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Changing money and adapters

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Changing money and adapters

Hi everyone

I'm travelling to Varadero on 8th September (flying to Havana) can I exchange pounds for Cuban pesos before I go? Or do I need to exchange in Havana airport when I land there? I'm staying at the iberostar Varadero - can I exchange money here?

Also which plug adaptor do I need (it will be for uk phone chargers, Apple chargers etc)

Also what is an appropriate amount to tip hotel staff/taxi drivers etc?

Any extra tips or hints will be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks

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1. Re: Changing money and adapters

Firstly let's deal with the money side. You cannot buy Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC's) outside of Cuba. You can exchange some Sterling at the Cadeca at Havana Airport on your arrival and you can also exchange at the Iberostar Varadero, though they only have a front desk exchange so the exchange rate is likely to be lower.

Have a read of my Inside Page on Currency and Credit Cards at this link:


You will find the information you need about plugs and adapters at this link:


As regards tipping, CubaJack wrote an excellent article on the subject which you can read here:


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