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What currency do you tip in?

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What currency do you tip in?

We are going to Sandals Hicacos next Saturday. Last time we were Cuba we tipped in US$. Is it still ok to use USD for tipping?

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1. Re: What currency do you tip in?

We were told that the locals have an easier time with the CUCs and that it was their preference to be tipped with the tourist peso in Cuba.

Maybe someone else has been told something different?

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2. Re: What currency do you tip in?

Don't tip in USD. The locals have to pay a surcharge on converting it. They can buy things with CUC without penalty so it's best to use it! You may see locals trying to even exchange the Canadian dollar for CUC because it's easier to use.

Good Luck and enjoy your vacation.

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3. Re: What currency do you tip in?

Magantaa, Ronnieboy,

Thanks, that helps a lot. We haven't been to Cuba for some years and they have changed their policies since then. Want to be able to show appreciation properly.

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4. Re: What currency do you tip in?

Maybe someone can verify this as well.......you can just take canadian currency with you.....don't take US or they charge YOU a surcharge as well.

You can exchange CAD into CUC at the airport, and at the hotel. We did some at the airport in Varadero, and then some midweek at the hotel as well.

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5. Re: What currency do you tip in?

Sunflower, You are correct, there is no need to take USD. Just take your Canadian$ and exchange into Cuban CUC's at the airport, resort etc.

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6. Re: What currency do you tip in?

Also, very important, don't tip with Canadian loonies or toonies. The Cuban people cannot exchange these, they are worthless to them.

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7. Re: What currency do you tip in?

Thank you everyone

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8. Re: What currency do you tip in?

Hiya

You must have gone to cuba before November of 2004. Castro decided that the currency of choice used in the tourist industry would be the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). They had already started this conversion in October (04).

The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) was revalued in April of 2005 at 8% higher than the USD (use this for exchange purposes only) So ... with an extra 10% "penalty" for exchanging USD in Cuba plus the 8% for revaluation, you would be losing 18% on exchange which has effectively restricted the use of the USD in Cuba.

Euros and pounds, CDN are fine, bring cash and exchange at the airport in Cuba, at your hotel (small comission) or at a bank/money exchange. You can not purchase CUC outside of Cuba.

Please do not tip with any kind of foreign coins as they are useless to the Cuban people. CUC coins are fine.

Any more questions will gladly be answered by many of the posters ... Welcome to TA.

Cheers

Mardi

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9. Re: What currency do you tip in?

You're right, we were there about 8 years ago.

I very much appreciate all the helpful advice from everyone.

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10. Re: What currency do you tip in?

Hi Mardi

Is it easy to change travellers cheques at hotels ( staying at Tryp Peninsula ) - have heard that some people change money at the airport - is this usual / necessary or is it ok to wait till we get to the hotel? Is it correct that American express travellers cheques are not changed?

Many thanks

Julie

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