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    Am looking at Cuba for a trip this summer, probably hitching around since that's really easy in Cuba. In fact, government officials are required by LAW to pick you up!! I'm a very experienced hitch-hiker in Europe, so I know what I'm doing.

    Anybody know where to find cheap hotels and hostels? The prices on most of their official websites are about 6 months salary for an average Cuban, so I know they're taking the piss compared to what the room is actually worth. Anyone have experience of travelling there?
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    Okay.... been doing some more research and I was right. The price of accomodation sold in Pesos is bugger all...

    http://www.cuba-hostels.com/en/hoste...es/Havana.html some of these are as low as 20p a night!

    EDIT: Oops that's non-convertible pesos, but even in convertible pesos it's well under a tenner a night.
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    I've been to Cuba twice but only on a package deal not as an independent traveller.

    My friends visited Cuba as independent travellers and found it tough going in Havana. They said it was difficult to get food! I think they ended up staying in a locals home.

    When I was there, including Havana I didnt even see a peso, everything was paid for with US dollars.

    It is a very safe place to visit. The first time I visited Havana I was with a Cuban guy and did not get any hassle* but when I was there a couple of years later exploring Havana without a guide I was approached quite a bit which after a while gets tiresome, there is only so much you can give away.

    *when I say hassle, I just mean begging, nothing untoward or scary.
 
 
 
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