Havana Cuba, What to expect as a tourist

In this short video I explain some of the unique aspects of visiting Cuba, from getting around to getting a room.
The dual currency/economy makes even the simple task of changing money an interesting experience!
Due to food shortages Cuba isn’t exactly a great culinary destination.
Compared to the rest of Central America it can be quite pricey for tourists. Be aware local wages can be as low as $15 USD a month and as tourism provides such a great influx of cash, there are many tourist touts and rampant prostitution.

In the same way that tourists visit Detroit to photograph the ‘ruin porn’ Havana is quite visually stunning.
Most of the cars are big and bold American made pre-1960 models and the architecture features a stunning array of styles from colonial to neo-classic, art deco to art nouveau.
Unfortunately for the residents, many of the buildings are in dangerous states of disrepair. It is not uncommon to see people living in a house next to another house that has crumbled into rubble!

Cuba has been one of my favourite destinations. Apart from being a photographers dream, I really liked the people. They were friendly and proud, honest and humorous.

I would suggest if people have been thinking of visiting Cuba, do it immediately. When American’s start visiting in huge numbers, it will change forever!

Notanico Merengue and Spanish Nights
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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