"Answers to Questions about visiting Havana" Havana Favorite Tip by cochinjew
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Favorite thing: 1. budget 50 cuc per day. beer 1-2 cuc. mixed drinks 2-4 cuc. cafe prices are similar to europe.
meals 10 cuc per meal. your casa may sell you a breakfast.
of course you can get coffee in the street for 1 cup. you can take out rice and chicken at the market for 25 cup, but not recommended. change a few cuc into cup in case you find something to spend it on. you can be there for three days not needing cup at all. 2. january tends to be good, sunny. cant predict cold fronts but even with that not as cold or rainy as a Melbourne winter. 3. there are no large supermarkets (within shorter reach) but stores selling most products are to be found everywhere and they deal in cuc. Cuba lamentably produces very little so all products even things such as cooking oil, biscuits etc are imported. Rum of course is Cuban. 4. Havana is the safest place in all of the Americas. you can go out with your camera. but be discreet, all cubans would already know you are a tourist. 5. home made artesanal goods like dolls and chains and boxes etc. also not so good quality paintings are available in the streets and extremely good quality art is available in galleries 7. the centre of havana is : old town and centro habana.. you can walk to Vedado which is a nice area but the taxi would only be 3-4 cuc. Taxis are cheaper compared to europe or usa. but there is a local taxi for 10 cup a drop, you may have difficulty getting into it, with your appearance and camera.. I travel by those taxis. Apart from a visit to Vedado, for its jazz club, hotel nacional for a drink, and some night spots, you can easily spend your time in the old/central habana. Taxis are all metered, for foreign use, but there are cuban taxis( not usually air conditioned and a bit battered) with whom you can bargain, once again i have found them to be the same price as the metered taxis.
As you may have surmised Havana and Cuba are not cheap destinations. especially food variety, but three days are not long enough for you to get tired of the local rice and chicken and fish! I just came back from KL where an extremely delicious meal for four cost only 15 cuc total.. You can only dream of that in Havana.. If you ever get invited to some cuban home (not casa particulares but every day professionals who dont depend upon tourists for a living), you can have a good meal and great times.
to me, Havana, is a moveable feast...(I have lived in Melbourne, Brisbane, London, Paris and Miami among others)
Fondest memory: Just being there, day after day and the wonderful friends who surround you
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