GOOD THINGS TO KNOW

Tipping in Cuba-what’s the etiquette?

As with most countries, people in the service industry rely on tips, but this is even more important in Cuba. The average salary for a service worker is 12 CUC per month. As mentioned in our other guide on carrying cash, you'll want to have enough on hand to tip when appropriate.

Please be prepared to leave 1 CUC for every meal, every cab ride per person, and don’t forget the “entertainers”…musicians, etc that will perform for you just about everywhere. A daily tip of 1 CUC for your housekeepers is also a nice gesture.

Dollar sign. Tipping in Cuba etiquette for travel to Cuba.


What will the weather be like and what type of clothing should I bring?

Will I need a passport and/or visa?

Credit Cards? Can they be used in country during the trip?

Tell me about the local currency and exchange rate?

Electrical current info and what type of electronics should I bring?

How much spending money should I bring and is emergency cash available?

What is the local language and how much English is spoken?

Will there be cell phone and internet available? Or will my cell and laptop have service?

What Exactly is “People to People” cultural travel?

Will We Have Any Free Time?

What should I wear? What should I pack in general?

What’s the story on Tipping?

What kind of reception can Americans expect from the Nationals?

In case of illness or accident, what are my options?

What about the food and water, safe?

What can I purchase while in Cuba and bring back to the USA?

By What Authority Is Experience Cuba Now Able to Legally Host Trips to Cuba?

Any final recommendations?

Bruce Byers and WPCE- Cuba
Bruce Byers and WPCE- Cuba