Become a hero to your friends back in America
You can legally bring $100 worth of cigars home.
Understand how the currency works
Cubans use the peso (CUP) for small everyday items like sandwiches. Visitors use the convertible peso (CUC), which has a much greater value than the CUP. 1 CUC = 1 USD, but you’ll be penalized 10% when you convert. The best place to exchange your money is at the CADECA (the official government exchange bureau), but you can also exchange money at airports, and many hotels such as Hotel Nacional.
You will not be able to use your bank card
Technically US credit card bans are being lifted under new regulations, but very, very few businesses are set up to support it. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find an ATM so you better bring down a bunch of cash. $100 for every day you’ll be there is a good place to start.
You can buy an Internet card for 4.50CUC at ETESCA (the state telephone company) offices, or find Wi-Fi at various hotels like Hotel Habana Libre, Hotel Inglaterra, or Hotel Nacional.
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