Varadero, Cuba

The beautiful unspoilt scenery of Cubais an allurement. With the addition of beach, sea and lots of alcohol, what could beat it?Less than a hundred miles away from the United States, the minute you arrive, you feel as if you’ve been transported back to the 1950s. With classic convertibles lining the streets, crumbling Spanish facades, and live street music on every corner, it’s no wonder it has become so popular with tourists from all over the world.



Obviously one cannot describe the beauty of Cuba without mentioning the wide variety of vintage cars. The variety of cars never seized to amazed me, from old American yellow school busses to a ghostbusters car lookalike.



Cuba is a warm tropical climate, so there’s not necessarily a right or wrong time to visit. The dry season runs from December to May, where you can expect sunny days with no trace of clouds in the sky, while the wet season runs from June through November. Although a little rain doesn’t sound too bad, the country has the potential to be hit by a hurricane between August and October, so it’s best to avoid the area entirely. However, more and more travelers have become interested in visiting Cuba so hotels are booking up quickly during the dry season meaning more and more people are willing to risk unpredictable weather to see the country sooner rather than later.



The official language of Cuba is Spanish, with about 90% of its population speaking it as their first language. The official currency of Cuba is the Cuban Peso (CUP) though they also use the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). At the moment, no US credit or debit card can be used in Cuba. This also includes using a US debit card to try to get cash out of a Cuban ATM. However, if you are using a card from somewhere else, like Canada or Europe, it’s likely your card will work, but you will run into a 3% charge for every payment.







 


Before you travel


Cuba is a country with a fascinating history. For years, the trade embargo prevented US citizens from visiting the Caribbean Island. But in 2016, everything changed when the restrictions were lifted. Although the rules changed yet again in 2019, visiting the mysterious island is not impossible. Before you plan a visit, make sure to check on regulations and restrictions in place, as




 




Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to travel to Havana; but in the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, 'I will be back'.