All you need to know before visiting Cuba

Cuba art

Budget The first thing you need to know is that Cuba has two official currencies. Most locals get paid in Cuban pesos (CUP), while in tourism Convertible pesos (CUC) are used (1 CUC equals 1 USD). With CUP you can only purchase the basics, such as fruits and vegetables, smaller meals, basic groceries and produce, street snacks and collectivo (shared taxi) and intercity bus rides. With CUC you can pay for everything else - accommodation, excursions, meals at sit-down restaurants, more comfortable 'tourist' transportation, internet, car rentals, etc. If you stick to the basics - the items and services that...

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Cuba itinerary

Beautiful Cuba

From Kingston, Jamaica we took a flight to Santiago de Cuba, a city located in the south-eastern area of the beautiful island. Cuba is unique in every single way. The largest island in the Caribbean is known for its tropical weather, unparalleled nature, beautiful white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, rich history, culture, and art, vintage cars and colorful buildings, Salsa music and dance, Cha-cha-cha and Mambo, Cuban cigars, delicious coffee, rum, tasty cocktails like Cuba Libre, Mojito, and Daiquiri, the Cuban Revolution, and turbulent politics. Cuba is a world of its own, a country full of magic and romance, a must-see for every...

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All you need to know before visiting Jamaica

port antonio jamaica

 Budget Jamaica is a very popular tourist destination, the prices can, therefore, get pretty high. However, the prices are significantly lower in local shops and restaurants. • Prices for private rooms for two start at 45 USD (38.4 EUR) in Montego Bay, and 25 USD (21.4 EUR) in Ocho Rios, Negril, and Kingston. • Food prices in restaurants vary from budget to pretty expensive. A dinner should cost somewhere between 7 and 30 USD (6 and 26 EUR). Breakfasts and lunches are usually cheaper (3 to 15 USD/2.5 to 13 EUR). • The most comfortable way to get around Jamaica is...

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Jamaica itinerary

jamaica beach

After 55 unforgettable days in the United States and the Caribbean, it was time for us to explore new horizons. On the 5th of November, we flew from Miami to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We were super excited - after all, we have heard so many great things about this beautiful island. Jamaica is known (and for a good reason, as we soon found out) for its tropical weather, laid-back lifestyle, sandy beaches, beautiful waters, rich flora, the Rastafari movement, delicious coffee, Caribbean rum, great athletes, reggae music and of course the legendary Bob Marley. :) Our seven-day Jamaica honeymoon itinerary...

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10-day Southern Caribbean Norwegian cruise review

st john us virgin islands

On our first cruise, we visited the Bahamas, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Grand Turk, but we wanted to see more of the Caribbean. Online we found a 10-day Southern Caribbean cruise with the Norwegian cruise line. The itinerary sounded great, so we booked it right away. Norwegian's 10-day Southern Caribbean cruise itinerary To find out more about cruising in general, check out the How do cruises work part of our previous post. Norwegian cruise line, in particular, is known for its Freestyle Cruising concept, which gives their guests the opportunity to create their own itinerary. There are no set...

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7-day Eastern Caribbean Carnival cruise review

cruise ship caribbean

We wanted to visit as many Caribbean islands as possible. We googled the transportation options - flights, ships, ferries, we even contacted some local fishermen and asked if they would be willing to give us a ride from one island to another. But we soon realized, that taking a cruise ship is by far the most comfortable, fast and economic way to see the Caribbean. Online we found a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise with Carnival Cruise Line - one of the largest travel companies in the world. The itinerary sounded awesome, so we booked it. :) How do cruises work?...

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All you need to know before visiting Miami

miami city

Budget In general, Miami is more expensive than most other US cities, but there are still lots of good options for budget travelers. • Prices for private rooms for two start at 55 USD (47 EUR) per night (both in Miami and Miami Beach). • Food prices are pretty reasonable. A budget dinner costs somewhere between 10 and 18 USD (8.5 and 15 EUR), even on the famous Ocean Drive in Miami Beach. Fast food and ethnic restaurants are usually the cheapest. • Both Metrobus and Metrorail tickets cost 2.25 USD (1.9 EUR). To save some more money, check out our Budget...

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Miami itinerary

tropical miami

On 8th of October, we finally reached our last US destination - Miami. :) This amazing city is mostly known for its hot tropical weather, lively nightlife, Caribbean-style white sand beaches, numerous bays, rivers and canals, Cuban culture, Mojitos and good-looking tanned people. :) But Miami is so much more than that. It's a major financial, commercial, cultural, entertainment and art center. It is a popular tourist destination, the cruise capital of the world, home to the world's largest collection of Art Deco architecture and to more than 80 parks and gardens. Our eleven-day Miami honeymoon itinerary (things to see...

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Arizona’s natural wonders road trip

wild west road trip

After an amazing two-day roller coaster in Las Vegas, we decided to rent a car to go explore the stunning wonders of Arizona. But not just any car - since in Vegas you can rent really nice cars at competitive prices, we decided to 'go big' and rent a Mustang convertible. :) Now, as for our itinerary... There are lots of amazing national parks, canyons and natural monuments relatively near Las Vegas - there is the Death Valley National Park, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Valley of Fire State Park, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Vermilion Cliffs National...

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