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Cuba Vacation: 10 Things to Know Before You Take Off

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A glorious combination of unspoiled beaches, lively dance clubs, and cultural history await the fortunate travelers to Cuba’s sunny shores.

However, before packing your suitcase and jetting off to this lovely island country, here are ten things you need to know before you go…

1. Power Conversion

All of the outlets on the island of Cuba, including hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts use 2 pronged 220V outlets. That means your typical North American plug (with three prongs) will not fit into most Cuban outlets. You can, however, purchase a plug adapter. Just be careful to check the power outage before plugging in as appliances—such as hair dryers or laptops—may fry the 220V outlets and your laptop.

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2. Pan Handling

You will see a number of locals begging for money or panhandling in Cuba by posing for pictures, drawing caricatures, or making and selling handicrafts in return for money from tourists. So don’t just assume what you’re being given or offered doesn’t come with a price tag.

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