who contact me ...

I get asked a lot of questions about Cuba. Whether it’s airport security, friends, relatives or people who contact me through this blog, the questions are always similar. So in this article I’ll try to answer many of the most common questions.

The questions answered on this page will have longer articles explaining the process, mobile apps, tools and skills you’ll need to navigate Cuba and Cuban society. So be sure to follow the links on this page or use the search bar at the top of the page.

Cuba isn’t a place you should visit without conducting thorough research first.

The more you know before you get to Cuba the more fun you’ll have. And you’ll waste less time and money making mistakes if you educate yourself before travelling to Cuba.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Cuba Dangerous?

Violent crime does exist. As it does everywhere else on the planet. Though in Cuba violent crime involving tourists is almost unheard of.

You won’t be robbed at gunpoint in Cuba. Firearms are absent from the island. And it’s probably why all the Canadians flock to Cuba when the Americans go to Canada.

There are no drive-by shootings and school massacres in Cuba. You don’t need to worry about being caught in a crossfire or ducking for cover when you hear a loud bang.

Knives exist and criminals do carry knives. But they will never pull a knife on a tourist. Tourism is the lifeblood of the island. And crimes involving tourists carry harsh penalties. The worst you’ll ever experience from a criminal on the street is perhaps, some bad language.

With that said you do need to be careful where you step in Cuba. Cuba has large pot holes and crumbling infrastructure. If you’re not watching where you walk you could fall into a hole or step in something that will ruin your shoes.

The biggest risk to tourists in Cuba are the roads and sidewalks. Tripping hazards, open manholes or just large holes dropping through the sidewalks into sewers and underground substructures are your biggest threat. Always watch where you’re stepping in Cuba.

Do I Need Health Insurance For Cuba?

You do need health insurance coverage to visit Cuba. Any time you interact with Aduana or visit immigration they will check to ensure you have adequate health insurance covering Cuba.

With that said, I would never travel to Cuba without health insurance that covers emergency medical evacuation. I buy my health insurance from visitorcoverage.com.

Here’s what you need to know about medical insurance for Cuba.

Havana Syndrome – Another Reason For Health Insurance

Havana Syndrome is the name given to a series of anomalous health incidents that were first reported in Havana.

According to the news the US intelligence community has apparently investigated every possible cause. From advanced energy weapons to space aliens.

It’s just another reason to have strong medical coverage when travelling to Cuba. Here’s what you need to know about Havana Syndrome.

Havana Syndrome

Do I need a Visa For Cuba? (Tarjeta Del Turista)

You will need a visa to visit Cuba. This is called a tourist ticket or (Tarjeta Del Turista). All major airlines will sell you the tourist ticket or (Tarjeta Del Turista) on checkin at the airport.

The Cuban tourist visa costs between $20-$25USD depending on where you’re flying to Cuba from.

In the unlikely event that you’re flying on an airline that doesn’t offer the Cuban Tourist Card (Tarjeta Del Turista), you can get it from all travel agencies selling Cuban holidays or from the Cuban embassy in your country of origin.

Always remember to keep this card safe and do not lose it during your stay in Cuba. You will need it to exit the country.

Cuban Tajeta Del Turista also called a Tourist Ticket or Tourist Visa

Best Airlines Flying To Cuba

My favourite airlines flying to Cuba from Europe are Iberia and AirEuropa which is owned by Iberia. AirEuropa is often cheaper and in my experience there’s not much difference between these two airlines when flying to Cuba from Europe.

For all the Canadians reading this, your airlines fly to and from Varadero Cuba. Allowing you to completely skip the USA and go straight to the beach.

For the Americans visiting Cuba from the United States (US), American Airlines has the greatest availability of flights to and from Havana Cuba at the lowest prices.

If you’re not an American citizen or permanent resident, don’t book flights transiting the USA with American Airlines or any other US based airline. This is because you will often need to apply for US transit visa’s to visit Cuba.

US transit visas cost $160USD and are frequently unavailable. Meaning the airlines may not allow you to board your flight at checkin. And you might end up stranded at the airport.

If you’re not an American citizen or permanent resident and you avoid flights transiting the USA, you won’t have a problem with US transit visas when visiting Cuba.

The Best Airline Booking Site For Cuba Is OMIO

OMIO is the airline booking engine I use most often for booking my flights to Cuba. OMIO has all the major airlines and quite often at much cheaper prices than the larger sites.

It’s also a German owned and operated company. OMIO always has correct information on it’s website and OMIO has ultra effective customer service.

Visit OMIO to book your flights or use the widget below to see the prices.

The Worst Airline Booking Site For Cuba Is Trip.com

Trip.com sell all flight to and from Cuba at a large premium. And they will skirt responsibility in the event that they provide incorrect or misleading information on their website.

Trip.com is Chinese owned and its call centres are based in India. It has the worst customer service of any online booking engine selling flights to Cuba.

Here’s my experience using trip.com for flights to and from Cuba. And why I strongly recommend avoiding trip.com.

Do I Need To Cover My Tattoos In Cuba?

You don’t need to cover your tattoos in Cuba. For a good guide on how to determine if you should cover your tattoos while travelling, see my tattoo travel articles on tattoo vagabond.com.

Yet as a foreigner I would recommend covering your tattoos in Cuba. Because your tattoos will give street touts (jineteros) another reason to approach you. And these guys do get annoying.

After the fiftieth approach by a jinetero saying ‘nice tattoos, where are you from?’ or ‘I love your tattoos where did you get them?’ you’ll get sick of having visible tattoos. It’s for this reason I often cover my tattoos in Cuba.

Now, in saying the above I should mention that tattoos are quite common among the Cuban youth. And there are some exceptional tattooists in Cuba. But there are also a lot of terrible scratchers who should not be tattooing anybody.

So if you do decide to get a tattoo in Cuba be careful which artists you choose to use. I recommend talking to tattoo.mania.studio if you want to get a tattoo in Cuba. And follow Cuban tattoo influencer Ailec Olivera.

Are There Scams In Cuba?

Again, scams exist everywhere on the planet. But they are prolific in Cuba. Street touts, taxi drivers, shopkeepers and travel guides will try to overcharge you or outright scam you out of money. But this isn’t all Cubans and should not taint your view of the island.

Instead of worrying about being scammed in Cuba you should educate yourself about the scams that operate here. Start by reading my article on scams in Cuba.

And when here in Cuba remember, if a stranger has approached you and is being overly nice, or is giving you a sad story to make you feel sorry for them in a tourist area, it’s likely a scam.

Cuban’s have a saying, ‘no dar papaya‘. Or don’t give ‘papaya’. Which means don’t give somebody an opportunity to scam you and you won’t be scammed.

The Cuban government for all the negative press it gets, does make some very sensible laws. For example they have made it mandatory for all vendors to display prices. And this stops price gouging and gringo pricing.

If you’re shopping somewhere that doesn’t display its prices you’re likely getting ripped off and it’s not Cuba or the Cuban governments fault. It’s your own fault. Because you haven’t researched and read blogs like this one before coming to Cuba.

Should I Avoid Jineteros And Street Hustlers In Cuba?

You should always avoid dong business with Jineteros in Cuba. The Jineteros are those people who speak some English and walk up to you on the street.

Jineteros are those guys who either start with a compliment like ‘nice tattoos’, a question like ‘where are you from’ or just a ‘hey friend’. These people aren’t your friends and are looking to scam you.

Don’t do business or talk to jineteros. You’ve been warned. They will scam you or try to sell you a money exchange scam, drugs or pimp out their friends, girlfriends, wives or sisters. They’re bad news and you should stay away from them.

Report any jinetero to your host or hotel so they can be arrested if they persist.

Jinetero arrested in Vedado Cuba

Are There Illicit Drugs In Cuba?

There are drugs and drug dealers in Cuba. In fact, I’ve had more people offer to sell me drugs on the street in Cuba than in ColombiaArgentina or elsewhere in Latin America.

Cocaine and marijuana are available on every street corner in Cuba

Here’s what you need to know about drugs in Cuba.

Money And Payment In Cuba

You’ve no doubt read online that Cuba has a dual currency system. Unfortunately the bulk of these articles are out of date and just plain wrong.

Cuba has done away with the CUC. And Cuba now only has the Cuban Peso (CUP) also called Moneda Nacional (MN).

CUP is the only local currency in circulation in cash. All the CUP notes have faces on them as opposed to the old CUC which had famous places.

The MLC dollar is still used in Cuba. But this is electronic money used by locals. And you will not see MLC in circulation. MLC is used by the Cuban Government to suck foreign currency out of the local communities.

What Are the Exchange Rates In Cuba?

Cuba had a dual currency system for about 20 years. There was the CUP, the local currency where the notes had famous individuals on them. And then there was the CUC which was tied to the USD (1:1) and had buildings and landmarks on them.

Now there is only the CUP. Cuba only has the CUP as its single currency. But Cuba does still have two different exchange rates in operation.

There is the ‘official’ exchange rate that you will see on the CADECA website and that all government institutions, banks and exchange offices will give you. And then there is the ‘unofficial’ or ‘blackmarket’ exchange rate.

The unofficial blackmarket exchange rate can be found by looking at https://eltoque.com which aggregates all the prices from WhatsApp and Revolico, providing a mid-market rate.

You’ll never get the exact black market exchange rate shown on eltoque.com but you should get close to it (within 5 CUP). Just be careful who you are exchanging money with. I’d suggest asking your AirBnB host or searching on Revolico for private money changers.

Will My ATM Or Bank Cards Work In Cuba?

Most often your cards will not work in Cuba. Particularly if you’re American or Australian. Some Spanish, Canadian, German and Chinese cards work everywhere. Cards from other countries work less often or not at all.

And in the event your cards did work in Cuba you would will still be better off bringing cash to Cuba. This is because you will get a better exchange rate with cash.

Cuban Pesos CUP

What Currency Should I Take To Cuba?

USD and Euro are the two most popular currencies. And they are the easiest to exchange and result in better exchange rates.

One thing to keep in mind is that government run hotels like the Tryp Hotel Havana Libre do not want USD. Government run establishments have a preference for Euro. Everywhere else prefers USD.

I personally take USD to Cuba. Though I’ve previously brought Euros.

Establishments That Wont Accept Local Currency (CUP)

Even though Cuba’s official currency is the Cuban Peso (CUP) which is also called Moneda Nacional (MN), some government run or affiliated businesses will not accept CUP. They will only accept USD/Euro.

Government owned, operated or partnered businesses only accept foreign currency. And which foreign currency they will accept on any given day can vary.

For example, Tryp Hotel Habana Libre wont accept CUP. In person they will tell you they only accept Euro. But their booking confirmation emails will say that they only accept USD.

The reason that the Cuban Government doesn’t want to be paid in their own currency is that the CUP has no real value. It’s effectively Monopoly money that can only be used in Cuba. And it’s value decreases daily.

In its efforts to be paid in foreign currency, the Cuban Government has moved to ‘dollarize’ important infrastructure and whole tourist zones. Cuba’s airports are dollarized. As are tourist towns like Varadero.

In places like Varadero you can still use the local currency. But you need to find private Cuban businesses. The large hotels and Cuban Government businesses will not accept local currency.

Here’s what you need to know about establishments that won’t accept Cuban currency in Cuba.

Never Pay A Cuban In Advance

You should never pay a Cuban in advance for goods and services. If you do pay in advance they will cut corners, produce substandard work or simply run off with the money.

Here’s everything you need to know about paying Cubans in Cuba.

Should I Tip In Cuba?

Whether or not you should tip in Cuba is personal preference and you should base your decision on the service you’ve received. Tipping was never part of the culture in Cuba.

Tipping or tips in Cuba are just another example of America spreading its way of doing business around the globe. But in America service staff are often poorly paid and educated. Service staff in America need tips to be able to afford to live.

In Cuba the service staff you’ll encounter often earn far more than doctors, nurses, school teachers and lawyers. And it’s a fact of life here in Cuba that the waitresses serving your food are often qualified doctors, nurses, school teachers or lawyers.

Often the pretty waitresses serving you have traded in their professional careers for higher paying jobs serving food to fat, old, American sex tourists.

If somebody goes out of their way to help you, tip them. But make it a decent tip. An amount that is at least equivalent to a can of beer. It might be an Australian thing, but we always say thank you with beer.

If you’re at a restaurant and the bill includes a service charge they have already tipped themselves. Tipping more is entirely optional. Personally I will still tip 10-20% on top when the staff have been exceptional. If their service was bad, I won’t tip.

So decide for yourself if you want to tip someone or not but do not give them coins. I’m speaking to all you Canadians right now.

Cubans can’t exchange your Canadian dollars. Don’t give Cuban’s foreign coins as they can’t do anything with them. It’s a persistent myth that Cubans want Canadian coins as a tip.

Tipping in Cuba

Is Cuba Expensive?

This is subjective. I find the accommodation prices for Airbnb (casa particular) to be on parity with Argentina. And I find that the goods, services and food is only slightly more expensive.

For me as an Australian, Cuba is a relatively inexpensive destination to visit. Particularly now in 2023 when there is only one currency in Cuba. I’ve laid out some of my costs in this article.

Ron Santiago de Cuba

Technology In Cuba – Accessing The Internet And Apps

The most important tip I can give you about Cuba is that you should not arrive in Cuba without a VPN preinstalled on your devices.

With a VPN you can download apps and your device will work just like it does at home. Without a VPN you will not be able to do much online from Cuba.

If you want to use the mobile applications below to get around Cuba and save money, you will need a VPN. Below are the basic questions I get asked about the internet in Cuba.

Do I Need A VPN In Cuba? Don’t Arrive Without A VPN!

Because Cuba is under US sanctions you will find that many websites, airlines, travel booking engines, banks and social media apps do not work in Cuba. They’re blocked by the Americans. And you will need a VPN to access them.

Yet the Apple App Store and Google Play Store are blocked in Cuba. You will need a VPN to access the app stores. And you need to access the app stores to get a VPN. It’s a frustrating circular conundrum.

Do not travel to Cuba without a VPN loaded onto your devices before you get here. You can add a VPN from Cuba but its a much more complex process and I’ve laid out the steps for adding a VPN in blocked countries here.

Personally, I use and recommend NordVPN for Cuba. As NordVPN works on both the cellular and wifi networks and is the fastest and most secure VPN available for Cuba.

But if NordVPN is outside your budget feel free to find whichever VPN suits your needs. Just be sure to have a VPN on your devices before you get to Cuba. And if you don’t heed this warning, don’t message me in a tizzy needing help to install a VPN after arrival in Cuba.


Will Social Media Apps Work In Cuba?

With the exception of the TikTok mobile application all have worked for me without problems when using NordVPN. Yet TikTok is still accessible in Cuba.

You will need to use a VPN and access TikTok through your internet browser or through the app with the phones SIM card removed. All other social media applications and websites will work without fault when using a VPN.

Can I Access Mobile internet In Cuba?

Wifi parks are becoming a thing of the past. Cuba has high speed 4G LTE available with mobile Cubacel SIM cards. And 16Gb of data will set you back 950CUP ($5.75USD) at todays prices.

It’s a myth that foreigners cannot get a local SIM card in Cuba. Just read this article and visit a local ECTECSA store.

What Local Mobile Applications Do I Need?

I’ve written an article about the most important mobile apps for Cuba. But the two I will use most often are La Nave (Cuban Uber) and Mandao (Cuban Uber Eats).

With La Nave you can get anywhere on the island without needing to negotiate prices with taxis. And you will pay less than a quarter of the price you would otherwise end up paying a taxi. Use La Nave for all of your transport needs.

Mandao is very useful for days when its raining or you just want food or alcohol delivered. Need a wood fired pizza and a bottle of wine delivered for Cuban Netflix and chill? Use Mandao.

la Nave in Cuba

Can I Use Uber In Cuba?

There is no ‘Uber’ in Cuba but Cuba does have La Nave. The La Nave mobile app has a similar user interface and feels just like Uber.

Here’s how you can get La Nave and save on transport costs around Cuba.

How To Get To And From The Havana Airport?

n order to get to and from the Havana Airport (José Martí international Airport) you have three (3) main options. Those options are hotel transfer, taxi and La Nave (Cuban Uber).

Let’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Where Should I Stay In Cuba? Hotel or Casa?

This is personal preference. Personally I prefer staying in casa particulars booked though Airbnb. I choose casa particulars over hotels because they’re cheaper and often have better amenities (fridges, coffee machines, 65′ televisions, free wifi).

If you’re American you need to avoid establishments that are run by the Cuban government or are affiliated with the government. But I’m Australian. And the US government can blow me. I’ll stay wherever I want, whenever I want and for as long as I want.

My personal favourite suburb in Havana to rent an AirBnB is Vedado. It’s a clean and quite neighbourhood with all the ammenities you could want. And it’s very close to Old Havana (Habana Vieja) but does not have the noise and terrible smell of Old Havana.

Just avoid the Tryp Hotel Habana Libre. It’s a complete dump with a great view.

Is Cuba A Travel Destination For Foodies? Food In Cuba

Cuba is not a travel destination for foodies. The best food in Cuba is often mediocre at best. And can be downright terrible at its worst. Foodies should skip visiting Cuba.

Here’s everything you need to know about food in Cuba.

Great Breakfast Or Brunch Spot In Havana?

If you’re looking for a nice cafe for breakfast and or brunch, I would recommend visiting Boné Ma in Vedado.

Boné Ma is my go to cafe in Havana. It always has excellent service, safe food that’s guaranteed not to make you sick and the best part, you can get a huge English breakfast with good coffee.

You can locate Boné Ma with google maps here.

Food Tours In Havana Cuba – Avoid Them!

Most food tours are a waste of time and money in Cuba. More often than not you’ll just end up paying for a Cuban’s food and then paying (and tipping) for the privilege.

You can easily find the best restaurants to visit on Google maps. And Google maps is what I use to locate good food in Cuba.

If you are set on paying for a food tour in Havana, check out Havana Food Tours. But be warned, you never know what you might be eating on a food tour or during an ‘authentic’ meal in a Cuban’s home in Havana.

Finca Vista Hermosa – Cuban Farm To Table Restaurant

Finca Vista Hermosa is located just outside Havana in Guanabacoa. It’s a farm to table restaurant specialising in traditional Cuban cuisine. It’s the ultimate foodies day trip from Havana Cuba.

Here’s everything you need to know about Finca Vista Hermosa and how to get there.

Are There laundromats In Cuba?

There are laundry services in Cuba that resemble those present everywhere else in Latin America. You can drop your laundry off at a ‘lavadero‘ and pick it up the next day.

Prices for laundry are either charged by the kilogram or by the number of items depending on which laundry you use. Normally I pay around 400CUP ($2.42USD) for about two weeks worth of laundry.

Does It Get Cold In Cuba?

It can get cold in Cuba. Or at least cold relative to where you’re coming from. With temperatures getting down to 9°c or 48.2°f. 

It feels so cold in Cuba on the few days of winter that Cuba has each year that I’ve been known to layer up just as much as I would in Europe.

Here’s what you need to know about the colder months in Cuba.

Is It Hard To Find Products In Communist Cuba?

The country might be communist but day to day life in Cuba operates in the same way as life everywhere else on the planet. In Cuba money talks and bulls**t walks.

You can buy anything in Cuba that is available elsewhere on the planet. You may need to pay more for some items as they aren’t brought in by large supermarket chains on cargo ships. They’re carried into Cuba by individual Cubans on planes.

Yet when I say that you may need to pay more, things aren’t that expensive. The biggest markups I’ve found are on Apple products sold by the Apple Store in Cuba.

And yes, Cuba has an underground Apple Store modelled on a real Apple Store, replete with life-size posters of Steve Jobs, that operates out of a building’s garage in Havana.

You can literally buy anything in Cuba.

Revolico Is the Cuban Craigslist

If you’re looking for goods and services you cannot find in a store in Cuba, check Revolico. It’s Cuba’s blackmarket craigslist where you can buy all the hard to find items from individual sellers.

Below is an example Youtube video where we bought vape products in Cuba on Revolico. But you can get any hard to find item on Revolico.

Can I Shop For Antiques In Havana Cuba?

You can shop for antiques in Cuba. In houses of suburban Havana, Cuba’s underground antiques dealers hoard artefacts testament to pre-Revolutionary life in Cuba.

Bathtubs full of paintings, rooms filled with silverware and matching china, busts of Stalin thrown in for good measure.

Here’s one Aussies experience of a clandestine antiques market on a nondescript street, in a nondescript house, somewhere in Havana Cuba.

Are There Lines In Cuba?

More often than you’d think you will find yourself standing in a line in Cuba. Cubans have lining up refined down to an art form.

Use Revolico or private markets to avoid lines in Cuba.

Kieran toilet Paper in Havana Cuba

Shortages In Cuba – What Should You Donate In Cuba?

Medicines top the list of items you should carry with you and donate in Cuba. And you needn’t take expensive or hard to come by medicines.

Basic medications are in short supply in Cuba and often command steep prices when sold on Revolico (Cuba’s ‘black market’ Craigslist).

The prices quoted for medications on Revolico are often beyond the ordinary Cuban’s ability to pay, resulting in needless suffering.

See this article for a list of some items you should take to donate in Cuba and how you should go about donating them.

Cheap Or Free Things To Do In Havana And Surrounds?

I’ve previously made a list of 17 free or near free things to do in Havana, Cuba. But with La Nave (Cuban Uber) the list of destinations and places you can visit for next to nothing is exponentially larger.

With La Nave you could visit a finca (farm) like Finca Vista Hermosa:

You could checkout Guanabacoa:

Or you could even head out to Viñales for a much lower price:

Women And Dating In Cuba

There are good girls in Cuba but you’ll be unlikely to meet them if you’re just a short term tourist in Cuba. And if you come to Cuba as a tourist looking for ‘love’ or prostitution you’re not going to find anything but an empty wallet.

For all those old, fat blokes that come to Cuba thinking its filled with mail order brides, think again. If you’re fat and ugly in your own country then you’re fat and ugly in Cuba.

For all those normal lads looking for normal women you will be unlikely to meet a good girl in Cuba until you’ve proven you’re not a sex tourist. You won’t meet normal women at bars, nightclubs, on Tinder or walking up to them on the street.

The way dating works here in Cuba is that a friend or acquaintance will know somebody you would be a match for. And they will take it upon themselves to play cupid once they know you well enough to know you’re not a sex tourist. And that you’re a good guy who will be a good match for their friend or acquaintance.

Once introduced to a good match, love and sex happens quickly in Cuba. Don’t be surprised if she’s coming home with you on the second date. But be a gentleman, pay for dinner and the La Nave and take her somewhere nice that you can actually talk and get know each other.

When actually on a real date with a good girl in Cuba the date will function just like you’d expect in any other society. Be an old fashioned gentleman and open the door for her, pull out her seat, pay for dinner and talk with her.

You also need to keep in mind that even the best Cuban match is going to be a pain to deal with. Dating a Cuban woman in Cuba is a lot like dating a poor version of Disney’s Scrooge McDuck. They’re always after money.

Personally, my advice is don’t date Cubans at all. And instead date Venezuelan women!

Cuban women

Mobile Dating Applications In Cuba (tinder)

Don’t use Tinder in Cuba. Tinder is solely populated by Jineteras in Cuba. These are the Cuban equivalent of a ‘Gold Digger’.

Any women you might end up dating from Tinder in Cuba will be after money. And they will likely be semi-pro prostitutes. You should avoid Tinder in Cuba.

What To Bring As A Gift For Cuban Women?

The myth that Cuban women will sleep with you for trinkets is one that keeps circulating on the internet. And it leads to people frequently sending me weird WhatsApp messages asking what they should ‘bring to Cuba’ as ‘gifts for Cuban women’.

What you should bring to Cuba is easy. I’ve written about it before. You should bring to Cuba the medications outlined in this article. But if you’re just chasing hookers, you should bring cash and lots of it.

Here’s what you need to know about bring to Cuba gifts for Cuban women.

Gifts for Cuban Women

A Useful Cuban Dating Phrase

A Cuban saying you should also be aware of in Cuba is ‘el que no come ni dejar comer‘. Which translates to ‘he who does not eat does not let eat’.

Basically it’s a term used to describe bored women who don’t want to date you but don’t want others to date you. It means you’ve been friend zoned and she’s wasting your time. Kick her ass to the curb (nicely) as there are plenty more fish in the sea.

If your other female friends tell you ‘el que no come ni dejar comer‘ about your crush in Cuba, listen to them. Cuban ladies know other Cuban ladies better than you.

Cuba Is A Mess – Are US Sanctions To Blame?

I’ve travelled across both Iran and Cuba. And I can say that despite sanctions Iran has progressed into a modern society with a rich cultural history. Whereas Cuba is still stuck in the 1960s and is a crumbling mess.

It’s my firm view from visiting both Iran and Cuba that US sanctions aren’t to blame for the current state of Cuba. It’s my view that the communist government is solely to blame for the crumbling mess that Cuba has become.

See my compararisn these two US sanctioned countries, Iran and Cuba, in this article.

Is There Racism In Cuba?

There is no public racism in Cuba. But there is classicism. And classism is far worse than racism and it’s all pervasive in Cuba.

You won’t be able to avoid noticing distinct socioeconomic divides in Cuba. And that these divides typically set those with darker skin at a severe disadvantage to those with lighter skin.

Here’s everything you need to know about racism and classicism in Cuba.

Cuba: The Real Life Westworld

If you’ve never seen the television show Westworld I would suggest watching it before travelling to Cuba. Cuba is the real life Westworld.

When viewed through the lens of Westworld Cuba isn’t your typical tourist destination. Cuba is like a country sized amusement park. A place intended for rich vacationers to go and live out their fantasies.

And no matter how illicit those fantasies may be, there are no consequences for those rich vacationers in Cuba. It’s like stepping into another world where every ‘local’ is a bit player, a sim or a non-player character (NPC) in a large game intended for tourists.

Should I Invest In Cuba?

Investing your hard earned money in Cuba is a bad idea. Investment scams are rife in Cuba. You should not invest in Cuba.

Here’s what you should know if you’re considering investing in Cuba.

Leaving Cuba To Go South Or Renew A Visa?

The cheapest and easiest method to leave Cuba if you’re not American is to take a direct flight to Cancun, Mexico. It’s about $200USD on Aeromar.

If you’re not American you should avoid all US airlines and any flights transiting America. If your flight transits the USA you will need to get a USA visa and will have a very hard time getting one in Cuba.

Also, if you’re going south to visit somewhere like Argentina it makes no sense to go up to Miami or Spain first. So go sideways and hop on a cheap flight out to Cancun.

Just ensure you have your Cuban Tourist Card (Tarjeta Del Turista) when you arrive at the airport for your flight home. If you’ve lost it you’ll have a hard time leaving Cuba and will likely need to pay a fine.