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.
- Travel 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 (Gallon jugs of water available on the bus)
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
- Short-sleeved shirts
- Undergarments, socks
- Long pants
- Swim suit
- 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:
- Hand sanitizer
- Personal medication (should be in original bottles -or- original prescription)
- Glasses / contacts / contact solution
- Personal toiletries (U.S. brands are not widely available)
- Books and/or magazines
- Spanish/English dictionary
- Watch or small alarm clock
- Mini-flashlight / headlamp
- Extra batteries (for your flashlight)
- 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).
- Disposable camera, film camera or digital camera - and film or memory card(s) for digital camera
- 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
- Hand soap
- 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:
- Cuban septic systems often cannot handle toilet paper so you will need to dispose of this in trash cans at the casas
- 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).