How to Plan an All Inclusive Trip to Cuba

Adventure trips are so much fun to plan and execute, but sometimes you need an all-inclusive resort to relax and spend time on a beach. “Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a country comprising the island of Cuba, as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos.” Cubans are among the friendliest and warmest people so make sure to meet the locals! Cuba is generally safe when you’re travelling around the country and resorts are often a good place to stay to avoid petty crimes (like pickpocketing or currency scams). You should also be aware of contaminated tap water and terrible road conditions if you are driving.

Sunwing is an incredibly popular all-inclusive booking agent where you can book your flight and accommodations together in one package. Varadero, Cuba and Cayo Coco are two of the most popular destinations and the capital of Cuba, Havana, is a great day trip from either Varadero or Cayo Coco. A typical 5-star hotel or resort in Havana is the equivalent of a 2 or 3-star hotel with the prices of a standard 5-star hotel; however, I have found Cuba to be the cheapest sunny destination by far.

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What do you get at an all-inclusive?

Most all-inclusive resorts will include a buffet, snack bar, beach and pool access, water sports, a gym, and events every evening. Events are likely to include live music, dances and more. When you book your vacation, check the fine print: some include unlimited alcohol and food and others don’t. Typically the all-inclusive stay does not include the a la carte restaurants, day excursions, or tipping resort staff.

Should I bring local currency?

You should bring Cuban Pesos with you by exchanging at your local bank. Be wary of exchanging cash at the resort or locally as there are many scams. You will want cash for tipping resort staff, paying for a la carte restaurants and day excursions. In my opinion, tipping resort staff is a must and much appreciated by staff. Tipping your bartender at the beginning of the trip will benefit you for the entirety of your trip.

Do I need vaccines?

Check if you require a travel visa or vaccinations – this changes based on the country you’re visiting from as well as the country you’re travelling to. Travel diarrhea is very common when travelling to southern countries such as Cuba so you may want to take medication for that beforehand. Don’t drink the tap water in Cuba!

When is the best time to visit Cuba?

Between October and April is prime time to visit Cuba, with March and April the best, with longer and sunnier days without the humidity or rainfall. December to February and Easter are peak season for international tourists visiting Cuba and July and August are the busiest season for Cubans taking holidays, which drive prices of staying in Cuba up. January and February can be quite “chilly” (temperatures can drop as low as 15˚C, and even lower at night). Annual hurricane season is June to November, with September and October the worst, especially in coastal areas.

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What to wear in Cuba?

Casual clothes are a must for both daytime and nighttime! Cuba is a casual country and you won’t stand out in casual, comfy clothes. Bring comfortable walking shoes if planning to visit Havana, bring a wide brim hat and sunscreen for sun protection, and your bathing suit for lounging at the beach! Other items you may want to consider are an umbrella and a poncho if visiting during the rainy season.

What to pack for Cuba?

Most personal products, like sunscreen, feminine hygiene, deodorant, bugs spray, etc. are very expensive because they are not common. Bring your own items, especially to keep costs down.

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