Official Language: Spanish
Currency: Cuban Peso
Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
Est. Population: 11 million
Cruise Port City: Havana
Cuba Travel Tips
Passports are required for U.S. citizens.
The island’s tropical climate averages 77 degrees. As a result, the “dress code” is always “island casual.” Anytime is a great time of the year to travel here. Rainy season is May to October. With its tropical climate, brief showers can occur at anytime.
Credit cards are only accepted, if they are NOT issued by an U.S. bank. Remember to observe the U.S. government restrictions on using U.S. dollars and credit cards. Bring extra cash.
Though Spanish is the official language, English is spoken by some locals.
You can make phone calls at pay phones around the island. Get a local phone card for the best rates.
The U.S. State Department has special requirements for American citizens traveling to Cuba. Review these requirements before making travel arrangements.
Drink bottled water only. Bring sunglasses, a hat and plenty of sunscreen lotion.
Electricity standards are different than in the U.S., so bring an adapter.
Observe the various restrictions on photography.
The major holidays in Cuba are Liberation Day, International Workers’ Day, Day of National Rebellion, Independence Wars Anniversary and Christmas.
The crime rate here is more than most U.S. cities. Visitors should use common sense when out and about.