Wow! What an experience Cuba was! I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some incredible places, but nothing compares to Cuba and the way it makes you feel when you arrive! I have so much to share with you guys from what to expect, what to do, where to stay, where to eat, etc. So, I am breaking this up into multiple parts! In this blog post, I will be sharing my personal experience and some information you will need to know, and then in the upcoming blog posts, I will get more specific and talk about my recommendations and itinerary I recommend.
We arrived in Cuba Friday evening and left Wednesday morning. So we were there for a total of 5 nights. I do not recommend spending more than 5 days in Cuba, you can see everything you want in 5 days or less. Before coming here I knew Cuba was a poor country, but it is a POOR country. It is actually a third world country, and some consider it poorer that Mexico or South Africa. But don’t let that scare you at all, Cuba is still stunning, and the culture is what really makes the city so authentic!
Cuba is very safe, the citizens are not allowed to have guns, only the police officers, and even they can’t fire their weapons on civilians! So, you will be fine roaming around the streets at night, but as always, still make sure you don’t put yourself in any unsafe positions.
I like to sum up the way Cuba makes you feel by saying it is like you are continuously in a movie. It does not feel like real life, rather this magical time warp world you have just entered. You truly feel like you are living in the past and it is the coolest thing in the world!!!!!
If you wonder, “Is Cuba really what it looks like in all the pictures?”, I have the answer! YES!! The second we left the airport, all you see driving around are old fashion cars like the ones from the picture above. And I mean everywhere, there are no Mercedes, Toyotas, Teslas, Hondas, whatever. All they have are 52′ Chevys, 56′ Buicks, and so much more! I’m not even that into cars, but I was mesmerized by all the convertibles. All taxis are these old fashioned cars, so you will get plenty of chances to ride in some of these!
Cubans are clearly known for their cigars, and yes I tried one and it was amazing ( I will share what brands are great later on)! But they are also known for their alcohol! They have fabulous rum, but they also specialize in mojitos, daiquiris, and piña coladas! Seriously, by far the best daiquiris and mojitos I have ever had in my life. On my post about where to eat, I will also list all the places to get fabulous drinks! We also went to this rum factory that made the best coffee-rum drinks ever and the barista does this awesome trick where he sets the drink on fire! But I will share more about that later!
Just a little info, Cuba has little to no wifi, so expect to be off your phone for a while. But honestly, it is kind of nice because you just really immerse yourself in the trip. Another note, you can only use cash in Cuba. Credit cards are not accepted nor can you use them anywhere, because the Cuban people do not have credit cards or ATMs! You must bring a lot of cash to exchange. You can do it when you get to the airport in Havana, and if you find yourself running low on CUCs (their tourist currency, Pesos are for the locals), you can exchange your USD for more CUCs at their stands in Havana. Cuba isn’t necessarily expensive, but you definitely go through a lot of money on food and taxis.
I really cannot stress enough how life changing this trip was. Everyone is so friendly, and the locals enjoy having tourist come, because it allows them to make a lot of money. Know, it helps if you know Spanish, but my parents and I do not speak a word of english and got around finely. Make sure to come back, because I will be posting the next part about Cuba shortly! To make sure you don’t miss out, follow me on my Instagram to stay up to date on all my posts! I will also post about what airline, Airbnb, travel agency, and how to get the travel visa in my next post so stay tuned!!!
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