Travel Team’s Country Tips: Cuba

Cuba will captivate you with the sounds of salsa and mambo echoing through the streets. Havana is an incredible feast for the eyes with its colourful Spanish-colonial-style buildings and classic cars from the 1950's cruising around town. Visiting Cuba is like stepping back in time...

You will need to brush up on your paper map reading skills as most mobile carriers will not work in Cuba, not to mention Wi-Fi is not widely available. Why not turn your device off anyway and get a taste of what it’s like to live in a country where, according a recent World Bank estimate, 7 out of 10 people do not use the Internet.

It is recommended that you take cash. To use your credit card once you arrive in Cuba you’ll need to check with your bank first that your card will work, this isn’t a guarantee and so the better option is to take cash with you.

There are two official currencies in Cuba: the Cuban convertible peso (CUC) and the Cuban peso (CUP). The CUC is the country’s major currency and is pegged against the US dollar.

One Australian dollar is currently worth about 0.78 Cuban pesos (CUC).

Here’s a rough guide to what you can expect to spend in Cuba, with prices in Australian dollars:

  • Meal for one in a restaurant – $10.00
  • Bottle of water – $0.75
  • Cappuccino – $1.75
  • Glass of beer – $1.40

The Australian dollar is not a currency that you can convert in Cuba. Your best option is taking either Canadian dollars, British pounds, Euros or Swiss Francs.

The Cuban peso is not available outside of Cuba, which means you’ll need to take your travel money with you, to convert at a money exchange once you arrive in Cuba.