Havana

Havana was declared one of the Seven Wonders cities of the World in 2016, It is the capital of the Republic of Cuba and its population is over 2,100,000. It is the main tourist destination, its main attractions are: The Historical Center of Havana, the beaches, the recreational areas and the diversity of museums, galleries, theaters, restaurants and nightclubs. We offer useful information for the client who visits us:

Cuba is an archipelago that is located at the entrance of the Gulf of Mexico, in the Caribbean area, an ideal tourist area to spend holidays due to its climate. Havana is one of the main tourist destinations in this area.

The city is the seat of the country´s main institutions, and is also home to most entities, enterprises and organisms, both domestic and from abroad.

The main attractions are the Havana´s Historical Center declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, beaches, recreational areas and the diversity of museums, galleries, theaters, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as its proximity to other tourist destinations such as Varadero, Viñales, etc.

CHANEL HAVANA APRIL 2016
CLASSIC CARS IN HAVANA

Classic cars

Havana is one of the few cities in the world where a large number of classic American cars are circulating, mainly from the 50s. Many of them are providing services for tourism and others are still used as a means of transportation.

You can enjoy taking good photographs of these automobile relics in any part of the city, especially if you use as picture´s background the old buildings of the Havana´s Historical Center. Chevrolet, Ford, Buick, Dodge, Plymouth, De Soto and other cars adorn this city stopped in time and waiting for you to visit and enjoy it.

The totality of these cars take life and they are maintained thanks to the effort of their Cuban owners, proud of their jewels of the 50. If you want any service in these cars please contact us, we will gladly assist you.

Official Language: Spanish

Time Zone

Cuba’s time zone is the GTM-05:00 and is coincidental with the Eastern Standard Time in the US. Cuba has the same time as New York, Miami, Washington and the East coast of the US and Canada. From March to October, day-light saving time is adopted and clocks are set one hour ahead of normal time.

Safety in Cuba

Cuba is one of the safest countries in Latin America with a relatively low rate of violent crimes. Assaults are very uncommon, although it is recommended to take precautions at night and away from the city’s center or in isolated places.

Plaza De San Francisco/ San Francisco Square
HAVANA THE PERFECT COLOR PARADISE TO PHOTOGRAPHY

What to Wear

Most of the year weather is warm, so the use of light, fresh clothes is recommended, preferable made of cotton and similar textiles. Nevertheless, visitors must bear in mind that from late October to March cold fronts are frequent. In December and January lower temperatures of 10 degrees Celsius(50F) are sometimes reported. For this time of year, a light wool or gabardine sweater is recommended.

In the rainy season (May to October), it is advisable to bring a light raincoat. Informal wear (jeans, shorts, T shirts, etc.) are acceptable almost anywhere; but for the theater, deluxe restaurants, concert halls, business meetings and other places more formal wear is required.

Electric Current:

In Cuba, electric current is 110 V and 60Hz. The accommodations that we offer in this site, have 220V outlets.

Photographs:

You can take photos and tape videos freely in any part of the country, except at restricted areas as indicated by sings, such as military zones and others. Museums and some sites of interests have specific regulations. For color photographs, the best time of day is between 09:30 and 11:30, and after 16:00.

El Cristo De La Habana/ The Christ Of Havana
Malecón / Malecon Ave / Havana

Currency and Forms of Payment

The national currency is the Cuban peso, equal to 100 cents. There are 1,3,5,10,20,50 and 100 pesos’ bills; and 1,2,5, and 20 cents coins, as well as 1 and 3 pesos’ coins.

Prices at tourist facilities are set in CUC. At foreign exchange outlets (CADECA), you can buy/sell Cuban convertible pesos (CUC).

Any foreign currency, including US dollars, may be changed into convertible pesos (CUC) at CADECA, banks and hotels, as well as change them back on leaving the country.

Internet access:

There is internet access through wifi in different public parks and in most of our accommodations, the price ranges between 1 and 5 CUC per connection hour.

Visa and passport:

Visitors must have an updated passport or a travel document issued on their behalf and the appropriate visa or tourist card. Citizens of countries with which Cuba has free visa agreements are exempt.

Travelers who wish to extend their stay in Cuba or change the designation with which they entered the country should address their hotel´s Tourism Bureau or the nearest one at their destination.

HAVANA CLUB RUN
HAVANOS - La Habana

On leaving the country passengers may not take with them:

  • More than three units of a Cuban produced medical, except those for continuing treatment, according to the duration of said treatment and supplied with a certificate of the health center, and in the case of non¬-permanent residents in Cuba, with an appropriate official invoice.
  • National heritage works or with museum value.
  • Cuban handmade cigars in an amount exceeding 50 units, unless a traveler has the official invoice from the store where they were purchased.
  • Lobster in any quantity and form of packaging.
  • Cash in an amount exceeding $5,000 USD or its equivalent in other currencies that has not been declared on entering the country or without the bank’s appropriate authorization.
  • More than $100.00 Cuban Nacional Currency (CUP) or more than $200.00 Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC).
  • Visitors that purchase new paintings and sculptures at authorized points of sale, should make sure that they have the seal which authorizes their export or request the appropriate permit, an indispensable requirement for taking them out of the country.
  • For more details please visit: www.aduana.co.cu

Exit tax:

Exit tax at Cuban international airports in 25 CUC.

For further information on customs regulations, please visit the General Customs of the Republic of Cuba’s web site: www.aduana.co.cu or call (+53) 78838282, (+53) 78837575 and (+53) 78819732 (both of them in Havana).

Unit of Measure

The official measuring standard is the International Unit System.

Castillo De La Real Fuerza/ Castle Of The Royal Force
El Capitolio De La Habana/ The Capitol Of Havana

TV and Radio Signals:

TV signals in Cuba use the American NTSC standard. There are five public TV channels, we recommended the Clave Channel, it promote music and Cuban video click. Cuba also has several nation-wide radio stations, as well as regional and municipal ones. Additionally, there is radio Taino, a national FM network targeting the country’s main tourist destinations.

Telephone Communications:

To make an international call from Cuba you must dial:

119 + country code city code telephone number.

On arriving to Cuba you can contact Cubacel for cell phone service. You can either rent a cell phone or bring your own and activate it. Cubacel telephone number is (+53) 52642266, email addresses are cubacel@cubacel.cu, cubacel@cubacel.com and its wed page is www.cubacel.cu.

Postal service:

Cards and letters sent from Cuba to Europe and the US may take as long as one month in arriving to their destinations. At hotels, stores and point of sales in the city you can find cards with prepaid postal costs. For important mail it is recommended the use of DHL, located at Cuba’s main cities.

Timetables for museums and cultural institutions:

These institutions are generally open from Tuesday through Saturday, between 9:30a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday from 9:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m., although some of them are open every day. Admission fees range from 1 to 3 CUC and some accept donations, for contributions are used in the restoration of the area.

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