How to Plan a Perfect Trip to Cuba

Martin William

The largest and undoubtedly the most unique travel destination in the Caribbean, Cuba, is a hallmark of historical landmarks, cultural prowess, colorful cities, and natural landscapes. Only recently, Cuba has surfaced as a popular travel destination as it is becoming one of the most visited places in the world. Going to Cuba is on the bucket list of many people, but not all of them seem to get close to visiting it. Where it is true that planning a trip to Cuba is not that easy as it still has a long way to go if it wants to become a perfect tourist destination. But, there are certain ways to make your trip perfect such as:

Booking a Flight to Cuba

Your first order of business should be to look for the best flight deals to Cuba. There are many major cities that are offering direct flights to Cuba now. If you want to visit Cuba, you need to have a passport that is valid for at least a month after your date of departure. If you are traveling as a tourist, you are going to need a visa, which is called a “tourist card,” and proof that you are going to go back in the form of a return ticket. Furthermore, every traveler who is going on a trip to Cuba requires some sort of health insurance. Once you land at the airport, you will be asked to provide evidence that you are covered.

When to Go and Where to Go

With its tropical climate, Cuba is the perfect place to visit in the summers. The temperatures can drop to 12 degrees and jump as high as 35 degrees. The hottest month in Cuba is August, whereas January is the coldest. So, you will need to plan your trip around that. If you want a cheap place to stay, you can book a “casa particular” as these are small private family homes. You can interact with the locals and learn about the Cuban culture if you opt for these homes as your accommodation. However, if you want a lavish place to stay, there are a lot of top-notch hotels as Cuba is a very famous tourist destination.

Money in Cuba

Cuba has a dual currency policy in place as you can pay for your items in the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) or the Cuban Peso (CUP). The CUC is a very popular choice amongst tourists while the latter is reserved only for the locals. Traveling from one place to another is very cheap, so it is best if you keep some cash or change with you.  Also, you need to have enough cash on you as the ATMs and banks aren’t that common in Cuba. If you want to easily send money to Cuba, using money transferring services is the safest option to go for. You can take out your money anytime you want to and keep it secure as many hotels provide in-room safes to their customers.

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired two decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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