Land of salsa, rum and cigars
Christopher Columbus called Cuba the most beautiful country he had ever seen, and that is not for nothing. This fascinating island, the largest of the Caribbean, has a beautiful nature and beaches that are among the most beautiful in the Caribbean. There is certainly more like cigars and the legacy of Fidel Castro.
In recent years, Communist Cuba has been booming as a beach holiday destination. However, the country has much more to offer the visitor than just beach and it is therefore a shame to limit your stay in Cuba to the all-inclusive hotels in Varadero. There are the beautiful colonial cities Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Trinidad, where the streets are defined by colorful buildings and classic American cars.
In addition, the country has a beautiful nature with a very diverse flora and fauna and you will find many sugar cane, coffee, rice and tobacco plantations where time has stood still. And finally there is of course the music that sounds everywhere on the street and the salsa that is danced everywhere. Cuba is the best possible combination of beach, nature, culture and salsa and therefore a perfect destination for a trip or vacation!
Climate type: Tropical climate (Aw)
Av. temp. summer (July-August-September): 29 ° C
Av. temp. winter (January-February-March): 24 ° C
Rainy season: May to October
Best travel time: November to April
Every year on average 1.270 mm of rainfall falls on Cuba. By far the most precipitation (about 1,800 mm) falls in the mountain areas, while in the lowlands between 900 mm and 1,400 mm falls and in the area around Guantánamo Bay only 650 mm.Most precipitation falls during the rainy season in the period from May to October, however, during this period it does not rain all day long, at the end of the afternoon there is usually a heavy downpour usually accompanied by thunderstorms and the rest of the day it’s just dry with plenty of sun. together with the hurricane season in the Caribbean, but most of the hurricanes occur in the period from August to October, although it is the case that years of little / no hurricanes are alternated with active seasons.
Best travel time
The best time to go to Cuba is outside the rainy season, from November to April. Then it is dry and the temperatures are the most pleasant. Travel suppliers to Cuba are for example Baobab , Djoser or look here for the prices of a separate ticket.
Crime in particular makes Cuba, although one of the safest countries in South America, at risk. The electricity is also regularly turned off, which can disrupt the traffic. There are bag thieves active in areas where many tourists come. Tropical storms can occur from June to October.
Always check the latest travel advice from Foreign Affairs before departure .
For your trip to Cuba you need:
– Valid passport, minimum valid until after departure from Cuba, better still half a year
– Proof of health insurance
You need a visa for your trip to Cuba. If you book an organized trip, the travel organization arranges that for you, you will get a Tajeta del Turista (tourist card). Otherwise you can get a visa request to the Cuban consulate in Rotterdam. A visa for 30 days costs 22 euros if you collect it in Rotterdam. If you request it by post, you will receive 25 euro consular costs, plus eight euros for registered mailing. Need extra visa visa Cuba ? Applying for a visa via E-visums.nl costs 29.95 euro. You will receive your visa at home.
Please note: the visa requirements can change quickly, always check the most current state of affairs on the embassy’s website !
When you travel to Cuba you have to think twice about the way you take your money. Dutch giro and bank cards can not be used in Cuba. Credit cards affiliated to American banks and dollar traveler checks are refused. The Dutch embassy therefore advises to bring sufficient cash (EURO) to exchange it on the spot in CUC.
There are two official currencies in Cuba, knowing the Cuban peso (CUP), for (in particular) the local population and the Cuban Peso Convertible (CUC) for the foreigners. The Cuban peso is divided into one hundred centavoses is issued in 1, 5 and 20 centavos coins and 1 and 3 pesos and 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos notes and the Cuban Peso Convertible is issued in currencies of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavo and notes of 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 convertible pesos.
Als toerist kan je echter met de peso enkel terecht op straat, als je aan stalletjes iets wil eten, of in sommige staatswinkels.Bij sommige trein- en busstations kan je ook nog met pesos betalen, maar bij de grotere moet je als buitenlander meestal in Peso”s Convertibles betalen. Het aangewezen betaalmiddel op Cuba is voor toeristen dan ook de Peso Convertible. De koers van de peso convertible is gekoppeld aan de US dollars.
In de duurdere hotels kan je soms betalen met in Nederland uitgegeven Visa en Mastercard creditcards. In de meeste steden kunt u met een Visa creditcard ook gebruik maken van bankautomaten (met pincode!), die vaak op straat zijn. Pas daarom bij het pinnen op voor criminelen, die je er willen beroven. Het is niet mogelijk via Western Union of soortgelijke organisaties geld naar Cuba over te maken.
Bekijk hier de huidige koers van de Cubaanse peso convertible.
Nieuwsgierig naar hoe de biljetten van de Cubaanse peso”s convertibles eruit zien? Bekijk dan hier de biljetten van de peso convertible.
Cubaans geld is alleen op Cuba te krijgen. Je kunt in Cuba Euro”s omwisselen in pesos convertibles op de luchthaven in Havana, bij de wat grotere hotels en bij CADECA-wisselkantoren. In de hotels wisselen is over het algemeen duurder dan het wisselen bij wisselkantoren. Ook kun je veelal “zwart” Euro”s omwisselen voor peso”s convertibles. Als je “zwart” peso”s wilt wisselen, doe dat dan bij of via een bekende. Sommige wisselaars op straat zijn namelijk in overheidsdienst en je kan een boete krijgen van duizend dollar.
Pinnen met je pinpas met Maestro- of Cirrus-logo is in Cuba niet mogelijk.
Bij touroperators, hotels, restaurants, autohuur kun je veelal met creditcards betalen, mits het geen creditcards zijn van Amerikaanse origine, zoals American Express en Diners Club.
De openingstijden van de banken in Cuba zijn per bank nogal verschillend, maar de meeste banken zijn geopend van maandag tot en met vrijdag van 08:30 uur tot 12:00 uur en van 13:30 uur tot 15:00 uur en op zaterdag van 8:30 uur tot 10:30 uur.
The price level in Cuba is quite high, at about the same level as in the Netherlands and Belgium. The articles in shops are almost all imported for the tourists and therefore relatively expensive. Local products such as pizzas, sandwiches, nuts and ice creams, which you can pay on the street in local pesos, are on the other hand very cheap.
The people in Cuba often work for very meager wages and gratuities are particularly appreciated, especially in peso convertible, since certain goods can only be bought in CUC stores and Cubans usually pay their wages in Cuban peso.
The most important annual holidays of Cuba on a fixed day or in a fixed month are:
fixed free New Year’s
Day Days of the Revolution
Day of the War of Independence
All Saints Day
Old Years Day
25, 26 and 27 July
Please note that on these dates banks, shops and government buildings may be closed.
In addition to these national holidays, Cuba has a number of holidays that fall on a different day or in a different month each year.
In Cuba it is 6 hours earlier in the year than in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Check here the current time of other places in Cuba. Get information about traveling through Cuba? Tenzing Travel organizes trips, for example, but on our overview page all providers are listed!
Official language of Cuba
The official language in Cuba is Spanish, which is spoken with a typical Cuban accent.
Other languages in Cuba
In the main tourist centers we also speak English. In addition, it can be difficult to save yourself with English. A Spanish dictionary can therefore be very useful.