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Casa Particulares

A Casa Particular is a Cuban Home-stay or B&B. Staying in a Casa Particular is a brilliant way of immersing yourself in the life and culture of fascinating Cuba. When you choose a Casa Particular for your accommodation, you will meet the local people on a one-to-one basis and get a rare glimpse into the everyday life of ordinary people in Cuba. In addition, your host or hostess will be able to advise you on all things Cuban – the best restaurants, the best music and Salsa venues and any seasonal attractions that are only known to the locals!   […]

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Our TOP 10 Cuba travel tips

1 – Money, money money Familiarize yourself with the dual Cuban currency system early on. Make sure you have access to enough cash for the duration of your trip (Euro, GBP or CAD is best) or a credit or debit card that is likely to work – review our ‘Important Info’ section for more details. 2 – Paperwork Travel insurance and a Cuban tourist visa are a prerequisite – it is a requirement of the Cuban government and of Locally Sourced Tours. 3 – Language Make an effort to learn a little Spanish before you go. Cubans will appreciate you […]

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Cuba Drive Times & Distances

Below is a summary of distances and drive times between major destinations in Cuba   FROM TO DISTANCE (KM’s) DRIVE TIME Havana Cienfuegos 280 5 hours Havana Trinidad 360 6 hours Havana Vinales 210 3 hours Havana Cayo Levisa 150 2 hours Havana Maria la Gorda 325 6 hours Havana Vinales via Soroa 240 4 hours   FROM TO DISTANCE (KM’s) DRIVE TIME Vinales Maria la Gorda 190 4 hours Vinales Soroa 136 2 hours Vinales Cayo Levisa 60 30 minutes   FROM TO DISTANCE (KM’s) DRIVE TIME Cienfuegos Santa Clara 90 1 hour Cienfuegos Trinidad via Santa Clara 190 […]

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Cuba Travel Insurance

To enter Cuba, the Cuban government requires you to have Cuba travel insurance which you may be required to present at immigration when entering the country.   World Nomads travel insurance is the perfect companion to keep you traveling safely. World Nomads travel insurance covers a range of adventure activities such as skiing, white water rafting and scuba diving (make sure you check the policy to see what is covered). World Nomads also provides members with a free travel journal and SMS security alerts to make sure you well informed on the road and keep travelling safely.   It’s Simple […]

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Cuba Visa

Most people traveling to Cuba require a Cuba Visa (Cuba Tourist Visa) to enter the country. This Cuba Visa is valid for 30 days (90 days for Canadians). Cuban immigration also requires you to book accommodation for your first night of stay in Cuba.       Some airlines will not let you on the plane without a Cuba Visa, so be prepared.   You can order your Cuba Visa through the Cuban Embassy or Consulate in your country and through some travel agencies and flight companies. For expert assistance and advice in obtaining a Cuba Visa simply contact us, […]

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Cuba Safety for Travelers

Cuba is a very safe place in many ways but as safe as this island is, there are still occasional incidents of crime (although violent crime is almost non existent). Cuba safety is our number one priority at Locally Sourced Tours.   In Cuba hustlers are called Jineteros/ Jineteras Although Cuba does not have a concept of crime as it exists in other countries, it is still important for a traveler to use good judgement. There is generally a high concentration of police in most cities and no known terrorist threat.   Here are some helpful safety tips when traveling […]

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Optional Activities in Cuba

During your Locally Sourced Cuba Tour, there will be the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of optional activities (some free and some at cost) at each of the destinations you visit.   We recommend that you decide on which optional activities you would like to do, once you have arrived at each specific location and your guide has taken you on your orientation walk. You can discuss the merits and availability of each of the optional activities and decide the options best suited to your adventure (either individually or as a group).   A list of optional activities for […]

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Spending Money on Tour

Many people traveling to Cuba believe that it will be as affordable as other developing countries they have been to. Unfortunately this isn’t really the case, with prices for food, drinks and services being comparable to the more ‘Western’ countries.   Given Cuba’s unique political and economic ideals, the government places heavy taxes on anything considered ‘not-essential’ or anything related to travel and tourism. Having introduced a tourist currency – CUC’s – the government is able to control the prices charged for tourism related services meaning Cuba is a lot more expensive to travel through than one may first think. […]

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