Currency Used in Cuba
What currency is used in Cuba? This is a big question when traveling to this country.
This can be a pretty confusing thing as there are two forms of money. One that is mainly for the locals and the other for tourists.
CUC "Cuban Convertible Peso" is the one that you are looking for if you are traveling to the country.
CUP "this is the peso for the locals" is the one that you do NOT want!
Next Question. Can I get this money in my home country? Answer: NO!
You can change your local money to the CUC at the airport Cambio when you arrive or at your hotel. You can also go to the bank, however be prepared as you may be waiting in lineups for a very long time. You don't want to waste any vacation time standing in a lineup!
NEVER change over your money on the street! You may be given the incorrect money and you may be given a poor rate.
For anyone traveling with American Dollars be prepared to pay an extra 10% on top of the current rate. For anyone Canadian, your Canadian paper money will change over just fine, we do recommend that you take bills under $100 ($50, $20, $10, and $5) and do not take your Loonies and Toonies.
A note about credit cards! For most things like Day Trips you may use your credit card. Visa and Mastercard are the only two types of credit cards used. If you use American Express it will not be taken for anything that you would like to pay for.
For simple souvenir shopping use your CUC's.
Enjoy your vacation to this amazing country!