Cuba Useful Information | Casa Particular


 

How to get to Cuba
The main gateway to the island is the José Martí International Airport in Havana, although other airports in the country that connect the country with over fifty cities worldwide. You can also access by sea dare marine and ports usually welcome visitors.Jose Marti International Airport (IATA: HAV) has three separate terminals. Terminal 1 is for internal (domestic) flights, Terminal 2 is mainly for charter flights from the USA and Terminal 3 is used for all other international flights.Viazul operates an inter-city coach service to/from most major destinations including Camagüey, Cienfuegos, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio, Sancti Spiritus, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Varadero and Viñales. The main Viazul bus terminal is 3km southwest of central Havana. Schedules are posted on the Viazul website.

Private house
Casa Particular - Spanish for "Private House"; Private Houses plural - is a phrase meaning or Private Accommodation Private Homestays in Cuba, very similar to Bed and Breakfast Also, Although it can take the form of Home Vacation Rental.

Happiness: The guest can quickly develop genuine Cuban relationships and become deeply involved in the culture of the country. Before he/she knows it, the guest will be part of the family and be made to feel very special. Staying in a big resort makes slim the opportunity to talk to and make friends with the real people, only meeting hotel workers and other tourists. Freedom: The guest will enjoy the free and easy atmosphere, feel completely at home in the casa particular and will be able to invite friends over. The current regulations for state-run hotels don’t allow to have Cuban guests invited to hotel rooms. Less Expensive Trip: It is almost always cheaper to stay in a private room than in a hotel. The guest will have more money left to spend on taxis, restaurants, night clubs and museums. Helping people directly: By renting a casa particular, the guest will be directly contributing to a person or family's standard of living which allow the family to help other relatives as well. Knowledge: Cubans love to share knowledge about their country and their culture. In particular, Cubans love to discuss politics and share their views on the revolution - for good and for bad. In the comfort of a casa particular, the host may open up and share information that he/she might hesitate to share in public.


Advantages
A Homestay is a private family establishment Basically That Provides paid lodging, Usually on a short-term basis. In General Under This term you can find full and apartment houses, homes people inside rooms, mini-apartments or rooms with separate entrance (studio or efficiency type rooms) and Villas.
The cost and quality of private homes Usually are indicative of the accommodation type and type of services available. Most of the private homes are rented for short term to Travelers. Also long term accommodation is provided by some houses, Especially for foreign students. In Havana, the Private Houses Usually are family apartments and a number of them are houses.


Population
Cuba is The most populous island in the Caribbean and home to over 11 million residents. It is a multi-ethnic melting pot with a population That is 65 percent white, 24 percent mixed-race, ten percent black and one percent Chinese. Due to the free education system, the cities are becoming filled With people pursuing higher education. To Increase the population in rural areas, the Cuban government has land Offered incentives to city-dwellers and Cuban governmental Citizens must have consent before moving to Havana.


Language
Spanish is the official language of Cuba. PLEASE NOTE THAT Cuban-Spanish contains variations, making it difficult for native-Spanish speakers, WHO May get lost in translation at times. The majority of Cubans only know Spanish, but in larger cities and tourist areas, Inglés is spoken Commonly


Religion
It presents a peculiar religious diversity in the Catholic and Afro-Cuban religions prevail, although there are also other practivas and beliefs

Immigration Regulations
The visitor must have a valid travel document issued or her name and the relevant visa or tourist card passport. The countries with which Cuba maintains visa exemption agreements are excluded. Tourists cards can be requested at the Cuban consular representations abroad. To prolong his stay in Cuba or change the kind of tourism for which he has traveled, you must go to the tourism bureau of the hotel. For more information on migration regulations and customs check the site of the General Customs of Cuba


Climate
The climate in Cuba is hot tropical, there are two distinct seasons dry November to April and the rainy season from May to October, the annual average temperature is 24.6 degrees Celsius and relative humidity of 80%.

Time
The time zone of Cuba is the GMT-0500 and coincides with the standard time in the United States, Cuba has the same time as New York, Miami, Washington and Canada. From March to October summer time to the advancement of one hour to standard time it is adopted.

Electric and TV signal
Electricity in Cuba is 110V 60Hz, although newly built facilities there 220 v 60 Hz, electrical equipment fitted with round pin must be brought with flat pin adapter.
TV signals are NTSC (American), the country has five public TV channels and most of the hotel facilities, satellite TV signals are also received. The country is starting to transmit digital signal (TDT) using for this the Chinese standard.


Medical care and insurance
With a general primary care and hospital network high, the country also has institutions for the treatment of dermatological disorders, retinitis pigmentosa, vision disorders among others. There are pharmacies, clinics and international optics for the attention of visitors. Since May 2010 the visitors must have travel insurance with medical coverage that includes medical expenses or medical insurance policy with coverage in Cuba. For more information on this topic visit the site ASISTUR traveler service.


Coin
The national currency is the Cuban peso (CUP), which equals 100 cents notes circulating 1,3,5,10,20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 pesos and fractional coins of 1, 5, 20 cents as well as 1 and 3 pesos. In the Houses of Change (CADECA) enabled for the sale of Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). The change is now fluctuating between 20.00 and 25.00 CUP for 1 CUC. The convertible official exchange rate against the dollar is fixed in one by one throughout the national territory, although the continuous current 10 percent tax applied to those wishing to buy convertible pesos with US dollars.
You can pay with euros in several destinations, and you can change any currency convertible pesos in airports, banks, hotels or at the homes of Changes enabled in all cities.
It is accepted as payment with credit cards Cabal, Transcard, Visa and Mastercard providing they have not been issued by US banks or their subsidiaries.
You can check the CUC exchange rate against other currencies on the website of the Central Bank of Cuba.

Safety in Cuba
Cuba is one of the safest countries in Latin America with a relatively low rate of violent crime countries. The assaults are rare, although it is recommended to be careful at night and in air away from the center of cities and remote locations.

Transport system and car rental
Cuba has a road infrastructure and transportation system that links all parts of the country, as well as the tourist regions and sites. The bus transport has the VIAZUL line. It also has domestic flights connecting every city in the country.
A network of state and private taxis in all cities and tourist destinations and you can rent cars and vans in hotels and agencies in the country. To rent a car must have a valid driving license and passport.
Do not let the experience of traveling in an old car feel, in all cities will have at its disposal a network of classic cars in perfect condition, Jewelry on wheels 1940 and 1950 tour will take you to all tourist destinations from Cuba.


Communications and Internet
Upon arrival in Cuba pruning the services of Cubacel SA for cell phone, you can rent a phone or bring your own and activate the Cuban standard for cellular telephony GSM 900 MHz.
There is internet access in most hotels and tourist facilities in major cities and tourist destinations are Internet cafes, there are also areas WIFI. Internet connection in Cuba is not known for its speed.



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