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Linda Bevan Jun 25, 2014 at 07:16 PM

use dollars, it does not pay to exchange twice.

Bonnie House Jun 25, 2014 at 06:26 PM

I read that it is preferable to exchange Euros or Cdn dollars as opposed to US currency because they take 10% from US money. Should I get Euros or Cdn money before I leave. Anyone know about this??
Dena Abramowitz Jun 25, 2014 at 06:37 PM

It's not worth it because you're paying for two exchanges, so it's probably a wash. Just bring dollars and have a good time. You won't need to spend much money in Cuba, so this really isn't worth worrying about.

Pat Molloy Jun 20, 2014 at 03:30 PM

How much cash do you bring? You can't use American credit cards, right?
Claude Flynn Jun 20, 2014 at 04:14 PM

Douglas Cummings Jun 20, 2014 at 09:30 PM

No, no American credit cards, or travelers checks, etc. Only CUC. I exchanged $200 and had money left over. If you think you want to buy artworks or expensive souveniers you may want more. Money exchange is available at the hotels, and at the airport when you leave to exchange CUC back to $. Very easy.
Sue Hobbs Jun 24, 2014 at 08:08 PM

Hmmm. I have heard several people say they took $1000 and felt like it wasn't enough. Any more feedback from previous travelers?
Pat Molloy Jun 24, 2014 at 09:13 PM

Glad to hear it is easy to exchange money but hard to figure how much to bring especially since American banks are not recognized. Thanks for responses!
Jan Wolfe Jul 01, 2014 at 11:13 AM

My husband and I took $500 and had lots left over. But having said that, if we had taken $1000, we might have brought back more artwork. It was a good way to keep our spending in check. Mostly we spent our money on rum nightcaps, CDs from the various musical groups, and we tipped well even though RS covers tips.

Sue Hobbs Jun 08, 2014 at 01:29 PM

Has anyone gone to the Tropicana on their own?
Susan Garry Jun 24, 2014 at 02:55 PM

I went on the recommendation of a friend who had taken this trip before me and it was well worth it. It was easy to get a cab to and from the hotel. The show was wonderful. There were four of us who went and we also opted for the dinner before which wasn't that great but it was the Tropicana. You should definitely try to get there. It is a bit pricey - 75 CUC but when we got there our seats were upgraded which is also what happened to my friend who went. Highly recommended especially if you like history.
Sue Hobbs Jun 24, 2014 at 08:09 PM

Thanks Susan. Did you arrange tickets ahead of time or through the hotel or tour group?
Susan Garry Jun 24, 2014 at 08:36 PM

We arranged it through the hotel. There's a desk in the lobby next to the jewelry store that arranges the tickets.

Marjorie Arons-Barron Jun 08, 2014 at 08:13 AM

Roughly how many people go on a trip of this sort?
Susan Kaufman Jun 08, 2014 at 08:56 AM

OMG Marjorie - the former Susan Schur here!! There were 24 on my trip in January.
Douglas Cummings Jun 08, 2014 at 08:12 PM

22 on our trip in March/April. Very manageable. Brings a lot of variety to the group.

Joan Engelhaupt Jun 03, 2014 at 08:39 PM

It's been more than a year since I went with Road Scholar to Cuba, but this issue was hotly debated in this space at that time. Basically, R.S. does cover the tips and asks that we not pressure each other to give a parting tip (i.e., take up a group collection). Therefore, people who wanted to give something extra did so on their own initiative and probably in nowhere near the amounts other tour companies seem to encourage.

Linda Bevan Jun 03, 2014 at 04:22 PM

RS gives tips to the tour guides, they do say that they are "moderate". Additional tipping is optional. On our tour, we tipped the bus driver, the RS coordinator as well as the tour "expert", but only about half dozen on the tour did so.

Sue Hobbs Jun 03, 2014 at 02:28 PM

Can anyone give me some idea what is expected for tips for the tour guides? Someone that used another tour company mentioned the tips were high and to bring more cash than you thought you would need.
Sue Hobbs Jun 03, 2014 at 04:52 PM

Jan Wolfe Jun 03, 2014 at 05:20 PM

Hi Sue! I agree with Linda (above). Road Scholar takes care of the tips for the tour guides, and they don't want anyone to feel pressured to tip. Having said that, we tipped our Road Scholar Guide, our Cuban guide, and our bus driver. In addition, we left our remaining toilet paper, toilettries, notebooks, pens, etc. for our Cuban guide to keep or donate as he wished. They will accept US dollars if you're out of CUCs, and they will appreciate any tips.
Sue Hobbs Jun 03, 2014 at 05:50 PM


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