Friend of mine who resides in Hong kong sent me this yesterday...
Made it to Cuba! we only went to Havana, didn't go to the beach resorts - although they are supposed to be very nice (not as nice as QLD I expect). Havana is pretty interesting with it's old buildings, cars and bars. It's also very poor, with the locals living a pretty basic lifestyle. They're hoping the American tourists will change that once they're allowed in. Stayed at a very nice colonial-style hotel called the Parque Central, looks across a park.
The cars are amazing. They're not all restored but they are everywhere (photos attached). And the bars are good fun, all with Cuban bands and cigars. Overall it was an interesting trip and I ticked the box but don't know if I'd recommend going out of your way to go there. There are probably a lot of nicer places to go to in the Caribbean.
This is very important. We brought Euro 2000 cash for 5 days (didn't use it up obviously) and hotel was prepaid! Don't bring USD as there is a 10% surcharge to change it to CUC. No surcharges for Euro, Cad etcThe most important tip is to bring cash. You just cannot rely on credit cards, even Australian ones. We met a number of Aussies who could not get any cash at all out of ATMs and were really stuck.
Westpac didn't work but CBA did for us but it seems it's variable.
You must have missed this shop in downtown HabanaOh and the other good tip about Cuba is if you like chocolate, bring it with you. We could not find any nice chocolate, all we ever saw were some M&Ms. The "supermarkets" in central Havana were all virtually empty with minimal things to choose from
We did it ourselves although did hire a private guide for 2 days in Habana @$100 / day for his services ...but you can do it independently!