Spend Quoted in: CUC / GBP
Length of Stay – 20 days / 19 nights
Amount Spent – CUC$1,760.35 / £1,466.96
Average per Day (For 2 People) – CUC$88.02 / £73.35
Exchange Rate at Time of Visit – £1 : CUC$1.2
Dates – 09/04/2017 – 28/04/2017
Our Route: Isla Mujeres, Mexico > Havana > Vinales > Cienfuegos > Trinidad > Havana > Las Vegas, USA
Types of Transport: 1 Bus / 17 Taxis / 1 Shared Taxi / 1 Horse & Cart
Hours Spent Travelling: 16 Hours and 30 Minutes / 0.7 Days
Where We Stayed: 5 Casa Particulars
Favourite Place: Havana
Worst Place: Cienfuegos
Accommodation – CUC$442.40 / £368.67, (CUC$23.28 / £19.40 per night) – 25.1%
It was an experience staying in Casas and all of them had differing standards. The best were by far in Havana, where we had friendly hosts and huge breakfasts with enough fruit to last us a month. Vinales was interesting with ants in the breakfast, no toilet seat and a questionable shower. We hadn’t booked rooms in Trinidad and Cienfuegos and got fed up pretty quickly with searching in hot heat whilst being harassed by casa owners and hustlers. We stayed in a spacious mansion in Cienfuegos and a quiet room in Trinidad. We shared the room with Shaun, sharing the cost between the three of us.
Transport – CUC$316 / £263.33 – 18%
We took a lot of taxis, some which we paid for, some which Shaun did so we probably took more than 17 during our stay. With the influx of tourists it seemed like taxi drivers were trying to get everything they could out of tourists and some of the prices they were quoting were ridiculous. The constant bartering was tiring and at times it took us a while until we got a taxi who took us for a price we considered to be fair. We only took one bus which was fine and we would’ve taken another had they not all been fully booked (despite booking a couple of days in advance). Luckily we had Shaun with us (with little patience and extra cash) who paid the extra for a private taxi from Trinidad to Havana.
Activities – CUC$176 / £146.67 – 10%
The must do activity as soon as you get to Havana is of course to jump in an old car for a tour. We also went on a horse trek, sunset tour and hop on hop off tour in Vinales. Visited El Nicho and the botanical gardens in Cienfuegos. And went on the super touristy train through the Valley of the Sugar Mills in Trinidad.
Eating Out – CUC$536.20 / £446.83 – 30.5%
Eating out in Cuba was not cheap and our spend would have been even higher if Shaun hadn’t treated us to a few meals. Breakfasts in the Casa were of varying standards and very dependent on the hosts. Dinners were hit and miss and after a while very similar and boring. By the end we were all craving something that wasn’t chicken and rice and tasted of something other than salt or nothing.
Cafes, Snacks & Treats – CUC$48.60 / £40.50 – 2.8%
Great strong filter coffee was served with breakfasts therefore we had very few stops off for extra coffee. But after Shaun left we discovered an ice cream place not too far from us and we also spent quite a bit of time in hotels using wifi and drinking tea and coffee.
Groceries – CUC$100.50 / £83.75 – 5.7%
We drunk a hell of a lot of water during our stay.
Alcohol – CUC$33.90 / £28.25 – 1.9%
A lot of cocktails.
Miscellaneous – CUC$106.75 / £88.96 – 6.1%
Jak lost his sunglasses on the way to the airport in Cancun so after much searching he found a very trendy pair for $CUC3. We bought some wifi cards and got a few souvenirs.