Cuba is a country with not only a fascinating and often brutal history, but also a country of friendly people, fantastic food and great sandy white beaches. So, there is no wonder that everyone wants to head to Cuba for their holidays.
Before you jet off in search of the relaxing beaches and the unique soviet history of the island, there are a few things that you should probably know before you go, as you may find Cuba is quite a lot different to other tropical islands…
You must have a visa and health insurance, as these are required by the Cuban Government. Make sure you get good travel insurance from a reputable provider who can advise you on what you need, such as these insurance brokers Bristol based Mark Richard.
It is better to bring cash to Cuba, and the best currency to bring is pounds or Euros as there is a charge on exchanging US Dollars. There are some places that will accept card payment, but not all do, and not all cards are accepted, so having cash is much better.
Do not rely on the internet in Cuba – in hotels it is usually expensive, and it is not readily available, so if you are planning on exploring, buy a guidebook with maps before you go.
It is best to bring things like medical supplies (painkillers, insect repellent, sunscreen etc) with you – things like this can be few and far between in Cuba, and tourists are not allowed to shop in some of the places that Cubans can, so it may be expensive or impossible to get your hands on something there.