The weather in Cuba doesn't vary much, averaging around 75-80 degrees between November-April and 85-90 degrees between June-August. Be prepared for hot and humid weather with a chance of brief periods of rain. Bring a light jacket or sweater for cool evenings (and sometimes very cool air conditioned restaurants).
Rainy season typically last between May-October with the occasional (often refreshing) afternoon rainfall. Check the climate at www.worldclimate.com to get an idea of what the weather will be like during your trip.
It is also essential that you have good, comfortable shoes that are suitable for walking.
Must - Haves:
Passport. Must be valid for up to 6 months after your scheduled departure date from Cuba.
Tourist card (visa) obtained prior to entering Cuba
Enough cash to last your entire trip. We recommend roughly $75 per day (This is for tips, souvenirs & snacks. You probably will not spend all of this but better safe than sorry). U.S.-issued debit cards, credit cards, ATM cards and travelers checks will not work in Cuba. We recommend bringing Euros for a better exchange rate.
Refillable water bottle (purified water available throughout the trip)
We suggest you pack light and comfortably. Cuba has no clothing taboos and is typically very casual (and colorful!)
Lightweight sweatshirt / thin jacket
Rain Gear - Waterproof Windbreaker or Rain Coat
Pajamas (comfortable enough for tropical weather)
One pair of flip flops / sandals
One pair of tennis shoes / closed toe sandals (these are for walking)
Bath / Personal:
Personal medication (should be in original bottles -or- original prescription)
Glasses / contacts / contact solution
Personal toiletries (U.S. brands are not available)
Light day bag or pack (small backpack would be ideal)
Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or Power Bars).
Noise canceling earplugs (for light sleepers)
washcloth (not all casas provide these)
Suggested donations (optional): aspirin, vitamins, band-aids, school supplies, English/Spanish dictionaries, AA batteries, kid’s clothes, towels, & bed sheets.
Casas Particulares Provides:
Linens / blankets
Bath towel (please feel free to bring an additional towel for bathing if you prefer, generally 1 is provided.)
Most common voltage in Cuba is 110 although most hotels have 220 sockets
You may bring your camera for photos or use a smartphone for a camera (some museums may charge a small 1-3 CUC fee)
Professional video equipment is NOT permitted
Your cell phone will NOT receive a signal in Cuba (this is changing quickly - your provider may offer plans specifically for Cuba)
PLEASE DO NOT bring any satellite phones or short wave radio phones, this includes walkie talkies.
Wifi and internet access is available in hotels for purchase (usually about 14 CUCs for 2 hours)
You can access WIFI using your smartphone or tablet. You can bring a laptop with you as well but it is not advisable.
If you plan on bringing a laptop, please be advised it is common that a customs official may ask to inspect it and then record that you brought it into the country. Do not bring more than one laptop per person.
Please Keep In Mind - Things are Different in Cuba! We want you to have a comfortable experience but you'll need to remain flexible!
Cuban septic systems often cannot handle toilet paper so you will need to dispose of this in trash cans at the casas particulares.
Water pressure can sometimes be weak and hot water may not always be as hot as you'd like
Please always let your guide know if you have any questions or need anything along the way
*Laundry service is available at some casas for a nominal charge. We advise that you should bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry during the trip.
*Electrical outlets in Cuba are the same as in the United States. Voltage is 110 volts or 220 volts. There is no adapter needed if coming from the U.S. (note: In rare cases, you may find a two-pronged circular European plug).