10 Things NOT to Do in Cuba

  • Опубликовано: 18 фев 2016
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    Did you know up until 1997, it was actually illegal for Cubans to mingle with tourists? It's okay now though, and today even Americans are allowed to explore the country that was barred to them for 55 years. This unique “time warp” island is generally safe and friendly, but there are a few things NOT to do in Cuba.
    1. Don’t Bring Bling
    The average Cuban salary is about $20 per month, so don't flaunt your wealth. Walking around with dazzling jewelry and slick smart phones can make you a target to pickpockets.

    2. Don’t Take Pics of Police
    It’s illegal to take photos of any military, police or airport personnel in Cuba. If you want to avoid unpleasant interrogations from the authorities, don’t get snap-happy in front of these officials.
    3. Don’t Diss Fidel
    It's illegal for Cubans to criticize the government. Of course, they may discuss things covertly amongst themselves, but you don’t qualify. So don’t dare to diss the Castros or Communism in casual conversation.

    4. Don’t Blow Your Nose in Public
    Cubans consider this to be extremely rude. If you have a cold or allergies, it’s best to take care of things in private.
    5. Don’t Fall for the Jineteros
    A Jinetero is a seemingly friendly local that suddenly charges you for assistance you didn’t really ask for. Some of these hustlers besiege you with hard-luck stories to guilt you into paying more money. This also applies to the escorts and prostitutes on the island who make a living off of lonely middle-aged tourists.
    6. Don’t Forget to Bring a Few Gifts
    Local hotel staff and guides appreciate cash tips, but also things like shampoo, school supplies or canned tuna. Some airlines allow passengers to bring an extra bag full of sundries like this for “humanitarian aid” purposes.
    7. Don’t Get Short Changed
    The official local currency is the CUP, however tourists have to use the CUC, but there's a 13% exchange fee when converting US dollars. Best to bring euros, Canadian dollars or Sterling. Also beware of Jineteros offering to exchange with you on the streets. Even shop keepers are notorious for short-changing and switching CUP for CUC!
    8. Don’t Take Unlicensed Taxis
    Cuba’s streets are full of these: and some even operate as taxis. Many are not metered, so you’ll have to negotiate a fare upfront. Watch out for unlicensed taxis, you may be setting yourself up for a scam or robbery.
    9. Don’t Forget the Cigars
    John F. Kennedy famously stocked up on 1,200 cigars before imposing the 1962 embargo. After 50 years, Americans can now legally bring back $100 worth of tobacco and alcohol.
    12. Don’t Do Drugs
    Cubans can receive the death penalty for drug consumption. Tourists however can be sent to maximum security prison.

    Most important of all, don’t delay coming here. Cuba is a magical country you'll want to see before word gets out.

Комментарии • 695

  • Sam Peterson
    Sam Peterson 12 часов назад

    I have a very strong feeling that the person that made this video has never been to Cuba

  • Silk Spectre
    Silk Spectre День назад

    Ok so bring Euros and a native Cuban friend with you and you should be just fine. Go on your own risking forgetting even one of those things in the "don'ts" category and suffer gratuitously. Oh my damn. I'm glad that I have had the chance to meet and keep a really close friend of mine, whom I love, from Cuba. I'm excited to go!

  • Andrew Hawawini
    Andrew Hawawini 2 дня назад

    How about fuck all cubans, do whatever the hell you want and carry a pocket knife at all times

  • pepijn lem
    pepijn lem 2 дня назад

    The avarage Cuban salary is not 20$ a month, they get payed per 1,20$ a month you ignorant american.....

  • Angelica Maria Estrada Pacheco
    Angelica Maria Estrada Pacheco 3 дня назад

    I'm Cuban, 26 years old and scientist. Blowing your nose is normal, I have allergies and I do it all the time. In my experience turist don't get involve with jineteros unless they want to, and anyway if someone bothers you, you can always call the police, they tame this seriously. And there's not such thing as illegal or dangerous taxis. The old American cars are the taxis we all use. They are exquisit for tourists and you'll be fine. About the other stuff it might be.

  • Camila Piña
    Camila Piña 5 дней назад

    Cuba is not a country it's an island

  • Stephanie Reyes
    Stephanie Reyes 5 дней назад

    I’m Cuban I’m from Santa Clara and blowing your nose is perfectly fine

  • Ryan7
    Ryan7 7 дней назад

    I from Cuba this video is so bad Lmao u need to Cuba

  • José Gómez
    José Gómez 9 дней назад

    So how do I pay prostitutes? In CUP, CUC , US dollars, or Euros? Please advise.

  • Daniela  Ponjuan Sanabria
    Daniela Ponjuan Sanabria 10 дней назад

    this video is bullshit

  • nukestrom
    nukestrom 13 дней назад

    Don't blow your nose in public no matter where. Its disgusting and I haven't seen this is being practiced elsewhere.

  • Brenno Calderan
    Brenno Calderan 14 дней назад

    number 11, don't be happy and healthy

  • Thomas
    Thomas 17 дней назад

    You CAN get CUP as a tourist and I highly recommend to change some CUC in CUP! You get a more authentic view of cuba when you use those often and get off way cheaper, too.

  • brainsareus
    brainsareus 18 дней назад

    I'm Ameican born of Cuban parents. I've got to say; that the taboo on public nose blowing, is news to me. Is this a post-revolutionary convention in Cuba [1959, onwards?]

  • ChewbaccaBalls 7
    ChewbaccaBalls 7 22 дня назад

    Many people actually hate Fidel

  • Alara Kroft
    Alara Kroft 23 дня назад


  • sr.ronald bolson
    sr.ronald bolson 23 дня назад

    basta de mentiras imperialistas

  • GeneralTarik
    GeneralTarik 26 дней назад

    Most of this is nonsense! It’s also insulting to the Cuban people who are warm and friendly. I didn’t want to leave when I visited and felt safer there then I do in my own country, America. I even took a picture of a Cuban police officer with my BIG, EXPENSIVE DSLR and didn’t get shot because he mistook it for a weapon, if you get my meaning.

  • Tropical gamer ;/
    Tropical gamer ;/ 26 дней назад

    I’m from the St.Croix an island from the Caribbean and I really want to go Cuba 😩

  • Sabrina Lameda
    Sabrina Lameda 26 дней назад

    I heard there's alot of brujira is that true

  • Freddy Igarza
    Freddy Igarza 26 дней назад

    me to im caban to

  • Joy Hoffmann
    Joy Hoffmann 28 дней назад

    You can use both currencies..
    You even need to if you want to ride with the taxi collectivos.. they‘re not allowed to take CUC

  • Jose Silva
    Jose Silva 28 дней назад

    I stumble upon one of this kind of videos of my country 😂
    Blowing your nose in public not a big deal at all
    Everything else on point .

  • Ibis Marquez
    Ibis Marquez 28 дней назад

    What the heck is this crap? Some dude literally sneezed in my face while I was shopping with my cousin in Stgo de cuba.! And you’re saying blowing your nose in public is offensive? This isn’t Indonesia where you can’t chew gum in public. Have you seen what the streets look like in Havana? Makes you wonder if there’s a garbage strike. When I go to Cuba it’s not the jineteros I’m worried about swindling me out of money with their sad stories. It’s my family who give me some bs sad story they can’t make ends meet but I make plenty to give some to them! Bring gifts for hotel employees? Not if you got family waiting for a whole wardrobe of clothes and footlocker sneakers and audio and tv equipment! I wish a hotel employee asked me for a gift. That’s the last day they’re working at that hotel. You can pay in U.S. dollars which the locals will love you for giving them a whole months salary with $20. You’ll make a new best friend for the rest of your life. This video is full of dumb ideas.

  • fire defender
    fire defender 29 дней назад

    Wouldn't go there if I was paid to.

  • p0gue
    p0gue Месяц назад

    Utterly worthless

  • Ann Winifred Parkes.
    Ann Winifred Parkes. Месяц назад

    I have been to Cuba three times .... loved it!! From UK. 😗

  • Francisco Burgos
    Francisco Burgos Месяц назад


  • diz gurl
    diz gurl Месяц назад

    Bruh in cuba me and my mom would take unlisecensed taxis like wtf it aint gon do notin

  • brian lea
    brian lea Месяц назад

    I feel drinking rum would be a little hollow when i'm partying on an island that would have Bob Marley arrested.
    All this fake good-natured bullshit about friendly cigar smoking but smoke and 1 spliff and they'll fuck you up.
    This is the same smiling, conceited shite in Ireland with whiskey.
    France with wine etc.
    All's I'm saying is that much as your societies pretend to be tolerant and fun, they aren't. And all the cocktails in the world can't quench the smug fear perpetrated by prohibitionist twats in all countries
    I know I'm ranting but I'm a little tired of being surrounded by smug alcohol slurping twats who believe themselves to be fun dancing around to reggae drunk, you mention ganja and they look at you like a criminal.
    Cuba is just one of those places i'll never see

  • David Martin
    David Martin Месяц назад

    At Dos Gardenias, I heard a stooopid fat Yank ask for a rum which is not available on the island, because the owners cleared off to the Bahamas after the Revolution. Fortunately only I, sitting at a nearby table, understood him, because he asked for bə'kɑːrdiː and not bækær'diː. If they had understood and wanted to lynch him, I would not have intervened. I think he had arrived in Cuba via Mexico, because he was protesting that he could not find tortilla chips and salsa on the menu - tosser!

  • Harley Boy
    Harley Boy Месяц назад +2

    Im cuban🇨🇺

  • Mildly_Manic_Cuban
    Mildly_Manic_Cuban Месяц назад

    Canned tuna... what are we, fucking cats? if you're looking for cats, go to the back alley butcher shops.

  • Soph and Gino studios
    Soph and Gino studios Месяц назад

    Thx now I know what not to do to my trip to CUBA 🇨🇺

  • Midnight
    Midnight Месяц назад +1

    Hey, I love Ironside too LOL

  • Marianne Joy Rabanal
    Marianne Joy Rabanal Месяц назад

    Just to be honest, Havana Cuba fighted with the USA. So you need to bring a old car to Cuba or you won’t be aloud. They’re called Oldtimers. 😉 hehe.

  • Roulette Dave
    Roulette Dave Месяц назад

    Dont understand the Cuban doller.

  • Dimond Enterprise
    Dimond Enterprise Месяц назад +2

    I was born in Cuba

  • ponchobill72
    ponchobill72 Месяц назад

    Just got back from Cuba on Thursday. Stayed on the resort. My advice is to STAY on the resort and DON"T smoke weed or snort Coke while your there. Theres plenty of good drink to fuck you up. Tip your maid well at the beginning of your stay and she will fucking love you. Not in a "long time" sort of way, but you wont go without towels or a stocked fridge while your there. The tourist peso is a scam but you should know that going in. All in all...your probably there for fun in the sun and Cuba definately delivers. And also...if you go to Cuba and try to hook up with a prostitute then your really asking for trouble and you should probably just stay home and watch internet porn.

  • Guilty Pleasure
    Guilty Pleasure Месяц назад +1


  • Guilty Pleasure
    Guilty Pleasure Месяц назад +1

    What the fuck is wrong with u

  • TheBSideDJ
    TheBSideDJ Месяц назад

    is there a possiblity to inform youtube about "informative" uploads that are incorrect, so the upload can be deleted by youtube... Maybe youtube should make a category "informational uploads" which should be evaluated on correctness.

  • saad mehmood
    saad mehmood Месяц назад

    fidel wasent a communist. he only used them as protection from america.

  • Simone Rossiello
    Simone Rossiello Месяц назад

    I’m Cuban and you should stop talking shit about Cuba and go criticize other countries if you don’t know one

  • nikita lobban
    nikita lobban Месяц назад +1

    What kind of video is this-you know so much about Cuba don't you? Well get the facts then come do another video. Probly you should do a video on how to get factual information.

  • Noel Molina Portelles
    Noel Molina Portelles Месяц назад

    You're a complete f****** stupid ass****. Everything is fake. It's a f****** faked video. Most of the scenes are taken in some other countries.

  • NexterRBLX
    NexterRBLX Месяц назад

    Fidel is dead 😢😢😢😢😢

  • qwerty 13420
    qwerty 13420 Месяц назад

    I call Bullshit

  • Pink Princess
    Pink Princess Месяц назад

    I’m cuban and blowing your nose in public is like blowing it anywhere else

  • Content Reviewer
    Content Reviewer 2 месяца назад

    i am happy to say i visited cuba a year ago and loved every second of it

  • chacaraman
    chacaraman 2 месяца назад

    What is cuber?

  • Arianna Cordoves
    Arianna Cordoves 2 месяца назад

    Damn this video is so fake im offended

  • Maria Perez
    Maria Perez 2 месяца назад

    Your also making Cubans look like vas people

  • Maria Perez
    Maria Perez 2 месяца назад

    Do even police do smoke and do drugs

  • Maria Perez
    Maria Perez 2 месяца назад

    Exuse me I’m Cuban and I was born there and it’s not illegal and you can do drugs in Cuban no one cares cause it cuba lots of smoke and that stuff

    • Maria Perez
      Maria Perez 2 месяца назад

      And it’s also not illegal blowing your nose

  • Likota Veliki
    Likota Veliki 2 месяца назад

    no drugs? what kind of vacation is that?

  • omarct
    omarct 2 месяца назад

    Except for the bling part(especially in Havana) and the convertible money part, you can ignore everything else. A bit of common sense will do you just fine.

  • Ailec Dreifuss
    Ailec Dreifuss 2 месяца назад

    There is a lot of inaccuracies in this video.

  • Jordirex
    Jordirex 2 месяца назад

    what shitty video is this? Really, who made it has no fucking idea.

  • god's herb
    god's herb 2 месяца назад

    I'd rather go to Israel or Jamaica anyways

  • Crni Covek
    Crni Covek 2 месяца назад

    What? This is all crap

  • Elena Goode
    Elena Goode 2 месяца назад

    This is actually really racist , wearing "Bling" in any country thats known for tourism like Italy or NYC can get you pick pocketed. Additionally saying "lonely middle aged men" are targets for prostituted women is ridiculous. Men target Cuba for sex tourism and take advantage of the poverty and lack of legal repercussions same as they do in Brazil! This video needs to be retired for its old colonial ignorant silly list!

  • Enrico Memmoli
    Enrico Memmoli 2 месяца назад

    ..first d't buy cigars in the street,100% fake bananas leaves!

  • joe blow
    joe blow 2 месяца назад

    Cuba is a fucking shit hole been there twice two times two many

  • Pupi Candela
    Pupi Candela 2 месяца назад

    That nose shit its a lie and the bling shit is like everywhere else

  • Richard Watson
    Richard Watson 2 месяца назад

    i like smoking weed so you can keep your magic , i won't go to cuba and blowing your nose well WTF ! is that all about

  • ruskodisco
    ruskodisco 2 месяца назад

    Tourists have to use the Cuck money.

  • Bilal Di Hocima
    Bilal Di Hocima 2 месяца назад

    The pickpockets was in medellin not in cuba,look carrefully at the taxi stop...

  • herrpauk
    herrpauk 2 месяца назад

    Lame, sketchy ass vid.

  • Harley QUNZIELL
    Harley QUNZIELL 2 месяца назад

    This isn’t true Cubans don’t steal we may be poor but we appreciate our things and for. Steal from other ppl

  • Adianet Izquierdo
    Adianet Izquierdo 2 месяца назад


  • Nathali Manes
    Nathali Manes 2 месяца назад

    This is all a lie.

  • Karla Herrera
    Karla Herrera 2 месяца назад

    This video is so inaccurate!!!!!!!

  • Smoky Bear
    Smoky Bear 2 месяца назад


  • Atlas
    Atlas 2 месяца назад

    Update....Americans can no longer go to Cuba.

  • Headlines Generator
    Headlines Generator 2 месяца назад


  • Headlines Generator
    Headlines Generator 2 месяца назад

    barred to Americans by Americans - get your fact straight

  • sofia acedo
    sofia acedo 3 месяца назад


  • Analeah Perez
    Analeah Perez 3 месяца назад

    What a bunch of bull crap. Very anti Cuban

  • xxelmigue1784
    xxelmigue1784 3 месяца назад

    who that fuck made this video?????? please don't pretend you know Cuba and its life style cause you are far from the real deal.

  • dream academy
    dream academy 3 месяца назад

    Thank God Fidel is dead

  • Pablo Barletta
    Pablo Barletta 3 месяца назад

    all this is only RUBBISH I just travel in Cuba and it is a measing!!!!! the people is just so sweet and kind you never see military soldiers !!! and the music is every where THIS IS JUST FAKE NEWS see other beautiful videos of Cuba BYE BYE

  • Chuck Stark
    Chuck Stark 3 месяца назад

    That does NOT sound like a fun time. I'm scared. I'm NOT going to spend my hard earned AMERICAN dollars in Cuba now. Thanks!

  • dandaddavi
    dandaddavi 3 месяца назад

    This guy just Shat all over Cuba for the entirety of the video and then suggests that we visit. 🤣🤣

  • Alexander Santana
    Alexander Santana 3 месяца назад +1

    I was born in Cuba in 1966. I live in America now and am thankful to be in the USA. Cuba is still a communist dictatorship. The people are subject to oppressive government with many human rights violations. I would never travel to Cuba while there is a non Democratic government. Most of the new Cuban immigrants that have come to America in the recent years don't care and travel continuously to Cuba and are the children of the revolution. They hate America and hate anyone that voted for Trump. I can spot them easily and kmow how to deal with them. They are treasonous people and should have not been given political asylum.

  • angie plays roblox
    angie plays roblox 3 месяца назад

    im cuban

  • Gray Foxx
    Gray Foxx 3 месяца назад


  • christo fat
    christo fat 3 месяца назад

    You can use CUP, but the use can be restricted to basic services !

  • Claudio Rocca
    Claudio Rocca 3 месяца назад

    Espero que no sacen otra vez otras boberia de mierda su este mañificos país.😡

  • Myron Martin
    Myron Martin 3 месяца назад

    Its still to poor for me to visit Cuba yet.

  • The Cigar Booth
    The Cigar Booth 3 месяца назад


  • Gema's Beauty
    Gema's Beauty 3 месяца назад

    most insulting, inaccurate facts about Cuba, I lived there for 15 years and these facts are false.

  • Joe Pothecary
    Joe Pothecary 3 месяца назад

    Do don'ts of China and uae

  • Alexa C.
    Alexa C. 3 месяца назад

    This is not very true

  • Genji Main!
    Genji Main! 3 месяца назад

    I serch this title cuz uh.. umm. .. we were learning about REFUGEE, REFUGEE is book and yea

  • Kopihue O.
    Kopihue O. 3 месяца назад

    Lies...lies...and more lies...It was and it is the USA government that don't allow americans to come to Cuban not the other way around.

  • Charlie Angel
    Charlie Angel 3 месяца назад


  • Tom Jones
    Tom Jones 3 месяца назад

    And do not go there.

  • ԋαɳʂ ωolʇ
    ԋαɳʂ ωolʇ 3 месяца назад

    no weed? pfff no thanks i dont go to cuba