The Communist regime of Fidel Castro makes Cuba a country very different from what we know the Europeans. It’s a political regime based on communism, in the disappearance of private property; a regime in which everyone works for the State, has basic needs covered, but any money or whim. This situation causes that the Cubans try to constantly taking money from tourists, so it is necessary to take into account several recommendations before visiting Cuba. Since 2004, is no longer recommended bring dollars to Cuba, as Fidel Castro penalize them with a 10% surcharge on change. The best is take euros and change them at a bank in the country to the so-called convertible peso or CUC (popularly called a chavito). The convertible peso is the local currency, has the same value as a dollar and you can change euros to CUC without any penalty. There is the Cuban peso, which Cubans can only also in Cuba.
Its value is very low. Cubans attempt many times give tourists the change in weights Cubans, eye with this. The convertible pesos have their acronyms (CUC) inscribed on the banknotes and coins. In the chapter on transport, the majority of tourists are moved by taxi, because public transport on the island is only for Cubans, as well as being very slow and unpredictable. We recommend that always the price is agreed before starting, but taking into account the normal rate is very low (1 CUC per kilometre as maximum).
Think that the salary paid by the State of a Cuban taxi driver does not exceed 3 or 4 dollars a month. Cuba is a country where even the most basic thing as a bar of SOAP is very difficult to find. We recommend taking all essential grooming tools and a small first aid kit (difficult to find belongings such as band-aid or aspirin). We also recommend wearing a power adaptor because this is 110 volts (instead of the 220 that there is in Spain) and the plugs are different. The Mobile may be because Havana works perfectly, but in the provinces of Cuba not so much.In terms of shopping, be It is recommended to never buy in the pure Street, rum or coffee, because it tends to be a fraud. But it is banned by the Government, will see Cubans everywhere offering these items, as well as be your local guide, or transferred to the famous palates (private houses which operate as restaurants). Although it is recommended to go to any palate, look for one legal, that there are many, and never decant by those who offer on the street, because most likely they timen him. If you want more information about cuba, in our guide to travel to Cuba you can find information on these topics, as well as on what to visit in Cuba or what to visit in Havana.