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AirPorts in Cuba

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Using this page, you can find information about the Cuban airports and yacht ports located across the country, from Havana to Baracoa, that way you can save time and make your trip more practical.

1- Havana - José Martí International(International Flights)
José Martí International Airport in the capital of Cuba, Havana, with terminals 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Address: Avenida Van Troy y Final, Rancho Boyeros, Havana City, Cuba
Telephone: Terminal nº 3: (53) 7 2664133 – Terminal nº1: (53) 7 2751200
Airport Code: HAV
Airport Name: Havana - José Martí International
City: Havana

The airport complex consists of four passenger and cargo terminals:
• Terminal 1: Used for domestic flights.
• Terminal 2: Used mainly for charter flights to and from the United States; opened in 1988.
• Terminal 3: Serves the majority of international and intercontinental traffic; was inaugurated in 1998.
• Terminal 5: Is mainly used by charters and occasionally by regional flights.

2- Varadero - Juan Gualberto Gómez International (International Flights)
Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport is an international airport located in Varadero, Cuba, handling domestic and regional flights, as well as international charters.
Address: Aeropuerto Internacional Juan G. Gómez, Varadero, Matanzas. Cuba
Telephone: (53) 45 613016, 612133
Airport Code: VRA
Airport Name: Varadero - Juan Gualberto Gómez International
City: Varadero

3- Cayo Coco International  (International Flights)
Cayo Coco International Airport is a relatively new airport that handles air traffic to and from the destinations Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo.
Address: Cayo Coco, Ciego de Avila, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 33 25303
Airport Code: CCC
Airport Name: Cayo Coco International
City: Cayo Coco

4- Camaguey - Ignacio Agramonte International  (International Flights)
Located only at 8 km away from Camaguey City, serving domestic and regional flights.
Address: Finlay KM 7 1/2, Camagüey, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 32 261010
Airport Code: CMW
Airport Name: Camaguey - Ignacio Agramonte International
City: Camagüey

5- Holguín - Frank País International (International Flights)
International Airport for passengers to (or from) Holguín and nearby beach destinations, handling local and regional flights and international charters.
Address: Carretera Central, Vía Bayamo km 15, Holguín, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 24 468556 – 462512
Airport Code: HOG
Airport Name: Holguín - Frank Pais International
City: Holguín

6- Santiago de Cuba - Antonio Maceo International (International Flights)
Antonio Maceo Airport is the international airport of Santiago de Cuba, handling domestic, regional and international flights.
Address: Santiago Airport, Cuba, KM 2½ Carretera Del Morro, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 226 691014
Airport Code: SCU
Airport Name: Santiago de Cuba - Antonio Maceo International
City: Santiago de Cuba

7- Cayo Largo - Vilo Acuña International  (Domestic Flights)
Modern airport Cayo Largo is using mainly for daily flights from and to Havana and Varadero.
Address: Cayo Largo, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 45 248141
Airport Code: CYO
Airport Name: Cayo Largo - Vilo Acuña International
City: Cayo Largo

8- Cayo Las Brujas (Domestic Flights)
Cayo Las Brujas Airport is an airport serving tourists who want to go to Cayo las Brujas, Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa Maria, being part of Jardines del Rey in the Villa Clara Province, Cuba.
Address: Cayo Las Brujas, Villa Clara, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 42 300009
Airport Code: BWW
Airport Name: Cayo Las Brujas
City: Cayo Las Brujas

9- Nueva Gerona - Rafael Cabrera Mustelier (Domestic Flights)
Rafael Cabrera Mustelier Airport is an airport serving Nueva Gerona, the capital city of Isla de la Juventud (Island of Youth), with mainly daily flights to and from Havana.
Address: Carretera Aeropuerto km. 5, Nueva Gerona, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 46 322300 - 322690 - 322184
Airport Code: GER
Airport Name: Nueva Gerona - Rafael Cabrera Mustelier
City: Nueva Gerona

10- Baracoa – Gustavo Rizo (Domestic Flights)
Baracoa's Gustavo Rizo Airport is a small airport serving mainly domestic flights.
Address: Baracoa, Guantánamo, Cuba, located west of the bay near Hotel Porto Santo and about 4 km (2 1/2 miles) NNW of downtown Baracoa.
Telephone: (53) 21 42580 - 42216
Airport Code: BCA
Airport Name: Baracoa - Gustavo Rizo
City: Baracoa

11- Bayamo - Carlos Manuel de Céspedes (Domestic Flights)
Regional airport (domestic flights) serving the city of Bayamo in the province of Granma.
Address: Bayamo, Guama, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 23 423695 - 424501
Airport Code: BYM
Airport Name: Bayamo - Carlos Manuel de Céspedes
City: Bayamo

12- Moa - Orestes Acosta (Domestic Flights)
Orestes Acosta Airport is a regional airport that serves the town of Moa in Cuba, mainly handling domestic flights to and from Havana.
Address: Moa Orestes Acosta Airport
Telephone: (53) 24 67678
Airport Code: MOA
Airport Name: Moa - Orestes Acosta
City: Moa

13- Manzanillo - Sierra Maestra (Domestic Flights)
Regional airport (mainly domestic flights from/ to Havana) serving the Manzanillo-Sierra Maestra area in the province of Granma.
Address: Aeropuerto Internacional Sierra Maestra, Granma, Cuba
Telephone: Tel:(53) 23 54984
Airport Code: MZO
Airport Name: Manzanillo - Sierra Maestra
City: Manzanillo

14- Havana - Playa Baracoa (Domestic Flights)
Playa Baracoa Airport serves domestic flights scheduled by the local airline Aerogaviota and is situated about 28 km west of Havana, in the village of Playa Baracoa, (Province Artemisa).
Address: Playa Baracoa, Havana, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 7 2098002
Airport Code: UPB
Airport Name: Havana - Playa Baracoa
City: Havana

15- Las Tunas - Hermanos Almejeiras (Domestic Flights)
Regional airport (domestic flights) serving Las Tunas area in the province of Las Tunas, handling flights to and from Havana.
Address: Las Tunas, Las Tunas, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 31 42-702
Airport Code: VTU
Airport Name: Las Tunas - Hermanos Almejeiras
City: Las Tunas

Ports accepting international travelers in their own yacht:

North Coast

• Hemingway Marina, in Havana.
• Dársena, Chapelin and Gaviota Marinas, in Varadero.
• Cayo Coco-Cayo Guillermo Marina.
• Gaviota Bahía de Naranjo Marina, in Holguín.

South Coast

• María La Gorda International Scuba-Diving Center, in Pinar del Río.
• Cayo Largo del Sur Marina.
• Punta Gorda Marina, in Santiago de Cuba.

Not allowed to bring into the country:

Narcotics, explosives, pornography, any item (including literature) intended to be used against the national security, animals and plants regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, For further information and a complete list of the prohibited articles, please visit the website: www.aduana.co.cu

Outbound travelers

Visitors leaving Cuba may take out 23 cigars, and 1.14 litres of liquor (two regular-sized bottles of 750ml). To export other items, such as art and antiques, obtain a permit from the National Registry of Cultural Objects.

Electricity

cuba electricidad.jpgIn Cuba the electrical plugs are in American Style, (Type A) two blades.
Usually electricity in Cuba is 110 v / 60 Hz, although in some hotels (usually in the bathrooms) also have 220 v, plug with a round pin European Style. (Type C)
We recommend to carry an adapter.

Getting Around

Transportation

Cuba has an excellent taxi services as well as car services, minivans and motorcycle rentals. Tour buses in Havana, Pinar del Río, Jardines del Rey, Trinidad, Baracoa and Varadero cover the major sites of interest.

For excursions and transfers: You may book its directly in our web site when you select hotel for booking or You may contact the tourism desk at your hotel.

Roads

50,000 km (31 000 milles) of highways and other  roads connect all the cities with the touristic resorts

Buses

The Transtur buses are available for transfers to many resorts, and other bus companies too, such as Víazul and Transgaviota, they provide air-conditioned bus transportation to the hotles and other places in Cuba.

Airports

The country has 10 international airports, and 5 local airports offering domestic charters and air taxis.

Taxis

The taxis for the tourists are provided metered fares which must be paid only in CUC; in some tour destinations also in USD or Euro, you pay for the distance and not for the time in the car.

Cocotaxis

Bright yellow three-seater scooters, can be found in most of the cities and they are a fun alternative to the tourist taxi; they’re also official, but aren’t metered fare.

Gran Car

In Havana rents classic vintage cars (with driver).
In main cities you’ll also find Calezas, horse drawn buggies, and ciclotaxis.

Driving in Cuba

You need to be 21 years old with a valid driver’s license with a mínimum 1 year experience. There are several car rental companies.

Tourist Guides

You may travel by own but guides can show you everything that you might not find by yourserlf. They can also bring you to paladares, small and family restaurants in private homes.
Photography & Videos
Photos and videos can be taken freely, except in restricted areas, such as military zones. Museums also have specific regulations.

Shopping

In the shops of the hotels, villas and airports you can buy Cuban cigars, rum and coffee, as well as snacks, arts and handmade crafts, books and souvenirs and much more.

Tourist Information

There are severals information offices “Infotur” distributed throughout the country offering free information. Here you can also get printed guides, brochures, catalogs, etc.

Handy Hints

Clothing to visit Cuba: Light color cotton or similar clothing are the best option. However, by the end of October till March, cold fronts are frequently in Cuba, with casual recorded temperatures of 10 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit), for this time of year it is good to have a light wool or gabardine coat. In the rainy season (form May to October) it is advisable to have a light raincoat. Casual wear (jeans, shorts, shirts, sandals, tennis or light and fresh shoes) are used in almost all places. However, more formal is called for the theaters, luxe restaurants, concert halls and such, for which we recommend long-sleeved shirt and tie and also suits, why not….

Health

The Cuban public health ranks as one of the best in Latin America and the world. All hotels have available primary medical care on site, and in major cities and tourist destinations there are international clinics and pharmacies, where you can receive specialized care or buy drugs.
Any person who enters the country as a tourist must have a travel insurance with medical coverage.
The Cuban health system is internationally recognized, it has highly regarded scientists and specialists and it covers all territories. Cuba also has a scientific center in which major drugs have been produced, which are now used in the world, including the latest, called Heberprot B, devoted to heal diabetic foot ulcer, in addition to some other products aimed to combine and eradicate other diseases. The country has more than 500 clinics and 300 hospitals. Among the latter excel the International Medical Surgical Center (CIMEQ), the Cira Garcia International Clinic and the Ameijeiras Hospital.

Language

Spanish
In the Cuban hotels, especially in the reception, the staff often speak in English, French, Italian, German, Russian and other languages.

Money Matters

Cuba has two different currencies:
- The Cuban Convertible Peso or CUC.
- The Cuban National Peso or CUP.

Tourists mostly pay in Convertible Cuban Pesos.
The CUC can be exchanged into foreign currencies and vice versa – note that coins are not accepted - including the EURO, Swiss Franc, English Pound and US Dollar.
To exchange US Dollars in cash there are charges, a tax of 10% on top of established bank commissions (not applied to credit or debit cards transactions).
In the hotels, car rentals and fuel stations, restaurants, luxury goods, souvenirs, entrance fees etc. you can pay in CUC.

There are banknotes of 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 convertible pesos, coins come in 5, 10, 25 and 50 Cents and 1 peso.

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The Cuban National Peso (CUP) is also called Moneda Nacional (MN; National Money).
The Cuban Peso is used by Cubans to buy fruits and vegetables in the markets, a pizza on the street, for city bus fares, and to pay gas, telephone and electricity bills. The salaries are paid in Cuban Pesos.

There are banknotes of 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pesos, coins come in 1 centavo, 2 centavos, 5 centavos, 20 centavos, 1 peso and 3 pesos. 1 Convertible Peso = approximately 24 Cuban pesos.

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You can get 'Pesos Convertibles' at the airport, banks, hotel receptions and at money exchange offices, called "CADECA" and you can find these offices everywhere in the country. If you want, you can also get Cuban National Pesos (CUP) in the CADECA (exchanging small amounts is recommended). Do not exchange money on the streets.

All Cuban money is only valid inside Cuba – importation and exportation is not allowed.
For the tourists prices are in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC).
In Varadero, Cayo Largo del Sur, Jardines del Rey (Coco and Guillermo Keys), Santa Lucía and Covarrubias Beaches, as well as in Holguín province (tourist resorts on the northern coastline), payments in Euros are generally accepted.

The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC), is an internal currency, just to exchange the foreign currency. The CUC is not valid or changeable outside Cuba.  When you are leaving the country, you can exchange them at the airport for U.S. dollars or other international used currencies.

Credit cards are accepted, Transcard, Visa, MasterCard International, Access, International Bancomer, Eurocard, Banamex, Diners Club International, JCB and Carnet, but they have not been issued by U.S. banks or their subsidiaries, as well as cards of the International Financial Bank Cuba (BFI), and cards of the banks of Credit and Commerce, Metropolitan, Popular de Ahorro and BICSA (RED cards).

Passport Information

Travel requirements:

A passport valid for at least one week after the return date from Cuba, a return ticket and the tourist card (available for a fee, from airlines, travel agents or Cuban Consulate located in your country) put the correct address where you will be in Cuba. Do not lose this document – you’ll need it for the departure.

Tourist Card

The tourist card allows you to stay for up to 90 days from the arrival date to the country. It can be extended on a monthly basis and it is valid for one entry. For staying more than 90 days, you can request an extension of another 3 months at any tourism office in Cuba, for a maximum stay of 6 months.
Children also require a tourist card, even if they are registered on their parents’ passports.

Length of Validity of the Tourist Card:

Typically 30 days. This can be extended for an additional 30 days once in Cuba.

Travel requirements for foreign businesses or study in Cuba:
Please contact the Cuban Consulate in your country.

Public Holidays in 2017

 January 1st  Triumph of the Revolution
 January 2nd
 Day of the Cuban Armed Forces


 April 14th
 Good Friday


 May 1st
 Workers’ day


 July 25th
 July 26th
 July 27th   
 National Rebel’s Day


 October 10th
 Beginning of the Independence War, Abolition of the Slavery


 December 25th
 Christmas Eve

Religion

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Cuba is mainly a Catholic country (60%). In some cases Catholicism is highly modified and influenced by syncretism. A common syncretic belief is Santeria, which was brought to Cuba by slaves from Africa and spread to near islands; It shows similarities to the Brazilian Umbanda and has been receiving an official support.

The Catholic Church estimates that 60% of the population in Cuba is Catholic. Membership in Protestant churches is estimated at 5% and includes Baptists, Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Quakers, and Lutherans. Other groups include The Russian Orthodox Church, The Greek Orthodox Church, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Baha'is, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons).

Cuba is home to a variety of syncretic religions of cultural origins in many parts of Africa. It is estimated that 80% of the population deal with practitioners of religions that have their roots in West Africa, as Santeria or Yoruba. Santeria was developed from the traditions of the Yoruba, one of the African people who were brought to Cuba during the sixteenth century through the nineteenth century to work on sugar plantations. Santeria mixes elements of Christianity and West African beliefs and as such made it possible for slaves to retain their traditional beliefs while practicing Catholicism.

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The Virgin of the Charity of El Cobre (Our Lady of Charity) is the Catholic patron saint of Cuba and is highly revered by the Cuban people and seen as a symbol of Cuba. In Santeria, she syncretized with the goddess Oshun. The important religious feast of "La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre" is held annually by the Cubans on September 8.

Other practiced religions are Palo Monte and Abakuá, which have much of their liturgy in African languages.

Safety & Security

Even though Cuba is a safe place and has a low crime-rate, you should take some precautions to avoid being caught out by petty thieves, who are just waiting for the chance to grab any belonging such as wallets, photo and video cameras, pieces of luggage, handbags or shopping bags.
Public safety is ensured on the streets by lots of young police officers always willing to help in case you need them, though they might not speak English.

You should take note of the following advices:
- do not take more money with you than you need;
- do not be careless with your belongings and purchases;
- take good care of your wallet and passport in crowded places, we suggest you keep them in your front pocket;
- check the bill at restaurants;
- get rid of so-called "tourist guides", they are not professional and many are not aware of Cuban history and culture, they just pretend to be nice.
- keep your jewels and valuables in the room safe.

Tipping

In Cuba is common a tip, all staff providing a service expected to have a tip, in the case of restaurants and bars can be 10%, other services may be more than enough to give 1.00 CUC.
Tipping is not mandatory,it is just a way of gratitude the service you received.

Weather

Moderate Sub-tropical Two seasons:
Winter (Dry): From Nov- Apr
Summer (Wet): From Mar-Oct. Average
Water temperature 25ºC.

Hurricane season is from June to November.
Mostly of the storms are in September and October
For more information, visit the web site : www.met.inf.cu

JANUARYFEBRUARY
MARCH
APRIL
MAY
JUNE
18ºC - 26º
18ºC - 26º19ºC - 27º
21ºC - 28º
22ºC - 29º
23ºC - 30º
JULY
AUGUST
SEPTEMBER
OCTOBER
NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
23ºC - 31º24ºC - 31º
23ºC - 31º23ºC - 29º21ºC - 27º
19ºC - 26º

What to wear

Clothing to visit Cuba:

Light color cotton or similar clothing are the best option. However, by the end of October till March, cold fronts are frequently in Cuba, with casual recorded temperatures of 10 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit), for this time of year it is good to have a light wool or gabardine coat. In the rainy season (form May to October) it is advisable to have a light raincoat. Casual wear (jeans, shorts, shirts, sandals, tennis or light and fresh shoes) are used in almost all places. However, more formal is called for the theaters, luxe restaurants, concert halls and other, for which we recommend long-sleeved shirt and tie and also suits, why not…

INFORMATIVE NOTE
INFORMATIVE NOTE:

Cuba closes its borders from March 24 for a month (depending on the situation it can be extended)
All reservation requests starting today and for stays until April 30 will be denied.
We apologize for the inconvenience.

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