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For the sake of your pleasant stay in Cuba, I suggest we bust some of the most popular myths about the Caribbean country.
- 8 Top Misconceptions About Cuba
- Cuba is a cheap destination. REMEMBER – CUBA IS NOT CHEAP! Cuba is a more expensive destination than Mexico, Pеru, and most of the Latin American countries. Yes, the monthly salaries amount up to 50-80 euro, however, the standard of living is far from suitable for such remuneration. The price for breakfast at guest houses is fixed – 5 euro, a taxi in Havana is worth between 5 and 20 euro, a transfer from the airport is a minimum of 25 euro. A lunch would cost you around 10-15 euro and dinner – 20-30 euro. Read here more about the pocket money that you would need in Cuba.
- The cigars are rolled on the thighs of a Cuban virgin woman. Absolute misbelief, as much as we would like it to be true… 🙂 To be a torcedor /a professional cigar roller/ requires high skill and handiness. This craft is handed down from generation to generation and is more often practiced by man. The women’s part involves rather sorting tobacco leaves in the cigar factories in Havana and the country. Read more about the cigars here.
- There is no internet connection in Cuba. False! They even have a mobile network now. Internet access is spreading slowly around ordinary Cuban homes. It is not a cheap acquisition, but it is present. Read more about communications in Cuba here.
- It is dangerous in Cuba. No, it is not. Cuba is considered one of the safest countries in South America. Nevertheless, avoid night walks in remote neighbourhoods there.
- They hate Americans in Cuba. Not true! Cubans may tend to treat their “false friends” ironically every now and then, however, Americans are always welcome in Cuba and never separated from other tourists.
- There are two currencies in Cuba – one for locals and one for foreigners. False! Both locals and foreigners can use Peso Cubano and Peso Convertible. Read here more about the currencies in Cuba.
- There are only state restaurants in Cuba with very low-quality food. This has changed for quite some time now. Yes, there are still some state restaurants with poor food and service. However, for about 12 years now private restaurants – paladares, have been successfully functioning with the sole focus to provide delicious meals and pleasurable service on a European level. Prices in the most expensive Cuban restaurants, however, are not as high as the European ones due to the easy access to seafood in Cuba and the low remuneration of the restaurant staff. Read more about the food in Cuban restaurants here. Here we offer you recipes of some Cuban specialties.
- Cuba lies in poverty and there is an electricity regime. An absolutely false statement! The electricity regime comes in handy only in case of major technical failures, floods and hurricanes. Find out more about the weather in Cuba here.
PLEASE, DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT ME AT CUBA@BGSPACE.COM, OR THROUGH THE CONTACT FORM SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR OVERHEARD MYTHS ABOUT CUBA. LET’S EXPLORE ITS MAGIC TOGETHER!