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10 Facts You Should Know Before Visiting Cuba

View of the sea in Cuba, by Philipp Volmer via Flickr

With unspoilt beaches and a fascinating history behind it, Cuba is definitely a place worth visiting at least once. But before packing your bags and jetting off to this part of the world, there are a few things you should know about this Caribbean country to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible.

1. Cuba has two different currencies. The locals use the Cuban Peso while tourists will need to use the Cuban Convertible Peso. By law, tourists are unable to use the Cuban Peso or shop in stores where it is accepted – so make sure you have the right currency before departing.

2. Cuba is a pretty poor country so the majority of locals will be asking / begging for your money, often offering things like caricatures and pictures in return for it. They’ll be after your Cuban Convertible Pesos as these are worth a lot more than the Cuban Peso.

3. Because many of the Cuban people have little or no money, it’s a nice idea to bring things with you to hand out to them as gifts. Things like pens, toothbrushes and sweets may not seem like much to you, but the locals will be incredibly grateful for them.