Havana Warnings and Dangers
Havana is a unique location that boasts delicious restaurants and entertainment. When you plan a trip to Havana, be sure to remain aware and alert at all times with the rise of theft, muggings, and scams throughout all areas.
Even if you store your valuables in a room or hotel you have rented in Havana, it is essential to bring your own safe or purchase one to ensure your goods are not stolen. There are many reports of money and items being stolen by workers or others who have access to various spaces including hostels and hotels. It is also advisable to wander in the center of the city if you are shopping and dining, during the daytime. The city at nighttime can become extremely dangerous, with robberies and muggings reported regardless of where you are staying and touring. Thieves pinpoint tourists as they believe they have more valuables and money on them. Store your wallet or purse in another location that is not visible on your body to detour criminals, and travel with a group if possible.
Shopping can be exciting in Havana, with homemade gifts and plenty of unique finds. However, there are also many shops that sell faulty cigars and items that are not legit. Always carry small bills when shopping and wear purses with short straps. Eliminate jewelry when browsing markets, as this gives potential thieves and pick pocketers the opportunity to make you their next target. Ask locals about the best shops nearby to ensure you are safe and purchasing authentic items.
Hustlers, Beggars, and Pick-pocketers
Many hustlers will beg to help clean your car or carry your luggage, only to steal from you or request more money from you than they originally requested from you. Beggars roam and line the streets of Havana, asking for money and in some cases, to make a “call” using your phone, only to run off with it, leaving you without the ability to call the police immediately. Pick pocketers are also prevalent in Havana, so be sure to keep a look out for those wandering around and eyeing others who flaunt their money or have easily accessible purses and wallets. Carry smaller bills without your identification (unless it is needed at a venue you plan to attend).
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings or dangers in Havana.