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Frequently Asked Questions

U.S. travelers will need to bring sufficient cash for the entire trip. Take into consideration all the extras for which you’ll need cash, such as non-included meals, taxies, souvenirs, and guide and driver tips. Evening shows range in price. More extravagant venues can cost up to $150 with dinner included. Please make sure you bring enough CASH with you for the entire trip. We recommend bringing at least $200 USD for local tips and $800 USD per person. You may need even more if you plan to buy original art. Bring cash (USD) in smaller denominations so that you can limit the amount of Cuban currency you will receive as change from your purchases.

All Cubans have faced a very difficult two years, as the embargo against the island has made it very difficult to obtain many everyday goods that we take for granted. Cubans employed in the tourism sector have been especially hard hit, so now, more than ever, gratuities are especially appreciated. As always, gratuities are an individual expression of thanks and should be based on the level of service provided. Here are our recommended amounts: 

  • Cuban Guide: $8 USD per person per day
  • Cuban Bus Driver: $5 USD per person per day
  • Bartenders: $1per drink
  • Housekeeping*: $2 per day
  • Taxi Drivers: 10% of the fare
  • Musicians: $1
  • Transfer in driver: $2 USD per person
  • Transfer out driver: $2 USD per person
  • Bathroom Attendants: Use your small coins — 10 centavos, 25 centavos, etc.  

*We suggest tipping housekeepers on a daily basis, rather than at the end of your stay.

No, credit cards and debit cards issued by U.S. banks cannot be used in Cuba. Due to the official embargo, U.S. issued debit/credit cards are not recognized by Cuba banks. It’s necessary to bring a sufficient amount of cash with you to cover the entire duration of time that you'll be in Cuba.

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