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1. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

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My wife and I will be spending 2 weeks in Cuba in April, and arenĀ“t sure about money issues such as US dollars, ATM machines for Visa, etc.
Cana anyone help with tips on what to bring (USD, Credit Cards or travellers cheques)

Thanks
Anthony

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

The use of the US Dollar has been scrapped - you will now need to convert your money into Cuban Convertible Pesos upon arrival. Any major currency can be converted to the convertible peso, so no need to bring US dollars specifically.

Any US based credit card won't work in Cuba, but your Aussie based cards should be find.. I don't recall any ATMs, but they might exist. I would bring as much cash as you think you need.

Greg

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I used US dollars in Cuba, but that was about 6 or 7 years ago. I wonder if locals still accept US money as tips...?

Speaking of which, if you're planning to tip at hotels (at least all-inclusive ones), be sure to bring little amenities that are hard to come by in Cuba. I got a huge hug and extra bottled water every day from the housekeeper for leaving asprin, hard candy, razors, soap, toothpaste - things like that. It's almost impossible for them to buy, and so simple for us to give.

4. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

Have just checked the official Cuba tourist website and they charge 10% commission to change USD to their pesos.
Does anyone know if you can get cash advances in Euros from banks in Lima?

5. Posted by kaisha (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

Hi,

I was in Cuba last march and the dollar is still used everywhere.We used them the whole time, and the atms will dispense them not pesos.Tourists were genereally encouraged to use them as it helps their economy so much more then the peso, and in some places we were fromwned upon for using pesos for entry to clubs etc.
Most prices will be in dollars and pesos-one for locals and one for tourists, but if you wanted to spend some pesos here and there you will have a much cheaper experience.Take some small denominations of dollars too, for tipping maids,doormen etc. as its seen as a standard in havana.
Its quite common to have barmaids/cleaners with PHDs who have left there jobs to work in tourism, as it is dollar not peso based, and tips mean so much to them.
Cheers

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Just to be clear, the rules have changed since Kaisha was last there. The US Dollar is no longer accepted (as of November 8, 2004). Now travellers to Cuba must exchange their money for Convertible Pesos (CUC).

More details here: CUC.

Greg

7. Posted by titovv (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

hey!!!

no!!!! if you are going to cuba, bring either Canadian Dollars or Euros, DONT bring USD, as they will keep 10% of it when you convert it to the Cuban convertible peso.

atms work, but... they ask for a 5 or 6 digit code.. i didnt understand that.. and if your card is american, forget it..

thats it, watch out with people that will tell you a whole story about him or his family, they just want money, they will say really almost anyything to get money, so simply dont give!!!!

bye

8. Posted by mr.janvi (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I was in cuba for a month two years ago and the USD was still very much in circulation. In fact the cuban people preferred the USD as this is accepted pretty much everywhere. The best thing to do is to carry either Euros or USD and convert them once you are there. The rate is generally fixed (when I was there it was two pesos cubanos for 1 USD) things mught have changed although I doubt the USD will not get you what you want. Cuban people are very nice people although the truth is they will be your friend and expect you to give them money. Good luck and enjoy your trip.

9. Posted by mr.janvi (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I was in cuba for a month two years ago and the USD was still very much in circulation. In fact the cuban people preferred the USD as this is accepted pretty much everywhere. The best thing to do is to carry either Euros or USD and convert them once you are there. The rate is generally fixed (when I was there it was two pesos cubanos for 1 USD) things mught have changed although I doubt the USD will not get you what you want. Cuban people are very nice people although the truth is they will be your friend and expect you to give them money. Good luck and enjoy your trip.

10. Posted by donlee23 (Full Member 34 posts) 11y

Be careful with lots of cash in Cuba as anywhere else. Never invite strangers to your hotel room, had a friend from India who was robbed by a too friendly lady some years ago.
A tip for Americans..to barter in Cuba for services such as transportation, meals and possibly housing bring Baseball Bats, Gloves, Balls and other Equipment and ask the taxi driver to take you to "Parque Central" where amateur players gather daily (if you speak Spanish or even "honnnrun" all the better!)Cubans are Baseball crazy and argue over Baseball in public to let the steam off. Purchase your Euros before departure (in US any large Bank) and don't flash money around. A doctor in Cuba makes less than equivalant $40USD a Month, Cubans who are not employees of your Resort Hotel are not allowed to enter the premises. If you don't speak Spanish, take caution and leave your US ATM Card at home. Play Ball!!!! I had the time of my life!!!!