Cuba travel tips from UK and Canada travellers to US visitors

Posted: 23-Feb-15 11:19

A recent article published on the Huffington Post, by travel deals provider Travelzoo, offers some useful tips for enjoying Cuba, direct from its knowledgeable advisers in its UK and Canada teams.

Cuba travel tips from UK and Canada travellers to US visitors

Thanks to the newly relaxed trade restrictions between the US and Cuba, more and more American travellers are gearing up to visit its Caribbean neighbour. There are still restrictions, however. American visitors have to state which of the 12 official categories they are visiting Cuba under. Although those include "family visits", "support for the Cuban people" and other professional or official business reasons. None of those are "tourism".

According to travel deal provider Travelzoo, Cuba has been the top search term for their UK and Canada-dwelling site users. As it's such a popular destination, their Huffington Post piece offers some tips from Travelzoo advisers in those countries for their American counterparts, from the weather and best time to go and the currencies (Cuba pesos and Cuban convertible pesos), to making the most of Cuba's top tourist destinations.

The article also offers some tips for visitors looking to leave a good impression in Cuba, mainly in the form of tips in money and gifts. US-Cuba trade relations may be thawing, but for everyday Cubans even the simplest items are hard to come by. For your hotel staff, unopened products like below are appreciated:

"…like any items for kids, hair clips, cosmetics (unopened), new toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc."

Of Varadero Beach, one of the advisers says that:

"…most people visiting Varadero just want some much-needed RandR. Without traveling far off the resorts, visitors can find water sports marinas and boating spots, as well as natural landmarks, parks and gardens."

Trinidad in Cuba gets a mention as an essential day trip destination. Another adviser says:

"It's a bit of a trek off the Havana/Varadero track, but it was my favourite spot on the island and a UNESCO World Heritage site."

They added:

"Most nights there's music and dancing on the steps outside Casa de la Musica… afterwards, you can head up the hill to Disco Ayala - a nightclub in a cave."

Old Havana is suggested as a must-see, thanks to its:

"…striking mix of neoclassical and Baroque buildings with a vibrant city centre".


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