Cuba Travel Guide

Complete Guide to traveling to CubaCOMPLETE GUIDE TO TRAVEL TO CUBA

Cuba is the island. That place that you will love with all its good and bad things. An island difficult to understand and difficult to explain. A place full of contradictions but with beautiful places, dreamy beaches, they are Cuban, dance and sing. Cuba is special, it is unique.

We toured Cuba at the rhythm of the island for a month. We did it for free, with little budget and using the public transport of all kinds. And in this complete guide to traveling to Cuba, you will find practical information to organize your trip across the country. We hope you find it useful!

PREPARE YOUR TRIP TO CUBA

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Republic of Cuba is a country that is located in the Caribbean Sea. It is made up of the main island, the Isle of Youth and a thousand small islands and cays that surround it. The most populous and also the most touristic city is Havana.

Cuba is a country with landscapes of scandal: immense coffee, tobacco and sugar plantations, hummocks and paradisiacal beaches that surround the entire country. Its cities are a clear reflection of the country’s history. So you decide to visit it, be sure to read a little about its past and present to try to understand the economic, social and political circumstances of Cuba.

TOP DESTINATIONS

HAVANA and VARADERO

Varadero and Havana are usually on the minds of all travellers. So they could not miss in this complete guide to traveling to Cuba. Havana is a city that has evolved a lot in recent years but has not lost part of that decadence that makes it such a unique place. In addition, it is easy to get lost in its alleys and get away from the crowds and tourism and experience more local Havana.

Varadero, contrary to what many think, is more than a bracelet, cocktails and resorts. There is a low-cost Varadero, a Varadero for backpackers and we discovered it for 6 days.

  1. 23 things to do in Havana
  2. La bodeguita del Medio in Havana
  3. Hamel’s alley in Havana
  4. Dry dock for backpackers

MORE ISLAND

If you have enough days to visit the island, in this complete guide to Cuba you will also find articles with practical information and information to visit other places such as Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey or Holguín.

If you travel for free and by public transport around Cuba as we did, you will need, at least, 2-3 weeks to explore the island from end to end.

  1. Guide to visit Santiago de Cuba
  2. Practical information to visit Camagüey and Playa Santa Lucía
  3. Practical information to visit Holguín and Guardalavaca
  4. How Hurricane Gustav razed Pinar Del Río in 2008

TRAVELING EXPERIENCES

TRAVEL WITHOUT PLASTIC

For us, traveling responsibly and sustainably is a priority. We do not conceive a trip without trying to respect our environment and the people who live in it. And one of the best ways to do this is by trying to reduce waste while traveling to Cuba.

Traveling without plastic in Cuba is possible. You can always order your drinks without a straw and look for drinking water to refill your bottle. Here are some more detailed tips so you know how to do it.

  1. 10 ways to reduce waste while traveling

TRIP-DROP

Trip-Drop is the platform that connects local projects that need material help with people who are going to travel there and want to help out. It is a link between local projects and travellers.

We did trip-drop in Pinar del Río and you can read our experience below and look for other projects in Cuba on the official Trip-drop page.

  1. Travel and help: trip-drop at the Grabadown Workshop in Pinar del Río
  2. Trip-Drop project official page