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Learn Spanish in Cuba

Study Spanish in Cuba, the Caribbean island famous for its music, history and beautiful beaches

Many of the buildings in Cuba’s colonial cities have been wonderfully preserved, with the cobbled streets and grandiose squares of Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Camagüey all being listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. As you wander these streets, you can’t help but catch phrases of Afro-Cuban, salsa or son music. Music and dance are in this country’s blood and live music is not hard to find, creating an infectiously vibrant atmosphere. You will almost certainly hear musicians playing songs by one of the county's most famous groups, the Buena Vista Social Club. Outside the cities there are many white sandy beaches where you can while away all your cares in the world, as well as swamps, forest and mountains for the more adventurous to explore. 

In 2018 the almost 60-year Castro era came to an end, in which the famous Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro and his brother Raúl Castro ruled the country following communist values. Cuba has already been in the midst of social and cultural change in recent years and will now have to assert its position without a Castro as the head of the country. This makes it an interesting destination to visit now as you can now witness first-hand the way in which the revolution's egalitarian political ideals are finding a new way of co-existing with Western free-market economics. While mulling over the country’s history and politics, why not relax and enjoy one of the country’s most famous cocktails, a mojito or daiquiri, just like the writer Ernest Hemingway loved to do. 

Although it may be different from the Spanish you have come across before, the Cuban accent and way of speaking has a unique charm that you will pick up quickly. Cubans are known for being welcoming and friendly, with the country’s overwhelming atmosphere being laidback and fun-loving.


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Cuba - Travel Guide

Find out about the required documentation for entry into your destination country. It is mandatory to have appropriate medical insurance during the entire duration of your stay abroad.

Safety and security
The security situation is subject to changes over time. We therefore recommend that you visit the website gov.uk or travel.state.gov for further information.

For general health information we recommend travelhealthpro.org.uk and fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

Currency: Peso Convertible (CUC) for foreigners / Peso Cubano (CUP)
Prices in Cuba are also somewhat different from those in other Latin American countries. There are two different price levels next to each other. Simple products like basic food, tobacco, rum etc. are paid by the locals with the Peso Cubano. Products of higher quality or "luxury products" are only available for the Peso Convertible, which is 1:1 tied to the US dollar. Many tourists therefore almost exclusively come into contact with the Peso Convertible. Since November 8, 2004, paying with USD is officially forbidden in Cuba! Also credit cards of American banks (e.g. American Express) are not accepted in Cuba. Those who travel to Cuba should think about the money supply. With EC/Maestro cards you cannot withdraw money at ATMs! So you should not rely on only one means of payment and take enough cash with you!

Tip / Propina: usually about 10%

On the website numbeo you can find more information about the cost of living in Cuba.

Voltage & Sockets
110 V / 220 V (in large hotels) European plug with two round metal pins American plug with two vertical flat metal pins and one round metal pin at the bottom in the middle

Cuban culture has Spanish and African roots. Especially Cuban music and dances like Son, Mambo, Danzon or Cha Cha Cha Cha have found international distribution. Cuba has also produced famous literary figures. One of them was the national poet José Martí, after whose poem the famous folk song Guantanamera was written.

The Cubans' culinary habits are simple. They do not prefer hot, spicy dishes as in other Latin American countries. Cuba's cuisine is quite heavy overall. Often the food is eaten in the North American style, but the quality leaves much to be desired.

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