Is Cuba Worth Visiting?

Situated in the Caribbean, Cuba is renowned for its diverse landscapes, cultural richness, and historical significance, making it a captivating destination for travelers worldwide. Known as the largest among the Caribbean islands, Cuba holds an array of mesmerizing beaches, sprawling tobacco fields, and pristine coral reefs, while its cities exude a distinct old-world charm manifesting through the colorful Spanish-colonial architecture, vintage automobiles plying the streets, and pulsating Afro-Cuban rhythms. This island nation is also famous for its unique blend of cultures, sumptuous culinary delights, the warm hospitality of its people, and of course, the legacy of its world-famous cigars and rum, which altogether combine to offer an unforgettable travel experience.

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Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 24 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.8/5

Safety

4.5/5

Food

4.5/5

Budget-friendly

4.5/5

Solo travel experience

Cuba was one of my favorite trips. People there are kind and hospitable. I bought a WiFi card to be able to stay in contact with my family at home. I stayed in Casa Particulares, houses of local Cubans. I took a car and walking tour around Havana. I didn't drink too much and didn't stay out late, for safety reasons. It was a wonderful trip.

Posted: November 6, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I traveled alone to Cuba in May and it was fantastic. It was definitely hot and humid, but I didn't mind. I highly recommend visiting Viñales, in addition to Havana. In Havana, I recommend having dinner at La Guarida on the rooftop during the sunset. I went on a one-day trip from Havana to a beach in Varadero and it was the best beach I've ever visited.

Posted: October 5, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Cuba is one of the safest countries I've had the chance to visit. It's one of the few Latin American countries where I cycled alone and walked alone at night, and it was fine. Of course, thefts do happen in Havana. The only thing that bothered me was that everyone wanted to sell me something or take me somewhere, pretending to be friends, suggesting going to a party, and I never really knew what they wanted. As for transport, it's best to take a bus or a shared taxi, but transport is quite expensive. I recommend visiting Havana, Viñales and Trinidad. I stayed in private homes (casas particulares) and it turned out to be quite affordable.

Posted: October 4, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I visited Cuba for 6 days. During that time, I managed to get to Havana, Trinidad, Viñales, and Playas del Este. I travelled only by local taxis and stayed with Cubans. Cuba is extraordinary. I didn't expect it to make such an impression on me. However, you need to be properly prepared for the trip and not expect any luxuries.

Posted: October 3, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Cuba is incredible. It's a very interesting and safe country, but it can also be somewhat challenging. They are currently going through hard times (as always) and they lack practically everything.

Posted: September 30, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I found Cuba to be very safe. I didn't feel scared for my safety, as it sometimes happens in countries like Costa Rica or Panama. The situation is very complicated in terms of lack of basic products, so you should bring your own medication and be prepared to adapt to local food. There's always someone willing to take you in a private transport. It's a wonderful country with wonderful people.

Posted: September 15, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I went in May and felt very safe. It's one of those trips that despite the challenges faced, I remember with great joy. If you decide to visit Cuba, don't forget to bring your personal items and a little extra to share with them. Believe me, they will appreciate it. I brought sanitary pads, hand disinfectant, pencils, powdered milk and other things. Just try not to distribute it publicly, because they will surround you. Varadero is beautiful and Havana has its own charm.

Posted: September 13, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I traveled last February and felt safe the entire time. It's important to stay cautious just like in any country. Bring everything you need for personal hygiene, including medication (if you can leave some behind, they will certainly appreciate it). Get a VPN to make reservations on Airbnb. Staying with the Cubans is enriching, and they will offer you everything they have. My experience was very pleasant. I enjoyed Cuba and its people.

Posted: September 11, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 4/5
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Solo travel experience

I fell in love with the Cubans. They are so friendly, helpful and resourceful, regardless of what you need, they will always help. I stayed with several families in Havana and Vinales (casa particular), which made the experience even better. It's one of the safest countries I've seen for a woman traveling alone.

Posted: July 29, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I loved Cuba. I also stayed in an all-inclusive hotel in Varadero and it was amazing. Havana was also beautiful. I never felt unsafe there, but of course I was mindful of my surroundings. It was easy to make friends with other travelers, and the locals were friendly.

Posted: July 27, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Meet locals in Cuba

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Y

About Me

Hello, it is a pleasure and it will be a pleasure to help you on your visit to Old Havana.

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Kathleen

Kathleen

About Me

Adventurous and fun I have decided to focus on myself and my well-being. Excited to keep discovering this world that we live in!

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Stay with locals in Cuba

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Y

Cuba

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hello, it is a pleasure and it will be a pleasure to help you on your visit to Old Havana.

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Merle

Merle

Havana

Can host for:

7 days

About me

Soy una joven de 27 años. Me gusta mucho hacer amigos de distintas partes del mundo y conocer sobre otras culturas y costumbres. A la misma vez, me encanta mi ciudad, La Habana, y enseñar sus lugares y su historia. Fui estudiante de Arqueología, mi pasatiempos son los hechos y los lugares históricos de la ciudad donde vivo, así como la arquitectura. Por otra parte, si así lo deseara, pudiese ofrecerle visitas guiadas y guía especializada a sitios de interés y a cualquier otro lugar de Cuba, según sus intereses. Pueden escribirme a mi WhatsApp +53 55829483 y con gusto kes hablaré. I am a young woman of 27 years. I really like making friends from different parts of the world and learning about other cultures and customs. At the same time, I love my city, Havana, and teaching its places and its history. I was an Archeology student, my hobbies are the historical facts and places of the city where I live, as well as architecture. I am a fan of photography, I like sports, especially martial arts. My favorite music is rock, and I love to read, especially classic and historical novels. On the other hand, if you wish, you could request guided tours and a specialized guide to places of interest and to any other place in Cuba, according to your interests. You can write to my WhatsApp +53 55829483 and I will gladly talk to you.

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Upcoming visitors to Cuba

Christy

Christy

About Me

Hi! I’m Christy and I’m interested in seeing as much as I can. I haven’t done very much solo traveling but I want to get started!

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