Top Ten Cuba Travel Tips 2017!

  • Опубликовано: 29 янв 2017
  • Are you traveling to Cuba in 2017, and need some travel tips? This list will give you great information about saving money and traveling more like a local Cuban. Explore the wonderful culture and learn from some of my mistakes in Cuba. You will find out some nifty travel tips and hacks to make your next vacation to Cuba much more enjoyable!
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  • Here Be Barr
    Here Be Barr  Год назад +5

    Do you have any tips that I missed? Any questions? Be sure to subscribe ( and click the bell icon to get notifications for new videos!
    Watch My Cuba Playlist (All of my vlogs/tips on the island):

    • Pogokoala
      Pogokoala 6 месяцев назад

      Here Be Barr che is not cool, his a piece of shit murderous scum as a Cuban that shit is offensive.

    • Clive Vlogs
      Clive Vlogs 7 месяцев назад

      Havana Tip: Don't bother with Cubans trying to sell you Cigars on the streets at a "discounted" price. It's illegal and you'll end up in a very shady apartment to complete the "transaction"

    • drawzinkFilms
      drawzinkFilms Год назад

      whats up cool vidoe thanks for the money tip

    • ShaiBoo Vlogs
      ShaiBoo Vlogs Год назад +4

      These are some great tips and I definitely found all of these useful on my recent trip to Havana (just got back last week!!) One tip I think is really important is regarding the classic American cars. It is a really popular thing to do and it is easy since a lot of these cars run as taxis. BUT it is important when getting one of these cars and negotiating a price to ask the driver to show you the car before agreeing. Someone shared this tip with us we were glad we did because we almost got ripped off by someone trying to get us to agree to a normal looking taxi when we requested a classic convertible (we almost agreed because he was giving us a great deal). Hope this tip helps!!

  • rmadrid2000
    rmadrid2000 2 дня назад

    Great tips my friend. I’ll be leaving Chicago to Toronto to varadero this Saturday!

  • Travel On Fire
    Travel On Fire 10 дней назад

    this is pretty basic yet useful advice!

  • john vititoe
    john vititoe 11 дней назад

    Excellent suggestions. I brought some Matchbox cars for the kids. Cubans love American cars and the kids loved them! I gave a couple to adults to give to their children.

  • anton pedroza
    anton pedroza Месяц назад

    Tanks for youre advise

  • jeevan
    jeevan 4 месяца назад

    Great tips. I got Cuba every year. But did went this Feburary outside the resorts. Landed in Havana and departed in Varadero. Casa is 35 CUC. Breakfast is 5 CUC. Don't drink tap water.

  • Francesco Pellecchia
    Francesco Pellecchia 4 месяца назад

    Number 11: visit and ask for more informations!!

  • J. Lopez
    J. Lopez 4 месяца назад

    Question...I cant take any US dollars in my purse even though I dont use it there? Will they check my purse to see if i have us dollars? I understand that I have to exchange my money for my trip.

  • Yan G
    Yan G 5 месяцев назад

    Don't mind the casa particular but I can get an hotel room for as low as 50$ CAN which I prefer personnally... And there are soooo many nice restaurant once on location it's amazing, and cheap !
    Le Paladar Dona Eutimia was by far my favorite as the owner kept on giving my Rhum shots all dinner long :)
    Let's say I was wondering around awkwardly in the city that particular night :)
    Nice vid, very useful indeed for first timer
    And that will surely help me elsewhere thanks for the apps info

  • Monkey Ugly
    Monkey Ugly 5 месяцев назад

    Male prostitution?

  • Big Nasty
    Big Nasty 5 месяцев назад

    Best tips yet. Thanks!

  • I Love Lane County
    I Love Lane County 6 месяцев назад

    ‘Everything in Cuba Is Stolen’: U.S. Port Owners Warn Against Tourism
    by Frances Martel 9 June 2018
    The rightful owners of two of Cuba’s largest ports, stolen from their families by the Cuban Revolution, launched a campaign this week in conjunction with human rights organizations to discourage American tourism in the island nation.
    Dr. Javier García-Bengochea, rightful owner of the Port of Santiago de Cuba, and Mickael Behn, rightful owner of the Havana Docks Corporation, tell Breitbart News that American tourist corporations like Carnival Cruise Line are profiting from the use of their stolen ports, and that any American money spent under the Castro regime serves to feed the human rights abuses of the “white male military dictatorship.”
    The bilingual campaign, called “Don’t Aid Theft,”
    launched with the help of Directorio Democrático Cubano on Wednesday 6 June 2018, two days after Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) enthusiastically told Americans at a press conference in Havana that tourism to Cuba is “safe” and described a meeting with Cuba’s president Miguel Díaz-Canel as “friendly.”
    While holding the title of president, Díaz-Canel has no authority over the military or the Communist Party, still led by Raúl Castro. Castro did not make the time to meet with Flake.
    “This is a white male military dictatorship … two brothers, all the rulers there are generals in the military - white, elderly, octogenarian white males,” Dr. García-Bengochea explains of the regime, noting that they control everything in Cuba, and “everything in Cuba is stolen.”
    “Any American venture - any venture involving anyone - is almost a necessarily involving stolen property,” he argues.
    García-Bengochea’s family are the rightful owners of the La Maritima Parreño,
    the port of the eastern city of Santiago, stolen by the Castro regime in 1960, among other Santiago properties. He is one of 6,000 Americans who fell victim to the Revolution’s larceny spree in the 1960s.
    Fidel Castro “nationalized” millions of dollars in American property following the Revolution, claiming it necessary to enact Marxist social justice.
    La Maritima Parreño in 1922. Caption reads: Piece of the Wharf of the State (today, Desiderio Wharf), functioning while under construction. (via University of Florida digital collections)
    He tells Breitbart News that it is important that Americans know that the dollars they spend on cruises and tourism ventures in Cuba profit a regime that robbed their fellow citizens and continues to unapologetically benefit from that crime.
    “Americans have been sold this lie, this bad deal of goods, that Cuba is this idyllic, struggling banana republic where you go and enjoy your week there salsa dancing with mojitos,” he explained. “But the rum brands, the cigar brands, even the old American jalopies are stolen.”
    Mickael Behn, whose grandfather lost the Havana Docks Corporation at the hands of armed Communist Party leaders in 1960, emphasizes that what his grandfather and his Delaware-based company suffered at the hands of the Castro regime was robbery.
    “In November 1960, Fidel Castro came and just took it over. From that point, it was an American company, it was headquartered in Delaware and had offices in New York,” he notes. “He had fought till his passing about two years ago to try to get it back and to try to get the American government to help him and support him to get the money back but all we’ve had is the claim, the Helms-Burton claims.”
    William Behn, owner of the Havana Docks Corporation, forced to hand over his property to the Castro regime in 1960. (via All Together for a Free Cuba)
    The Helms-Burton Act - officially, the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act - allows Americans who were robbed of their property following the Revolution to establish claims in U.S. courts. It also prohibits trafficking in property stolen from U.S. citizens.
    The dock owners have launched their campaign against tourism to Cuba in part because, following the enactment of a new policy under President Barack Obama allowing some business with the Castro regime, American cruise lines have begun to use their ports. Carnival Cruise lines found Cuba’s profit potential large enough to initially agree to the Castro regime’s demand that no American-born ethnic Cubans be allowed on their ships, a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Carnival ultimately backtracked, following a campaign against the move by Cuban-Americans, and Cuba withdrew their ban on Cuban-Americans arriving on the island by boat, a relic of the Bay of Pigs invasion.
    The cruise industry generally posted the biggest profits in a decade in 2017. Carnival identifies itself as the “world’s largest leisure travel company” and announced in February a set of 17 new cruise trips to Cuba arriving in 2019.
    “They’re making millions right now, I think they projected 500,000 tourists reaching my ports alone this year, with a projected 2 million by 2020,” Behn tells Breitbart News. “[The Havana port] is an American corporation that is still running, and now there’s another American corporation, in essence, using our claim to our property. It’s like somebody stole your house and now they are renting it to your neighbors. It makes no sense.”
    García-Bengochea expresses similar outrage.
    “Carnival has gone to Cuba ostensibly because their interaction with Cuba and American tourists [are] going to bring change,” he notes. “But let’s be clear here: Carnival is partnered with the dictatorship. Carnival doesn’t want change to come.”
    “If democratic governance comes to Cuba, the second thing that is going to happen after all of the oppressors are held accountable for their crimes is going to be clear title to property,” he argues. “Carnival has made investments, for example, in my property, they are not going to want to lose that. They’re not going to want democracy.”
    Un cubano fue arrestado por exhibir una bandera de Estados Unidos - Imagen 2
    Dissident Daniel Llorente attempts to greet Carnival’s Adonia cruise ship before being arrested. Llorente was famously arrested a year later and forced into a psychiatric institution for waving an American flag during Cuba’s Marxist May Day Parade. (via Mundo TKM)
    The “Don’t Aid Theft” campaign debuted on the heels of a very different message from Senator Flake, speaking in Havana.
    “Americans can still travel to Cuba and we want to emphasize that,” he told reporters. The rules are a little different but it is still easily accessible. I sure want to make sure that Americans know it is safe to travel here, and many are still coming, but I want that message out more, and that is part of the reason for this visit.”
    “Jeff Flake is a disgrace and he is not as stupid as he sounds,” García-Bengochea said in response to his statements. “Cuba’s not run by the government. Cuba is run by the military dictatorship. The government is simply an enormous bureaucracy that insulates the military oligarchs from any accountability to the Cuban people. So Jeff Flake is telling Americans to put their hard-earned money and put it into the dictatorship - not into vaccinating children or teaching kids to read or providing health care.”
    “The American government just aren’t helping us … they are not penalizing the cruise lines for using American confiscating property, and to have people boasting about Cuban tourism sounds to me like they are pushing lobbyists’ [interests] from behind,” Behn posits. “The cruise lines are really happy about this whole tourism to Cuba, it’s the greatest new destination for them and they are making tons of money.”
    Senador estadounidense Jeff Flake.
    Sen. Jeff Flake meets Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel in Havana on June 4, 2018. (via Cuban Foreign Ministry)
    A 2017 report by the pro-Havana advocacy group EngageCuba found that Carnival “took advantage” Obama’s “thaw” policy, along with travel companies like American Airlines. According to the campaign finance database Open Secrets, Flake has taken more money in 2018 from the cruise ship industry than any other senator and all but two lawmakers in Congress, both from Florida. American Airlines is marked as the third most generous contributor to Flake since 1999.
    The port owners have decided to take action to spread awareness of the injustice their families have suffered as they wait for legal action. Behn says the Trump administration has been more “open-minded” to their claims, and the two will persist in fighting.
    “The law is in place,” García-Bengochea insists. “One day we will get there because these cruise lines know they are trafficking in stolen property.”
    Follow Frances Martel on Facebook and Twitter

  • dev bachu
    dev bachu 6 месяцев назад

    Nice tips how's dentist cost

  • dev bachu
    dev bachu 6 месяцев назад

    How can I stay with a family

    JOHN KENNEALLY 6 месяцев назад

    Great video. Would lose more than 10% on the dollar/euro, then they are each 1-1 for CUC, correct? So not sure how euro would save you? You exchange your CUC for CUP? or Dollar directly for CUP?

  • Terry C
    Terry C 7 месяцев назад

    A little late to the game.
    But we just went to Cuba a month ago.
    Chewing gum is a huge hit for the locals and I was handing out packs of them whenever we got exceptional service (so I was handing them out like beads at Mardi Gras).
    If you tip in Pesos, you get a smile and a Gracias. If you hand over a pack of gum, you get their eyes open wide like a kid on Christmas morning, a huge smile and a whole bunch of Gracias once the gum was quickly and slyly put into a pocket. We handed out 30ish packs of gum and almost all the reactions were the same, I can't speak about the room service staff, as I never saw him/her.
    In the week I was there, I only saw 2 packs of Trident gum for sale at $2 CUC each (12 pieces)--and that was at the hotel gift store. Hard candy (8x) 1" square in a foil wrapper was $0.35 CUC and there were boxes and boxes of them almost everywhere.
    That being said, we were in Varadero and a side trip into Havana downtown on a tour, so we didn't get to rub elbows with the locals as much as I wanted to. Nor did I experience grocery/variety stores that were 100% geared towards the locals.

  • Rafael Lopez
    Rafael Lopez 7 месяцев назад

    no google map in cuba?

  • tracyd1233
    tracyd1233 7 месяцев назад

    Very sweet idea about gifting the postcards!

  • ivan contreras
    ivan contreras 7 месяцев назад

    Come on to Cancún bros xD

  • Luigi Lorvani
    Luigi Lorvani 7 месяцев назад +1

    Hello and good afternoon. Where can we get the local currency in Cuba? Thanks in advance
    Luis & Anthony

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  7 месяцев назад

      Any money exchange house outside of the airport, or maybe ask someone at the hotel/casa particular. But you don't need much of it.

  • M CV
    M CV 7 месяцев назад

    Thank u!!!!

  • The Tao of David
    The Tao of David 8 месяцев назад +1

    Awesome tips. Exactly what i was looking for. I'll be in Havana in June. Thanks man!

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  8 месяцев назад +1

      You'll love it !! Japan has been great so far . Your subway tips helped me

  • Jeremy Rogers
    Jeremy Rogers 8 месяцев назад

    Hey great Video. I'm curious as how can us citizens can visit now or if that's even possible..?

  • Giorgio G.
    Giorgio G. 8 месяцев назад

    What you guys don't know abut going to Cuba is that all the money you spend there, will end it up in the pockets of the government. Cuba has a planned economy dominated by state-run enterprises. Most industries are owned and operated by the corrupt government and most of the labor force is employed by the state. Owners of small private restaurants (paladares) originally could seat no more than 12 people and can only employ family members. Set monthly fees must be paid to the corrupt Cuban government regardless of income earned and frequent inspections yield stiff fines when any of the many self-employment regulations are violated. There is not freedom for the Cuban people only repression.
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  • suvariboy
    suvariboy 9 месяцев назад

    We always change a few dollars into national pesos and go to places only the locals go. It’s fun and very inexpensive.

  • Hamza El Arabi
    Hamza El Arabi 9 месяцев назад

    So true ! Thanks for this video ! I also did 2000 Km around Cuba to meet people here :видео.html

  • Headlines Generator
    Headlines Generator 9 месяцев назад +1

    bring soap - toothpaste - flip flops - clothes ....

  • Headlines Generator
    Headlines Generator 9 месяцев назад +1

    hey keep quiet about tip number 2

  • Jitender Singh
    Jitender Singh 9 месяцев назад

    Amazing video

  • barbara cronin
    barbara cronin 10 месяцев назад

    This is excellent! Two addons. One - Casa Particulares can be found on Air BnBs site. The BEST GIFTS you can bring are dollar items from The Dollar Tree. Easy to carry. Fabulous “casa Particulares” Hostess gifts, particularly in CPs with children - pencils, pens, nail polish, head bands, etc, etc etc

  • marisol Acevedo
    marisol Acevedo 10 месяцев назад +1

    Where could I; should I get the Moneda Nacional? You mentioned it’s easier then the euro.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  10 месяцев назад

      Ask for it at your casa particuluar, or find an exchange house in havana. You don't need much for a short trip. I had maybe 10-20$ usd worth just for little items. the CUC is more useful for you, i'd get mostly that from Euros. You can get it at the airport.

  • Maria Jozwiak
    Maria Jozwiak 10 месяцев назад +1

    Memries flamenco beaCH RESORT

  • dayna & michael
    dayna & michael 11 месяцев назад

    Great tips, thank you! You definitely helped us on our trip back in December. We visited Cayo Coco, and then did a day trip into the city.. so definitely a bit different from Havana but still lovely!! Check out our video!!:)видео.html

  • S J
    S J 11 месяцев назад +1

    In my exlerience, it’s a crap shoot as to whether the upper level cadeca at the airport will exchange your currency. On some days the upper level cadeca buys and sells and other days they are only buying back their currency. This happened one time after waiting in the line upstairs only to learn they were only buying back

  • Antoine Cárdenas Galloso
    Antoine Cárdenas Galloso 11 месяцев назад


  • Henri C
    Henri C 11 месяцев назад

    This video is what AWESOMENESS looks like👍👍

  • Flight Of Spice Blog
    Flight Of Spice Blog Год назад

    to have life and travel non stop? I always talk about this on my blog

  • Alberto Montero
    Alberto Montero Год назад

    Es increible como el ser humano puede manipular la realidad y lo que es miserable, indigno para el ser humano convertirlo en digno y honorable, que personaje tan lamentable, a saber cuanto le han pagado????

  • Alfredo de la sierra
    Alfredo de la sierra Год назад

    I'm Cuban and I want to say thanks you for your video. Very helpful for the others.

  • MaR Monge
    MaR Monge Год назад +1

    Donde recomiendas hospedarse? Nombres de sitios?

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад O

  • Pharmastream
    Pharmastream Год назад

    Here are all you need to know about cuba before you go or if you ever go there.

  • grandslam1998
    grandslam1998 Год назад

    Very good but slow down you move to fast esp when English is not your first language. Have fun!

  • the one
    the one Год назад +1

    I am going to Cuba from Miami next week.Is that any more problem with OFAC 12 categories for foreign tourists anymore?

    • the one
      the one Год назад +1

      Here Be Barr Thank you so much I will do that before I go to assure my group.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      I'm honestly not versed on the new rules.I recommend checking out the U.S Embassy website for more info.

  • DA sos
    DA sos Год назад

    For currency to cuba's, Mexican Pesos works great which you can withdraw at any mexico's airport teller machines

  • Will_Wanders
    Will_Wanders Год назад

    Great tips man! Thanks so much. So much more useful than all the standard ones. Definitely planning on getting to Cuba in 2018!

  • Robby Bargielowski
    Robby Bargielowski Год назад

    Using a VPN like Tunnelbear you can update or download most any app in Cuba, even for Apple!

  • Nagag Salka
    Nagag Salka Год назад +1

    thanks for the tips ............very helping

  • julnlisha p
    julnlisha p Год назад

    Can a couple realistically just back pack it alone for a week in Cuba without guided tours ? Seems like so many restrictions.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      Honestly I don't know that much about ultra budget.. Check out this FB group:

  • Wilson mizhquiri
    Wilson mizhquiri Год назад

    Thank you very much in advance for your knowledge and ur time

  • Wilson mizhquiri
    Wilson mizhquiri Год назад

    So let's say i take 400 USD and once i get to Havana airport I'll exchange there (2nd floor)? Correct ?

  • Wilson mizhquiri
    Wilson mizhquiri Год назад

    Well I did the whole air bnb but my mini concern would be daily cost buying food and all and I downloaded the app u recommend .. other question let say i have sum cuc left and on my return back to nyc.. can I change cuc to u.s Dollars again

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      If I was you I'd take out 300-400 USD worth at the airport and do another exchange if you have to in Havana. You must exchange the money before leaving cuba. They won't touch it in the USA that i promise you.

  • Wilson mizhquiri
    Wilson mizhquiri Год назад +1

    So it's best to change us. Dollars or euros.. my question is how much to take though ? And I didn't understand the part where u said to get the Monera naccional? I get that in the airport too

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      For a short trip i don't think you need the moneda nacional. I honestly don't know your budget. but i'd probably want at least $50 per day on top of the hotel/flight costs. If you want to go ALL out, i'd have $100 per day. Remember, your ATM card wil not work in Cuba, so worst case bring extra dollars.euros and bring them home if you can't use them.

  • Andreas Knezevic
    Andreas Knezevic Год назад +2

    Bring sea salt, a pepper mill, red pepper flakes etc etc... I bring a plethora of tee shirts as gifts... plus a lot of makeup, lipstick etc etc... very much appreciated... after many trips (8+) I have never felt unsafe and have found the Cuban people to be very friendly & helpful. PS Be prepared for culture shock... it is a third word country... although no begging and/or homeless people... poverty is there... just in a different way...

  • Citrine Sept
    Citrine Sept Год назад +1

    The residents don't have the right to leave Cuba at least on occasion so, they don't get to venture and explore other cultures.
    What does communist country mean dictatorship. No thanks.

  • El Taino
    El Taino Год назад +2

    The best "Cuba Trip Tips" ever!!! - Great job, Here. - As someone posted, thank you for doing this for us.
    I am a Panamanian, living in NY. I can't wait to make my first trip to Cuba.

  • Bianca Martinez
    Bianca Martinez Год назад

    How easy was to get the visa for
    U.S citezen?

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      On arrival.. but you have to pay for a visa at the airport in the u.s.a. Google to see if the laws changed.

  • Airport Info HQ
    Airport Info HQ Год назад +4

    0:27 1. Download MAPS.ME
    0:59 2. Head to departures on arrival
    1:38 3. Get some Moneda Nacional
    2:45 4. Do not bring U.S dollars
    3:21 5. Check your receipts closely
    3:39 6. Eat at crowded restaurants
    4:03 7. Learn some basic Spanish
    4:46 8. Stay at Casa Particulares
    5:28 9. Drink with the locals
    6:01 10. Bring small gifts
    Excellent video!Thanks for sharing.

    • Airport Info HQ
      Airport Info HQ Год назад

      Absolutely! BTW, the Money is GLOWING! 😅

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +1

      Wow, thanks for doing this for everybody !

  • Rewind Music Channel - Copyright Free Music

    great video . . . thanks for sharing ☺️👍

  • Berliner Stadtschloss
    Berliner Stadtschloss Год назад

    Hey, this Suggestion no. 10 is really nicely thought of - how often when I am traveling I am so sorry that I do not have taken anything interesting with me especially for children.We should really think more about other people, about the human beings that we meet on our lifepaths than about ourselves.Good luck to you whereever you might go !

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      I hope we all can do this when we travel :) Thanks for commenting.

  • Annakay Archer
    Annakay Archer Год назад +1

    hey im going Cuba the 14 of August my trip will be solo hope I meet some fiends

  • timbo wilderbeeste
    timbo wilderbeeste Год назад

    There's a couple of points worth considering when it comes to exchanging money for Americans. Firstly, going the route of changing your money into Euros or Canadian dollars before you go to Cuba is going to get you hit with something like a 3% charge in the exchange - they don't do it for you for free. Then when you change that currency into CUC on arrival in Cuba you will get hit with a 3% charge there as well. So that's at least 6% before you even start spending any of that money. The second point to ponder is that the 'official' exchange rate for changing US currency once you've been hit with the 10% penalty plus the exchange costs ends up giving you 87 CUC per $100 US. BUT that's the official rate. Casa owners and other people (obviously not just any shady character you may meet along the way!) can habitually give you an unofficial rate of 95 to 97 CUC, which changes the ballgame somewhat. It boils down to what you feel most comfortable with, but just don't get sold on the notion that taking US dollars is 'bad' and that other currency is 'good'. The double whammy of changing dollars into two currencies along the way isn't as rosy as it's made out to be because people forget that there's a cost in changing US dollars into the intermediate currency to start with. Bottom line is that if you can get a minimum of 95 CUC per $100 US dollars once you get there then you're better of going that route. But you have to be prepared to hunt those rates up.

    • timbo wilderbeeste
      timbo wilderbeeste Год назад

      The one caveat I'd put in there is that it might be a good idea to enter into the country with something other than US dollars because you'll obviously need to change money at the airport to get things moving along, even to pay for the cab into Havana - if Havana's where you're entering the country of course! :) But again, going the double currency exchange involved to convert 50 - 100 Euros or Canadian dollars at the airport it really isn't going to save you more than a few dollars.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      Can't argue with you at all. I think this video is aimed at first timers. If you think you can work contacts on the ground, the USD would be the way to go.

  • Austin Pierce
    Austin Pierce Год назад

    I'm planning to travel to Cuba for spring break, and the postcards and gifts idea hadn't even crossed my mind! That's really cool for you to do that.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      +Austin Pierce no problem ! Enjoy cuba .

  • Andres Vanpelt
    Andres Vanpelt Год назад

    Did you wrap your checked in bags? Before going to Cuba? Before they used to steal from your bags if they werent wrapped, not sure if that have changed?

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +1

      I always always try to keep my most valuable items on me. I didn't wrap anything checked going to Cuba.. not saying they'll take it but not worth the risk.

  • Anthony Trinh
    Anthony Trinh Год назад

    Very informative compared to all the other travel vlogs. Straight to the point and helpful while trying to plan a trip.

  • BTsehai HM
    BTsehai HM Год назад +1

    Thanks for the entire playlist! I am taking a spontaneous solo trip in about a week and I am super excited. I would like to make clean and clear videos documenting my trip. What kind of mic and camera are you using?

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      +BTsehai HM no problem ! I have a video on my vlog tips playlist about all of my cameras . But I used mostly the canon g7x mark 2.

  • Kevin Hui
    Kevin Hui Год назад

    Hi John, absolutely loved your waste-no-time incredibly informative videos loaded with useful travel tips to Cuba. And love your suggestion on bringing small gifts to the locals to brighten their day! Very thoughtful and kind. Subscribed!

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      +Kevin Hui thanks Kevin . You just gave me a new slogan !

    HARD WORLD Год назад

    I'm still in NYC going to Cuba on Friday. I have euro already .so should I get the cuc or the other money at the airport ? do u stay away from the cuc? or with the cuc. I change it again for the other money? I'm a bit confused lol. with this money thing

      HARD WORLD Год назад

      Thank you . Hope we have a good time when we out there.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      I'm honestly in no position to tell you how much money you will need for a whole month. I'd bring MORE than i would think i would need just in case, since your ATM cards won't work in Cuba. I'd take out 1 weeks worth on arrival, then talk to locals about if they think you'll benefit from some CUPs (moneda nacional) mixed in with CUC . You can do money exchanges all over Havana, so i would just take for 1 week on arrival at the airport to let you get sttled in.

      HARD WORLD Год назад

      I'm staying for 32 days , taking my son to the boxing gym in Havana I'm actually doing the research right now where to stay. Is 4000 euro Enough for a month ?

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      If you have enough Euros to exchange for the trip, do an exchange at Havana's airport for CUC. If you're just staying in tourist areas, you don't really need the CUP (moneda nacional that bad). The Euro to CUC conversion should be 1 to 1.

  • Laus
    Laus Год назад

    Thanks for the tips. Appreciate it!! Quick questions: Where can I get the moneda nacional and is it cheaper to buy stuff with it? I imagine if sth is 5 CUC it would be 100 CUP right?

    • Laus
      Laus Год назад

      Thanks man

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +1

      You can get Cup at any Cadeca exchange booth (except the airport one). I'd only get a little bit of CUP i doubt you'll use much of it unless you go really off the beaten path. I had $10 USD worth of CUP and i think i barely spent it. But if you're in Cuba a while and leaving the big cities, it could more into handy.

  • Cynthia Riveiro
    Cynthia Riveiro Год назад

    agree 100 % Be My Guest In Cuba

  • Karina's World
    Karina's World Год назад +11

    I went to Cuba a month ago and this video was really helpful. Specially downloading the map ahead of time. Thank you for the tips!

  • DelvisD
    DelvisD Год назад

    Excellent video my friend, great channel I enjoyed it so much your interesting tips. I use to travel to Cuba every Year.

  • Geezer tataa
    Geezer tataa Год назад

    tip #11: negotiate the price with taxi drivers before entering the car. tip #12: look out for private taxis. tip #13: never accept the first price of a taxi in cuba. tip #14: keep calm, cubans are used to wait all the time.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      I agree with all of these :) Thanks for the advice.

  • The Travel Vlogger
    The Travel Vlogger Год назад

    Awesome video!

  • Jon Andrews
    Jon Andrews Год назад +2

    Very honest videos. I have seen 5 of them.

  • Toni Johnson
    Toni Johnson Год назад +1

    Yes I think I will start at that rate , I am very determined to learn Spanish fluently! I Will deff comment again once I have seen progress thanks again !

  • Toni Johnson
    Toni Johnson Год назад

    Wow that's awesome John, but how often did you take classes during the week ?

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      At my peak, I was doing 4-5 times a week. While it seems like a lot, if you really commit yourself, you wil accelerate your learning. By the end 2-3 times a week ! See what works for you though.

  • Toni Johnson
    Toni Johnson Год назад +1

    Hey John ,
    Your videos are amazing ! I just wanted to let you know that I have my first Spanish class with Hernan tomorrow and I am super excited !! Thanks again for the recommendation!!!!

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +1

      De nada Toni. Hernan is an excellent teacher, I took 3 years of classes with him. As of now i'm on a break , since my GF speaks Spanish and we try to talk a lot, but I do miss them a lot.

  • shemp howard
    shemp howard Год назад

    great videos, Im watching alll your Cuba travel videos. Good stuff.

  • David Kinsel
    David Kinsel Год назад +13

    One of the BEST travel videos I've seen! So many travel vloggers tell you the most useless stuff. Subscribed now to you:)

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +2

      Thanks for the support David. Enjoy Cuba !!

  • Alfonso Mar
    Alfonso Mar Год назад +4

    Cuba is a shithole, go to DR or something else..

    • Fidel
      Fidel 8 месяцев назад

      Cuba & Dominion Republic, profit from tourism. Amnesty
      aware of the human rights violations. Think twice where
      your tourism dollars are spent for vacation!

    • Andres Vanpelt
      Andres Vanpelt Год назад +1

      Alfonso Mar Dont go to a shithole, to go to a super shithole? Pass

  • Nelson Rodriguez
    Nelson Rodriguez Год назад

    By the way Cuba used to have one of the largest english speaking population before comunism

  • NorNorNT
    NorNorNT Год назад

    Hey I'm going to Cuba tomorrow and I wanted to find where the Codeca's are so that I can get some local money?

    • NorNorNT
      NorNorNT Год назад

      Thank you so much for your help - I'll def do that
      Your tips are amazing!! :)

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      You can get CUC (tourist currency basically) at the airport. Do that for sure. You can get CUP (more local currency) at a CADECA in Havana. Their are many. Talk to your hotel,casa, about the locations of those. But make sure to get at least some right off the flight.

  • Sener Salci
    Sener Salci Год назад +1

    Thank you v much for your tips...g8 help for us based on experienced tourist. In return:subscribe and thumps up:)

  • Tim Andreasen
    Tim Andreasen Год назад +5

    Just downloaded Absolutely amazing app. Now i've no need to worry about the lack of GPS. Thanks.

    • Carolina Cavazos
      Carolina Cavazos Год назад

      Does that app work offline??

    • Mark Fishman
      Mark Fishman Год назад

      Tim Andreasen got it lol even before my first trip . It was an amazing experience. Getting ready for next trip in June .

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      Enjoy Cuba!

  • Karen Bushee
    Karen Bushee Год назад +1

    Thank you for this video!!! I'm heading for Cuba in a few days. My airlines referred me to get my travel visa for $85!! Is there a cheaper way to get that?

    • Fidel
      Fidel 8 месяцев назад

      When you leave or re-enter the resort, they will charge you USD.

    • Annakay Archer
      Annakay Archer Год назад

      getting mine for 20US

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      Yeah, it would be nice if it was free.

    • ShaiBoo Vlogs
      ShaiBoo Vlogs Год назад

      Unfortunately for US citizens our visa price is that expensive. Citizens of other countries can get theirs for about $30 (if i am not mistaken).

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      I'm not sure if it's much cheaper otherwise. For Delta we paid in person day of flight.

  • Tamara Powell
    Tamara Powell Год назад

    Great tips!!

  • MrBillygoat77
    MrBillygoat77 Год назад

    I love tip # 2 and you also mentioned buying local money ...from where and with what currency ? Also I tried joining airbnb but wasn't successful because I don't use a cell phone and I don't have a FB or the other accounts they require they already know who I am from the initial signing up part ...they even tested it was me buy asking the color of my car etc. that singing process is too intrusive. So even though they have just about all my info including the last 4 digits of my SS and a photo I decided I didn't want to use them and thought I would just go into town and walk around and find a place, which I would imagine should be cheaper considering myself and the host would have cut out airbnb. So my next question is to do they require proof of where you will be staying when you arrive? ..if not I will just wing it and find a place on my own. Cuba will be the 99th different country I have visited and I thought it was going to be cheap until I started researching it ( after I booked my flight..dur). Thank you for you video it had some little gems in there and I would appreciate it if you could answer those questions.

    • MrBillygoat77
      MrBillygoat77 Год назад

      . Nice write the name and address of the hotel...brilliant...thank you.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      The second currency is called CUP. You can get it at any exchange house outside of the airport. I think unless you're going during a peak period NYE/X-Mas you shouldn't have any major issues finding a casa by yourself.
      They didn't ask me at the airport where I was staying, but you may want to have a hotel name written down just in case? Best of luck !!

  • Geisha Castro
    Geisha Castro Год назад

    Hey, very helpful all the videos. I'm flight into Cuba in a few days so I won't get the book on time. You mention something very interesting about the CUC/CUP. How can I exchange for CUP? You can get them at the same place you get the CUC? I planning to bring EUR instead of USD. As far as I know the won't charge any fee on the exchange in that way. I guess, they just don't like USD....LOL...JK!
    Hopefully you can help clarify this matter.

    • Geisha Castro
      Geisha Castro Год назад

      Thank you!

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +1

      You can get CUP at any exchange house outside of the airrport.
      Yes Euros are better than USd for sure.

  • Ingrid Brown
    Ingrid Brown Год назад +1

    Thank you for the amazing tips!!!

  • Roland Jefferson
    Roland Jefferson Год назад +1

    Can one bring a can of coffee to give as a gift, or will it be confiscated at customs?

    • Len Joachim
      Len Joachim 10 месяцев назад

      Roland Jefferson We Canadians go to Cuba to buy their coffee...some of the best coffee comes from Cuba! Awesome for espresso or specialty coffee drinks! Get the beans not the ground! Dunkin' Doughnuts, Tim Horton' your heart out!

    • Roland Jefferson
      Roland Jefferson Год назад

      Understood. Thanks for the tips about gift items to bring. But I wonder, how expensive is it for Cubans to buy local coffee?

    • Roland Jefferson
      Roland Jefferson Год назад

      Thank you. Appreciate your response.

    • islandgirl3330
      islandgirl3330 Год назад

      The only thing that I have mailed is some pictures that I took at a school and I know that they got them. I have no idea how long they took.

  • vertov76
    vertov76 Год назад

    I visited for two weeks in January 2016. I'd like to add to the list of comments that say your advice is spot on! (Also - keep a careful eye on your change... A friend of mine got 10 CUP instead of 10 CUC in change once. Tricky tricky. But, do not let that comment fool you. We found 99% of the individuals we interacted with incredibly honest and friendly...)

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      Not sure about your credit cards, I came from the American perspective which is it won't work, check with your bank. Money exchange do some at the Cadeca at the airport, and remember to try to get some CUP when you get to Havana to buy some local things. But stick mostly to CUC. See the videos I created, for more tips (I did a whole series on my channel).

    • Paul Pritchard
      Paul Pritchard Год назад

      hi I'm visiting from UK what's the best way to exchange money? also can I use cards there.? Great advices 😊

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      Bingo ! Thanks.

  • Jackie Diazp
    Jackie Diazp Год назад

    Good a know you did enjoy Cuba.I seen you liked being there. I'm from Trinidad and live here in New York and I really appreciate everything you said about my country . very true. 👍

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +1

      De nada, Cuba is really amazing.

  • Taylor Dorrell
    Taylor Dorrell Год назад

    Don't go upstairs to departures for the currency exchange. They send you back downstairs.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      I've heard mixed reports about this ! It worked for me, but not for others. I think it depends on the person that day.

  • Vivisphoto
    Vivisphoto Год назад

    Hola, gracias por los tips! :) tengo una pregunta, me podrías decir, cuanto pagaste por hospedarte en una casa particular?

    • Vivisphoto
      Vivisphoto Год назад

      +Here Be Barr muchas gracias, mi inglés no es muy bueno escrito por eso te escribí en español, ya me suscribí a tu canal! 👍

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      Page en avanzado por mi programa. Pero, puedes pagar en CUC o con Airbnb en avanzado.

  • Just Travels
    Just Travels Год назад

    Nice tips! did you traveled from the US or did you took another route?

  • Eric Graves
    Eric Graves Год назад

    Having been to Cuba 15 times I agree with most of what you advised except for the money thing for US visitors. I've done it all and I find that the best thing to do is bring clean $100 bills, unless you can get a great exchange rate from a bank, which it usually isn't. If you do the math it ends up costing you maybe a beer or two per $100. And as I always advise people bring way more money than you think you'll need, it's hard to get cash there if you run out and I always meet people that ran out. So (hopefully) when you go home with extra USD you don't have to convert back from CDN or EUR which means you lose a little there. Also it's not uncommon that your Casa owner or some Cuban you trust knows someone exchanging on the street. (Don't do this on your own unless you can recognize a counterfeit bill) In Trinidad this year I was getting $92-94 CUC per $100 USD as opposed to the $87 CUC/$100 USD in the banks or Cadecas. My two CUPs worth....

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      Thanks ! I think your advice is better for a savvy traveler, I aimed that tip at first-timers to Cuba. Absolutely, a great point! I managed to exchange my CAD dollars back at a great rate and was there for 2 weeks. For a short trip, it may not be worth it to switch to Euros or CAD.

  • Steve Martin
    Steve Martin Год назад +1


    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +1

      I knew I shouldn't have forgotten my deodorant!!😂😂😂😂
      Tip #11 bring deodorant!!

  • Edward Diaz
    Edward Diaz Год назад

    Hi , nice to meet you, Love your RUclip Video on CUBA, I'm Planning on visiting Cuba for the first time! I'm from Orlando Florida, Thanks for the Tip you really cover a lot for me and my fiance, we are looking forward to go this Summer in July only for 4 Days as an adventure! I'm hoping that $1,000 dollar would be more than enough, and if you do have more advice, please let us know! again thank you and I really enjoy your Video.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +1

      No problem Edward. See my Cuba Playlist (on my channel) I made 6 other videos about locations and more tips :)

  • melissa Campos
    melissa Campos Год назад +1

    Visiting end of May. Can you tell me if the Malecon is busy with activity every night of the week or just weekend nights?

    • melissa Campos
      melissa Campos Год назад

      Thanks so much Rhonda! Can't wait to try out Jardines 1830!!!

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +1

      Yes I put it in another video, amazing place. Great tip.

    • Rhonda Kennedy
      Rhonda Kennedy Год назад +1

      melissa Campos I just returned from Cuba last night. Stayed in the Malecon area. A great place for drinks and salsa dancing was Jardines 1830 - we went on a Thursday night and it was full of people. According to locals, Tues/Thurs/Sat are best nights. Cover is 2 CUC.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад

      melissa Campos was def hopping on the weekend . Not sure about week night .

  • Julie Beutel
    Julie Beutel Год назад +7

    I just spent two weeks in Cuba. I agree with everything in this video. A few things I'd add: 1- Airbnb is a great way to find places to stay, but YOU HAVE TO RESERVE FROM OUTSIDE CUBA. Once I was in Cuba I couldn't make a reservation in Cuba. Not sure why not.
    2- A "colectivo" is a type of taxi. Those drivers make very little money, so they cram as many passengers into their van as possible. There are other types of taxis and their prices vary widely. I tended to avoid the aggressive drivers who come up to you and say "taxi?". They charge the most when they see you're a tourist.
    3- I drank the water and was fine.
    4- Either take far FAR more cash than you think you need. or:
    5- If you can figure it out, get a credit card connected to a Canadian bank (or some other non-American bank). If you get low on cash, you cannot exchange money using a credit or debit card connected to an American bank. I repeat: you CANNOT get money with an American credit or debit card. Anywhere. Many Americans, including myself, run out of cash more quickly than they expect to, and run into this problem. I had to have money wired from the States to a Cuban resident I trusted. They can't wire money to you. It has to be wired to a Cuban.
    6- It's a very difficult place to travel without knowing Spanish fairly well. (Unless you just stay at a touristy hotel. Which isn't how I like to travel.) Most Cuban people are friendly and helpful. But most of them speak no English.
    7- It's very safe. There is virtually no crime in Cuba. But still don't carry $2,000 cash in a purse over your shoulder or in a wallet in your back pocket.
    8- Not an easy place for vegans. (I'm not vegan, but I met some who complained.)

    • Julie Beutel
      Julie Beutel Год назад

      I realized I said "van", but most colectivos are cars. Oh well.

    • Here Be Barr
      Here Be Barr  Год назад +2

      Julie, thank you so much. Awesome comment, best i've seen so far. #8 is so true!! And yes they stuff you into colectivos!!