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Top 10 Things to Know about Cuba

Thinking of travelling to Cuba. Below are 10 things I learned on my first visit.

  1. Cuba has 2 currencies. The Cuban Peso (that locals use) and the Convertible Cuban Peso that tourists use and it’s exchange rate is based on that of the U.S. Dollar
  2. Expect that getting through customs upon arrival into the country will take you about 2 hours.
  3. Cuban’s are hard-working, kind-hearted and engaging people
  4. A bottle of Cuban Rum costs the same as a large container of Pringles chips.
  5. The temperature in the winter months averages in the mid-20s C and the natives find that cold. (although it was close to 30C when I was there in December)
  6. Cubans still use ration cards for basics such as bread and rice.
  7. Cubans are cautiously optimistic about the future, especially in light of the announcement that the U.S. will be lifting the embargo, but the younger generation still feel that they may have a better life if they lived abroad.
  8. Che Guevara is still a hero to many.
  9. The beaches in Cuba are spectacular (but you probably already knew that). 300 beautifully clean, natural, white sand beaches along 588 km or coastline.
  10. Cuba is a Photographers dream.

Cuba, Havana, street photography, portrait, yellow dress, cigar smoking, travel photography

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36 responses

  1. I went to Cuba in 2007 and had wonderful time! Cuba rocks!

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    January 26, 2015 at 8:07 am

  2. i have wanted to visit cuba forever. i’m a bit closer now – great pics )

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    January 26, 2015 at 8:09 am

  3. Great post. You are not wrong about how long it takes to get past border. It took us 2 hours as well.

    http://Www.thebeautyofwanderlust.org

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    January 26, 2015 at 8:18 am

  4. This is most helpful, thank you!
    Wishing you a great new week,
    Dina

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    January 26, 2015 at 8:29 am

  5. ,,, und die Fingernägel dazu !
    …and fingernails to !

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    January 26, 2015 at 9:03 am

  6. What a colorful lady, very cool portrait!

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    January 26, 2015 at 9:31 am

  7. What a beautiful and colorful photo Edit!

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    January 26, 2015 at 9:49 am

  8. Interesting post and beautiful shot! Good evening!

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    January 26, 2015 at 10:43 am

  9. And how long did it take you to re-enter your home country after the trip?

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    January 26, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    • It took at about 2 hours at the airport in Cuba before getting to our gate. In comparison it only took us about 5 minutes to get through customs in Toronto with our Nexus cards.

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      January 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      • I suspect that the process here wouldn’t be quite as fast :-/

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        January 26, 2015 at 8:52 pm

  10. I agree very much with you. All 10 things are true and useful to know. I just love Cuba, and hope to revisit one day 🙂

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    January 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm

  11. Stunning image, Edith

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    January 27, 2015 at 3:57 am

  12. FAbulous photographs Edith and I’ve learnt a few things about Cuba I didn’t know. A blog post doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂

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    January 27, 2015 at 4:04 am

  13. Like the smoking cigars lady
    fine image

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    January 27, 2015 at 1:58 pm

  14. #10 rules, and this shot is killer, just love it Edith

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    January 27, 2015 at 9:34 pm

  15. LB

    Excellent Photo – what personality!
    The list is great and makes Cuba more than just a story in the news

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    January 28, 2015 at 7:51 am

  16. That’s such a great shot, Edith. Nice, festive color too.

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    January 29, 2015 at 8:57 pm

  17. Len

    Excellent shot Edith along with some learnings for me.

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    January 31, 2015 at 6:16 am

  18. cool!

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    February 1, 2015 at 4:55 pm

  19. I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be able to do that for a while… U.S. citizen with no (currently) valid right to go there.

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    February 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm

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