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Best money to take to Cuba

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Best money to take to Cuba

Will be going to Cuba soon and would like to know what is the best money to take US dollars or Sterling any tips on money greatly appreciated Thanks

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1. Re: Best money to take to Cuba

Don't take US as they will charge you a 10% penalty to change them. Take sterling, you will ahve no problem changing them as long as they are in good shape (not riped, etc...)

Scotland, UK
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2. Re: Best money to take to Cuba

Like the previous poster said, just take £'s with you. Not sure where in the UK you are, so be aware that Scottish notes will not be accepted. English notes only in good condition.

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3. Re: Best money to take to Cuba

Hey Patsy

Check out bellagios insider pages. Hes got tons of info for the UK traveller to Cuba. Heres the link

www.tripadvisor.com/members-inside/bellagio

Cheers

Newton Aycliffe...
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for Cuba, Rafael Freyre, Guardalavaca, Holguin
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4. Re: Best money to take to Cuba

Thanks bergerman for the plug.

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5. Re: Best money to take to Cuba

So, if you're from Canada though...

Is it okay to deal with Canadian cash only or is it preferable to take CUC only?

Are there any instances where one is better than the other...?

Thanks.

Newton Aycliffe...
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6. Re: Best money to take to Cuba

From Canada you take Canadian dollars and change them to CUC's in Cuba.

The CUC is a closed currency and cannot be purchased outside of Cuba.

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7. Re: Best money to take to Cuba

If you are from canada, take clean, newer canadian bills. You cannot purchase CUCs in Canada, you must exchange your money in Cuba. I am sure that someone will post a link to mardi's insider page with more info. (someday I'll learn to include a link!)

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Anyone know what the current exchange is for CUC to Canadian $.

Last time i was there it was pared with the US dollar and cost me 1.40cnd for 1 CUC...which i thought was nuts!

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9. Re: Best money to take to Cuba

My question is kind of on the same topic...Is it better to exchange your money at the airport or at the hotel?

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10. Re: Best money to take to Cuba

All the cadecas (official money exchange kiosks) have the same exchange, so whether you exchange at the airport or hotel cadeca, it does not matter. Just make sure you ask for and receive a receipt! Then count your money. Many here will tell you how they've been short-changed a CUC or two. Myself included a couple of times. They try, but if you ask for a receipt and count your money, no chance of that happening.

Also, just to reinforce the point, bring Sterling if you're coming from the UK, Canadian if...you get the idea...