Cuba Warnings and Dangers
Thankfully, over the years the relationship between Cuba and the United States has recently improved. Despite that progress, tourists to Cuba must be aware of the warnings and dangers still present on this Caribbean island.
Located in the Caribbean, the weather in Cuba is what dreams are made of. Tourists can sit on Cuba’s many beaches, sip their renowned mojitos, and take in the beauty of the tropics. While life most of the year is bliss, tourists and locals alike must be cognizant of occassional storms, especially during hurricane season. If you’re planning on traveling to Cuba, be extra cautious between early June to the end of November. Hurricanes are more likely to hit the Caribbean during this time, so talk with a travel agent and pay close attention to the forecast before you book your plane tickets.
Cuba also has a rainy season, which usually occurs from April to June. Rain here isn’t a joke. At times, it can downpour for hours on end. Unless you enjoy walking around in the rain, you may want to book your travel for earlier in the year. The winter and spring months in the United States are more ideal times to take a trip to the Caribbean.
Besides the intense rain and danger of hurricanes, travelers must also be ready for extreme heat. From May to around the end of September, temperatures can be very high. Sun exposure is also a concern. Tourists from northern countries, where the sun isn’t as strong, should bring extra sunscreen. The sun doesn’t mess around in Cuba.
As in any country, crime is a concern in Cuba. Thankfully, violent crime is rare, but thieves won’t hesitate to steal your belongings, especially cameras. When on the beach or walking through Havana, don’t set your stuff down. Always keep your cameras, wallets, purses, passports, and other valuables close to your body. More than a few travelers have lost thousands of dollars worth of property this way. Be cautious, be smart, and you’ll be fine.
Driving in Cuba is an experience. You can rent a car, but it’s expensive and can be hazardous. Roadsigns are rare, as are lights. The drivers don’t always have headlights and pot holes are everywhere. Unless you’re an experienced driver with nerves of steal, renting a car may not be the best option. Cabs are the main mode of transportation. Many of them are from the 1950’s, which makes for a special experience, especially amongst car buffs.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about the warnings and dangers in Cuba.