Visiting Cuba for the first time can be a little confusing and more if you do not speak Spanish. When you get off the plane your first impression will be received by several taxi drivers offering their services. If your destination is Havana you should not pay more than $20 cucs. But, what are the Cucs? In Cuba you can use two types of currency
- Cuban pesos: That is the type of currency used by the locals.
-Cucs (Cuban convertible pesos): They are the weights that have more value, they are almost on par of the American dollars.
My recommendation is to buy Euros and from there go to the exchange house that is at the entrance of the airport and exchange Euros for Cucs. You will receive more cucs for Euros than for Dollars .. There are two exchange houses departing from the airport one on each side.
-Where to stay: There is always the option of staying in a Hotel but I recommend you to stay in a "Private House" or Airbnb to have a better Cuabana experience.
-Wifi: The internet in Cuba is very limited and nobody has private Wifi like where you live. The only places where there are connections are in some public parks, you will recognize them as you will see groups of people on their phones and computers. But the wifi is not free, you have to buy Wifi Cards that are worth 2 cucs and last an hour per card. Where to compare the Cards? You can order them with the person in charge of "Casa Particular" or you will find people in the street selling them for $ 3 or $ 4 cucs each. It's the way they make a little extra money. You can also buy cards at the Hotels.
-Tips or Propinas: Several restaurants or bars automatically charge a 10% tip. Not all, so always have to be. Remember that Cubans only make about 25 dollars a month. So it's always good to be able to help them by leaving a fair tip.
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