Scams in Cuba

Cuba happens to be one of the safest countries in the world. It is one of the few countries where you can walk until the wee hours of the morning on dark streets and feel safe.

Of course, it also has neighborhoods that I would not approach at night, but are distances far from the areas where you are going to move.

Do not forget that the island lives on tourism, is its main source of income, and therefore, the tourist is given special protection.

In some discotheques, you can put your hand in your pocket without being aware. You must be careful where you take the money, but if you are stolen, which has never happened to me, it will be by carelessness, not by violence.

In Cuba, if you get the money is rather it is based on scams and especially in Havana.

The Cuban smells of foreigners, and more when they have only a short time in Cuba. They always have an excuse to go abroad.

The “where are you from?” Is the order of the day, as well as, what team are you? or “I have family in Spain” or ” what time is it?” Or “I saw you at the airport when you arrived, I was there “, anything to start a conversation and you can not get it off.
I have been going to Cuba for more than 10 years and it is still heavy. If you answer them it will take some time to get rid of it. I prefer to ignore or say that you have been on the island for a month.

With this I do not mean that all Cubans are the same, it is only a small part, what happens is that they move through the tourist areas and end up becoming heavy. They are usually young men and harassment is more of day. If you have to ask something on the street, better to seniors, women or police.

And as for the scams … there are all kinds. I have already met several times with a woman who goes with a child and tells you that she does not want money, that she needs milk or medicines, she takes you to the store, she makes you spend more than you would have given her, and then you sell the product to finish getting you more.

In the bars of the state, I doubt that it happens in the private ones, when they pass the account to see that everything is correct before paying, some time I have been charged some drinks of more.

Or the Cuban who hits you on the street or on the boardwalk at night and ends up saying that it is his birthday, if you ask him on what day we are, he will not tell you.

There is also the one who tells you that he is getting married and that you are wearing a shirt or very nice shoes and he does not have clothes for that day.

Of course, beware of buying cigars on the street, you can give them facts with banana leaf or go to know how much less money change on the street, uses the CADECAS, bureaux de change.
And if you buy wifi cards, buy them at hotels or in ETECSA that will be cheaper, although you will have to queue and maybe when you arrive there are not.

 Wifi card
ETECSA is the telecommunications company of Cuba. You have one in Obispo Street, between Havana and Compostela, you will recognize it by the tail that is always in the door, not to be confused with the tails of the CADECAS, that there are 2 in Obispo.

Telephone company in Cuba
And as not taxi drivers, better to ask beforehand how much they will charge you, and if they do not put the meter, that if they do not tell you that it is broken clear lol or negotiate before. Although this thymus is not heritage of Cuba.

Scams in Cuba 
For tastes the colors … normally, if you get the money will be so, with wit and kindness.
Obviously, this has a reason to be, as we all know, life in Cuba is not easy, there is much poverty, wages are on the ground and as they say, we must invent to be able to live. At least thank you that if you are deceived or robbed, not with violence, if not with ingenuity, it is in the hands of everyone to be deceived or not.


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