It is official! You and your family have decided to take your holiday of a lifetime in Cuba. You have booked your flight and reserved your Cuba vacation rental, so what else could you possibly need? There are essential items you will not want to forget when travelling to the Caribbean island. Here are a few tips to ensure you have everything you need for your family holiday.
The first thing you need is your passport, but did you know many people don’t take photocopies with them? It is always advisable to travel with a photocopy or two of the original passport and to keep them in separate places in your accommodation in Cuba. That way, if you lose your passport at any point during your stay, you have another copy. Do the same with your travel insurance policy: Keep one copy with you and one at home where a trusted family member or friend can access it if necessary.
Booking Confirmation and Bank Cards
Other items that should be kept in a safe place include the telephone number and booking reference of the company you booked with. That way if anything goes wrong they can assist you in rectifying the problem. Telephone numbers of banks are also essential should you lose your ATM card overseas. If you have the number handy you can cancel your card immediately and arrange for any possible emergency transfer of funds.
Remember you can only exchange money once you are in Cuba, and there are two currencies. The CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso) is used mainly by tourists and can be used anywhere on the island. The second currency, the CUP (Cuban Peso), is mostly used by locals and only tendered in local shops, bars, and in taxis.
If you plan on driving while in Cuba, take your original driver’s license with you and keep any photocopies in your family villa in Cuba just in case you need them.
Guide Book/Spanish Phrase Book
If you do not speak Spanish, take a small language guide book with you. If you plan on downloading an app, don’t rely on it as much of the island struggles with internet access. It’s easier to purchase a hard copy guide book and pop it in your suitcase, or make sure that the apps you download are available offline.
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