First time professional nomads don’t necessarily pick Cuba as the first country in their itinerary, mainly because Cuba’s fragile relationship with some countries add a lot of uncertainties and complications. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit Cuba. The country is beautiful and any serious traveler should consider visiting It at least once. You just need to know a few things beforehand, such as:
Plan Everything in Advance
Cuba is not meant for spontaneous trips. It requires preparation and you need to be sure you have an actual reason for the visit – “because it looks fun” won’t be considered valid. To make things easier, you might want to go through a travel agency as they’ll make it easier, and will probably have a set itinerary that is fit for first time visitors.
Consider Staying in Old Havana
Most tourists stay in Central Havana, but if you want to explore on foot and be closer to the ground as opposed to constantly taking a cab, it is better to stay in Old Havana.
Don’t Bother with the Beach
While Cuba has beautiful beaches, you might want to skip them because you will be disappointed by all the government-owned hotels and the lack of amenities that should be standard with beach-side resorts. It is much better to go straight to other spots such as Havana or Santiago de Cuba.
Finally, bring cash. Due to the poor international relations, many credit cards from western countries will not be accepted in Cuba. In fact, even if some of the credit cards will work, local shop owners and stores may prefer cash because it makes things easier for them. Consider bringing cash or withdrawing and getting it changed at the airport.