CUBA Live! Plain Speaking

September 11th, 2015 by admin Categories: Cuba Cuba Monthly Excursions Destinations Mobile Public History Programming Random No Responses


“?? So you travel to Cuba, what is it really like, what should I expect ??”

Hands down this is the most popular question that I get from travelers and travel agents alike.

Hope that what is shared will be helpful. 

  • Cuba has a 99% literacy rate, the citizens are polite, opinionated, intelligent and astute. Conduct yourself accordingly.
  • Cuba is a Socialist country, governance begins at the street level (CDR), and builds upward.
  • The official language is Spanish. In Cuba, Spanish is spoken rapidly. A few people speak English and other languages too, however Spanish is the official language. 
  • Please do not complain. You are a guest and you want be greeted warmly.
  • Cuba has enjoyed a robust tourism market for decades, hosting visitors from around the world. U.S. citizens welcome to the party, expect to have a good time!
  • The sights, smells, sounds, are different, appreciate the difference.
  • Socialism coupled with the absence of drugs and guns results in a relatively safe tourist destination.
  • Like everywhere in the world watch your person in crowds. 
  • Yes prized electronics walk away when left unattended.


  • Vintage cars, new cars, new buildings, old buildings all command your attention in the architectural landscape.
  • Of course Cubans wear new clothes, have flat screen televisions and appreciate modern technology.
  • Some restaurants have great food and others do not. Do your homework, get suggestions. 
  • This is not the time to be cheap, tip everyone generously. The driver, waitperson, housekeeper, baggage handler, tour guide, etc., salaries are low, the 15% gratuity is very much appreciated.
  • Be a good neighbor, bring a small gift, i.e. flash drives, school or office supplies. The country has endured a U.S. blockade for over 5 decades (50+ years). The economic impact is extreme and extensive.
  • Again, tip generously. Make budget adjustments accordingly.


  • Cuba is a Caribbean country, the climate is tropical, the temperature is hot.
  • Air conditioning is a premium. Many places have it and many do not. You will not melt. Lovely hand fans are available everywhere. 
  • Activity abounds, there is always something going on. Bring comfortable shoes, the sidewalks can be sketchy.
  • Be prepared to walk, Cubans enjoy a pedestrian friendly lifestyle.
  • There are stairs in many places, expect to climb them.
  • Pack your needs, i.e. almond milk, hot sauce, honey, peanut butter, toiletries, public bathroom kit, etc.
  • Check baggage weight limits and applicable fees in advance. 
  • Have an open mind. Indulge in the sights, smells, and sounds of the culture.
  • A lot is offered, enjoy yourself, have a good time.


  • Yes we make travel arrangements to CUBA!
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The Measure: September 10, 2015 What I know: CUBA Live! From a hilltop in Regla. Life is good, work for it. #climb

The Measure: September 12, 2015
Plain speaking: CUBA Live!
From a hilltop in Regla.
Life is good, work for it.