Here’s a quick Q&A to address some of the most basic and important questions asked each and every day about the biggest island in the Caribbean:
Is Cuba Dangerous?
For those that head to the mainstream resorts and practice the kind of common sense etiquette most travellers should, Cuba is one of the safest places on Earth. Of course, there isn’t a country in the world that doesn’t have its dodgy spots and it isn’t exactly a good idea to stray from the beaten path if you don’t know what you’re doing. Stick to the known places however and safety isn’t a concern in Cuba whatsoever.
Are Foreigners Frowned Upon?
Not even in the slightest. The reason some think this is the way in which Cuba doesn’t take kindly to anyone criticising the government, behaving like a thug or taking photos of military or government installations or workers. If you do any of the above then you’re in for a rather unpleasant dressing down, but behave as you should behave and they’ll welcome you with open arms.
Is it Safe to Take Kids?
Yes, yes and a thousand times yes. Cuba is amazing for kids and has more activities than a thousand families could possibly ever need to keep kids happy for a lifetime. It’s the kind of place that’s built around amazing family times – don’t even think twice about sharing a Cuba holiday with the little ones.
Can I Visit in Hurricane Season?
Absolutely, as while there is no realistic way of ruling out extreme weather throwing a spanner in the works, statistically it is very unlikely that any holidaymaker will find themselves staring down the face of a storm during the hurricane season trip. There are about a dozen each year, but the season goes on for months and so the odds are always stacked in your favour.
Is Caribbean Food all Really Spicy?
Not in the slightest, as it hasn’t escaped local attention that visitors don’t always want their head blown off with fiery chilies. As such, there’s enough on offer to cater to even the most sensitive of pallets and kids of ‘discerning’ tastes.
By Lisa Morton
Lisa Morton took advice from The Holiday Place and found herself on a multi-centre trip that would go on to change her life.