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Currency in Cuba

by JoeDTravel Online Now Jan 31, 2005 at 9:17 AM

We are planning to travel around Cuba by car and we have heard that until recently, US Dollars were generally acceptable as currency for anything, anywhere in Cuba. This appeas to have changed and now travellers are urged to use Euro or other currency instead (we are going from Italy), instead of dollars, especially outside the resort areas. Can anyone comment on this from recent experience? Will they accept Euros anywhere in Cuba? Thanks.

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    Re: Currency in Cuba

    by Harleyboy Online Now Jan 31, 2005 at 9:38 AM

    Hi Dollars are not excepted and have to be exchanged in which case you pay 10 percent extra, so leave them at home. In many (tourist) places you can also pay with the euro, but best to take euro's and exchange them to cuc (convertible peso 1 cuc = 1 dollar). Also they don't accept us related creditcards. Have fun in the pearl of the Caribbean. Harry

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    by AnjaV Online Now Jan 31, 2005 at 9:37 PM

    Nothing really has changed only that you get CUC (convertible pesos) in hand instead of dollars. Just go to the bank in Cuba and get CUC's with your credit card and passport. No problem

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    by searay34 Online Now Feb 2, 2005 at 2:49 AM

    As of now (February 2, 2005) the only acceptable currency to use in Cuba is the Cuban convertible peso. You can convert your currency to the Cuban convertible peso at any of the International airports in Cuba. *Remember that before you leave Cuba, you must convert your Cuban pesos back to your own currency. You cannot convert outside of cuba. Good luck and have a great trip!

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    Re: Currency in Cuba

    by peteinmiami Online Now Feb 5, 2005 at 8:10 PM

    From November 2004 the only currency accepted in Cuba is the Cuban Convertible peso, you can exchange your money in airports, some hotels, banks or in any of the CADESA offices around Cuba. I recommend you to take euros to Cuba since you will get a better rate than if you take US dollars ( 10% charge will be applied) . Have fun in Cuba. Take care, Pete

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