The recommended basic items for Cuban tourists are listed as follows:
ü Clothing: Seasons in Cuba are similar to those in the United States, specifically to the state of Florida’s climate setting. During the summer months (May through September), we recommend packing light clothes as the weather will most likely be very hot with high levels of humidity. During the rest of the year, it’s advisable to bring a long-sleeved shirt or light sweater for the evenings. Since you’ll be walking from place to place throughout your stay, casual walking shoes or sneakers are recommended. Daytime clothing can be casual, but should be appropriate according to international dressing codes. You may also want to pack a nicer outfit for evening dining if you choose.
o Note: Temperatures in Cuba can range from 60 °F in the winter (not very common) to 90-100 °F in during summer months. It is common to have air conditioner in restaurants, hotels and other indoor facilities, so layering can also be wise. Also keep in mind that not all places have A.C. in Cuba, so sometimes it can also be quite hot.
ü Bathing suit: Bringing a bathing suit is almost mandatory. Cuba is known for its unique beach spots and attractions, and tourists are given the possibility to visit them and enjoy their many features. Plus, many of our hotels feature swimming pools.
ü Bug Spray: Due to Cuba’s tropical climate settings and the abundant presence of several mosquito species (specially during nighttime), we recommend bringing it (specially travelers with acute allergic reactions or skin diseases).
ü Sunscreen, sunglasses and sun hats: Daytime temperatures in Cuba, especially during summer season, can reach high levels (highest registered temperature reads have shown up to 38 °C or 100.4 °F) and are associated with the reception of high solar radiation rates due to the island‘s proximity to the Tropic of Cancer. In order to enjoy all of the country’s features and avoid severe sunburn from prolonged exposure, we recommend the use of these products and clothing.
ü Rain gear: The rainy season in Cuba typically runs from May to November and the dry season is between December and April. Keep in mind that it may rain at any time, so it is wise to always have rain gear when traveling to Cuba.
ü Prescribed and non-prescribed medications: Cuba offers tourists the possibility of buying Over the Counter (OTC) drugs in International Drug Stores. Nevertheless, since most tours implicate moving from place to place, bringing internationally recognized OTC drugs and basic first aid components (such as hand sanitizers, Band-Aids and sticking plasters) is also recommended. As with most international destinations, tourists with mandatory prescription drugs must bring them in their individual, original, pharmacy-issued bottles.
ü Cash: Due to Cuba’s political and economic status, Credit Card Terminals and ATM functions regarding U.S. credit cards do not work. It is mandatory for foreigners (especially U.S. citizens) to bring cash in order to cover their expenses. Details regarding currency exchange and money handling are explained below.
Note: PLEASE REFER TO CUBAN CUSTOMS policies for allowances, restrictions and limitations: (www.aduana.co.cu