Our family will be visiting Cuba for the first time this March. We are very happy to have found this wonderful forum - all of your comments have been very informative and helpful. Will you please help us with a few questions:
we will be staying in Havana for 2 days before going to Veradero ( Air Transat duo city package). The package includes hotel and breakfast in Havana only. How much cash do you think we need to bring for a family of 4 to spend in Havana ( 2 lunch, 2 dinners, snacks, tour or private tour of Havana, taxis, bus, admission, souvenirs etc.) ? ( for 2 adults and 2 teens). We just have no idea, never having been to Cuba before.
I have read on this forum that there are private tours and driver/personal guides in Havana that we can contact via email to arrange ahead of time. I saw a post from Martian in August, 2006 recommending Pototo. Email: email@example.com .
Will you recommend Pototo ? does he still do private tours ? are there others that you can recommend perhaps ? we are looking for someone English speaking and trustworthy to take us on a private tour of Havana ( we are very interested in the history, culture, arts and food in Havana). Any suggestions ?
A bit confused about what credit cards will be accepted. Will a BMO (bank of montreal) mastercard be ok in Cuba ? can we get cash advances from the bank in Cuba ( what bank do we go to ?).
We are going to Veradero for 4 nights AI - Tryp Peninsula. Any suggestions as to day trips to take while in Veradero ? anyone knows a driver and personal guide who can take us around for a day trip around Veradero ?
I’ve read the general information page , but if there are any helpful tips, guidance, info, or things to avoid that you can pass along to us first-timers, we would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you and look forward to your help and guidance.