Cuba, the land of the Mojito and Bacardi Rum has been known and loved by travelers for quite a while. If you are planning to take a trip there for the first time, here are a few tips to help you get your plans together.
Figure Out How You Will Get There
To get to Cuba, you are going to have to travel by air. Along with nine other airports across Cuba, Aeropuerto Internacional José Martí welcomes flights from all over the world into Havana.
However, before you can rush out and book a ticket, you will need to get a visa or a tourist card that permits you to enter the country. You can apply for a visa at the Cuban embassy in your country or get a tourist card from any Cuban authorized airline or travel agency. Tourist cards grant their holders single entry and residency in Cuba for up to thirty days. With a tourist card, you will be able to get a Cuba Admission stamp at the airport when you are boarding the plane headed for Cuba. With this, you are ready to explore beautiful Havana!
Figure Out Where You Will Stay
Before you are able to get a visa to Cuba, you will need to show proof that you have a place to stay when you arrive in the country. Accommodation is easily sorted out in Havana; it just depends on what your holiday budget looks like. If you are backpacking, you might want to check out Rolander’s Backpacker Hostel or Havana Hostel Iraida. If your budget is reasonably modest, you might want to visit a budget hotel like Hotel Lincoln, or BelleVue Deauville.
However, if you are looking to enjoy yourself splurge in any of the all inclusive hotels in Cuba, there are many options available to you. For instance, Iberostar Parque Central is a 5-star hotel set in two historic Havana buildings. Its rooms are fitted with luxury beddings and amenities including satellite TV’s, air-conditioning, and more. The hotel also has two swimming pools and a fitness centre.
Figure Out Your Itinerary
Are you planning to spend all your time in Cuba sleeping in the hotel room? Make plans for what you are going to do when you get to Cuba! You can always take day trips to see the various provinces. For instance, if you stay in Havana, you can explore the city and then go visiting either the jungles of Trinidad or the mountain valleys of Vinales. Also in Havana, you can make plans to look around the city. Visit the Old Havana Cathedral, El Capitolio Theatre, and the Museum of the Revolution.
Learn the Basics of Spanish
Getting around in Cuba depends on your ability to communicate well. The majority of people in Cuba do not speak English, so it would be useful for you to learn some of the basic words and phrases that are used in Cuba, so you can make helpful connections and enjoy your holiday.