The official language of Cuba is Spanish and it is the first language of around 90% of the population. Creole is also spoken by many Cubans.
Two currencies are used in Cuba, Convertibles (mainly used by tourists) and Pesos / Moneda Nacional (mainly used by locals). 1 Convertible (CUC$) is currently roughly worth 25 Pesos / Moneda Nacional (MN$).
GMT -5, meaning you'll be in the same timezone as New York, and 3 hours ahead of LA.
The typical cost of a domestic beer in Cuba is 1CUC$ (approx $1) and imported beer isn't much more, at 2CUC$ (approx $2).
The cost of a standard meal in Cuba is 5CUC$ on average (approx $5), but if you're looking for something a little nicer, a meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant isn't much more - at 14.50CUC$ (approx $14.50).
Taxi's are super cheap around Cuba. The tarriff starts at 0.81CUC$ on average (approx 81c) and it's an extra 0.50CUC$ (approx 50c) for each km.
Local transport in Cuba is even lower in cost than a taxi, with a one-way ticket costing as little as 0.20CUC$ (approx 20c) and a monthly pass only costs 9CUC$ (approx $9).
Hostels in Cuba vary depending on the areas - in Havana a night costs 11.14CUC$ (approx $11.14), in Cienfuegos it costs about 7.90CUC$ (approx $7.90), in Santa Clara around 8.89CUC$ (about $8.89) and in Camaguey the average per night is 14.36CUC$ (approx $14.36).
Cuba has a range of accommodation to choose from, from budget to high end - it's between 50CUC$ and 100CUC$ (approx $50-$100) for a night in a mid-range hotel.
As of January 16, 2015, Intrepid U.S. is authorized to provide these People-to-People trips, under the requirements set forth by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Since you are travelling to Cuba under OFAC’s People-to-People general license, the U.S. government requires you to participate in the guided, educational activities. This means that you must participate in all scheduled activities on your itinerary. Hence, unlike other Intrepid U.S. trips, you cannot opt out of anything scheduled. For more information about People-to-People trips and the regulations that every participant must abide by whilst on one, it's vital you read the information on our special Cuba FAQ's page here.
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Package prices listed on this page are per person, based on twin share accommodation. Tour and Flight package includes round-trip student/youth airfare from New York (JFK) to Havana (HAV) via Fort Lauderdale (FLL), plus accommodation and activities as shown. Prices were valid at time of publish, are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Other services, including checked bag fees, meals, tourist cards and optional excursions may come at an additional cost. Package options from other departure cities and for those not eligible for student airfare are available; contact an STA Travel Expert for details and pricing. Other restrictions may apply.