In keeping with our commitment to provide U.S. citizens with information about Cuba, the Center consults on people-to-people travel. Until unrestricted travel is again allowed between Cuba and the United States, the Center works to help those planning travel to Cuba to accomplish their goals.
We consult on trips of every kind, organized by Marazul Charters, Inc. in consultation with the Center for Cuban Studies; trips that take you deep inside Cuba's social welfare system, the cultural life of Cuba, and the economics and politics of a rapidly changing society.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us:
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What should I take with me?
Carry your own prescription drugs, antibiotics, etc. as well as regularly-taken over the counter meds and toiletries. There is a nurse or doctor available or on call in the hotel so if you get sick or injured, your first response should be to call the hotel health care professional and/or go to a local polyclinic with the guide’s help. The Cubans are better at knowing what you might have than you are, usually, and will have appropriate remedies. Bring sunscreen, toothpaste, toothbrush and hair conditioner (plenty of shampoo in the hotels, almost never conditioner).
Can I use traveler’s checks? Do not bring traveler’s checks despite what people tell you. Most hotels and banks will not cash them, and when they do, they will give you only 85 cents on the dollar. your USD will give you 87 cents, that is, one CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso = .87 USD). if you are adept at money conversion, you can watch the Euro, British Pound, or the Canadian Dollar and change a certain amount of money into one of those currencies before traveling as you will do better changing from those currencies to CUC’s. Save 25 CUC for your departure tax!!!
What kind of electrical current does Cuba have? Bring a transformer in case you are in a hotel with 220 instead of 110. Most have at least one 110 plug but just to make sure, a transformer is small and inexpensive and the hotels don’t have them. Most smart phones can be plugged into either, if you are using them for photos (you can’t use them as cell phones).
Can I make phone calls in Cuba? You can buy a pre-paid cuban cell phone for 50 CUC’s or you can buy a card that allows you to make calls from pay phones.
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