If you’re getting ready to plan a trip to the beautiful country of Cuba, there are some things you should know before you pack your bags and book your flight. Cuba is a beautiful, vibrant place for tourists to go to get a taste of amazing Cuban food, music, and culture. Make the most of your Cuban experience by planning in advance so you know where to go and what to do during your stay.
Know What You Can Afford
Cuba is a very affordable tourist destination. In fact, most people can get by with under $100 each day. However, those costs can vary heavily depending on what type of tourist experience you want to have while you’re there. If you’re looking for an eco-minded stay that allows you to see the sights while mingling with the locals, then you should be able to get by with a modest budget. However, if you’re planning to stay in the height of luxury and dine at the best restaurants that Cuba has to offer, then you should consider putting away a larger budget before you go, or you could end up with a bit of sticker shock when you arrive.
When to Visit
Are your travel plans flexible? If so, then you may want to take some time to decide what is the best time of year for you to visit Cuba. If you’re truly interested in a tropical destination, then you won’t be disappointed because Cuba has temperatures in the 70s and 80s all year round. If, however, you want to avoid the rainy season so you can truly enjoy fun in the sun, then your best time to visit Cuba is anywhere between December and May when the overall climate is a bit milder and drier than the rest of the year and hurricanes aren’t as big of a threat. If rain isn’t an issue for you and you’d prefer to avoid large crowds of other tourists, then you may want to consider visiting during the off-season, which tends to run from April-May and again in November. Regardless of your choice, Cuba is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year.
Where to Stay
After you’ve decided when you’d like to visit, your next major consideration is where you should stay. There are several Hotels in central Havana that you can book for your trip regardless of when you want to visit and what your budget is. Several hotels are family friendly, so you don’t have to worry if you’re traveling with children. Others cater more to adults and may not be as enjoyable for young children. The type of stay you book really depends on the type of experience you’re looking for, so take some time to decide before you move forward with booking. Whether you’re staying in the Iberostar Parque Central or with some locals, you won’t be disappointed with the accommodations that Cuba has to offer.
To make your stay easier, you should decide how you plan to get around once you get to Cuba. There are several travel options that are inexpensive, such as using the bus. They’re comfortable and affordable but tend to fill up quickly, so if you decide to go that route then you’ll want to book your tickets in advance to be sure you have a seat. If you’d prefer a more private experience there are always taxis available, but you want to be careful when using a taxi if you don’t know Spanish or you could run into some issues with getting to the correct destination. You’re also welcome to rent a car while you’re in Cuba, but it isn’t always easy to do, so if you do decide to go that route, give yourself plenty of time to line up a rental so you don’t end up without transportation once you arrive.
Things to Do
There are plenty of things to do while you’re in Cuba, so you should never worry about being bored. There are activities for all interests, whether you’d like to do some sightseeing to take in Cuba’s rich history, relax on their beautiful beaches, or do some shopping. You can also find guided tours so you can take in as much of the culture as possible from local experts without missing anything. Try to give yourself some free time as well to just explore the sights and take in everything Cuba has to offer.
After you’ve done your research and planned out what experience you’d like to have in Cuba, it’s time to book your trip and pack your bags. You should be all set for an exciting experience in the beautiful country of Cuba!