The currency used by tourists in Cuba is the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC). It is accepted anywhere in Cuba and its current value is $1.37 CAD for one CUC approximately (it fluctuates). Bring Canadian dollars and then exchange them for CUC at the Cuban airport (you can also exchange them at banks or hotels, but the airport is the best place). Cuban Convertible Pesos cannot be exchanged outside the country, so if you have any money left over, exchange it back to Canadian dollars before leaving Cuba. Credit cards are accepted in Cuba, however due to the U.S. embargo credit cards and traveler’s cheques drawn on US banks and companies cannot be used. Credit cards are not accepted everywhere, and ATM machines and bank/debit cards are not used in Cuba, so cash is your best option.
When travelling internationally it is prudent to lock bags before check-in. Theft from suitcases is common throughout the world; not just in Cuba. You should ensure that all valuables such as jewelry, camera equipment, cell phones, money, etc. are carried in your hand luggage where risk of theft is minimal. Please also leave all your valuables in a safety deposit box when leaving your hotel room.
Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated and use plenty of high strength sunscreen.
At the beach –a red flag means No Swimming, yellow flag -Use caution, green flag -OK to swim. There will be lifeguards on site.