Cuba is not a pocket friendly destination and while traveling through world’s last time warped, heavily sanctioned country, be prepared to bargain for everything. It is not an easy destination either and there are plenty of factors which frustrate its tourists. The lack of easy public transportation is one such thing and everything is either overpriced or of poor quality. It makes sense to carry water purifying tablets, energy drinks, cereal bars etc from home along with toiletries, contact lens solution, tampons..just about everything you might need on the trip.

Contact lenses and solution, if found, would cost a bomb and do carry extra pair of sandals/floaters/crocs as the Cuban footwear includes mostly pointy toes and wobbly towering heels. Even swimsuits and sun hats are expensive and so are contraceptives, tampons, feminine washes etc. Be prepared to lug everything from home and for a reality check on Cuban life, visit one of their their supermarkets. Cuba is poised for change and soon its timeless vintage quality will be lost forever. Visit the island before that happens and experience life as it had been at least 50 years ago. Here’s an attempted list of Cuba’s travel costs incurred by me in 2011. Hope it helps.

AIRPORT TAXI (Havana) got robbed off 25 Cuc but had done it for 10 Cuc one way later during my trip…bargain for everything in Cuba.

AVERAGE TAXI COST(Not Cuba taxi) in Havana = 5-7 Cuc

SPANISH LESSON in Havana = 12 Cuc/2 hours

INTERNET (MELIA) = 5 Cuc/30 minutes

TU COLA (local cola) = 1 Cuc

STREET FOOD LUNCH = 1 Cuc (plate of chicken rice and 1 glass of refresco)

CASA (Santa Clara) = 10 Cuc with breakfast

TAXI To Viazul Bus Stop (Havana from Miramar) = 3 Cuc

DINNER (Casa in Santa Clara) = 5 Cuc

DRINK Alcoholic Pina Colada (street made but heavenly) = 1 Cuc

HIRED TAXI To Santa Clara from Havana = 40 Cuc

BUS TICKET (Santa Clara- Trinidad) = 8 Cuc

CASA (Trinidad) = 15 Cuc with breakfast

WATER (2 L) = 5 Cuc



CASA (HOLGUIN) = 12 Cuc with breakfast

TAXI (Holguin-Gibara) = 4 Cuc return

TAXI (Playa Ancon-Trinidad) = 5 Cuc

TAXI (Holguin-Moa) = 30 Cuc (star treatment)

TAXI (Moa-Baracoa) = 5 Cuc

WATER (2L from supermarket) = 2 Cuc

INTERNET (Intel shop) = 6 Cuc/2 hours

JUGO (ripped off by casa owner as free) = 4 Cuc but very yummy

BUS TICKET (Baracoa-Santiago de Cuba) = 15 Cuc

BUS TICKET (Santiago de Cuba-Havana) = 51 Cuc

LOCAL BUS (Havana..the weird Chinese ones) = 1 Cuc (Miramar-Centro Havana)

SHARED TAXI (Havana..the old ones with more than 2 people are these shared taxis usually plying fixed routes on fixed rates) = 1/2 Cuc..literally