Discovering the Magic of Solo Female Travel in Cuba


Welcome to the vibrant and captivating world of solo female travel in Cuba!

If you’ve been dreaming of exploring this iconic Caribbean island but have hesitated due to concerns or uncertainties, let me reassure you – Cuba is an incredible destination for adventurous women travelers, and it’s time to make it a priority on your travel bucket list.



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Here are five compelling reasons why Cuba should be your next solo travel destination:


  1. Warm Hospitality and Friendliness: From the moment you step foot on Cuban soil, you’ll be embraced by the warmth and hospitality of the Cuban people. Whether you’re wandering through the colorful streets of Havana or chatting with locals in a cozy café and enjoy coffee, you’ll find that Cubans are incredibly welcoming and eager to share their culture and traditions with visitors.


  1. Rich Cultural Heritage: Cuba is a treasure trove of history, art, music, and dance. Explore the vibrant streets of Old Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you’ll discover colonial architecture, lively plazas, and enchanting cobblestone alleyways. Immerse yourself in the rhythms of salsa and music, (Cubans are the most incredible dancers, so if you can’t dance, don’t worry they are still amazing to watch)  and don’t miss the chance to catch a live performance at one of Havana’s iconic jazz clubs.


  1. Stunning Natural Beauty: From pristine beaches to lush mountains and verdant valleys, Cuba boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the Caribbean. Whether you’re diving into crystal-clear waters off the coast of Varadero, hiking through the scenic countryside of Viñales, or exploring the stunning waterfalls of Topes de Collantes, there’s no shortage of natural beauty to discover in Cuba.


  1. Culinary Delights: Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with Cuba’s delicious cuisine like a local. Indulge in classic dishes like ropa vieja, arroz con pollo, and lechón asado, and don’t forget to sample local specialties like tostones, croquetas, and pastelitos. Be sure to wash it all down with a refreshing mojito or Cuba libre: even if rum is not your favourite tipple– after all, no trip to Cuba is complete without savoring its iconic cocktails.


  1. Safe and Secure Environment: Despite misconceptions, Cuba is a safe and secure destination for solo female travelers. I know this first hand from my own solo adventure there a few years ago. While it’s always important to exercise common sense and take precautions (no matter where you are), you’ll find that Cuba is generally free from the safety concerns that can sometimes deter women from traveling alone. It is one of the few countries I have felt fairly safe in solo. With a little awareness and preparation, you can confidently explore all that this beautiful island has to offer.


Now that you’re ready to embark on your Cuban adventure, let’s address some practical considerations to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey:

In our Q&A video, we cover some of the things you need to know, including:

  • Visa Information: Learn how to obtain a visa from the US, New Zealand, and Australia.
  • Flight Options: Discover the easiest routes for flying into Cuba from various countries.
  • Currency Exchange: Tips on managing currency exchange and payment options in Cuba.
  • Travel Insurance: Ensure you’re covered for your trip to Cuba with the right travel insurance policy.
  • Essential Packing Tips: From power adapters to communication options, we’ve got you covered.
  • Health and Safety: Stay healthy and safe during your travels with these important tips.
  • Avoiding Banking Issues: A crucial reminder to avoid using the word “Cuba” in bank transactions.
  • Helpful Checklist: A comprehensive checklist to guide you through the pre-travel preparation process.





Remember, solo female travel in Cuba is not only possible but also incredibly rewarding. 

Don’t let any doubts or fears hold you back from experiencing the magic of this captivating island. 


Cuba travel checklist (2024)

I have put together for you some considerations in the form of a checklist as you prepare for your trip to CUBA.

Please check with your travel agent or travel advisor if you need further information and check for regular updates to these travel requirements.

*Dated as of February 2024.

These items are listed in approximate order in which to complete.

  • Read all the T&Cs of the tour company or agency you are booking with and check the country you are entering visa/entry requirements.
  • Check flight costs and availability-including your flight route. If flying in via Canada, search “Varadero” rather than Havana to arrive. Avoid transits or flight routes via the US unless you are a US citizen or resident.
  • Check you have 6 months valid on your passport from your return flight date.
  • *For all non-US citizens/residents- you wish to travel to or transit through the United States in the future consider getting the “B2” Tourist visa, prior to your travel to Cuba. This can take a while to process. To enter the US post-travel to Cuba to will require a B2 visa rather the the normal ESTA.B2 Tourist visa to the US info
  • Book your adventure to Cuba; or with another preferred provider.
  • Book your flights (make sure the arrival/departure dates are correct to match your booked tour, and if you are allowing any extra days pre/post tour. We advise avoiding travel/transits via the United States unless you are a US resident/citizen.
  • Get your travel insurance. Check the fine print and make sure the medical and evacuation cover is in place. Add any adventure or extra activities. Make sure it covers CUBA. Get the extra layer of medical protection with the local insurance cover: Asistur insurance
  • Calculate a daily budget, to cover your time away. Approx $80-$100US per day. Also approx $2-$5 per day for guide and driver as a tip (discretionary). Check all your card’s expiry dates. Make sure you take cash in either US or EUROS to cover your time in Cuba just in case your cards do not work.
  • Apply for your tourist visa. GREEN VISA from all countries except the US:  PINK VISA if from the United States: If you are a US citizen/resident you will be traveling to Cuba under the SCP category license (support for Cuban people).You can get this visa via selected airlines or ports such as Miami or Huston for example.
  • Arrival/customs declaration form for Cuba to complete online 4 days prior to travel.
  • Have all your travel documents in hardcopies; passport, flight itinerary, tour itinerary if you have one, travel insurance, declaration copy and your visa.



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With careful planning and a sense of adventure, your solo journey to Cuba promises to be an unforgettable experience.

So pack your bags, embrace the spirit of wanderlust, and get ready to discover the beauty and charm of Cuba, one enchanting step at a time.

Let’s make your Cuban dreams a reality – Vamos a Cuba!

Join us on our next tour to Cuba and embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

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Gina Cambridge

Gina Cambridge

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