Categories Videos Cuba Travel Tips and Advice // Watch this before you go! Post author By Admin@ Post date August 31, 2018 No Comments on Cuba Travel Tips and Advice // Watch this before you go! Transcript 0:00 Hello. 0:01 Today we are going to talk about Cuba 0:04 because of all of my videos about my travels to Cuba 0:10 I have gotten so many questions. 0:14 The best thing that I could do is just make a video addressing 0:17 some of the more common questions that I get 0:20 and hopefully I can provide you with some answers. 0:24 So here are some tips for traveling to Cuba. 0:29 Money, this is one of the biggest questions 0:33 The biggest? 0:34 That’s weird. 0:36 This is one of the most common questions that I get, which is 0:40 how much money should I bring? 0:42 My answer to this question is anywhere between eight hundred US dollars 0:47 to fifteen hundred dollars per week. 0:51 The thing about Cuba is that over there they don’t have Apple pay 0:56 they don’t have credit cards 0:58 they don’t have any of these digital commodities to pay with 1:02 so you have to bring cash 1:05 and that is very important 1:06 because I’ve actually found a couple people who have gone to Cuba 1:11 and had no knowledge of this 1:13 and had only brought a very small amount. 1:16 So, you have to budget the money that you are going to take to Cuba 1:22 and take it with you. 1:23 Don’t rely on your credit cards 1:25 because you’re not going to have access to it. 1:28 The 800 to 1500 dollar range that I just gave 1:32 is pretty much on the low end 1:34 if you’re staying in Casaparticulares 1:37 or in Airbnbs 1:40 and not if you are staying at hotels 1:43 that would probably be more in the $1,500 range or more. 1:47 But you can find pretty cheap accommodations for as low as maybe $30 a night. 1:54 Staying in a hotel is obviously going to be a whole lot more expensive 1:57 and of course this is also taking into consideration the food that you eat 2:02 some places you can get very cheap food 2:04 and in others, like if you go to the more fancy, Paladares 2:09 then that is more gourmet food 2:11 and you are going to be spending a little bit of money, more money. 2:15 But over all the money that you’re going to want to bring 2:17 is anywhere between 800 to $1,500 per week 2:21 if you would like a little bit more information about budgeting 2:25 then you should definitely check out my friend’s video, potato jet 2:29 he made a video all about budgeting 2:31 and documented his expenses while he was staying in Havana 2:35 so you should definitely check that out, I’ll put a link in the description 2:37 if that’s something that you are interested in. 2:40 Speaking of accommodations 2:41 I get asked this question a lot which is 2:45 Are Casaparticulares reliable? Are they safe? 2:49 Is it okay to stay there 2:51 and although I did not stay at Casaparticular when I went to Cuba 2:57 I stayed at an Airbnb. 2:58 I do have a lot of friends 3:00 and people that I know who have stayed at these Casaparticulares 3:05 and they are extremely safe 3:07 and they are extremely reliable. 3:11 You do have to remember that these are people who live in Cuba 3:16 and are giving up a part of their home for you to stay in 3:20 and when you do that you have to realize 3:24 that they are going out of their way to provide you 3:28 with the best accommodation that they can 3:31 with the limited resources available. 3:34 So if the breakfast is not the breakfast 3:37 that you are usually accustomed to when staying at a hotel 3:42 or even a motel 3:44 please keep that in mind 3:47 and try not to complain 3:49 because most of the time these people do not have a lot of resources 3:54 and they just want you to be the most comfortable 3:57 and have the best possible time 4:00 while you are staying at their home. 4:03 How to get around Cuba? 4:06 A lot of people have asked me if the public transportation is okay to use 4:11 and I did not use the public transportation at all 4:15 and the reason is because I have heard and I have witnessed 4:20 that the public transportation is not reliable. 4:24 The public transportation like the buses do not really follow a strict schedule 4:31 so even though you think that you are going to go get a bus at a specific time and day 4:37 that bus might not be there 4:39 or her might appear two hours later 4:43 and the thing about the buses 4:45 is that you actually have to reserve your spot for buying a ticket the day before 4:51 and it’s just it’s very complicated. 4:53 Definitely research that, plan that. 4:55 That would not be my recommendation for getting around in Cuba. 4:58 I would say that the best way to get around in Cuba 5:01 is to look for a private driver. 5:04 This is something that you can actually look for using Trip Advisor 5:09 and what you should do is find a private driver 5:12 and coordinate with that driver how much it’s going to cost you 5:16 how many hours a day you’re going to need him 5:18 how many days you’re going to need the driver 5:21 and just be sure that you have that all planned out before your trip. 5:25 Getting a driver is probably the most affordable 5:28 and the most reliable way to get around Cuba 5:32 and these drivers even for a little bit more money 5:35 are able to take you to different towns 5:39 if you plan it accordingly 5:42 and it’s just probably the best way to go around Cuba. 5:45 On that note I would not recommend for you to rent a car 5:50 because the roads most of the roads on Cuba are not paved 5:55 and have a lot of holes 5:57 and there’s not a lot of up keep going on there 6:00 even if you are a very experienced driver 6:03 I would say that it might be dangerous 6:05 it might be difficult for you to get around. 6:08 If you aren’t familiar with the area 6:10 you might not know that any specific path is actually a road 6:15 because like I said there are a lot of unpaved roads. 6:19 It’s best to just get a private driver 6:21 and have someone who knows exactly how to get around. 6:24 Is it safe in Cuba? 6:26 The answer is 100% yes. 6:30 You can really go around town and not have any issues really. 6:36 The only thing that I have heard of 6:37 and I have not have had an experience with this 6:42 but a few of my friends have mentioned 6:45 that they have experienced pick pocketing while in Cuba. 6:50 That isn’t something that I witnessed 6:52 but I have heard it a few times 6:55 and even from one of my friends who got pickpocketed. 7:01 He said that the pickpocketer was very awkward 7:05 and like apologized afterwards 7:06 because he caught him like grabbing his phone, I think it was. 7:09 Of course with any place 7:11 I would recommend to not go down 7:13 any road that you are unfamiliar with 7:16 or any dark alleys or anything that looks suspicious. 7:20 Always be on alert wherever you are traveling 7:23 especially as a foreigner 7:25 and if you don’t know the language you might make yourself a target. 7:29 For the most part Cuba is very safe and people are extremely friendly and kind 7:34 and I find that they’re super hospitable and will go out of their way 7:39 to make you feel welcomed on the island. 7:42 Sometimes when you are a tourist in a new city 7:46 and foreigner 7:48 you can be a victim of scams 7:51 and getting knocked off 7:54 and I can say for a fact 7:56 that this is something that is not common at all in Cuba 8:02 I have not witnessed it 8:04 I have not experienced it 8:05 none of my friends or people that I know have experienced it 8:09 it’s just not something that people will do. 8:12 Honestly I think that’s something that you really don’t need to worry about. 8:15 Like with any other country 8:17 if you are going to get a tour or something 8:21 it’s always good to try to negotiate 8:23 and for the most part you might get you know a better deal 8:28 and don’t be afraid to negotiate. 8:30 The Cuban people are very nice 8:31 and I’m sure that you will come to an agreement for a price 8:36 and will not be a ripoff. 8:38 Those are all of the tips that I have for you today. 8:41 Let me know in the comments below 8:43 if you have any other questions about traveling to Cuba 8:46 or anywhere else in the world that you’ve seen me go to. 8:49 I would be more than happy to answer those questions. 8:53 I hope that you enjoyed this video 8:55 if you did then please give me a thumbs up to let me know 8:58 and if you would like to see more about Cuba 9:02 then definitely check out my Cuba playlist 9:05 the link in the description 9:07 and if you just want to know the top five things that you should do in Cuba 9:11 then the link to that video will also be in the description below. 9:16 Thank you so much for watching 9:17 if you enjoyed this video and would like to see more from me 9:20 then please subscribe and follow me 9:24 and it upvote and give this video a thumbs up 9:27 I am @redromina on Twitter and Facebook 9:30 and vidme and Instagram and YouTube 9:34 and just Internet in general. 9:37 So I definitely look me up and let’s be friends. 9:41 Anyway I am going to go now. 9:43 So, I will see you when I see you, bye! 9:58 This video was made possible by my patrons over at PATREON.COM/REDROMINA 10:03 if you like what I do become a patron and be a part of the exploration.