How to plan your holiday in Cuba
A short guide to make your holiday in Cuba stress-free.
By Cesar Suarez
Updated on October 7th 2018
Reading Time: 5 minutes
So you have decided to go on a holiday in Cuba, great! Planning a trip like this can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you haven’t been there yet. Plus, it can happen that all the information you find is a bit contradictory. With that in mind, I have decided to write this material. I aim to provide you, whether you are one of our clients or not, with a short “handbook”. The tips and advice you will find here should help you make your holiday in Cuba memorable and easy to plan. If you have some more general questions, I advice you to read our FAQ blog. You can contact us with any inquiries you might have.
Decide the length of your holiday in Cuba
Once you have decided to come and you already have thought of a date to do it, the next step is to determine how long your trip should be. The amount of days depends on many factors, for example, the kind of interests you might have.
If you are just curious about our beautiful island and wish to see the highlights, then you could have your holiday in Cuba for over one or two weeks. With one week you will only be able to cover the western and maybe some of the center of the country. If you are open to put some more days into your trip, then you could also see the east and make your experience much more complete.
If you are looking for something specific, let’s say you wish to learn salsa, then you should spend over 20 days. That way, you have enough time to practice, go out in the evenings for a dance and discover all of those amazing places that should be part of your holiday in Cuba.
Either way, you can always contact us and let us know what you have in mind and what your passions are. We’ll be more than happy to design a unique itinerary for your holiday in Cuba that adjusts to your demands.
How to get here
There are, basically, two ways in which you can come to Cuba. First, you can take a flight to any of the airports in the island. Ideally, that flight goes to Havana, which is a great way to start your holiday in Cuba. Second, you could take a cruise that has Cuba as one of the destinations. The downside is you won’t be able to see and taste the real Cuba. Your experience of it will be restricted to some touristic areas and a generic mainstream holiday package.
So I would recommend you to buy a plane ticket and start planing your holiday from there. Which leave us to…
Planing your holiday in Cuba
You already have an idea of when and for how long you would like this trip to go. Next step would be organizing an itinerary to decide how to spend those days. Unless, of course, you are one of those adventurers who prefer to go their own way and decide to plan each day at the time. If that’s the case, then it would be a good idea to make sure you have enough internet cards (more info in our FAQ blog). That way, you’ll be able book some excursions at least one day in advance.
Maybe you prefer things to go smooth and not having to worry about the small details. That being the case, your best option would be one of our private tours. One of the many advantages is you get your own private guide. He/she will make your holiday in Cuba so much easier and relaxed. Plus, you will be able to get to those places and events only locals know about.
Packing your things
The time has come for you to pack your bag and come. The questions arises: What should you bring? The answer to that depends a lot on your personal preferences, but there are some things you should not miss. First, I recommend you to have a read at our FAQ blog. You’ll find useful information to help you decide some of the basic things. It will also give you an idea on things to include in your travel bag.
Regardless of the time of the year, you can almost sure wear shorts and t-shirts everyday. It would be a wise idea to include a pair of pants and a shirt, just in case you go to any place demanding some kind of etiquette. You could include, just in case, a sweater. You might need it on the plane and use it in the odd scenario of a cold day in Cuba. The sun is especially hot in our beautiful country, so bringing sunscreen is a very good idea. If you have planed to spend some time in an area near the sea, it might be wise to bring some repellent in case there are any mosquitoes.
Make sure to bring enough cash, don’t put all of your hopes in a credit card working, they usually do, but it can give you a surprise. If you want more information have a look at the blog I mentioned before. You could bring a photocopy of your passport or send it to us to use when checking in at your accommodations. That way, you don’t have to waste any time on that process. If you have questions in what to bring or not, don’t hesitate to ask us. We’ll be very happy to help you plan your holiday in Cuba.