10 Tips for Your Cuban Vacation


There’s no doubt that winter can be a long and especially sun-deprived season. As the magic of the Holiday fades (and it fades way too fast in my experience), the reality of the cold months ahead begin to weigh on the spirit. When it’s not glittering and whimsical, winter is a relentless beast!

I’m relieved to say that winter is finally easing up, but this doesn’t mean you can’t get a jump on summer by planning a little vacation down south! If the beach is calling your name, grab your swimwear out of the depths of your closet – behind the knitted sweaters and long underwear – and book yourself a getaway. Ah, sweet escape!

After a much needed, week-long vacation in Varadero, Cuba, I’ve put together a few practical tips for you to keep in mind when travelling south. Now go enjoy the sun!

Cuba Collage 3


1. Pack Light (for goodness sake)!
You CAN pack for a week vacation in a carry-on, especially if you are going south. After packing for a two week holiday to France in a carry-on, I make it a point to NEVER bring more than I’ll actually use. Presumably by choosing to go south, you are trying to maximize your exposure to vitamin D, meaning most of your time will be spent in a swimsuit. If you bring two of anything (excluding underwear of course!) make it a second swimsuit.

2. Miniaturize Everything
DO NOT bring full-sized bottles of anything. Miniature is the way to go! Look for travel size containers and fill them with your most needed products. But remember, resorts usually have some essentials like soap and shampoo. Plus, unwashed, beachy, windswept hair looks amazing. Once you’ve narrowed down your can’t-live-without products, save yourself the hassle at airport security by having liquids pre-packed together in a Ziploc bag. Make sure the Ziploc is easily accessible so you’re not sheepishly rummaging through your bag should security need to inspect anything.

3. Bring a First-Aid Kit (really)
I wish I could say that resorts are the safety bubble of vacations, but alas they are not! On our recent trip to Cuba, our party of six decided to rent scooters to drive to a nearby market. My husband and I doubled up and we had a rough fall when we pulled a U-turn, hit the curb (then a palm tree), and fell over. Ouch. Unfortunately this was near the beginning of our trip, so was I ever grateful that my mom (who is always prepared – bless her), had packed a first-aid kit. Based on my unfortunate experience, I recommend including the following in your kit:

– Band-Aids of various sizes
– Non-stick gauze patches and a small roll of tear-friendly tape
– Advil, Imodium, Pepto-Bismol (you’ll be glad you did)
– After-sun lotion
– Ear plugs and nose strips (not first-aid, but essential if you travel with someone who snores!)

Note: Where possible, take the above items out of their boxes to reduce bulk. I like to bundle items together with their respective instructions and tie with an elastic. Then throw everything into a Ziploc bag.

Cuba Collage 2


During Your Stay

4. Seriously Unplug
“I will survive without my smartphone”. Somedays it’s hard to believe this is possible, but it is! I try to make this my mantra when I go on vacation, especially if I plan to stay at a resort where I don’t need access to itineraries or maps. The temptation to be on a mobile device is so real that I won’t even use my phone as a camera or an e-reader. After a few days you get the hang of it, and boy does it feel good. My phone has been on silent since I got home, and I changed my notification settings so I can extend the bliss of not being interrupted. Ahhh…

5. Bring Your Own Cup
No one will deny that on an all-inclusive vacation by the beach, you will be drinking a lot, wether you’re into cervesas, mojitos (my fave), or simple H2O. Drinks are usually served in small plastic cups, and this creates a ton of waste! If you’ve got the room, pack a reusable cup. I’m not talking Bubba Keg, there are plenty of nice options, such as the Starbucks Frappuccino tumblers. Bonus – they come with a straw! Just be sure to rinse it out with bottled/filtered water to avoid an upset stomach.

6. Trade vs. Buy
I almost never bring cash to the beach; too many chances I will either loose it in the sand, or spend time worrying about it being stolen. This can be inconvenient when there are a multitude of vendors who walk the beach with pretty things to sell. I have learned however, that many vendors are willing to trade their goods for clothing, which can be expensive for locals. While packing, see if you can make room for a few new or lightly worn items that could suite the Cuban climate. An exchange could be mutually beneficial.

7. BUT Do Bring Enough Cash
That said, you are going to need money. We made the mistake of not brining enough cash, because we assumed we could simply use our debit cards in a bank machine. Not so. Luckily we had friends who could spot us (thanks guys)! It may be scary to travel with a few hundred dollars on-hand, but know you should be able to request a safe in your room.

Alternatively you can try this nifty trick with your credit card: Before your trip, overpay your credit card bill by a few hundred dollars. This will result in a positive balance. Then when you take a cash advance using that credit card you will be drawing from the positive balance, thus avoiding interest fees (we’re talking 20% people)! Be sure to double check this with your own credit card company, as each will have it’s own policies. In my opinion, it’s still easier to just bring cash.

Cuba Collage 4

Going Home

8. You Must Pay to Leave
Ok, although it may be tempting to stay in Cuba forever, you will probably (eventually) want to leave the country and return home. It is very important that you keep 25 cuc per person, in order to pay your exit tax at the Cuban airport. No payment – no flight home. I recommend putting this money aside as soon as you get to your room. To be super safe, stick this cash in an envelope marked “Exit Strategy”.

9. Know What to Leave Behind
Lighten your load for the journey home by leaving certain items behind. If you’ve finished reading any books or magazines leave these in your room, or in the lounge for someone else to enjoy. The same goes for any clothing or shoes you might not wear back home. In my experience, staff are happy to pass items along.

10. Give Back
Over the years my parents (who head south every year) have made really good Cuban friends whose hospitality and kindness have made their vacations so very special! Why not reciprocate the love? Our small gestures of gratitude go a long way, whether you give tips, leave simple Thank You notes, or you feel comfortable bringing gifts. Items such as clothing and toiletries are always welcome, and can be shared with family and friends in need.

The grand rule-of-thumb when travelling is to leave a place better than when you arrived. So take care of the land, foster the friendships, and be sure to leave people smiling!

Happy vacationing!


979 thoughts on “10 Tips for Your Cuban Vacation

  1. Pingback: fetish-clothing
  2. Pingback: sailing tour
  3. Pingback: pax 3 battery life
  4. Pingback: alcohol statistics
  5. Pingback: anal sex
  6. Pingback: Dani Jensen
  7. Pingback: Rachel Starr
  8. Pingback: Christy Mack
  9. Pingback: Peta Jensen
  10. Pingback: Marley Brinx
  11. Pingback: Mia Malkova
  12. Pingback: Jada Stevens
  13. Pingback: slot machine
  14. Pingback: free online movies
  15. Pingback: عاشقانه
  16. Pingback: پنجره
  17. Pingback: Hundeskove
  18. Pingback: pendaftaran cpns
  19. Pingback: porno
  20. Pingback: porno
  21. Pingback: porno gratis
  22. Pingback: porno
  23. Pingback: videos porno
  24. Pingback: porno
  25. Pingback: porno
  26. Pingback: videos porno
  27. Pingback: porno
  28. Pingback: porno
  29. Pingback: videos porno
  30. Pingback: porno
  31. Pingback: videos porno
  32. Pingback: porno gratis
  33. Pingback: porno gratis
  34. Pingback: videos porno
  35. Pingback: porno gratis
  36. Pingback: groin wrap
  37. Pingback: cpns kemenkumham
  38. Pingback: black jack
  39. Pingback: Psp gaming console
  40. Pingback: zynga poker chips
  41. Pingback: suport lanseta
  42. Pingback: Porn
  43. Pingback: coin-banks.com
  44. Pingback: Willson Litle wil
  45. Pingback: DraftKings DFS
  46. Pingback: la clef
  47. Pingback: my baseball card
  48. Pingback: vpm
  49. Pingback: anime series
  50. Pingback: پنجره
  51. Pingback: vpn
  52. Pingback: TRUSSARDI
  53. Pingback: key
  54. Pingback: watch this video
  55. Pingback: 食品
  56. Pingback: internet business
  57. Pingback: game
  58. Pingback: دانلود
  59. Pingback: voucher codes
  60. Pingback: Surrey Limo
  61. Pingback: cheap loans
  62. Pingback: buy home
  63. Pingback: aws training
  64. Pingback: buy home
  65. Pingback: PPC UK
  66. Pingback: upvc
  67. Pingback: Double chambered
  68. Pingback: how to buy bitcoin
  69. Pingback: پنجره
  70. Pingback: پنجره
  71. Pingback: پنجره
  72. Pingback: gernas mall
  73. Pingback: پنجره
  74. Pingback: viagra
  75. Pingback: Mitch McConnell
  76. Pingback: walmartone login
  77. Pingback: Surrey Limo
  78. Pingback: walmart1
  79. Pingback: ed sheeran cd
  80. Pingback: buy proxy
  81. Pingback: download best
  82. Pingback: window
  83. Pingback: karaj
  84. Pingback: دانلود
  85. Pingback: cheap jordan 11s
  86. Pingback: google hd porn
  87. Pingback: Our site
  88. Pingback: Yakima Seo
  89. Pingback: Learn Colors
  90. Pingback: پنجره
  91. Pingback: پنجره
  92. Pingback: Portal
  93. Pingback: EVA TV
  94. Pingback: Yakima Seo Company
  95. Pingback: music charts
  96. Pingback: Seo
  97. Pingback: garden bridges
  98. Pingback: mkpromotion.pl/
  99. Pingback: Learn Colors
  100. Pingback: Edith
  101. Pingback: quality products
  102. Pingback: Masha & The Bear
  103. Pingback: how to vlog
  104. Pingback: fade haircut
  105. Pingback: live sex cams
  106. Pingback: صيانه
  107. Pingback: serving tools
  108. Pingback: karaj
  109. Pingback: tools
  110. Pingback: download
  111. Pingback: دانلود
  112. Pingback: window
  113. Pingback: پنجره
  114. Pingback: garden
  115. Pingback: More here
  116. Pingback: shane
  117. Pingback: Huntingdon
  118. Pingback: Judi Online
  119. Pingback: blackhead removal
  120. Pingback: vape dripper mods
  121. Pingback: buy hacklink
  122. Pingback: Washington Elvis
  123. Pingback: Togel Online
  124. Pingback: test bank free
  125. Pingback: Judi Togel
  126. Pingback: ad exchange
  127. Pingback: پنجره
  128. Pingback: آینه بغل
  129. Pingback: headhunting
  130. Pingback: Stroller canopy
  131. Pingback: music
  132. Pingback: نهنگ عنبر
  133. Pingback: free iphone porn
  134. Pingback: SkinAlley
  135. Pingback: news
  136. Pingback: Tueroeffnung
  137. Pingback: Bermain Olahraga
  138. Pingback: Judi Bola 77
  139. Pingback: maximainvestments
  140. Pingback: pornmd com
  141. Pingback: game hack
  142. Pingback: view it now
  143. Pingback: porn movie
  144. Pingback: game free
  145. Pingback: click here
  146. Pingback: Google cheat 2017
  147. Pingback: link98
  148. Pingback: watch illegal porn
  149. Pingback: closet doors
  150. Pingback: Oddsmonkey
  151. Pingback: Oddsmonkey
  152. Pingback: Oddsmonkey
  153. Pingback: Oddsmonkey
  154. Pingback: Oddsmonkey
  155. Pingback: Oddsmonkey
  156. Pingback: Oddsmonkey
  157. Pingback: WalmartOne Login
  158. Pingback: somulin review
  159. Pingback: eyevage review
  160. Pingback: steel funnel
  161. Pingback: today bitcoin rate
  162. Pingback: Georgia
  163. Pingback: smart film glass
  164. Pingback: San Diego SEO
  165. Pingback: yLIDAR Drone
  166. Pingback: mobile accessories
  167. Pingback: russell
  168. Pingback: sexmag.biz
  169. Pingback: mysterious places
  170. Pingback: news bhaskar
  171. Pingback: Read Full Article
  172. Pingback: Cryptocurrency
  173. Pingback: walmartone
  174. Pingback: zobacz
  175. Pingback: buy viagra online
  176. Pingback: Arvind Pandit
  177. Pingback: pornwik.com
  178. Pingback: feed babacams com
  179. Pingback: Clicking Here
  180. Pingback: Check This Out
  181. Pingback: Yahoo Finance
  182. Pingback: xtube assfuckz com
  183. Pingback: mspy
  184. Pingback: bunk bed singapore
  185. Pingback: KOREL DENTISTRY
  186. Pingback: walmart1
  187. Pingback: walmartone
  188. Pingback: See me vpizde mobi
  189. Pingback: anniversary gifts
  190. Pingback: momschips
  191. Pingback: cheap snapbacks
  192. Pingback: Origin oltkga-f ru
  193. Pingback: eico quote
  194. Pingback: deals
  195. Pingback: Proper Order
  196. Pingback: red bush tea
  197. Pingback: porn sites
  198. Pingback: dog presents
  199. Pingback: updated blog post
  200. Pingback: anthony morrison
  201. Pingback: al
  202. Pingback: anthony morrison
  203. Pingback: walmartone
  204. Pingback: usa online casinos
  205. Pingback: 陰道保養
  206. Pingback: best porn
  207. Pingback: heap iphone case
  208. Pingback: best porn
  209. Pingback: deeep.io
  210. Pingback: varmepumpe
  211. Pingback: best porn sites
  212. Pingback: porno
  213. Pingback: walmartone
  214. Pingback: poker
  215. Pingback: Free movies
  216. Pingback: bitcoin
  217. Pingback: Escorts Barcelona
  218. Pingback: shootingsevens.com
  219. Pingback: Salten Nordland
  220. Pingback: skullyville.com
  221. Pingback: exercise
  222. Pingback: پنجره upvc
  223. Pingback: amateur porn sites
  224. Pingback: best porn
  225. Pingback: Buy Tokens
  226. Pingback: covers accessories
  227. Pingback: job at home
  228. Pingback: walmartone
  229. Pingback: dig this
  230. Pingback: weblink
  231. Pingback: official site
  232. Pingback: Going Here
  233. Pingback: my site
  234. Pingback: excel tutorial
  235. Pingback: Baby play yard
  236. Pingback: fake gucci belt
  237. Pingback: video excel
  238. Pingback: xxx porn
  239. Pingback: skin whitening
  240. Pingback: excel
  241. Pingback: bridesmaid dresses
  242. Pingback: envio de paquetes
  243. Pingback: آینه بغل
  244. Pingback: payday loan
  245. Pingback: bitcoin
  246. Pingback: word press
  247. Pingback: ali-outdoor shop
  248. Pingback: sleep salon
  249. Pingback: attorney
  250. Pingback: drone-works.com
  251. Pingback: matthew pillmore
  252. Pingback: casinospel
  253. Pingback: link
  254. Pingback: jake burgess
  255. Pingback: Cheap Jordan Shoes
  256. Pingback: home quotes
  257. Pingback: Tags
  258. Pingback: watch this video
  259. Pingback: Lotto Dominator
  260. Pingback: typing
  261. Pingback: cbd oil review
  262. Pingback: cbd uses
  263. Pingback: read this
  264. Pingback: coupon code
  265. Pingback: pewność siebie
  266. Pingback: usaa home
  267. Pingback: Geico quotes
  268. Pingback: xyz軟體王
  269. Pingback: betrayal
  270. Pingback: 271bags store
  271. Pingback: mp3
  272. Pingback: Dr Robert H Keller
  273. Pingback: Sell Google Pixel
  274. Pingback: vortex bong
  275. Pingback: Bitcoin
  276. Pingback: I was reading this
  277. Pingback: Buy Viagra Online
  278. Pingback: Prova
  279. Pingback: a fantastic read
  280. Pingback: emp jammer
  281. Pingback: Windows 10 pro Key
  282. Pingback: bionda figa
  283. Pingback: buy china goods
  284. Pingback: Technologia
  285. Pingback: mieux bander
  286. Pingback: cardio
  287. Pingback: Manga comics
  288. Pingback: capacitor
  289. Pingback: ice totally gaming
  290. Pingback: love
  291. Pingback: xyz資訊工坊
  292. Pingback: free psn codes
  293. Pingback: payday loan
  294. Pingback: mainostoimisto
  295. Pingback: poker
  296. Pingback: Read More
  297. Pingback: ray bans
  298. Pingback: ken
  299. Pingback: instagram hack
  300. Pingback: eye doctor
  301. Pingback: click here
  302. Pingback: Read This
  303. Pingback: employeelogin
  304. Pingback: instagram hack 2
  305. Pingback: fag
  306. Pingback: Walmart1
  307. Pingback: click here
  308. Pingback: Girl Porn
  309. Pingback: geometry dash 2.2
  310. Pingback: www esurance com
  311. Pingback: women red bottoms
  312. Pingback: best free porn
  313. Pingback: Sanitär
  314. Pingback: learn more here
  315. Pingback: Click This Link
  316. Pingback: ventovox
  317. Pingback: HUNTING CLOTHING
  318. Pingback: free webcams
  319. Pingback: MILF Porn
  320. Pingback: Bourn hall clinic
  321. Pingback: best porn websites
  322. Pingback: NRA
  323. Pingback: Crypto Currency
  324. Pingback: Bridal gowns
  325. Pingback: Bulk SMS Grenada
  326. Pingback: 123 webportal
  327. Pingback: white noise mp3
  328. Pingback: see this site
  329. Pingback: porn tapes gratis
  330. Pingback: OIL RUBBED BRONZE
  331. Pingback: try this
  332. Pingback: she said
  333. Pingback: blog
  334. Pingback: Travel Deals
  335. Pingback: Pokies
  336. Pingback: Vibrator Sex Toys
  337. Pingback: click here
  338. Pingback: PDF Files
  339. Pingback: abogado accidentes
  340. Pingback: fuck
  341. Pingback: Home Page
  342. Pingback: This Site
  343. Pingback: matthew pillmore
  344. Pingback: Homepage
  345. Pingback: david sammon
  346. Pingback: hell
  347. Pingback: What if
  348. Pingback: xrated
  349. Pingback: lahore escorts
  350. Pingback: drone works ny
  351. Pingback: siófok taxi
  352. Pingback: Clicking Here
  353. Pingback: check my source
  354. Pingback: do you agree
  355. Pingback: locksmith near me
  356. Pingback: seo auditing
  357. Pingback: alcor windows
  358. Pingback: look what I found
  359. Pingback: great post to read
  360. Pingback: rectum
  361. Pingback: weblink
  362. Pingback: gay
  363. Pingback: porn videos
  364. Pingback: over here
  365. Pingback: full movie online
  366. Pingback: Kathrine
  367. Pingback: Lee
  368. Pingback: bitch
  369. Pingback: Nakesha
  370. Pingback: Shalonda
  371. Pingback: online shopping
  372. Pingback: Zenobia
  373. Pingback: visit
  374. Pingback: Tamika Hadden
  375. Pingback: Kvols
  376. Pingback: marijuana
  377. Pingback: true car value
  378. Pingback: sexo peru
  379. Pingback: hibiscus tea
  380. Pingback: weight loss system
  381. Pingback: weight loss diet
  382. Pingback: Neha Kakkar
  383. Pingback: Ivo blog
  384. Pingback: moved here
  385. Pingback: Continue Reading
  386. Pingback: cool board games
  387. Pingback: screwing
  388. Pingback: amolatina blog
  389. Pingback: server disposal
  390. Pingback: online deals
  391. Pingback: clubs barcelona
  392. Pingback: scalper trader
  393. Pingback: promocii onlain
  394. Pingback: leaking roof
  395. Pingback: mom
  396. Pingback: Find Out More
  397. Pingback: Market Analisa
  398. Pingback: Cleo
  399. Pingback: Url addresss
  400. Pingback: Find Out More
  401. Pingback: chongo en lima
  402. Pingback: taxi
  403. Pingback: business
  404. Pingback: butt
  405. Pingback: Get the facts
  406. Pingback: buy viagra
  407. Pingback: right here
  408. Pingback: hoar
  409. Pingback: I was reading this
  410. Pingback: blog
  411. Pingback: matthew pillmore
  412. Pingback: travel social
  413. Pingback: payday loans
  414. Pingback: Global Geeks
  415. Pingback: Brawl Stars Cheats
  416. Pingback: Go Here
  417. Pingback: maso
  418. Pingback: fuck
  419. Pingback: Unix socket
  420. Pingback: crap
  421. Pingback: befollowers scam
  422. Pingback: cock
  423. Pingback: capodanno versilia
  424. Pingback: Elbert
  425. Pingback: elvis impersonator
  426. Pingback: hole
  427. Pingback: Delmar
  428. Pingback: website design
  429. Pingback: see
  430. Pingback: copywriter
  431. Pingback: jizm
  432. Pingback: James Vertzayias
  433. Pingback: sex
  434. Pingback: Finity Group
  435. Pingback: penas
  436. Pingback: payday loan
  437. Pingback: honey comb blinds
  438. Pingback: facebook
  439. Pingback: dildo
  440. Pingback: matthew pillmore
  441. Pingback: drone works ny
  442. Pingback: Predictions
  443. Pingback: crap
  444. Pingback: jake burgess
  445. Pingback: david sammon
  446. Pingback: kunt
  447. Pingback: anus
  448. Pingback: have a peek here
  449. Pingback: James Vertzayias
  450. Pingback: Windows Atlanta
  451. Pingback: David Mirich
  452. Pingback: hoar
  453. Pingback: TenerifeForum
  454. Pingback: Lips
  455. Pingback: fart
  456. Pingback: she said
  457. Pingback: poema
  458. Pingback: cunt
  459. Pingback: dating site review
  460. Pingback: xrated
  461. Pingback: James Vertzayias
  462. Pingback: xrated
  463. Pingback: Mexico writer
  464. Pingback: More Info
  465. Pingback: dry lips treatment
  466. Pingback: copywriter
  467. Pingback: microsoft
  468. Pingback: incest porn
  469. Pingback: Music Creation
  470. Pingback: orgas
  471. Pingback: James Vertzayias
  472. Pingback: semen
  473. Pingback: Ivanka Mcdonagh
  474. Pingback: shit
  475. Pingback: XXX PORN
  476. Pingback: Clyde Hollick
  477. Pingback: cokolwiek34
  478. Pingback: pola
  479. Pingback: shit
  480. Pingback: Unopar Colaborar
  481. Pingback: Read More Here
  482. Pingback: Persian Businesses
  483. Pingback: dick
  484. Pingback: m88th
  485. Pingback: Buy kona coffee
  486. Pingback: Buy kona coffee
  487. Pingback: Kona coffee brands
  488. Pingback: lion coffee beans
  489. Pingback: buy lion coffee
  490. Pingback: dick
  491. Pingback: trainer winnipeg
  492. Pingback: crap
  493. Pingback: protecao
  494. Pingback: Instagram
  495. Pingback: kona coffee brands
  496. Pingback: xxx
  497. Pingback: Cbd
  498. Pingback: xrated
  499. Pingback: vacations to go
  500. Pingback: orgas
  501. Pingback: porno
  502. Pingback: Urdu Typesetting
  503. Pingback: butt
  504. Pingback: jackoff
  505. Pingback: plastic bag
  506. Pingback: MLS Store
  507. Pingback: Roof rack
  508. Pingback: Arabic Typesetting
  509. Pingback: Judi Online
  510. Pingback: Free Shipping
  511. Pingback: hell
  512. Pingback: mobileporn
  513. Pingback: Arizona Locksmith
  514. Pingback: enema

Comments are closed.