Cuba. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Cuba is a glorious South American country that is rich in culture. Recently, the country has seen some of its relations with the United States a major player in the region restored between the two nations,under the Obama administration. Under the Trump administration some changes have been made, which may have caused a setback in these relations. Either way, this has generated lots of interest in the country. Here are some things you need to know before you go visit Cuba. 

1. The Language

It would be helpful if you knew the basics of Cuban-Spanish for your trip to Cuba because getting around will be easier. This is unless of course you are making the use of tourist groups that have English speaking guides. 

2. The Currency and exchange rates 

One of the legal currencies for Cuba is the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) which is what most tourists will deal with. It is the equivalent of one US dollar, which means if you're from South Africa one Cuban convertible peso will set you back R12.95 at the time of writing this piece.It is highly advised that you convert your currency upon arrival in Cuba. 

3.  Places to visit 

Before you head out to Cuba, putting together a list of places you like to visit is highly encouraged. Cuba has a variety of sites like Havana (Old Havana) which is a UNESCO Heritage Site. Apart from it being the home of cigars and rum, there's also the jazz music and architecture of the town that revelers can look forward to. The beach of Varadero is also a good place to spend some time, its magnificent white-sandy shores are great for some Instagram ready shots! (You may only be able to post these images when you get back home though. Some of the infrastructure in the island country isn't great.

4. The laws

The last thing you want to do is get arrested in a country that is not your home. Be sure to read up on the laws and the country especially ones that are relevant to tourists. 

With some of these tips, you should be ready to get ready to travel to the land of jazz and socialism. Happy Planning!