Gap Year in Cuba
The Republic of Cuba comprises of the island of Cuba and several other smaller islands, forming an archipelago where the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean meet. In the last few years, tourism in Cuba started taking shape and now, it is one of the most popular gap year destinations. A country that holds immense historical importance, Cuban colors will surely turn your gap year journey into a memorable experience that you'll cherish forever. Learn to groove on Cuban rhythms and pick up a few salsa steps, savor the taste of their amazing cuisine, be a part of their festivities and know more about the country while traveling from one part to another!
Gap Year in Cuba
Roaming the streets of Cuba is almost like walking through a timewarp and entering a different era. Well explained by Lonely Planet, Cuba oozes of ‘Old School Cool’ and its cobblestone streets are an everlasting reminder of its rich historical heritage. From the chillaxing in the quaint beach town of Trinidad to exploring the majestic colonial streets of Havana that looks like something out of history books; Cuba is not your run of the mill gap year destination- it is something remarkably exceptional! Learn all about the country of the spirited young revolutionary Che Guevara and fall in love with the people of Cuba with a warm hospitable Cuban homestay. Come and make sense of this jigsaw puzzle of a country that Cuba is on your gap year!
Tours in Cuba
Capped by Caribbean on all sides, the island of Cuba is slowly emerging as top spot for travelers with its old world charm, fantastic revolutionary history and amazing natural beauty. These all encompassing tours in Cuba are the perfect means to enjoy the sights and sounds of this sensational nation- from the UNESCO sites of Maria la Gorda, Las Terrazas to the lush countryside of Viñales. Experience the thrill of an open road and feel the wind in your hair on a top down vintage car through the streets of Havana and feed your curiosities about this awe-inspiring tropical nation on a tour with GDA. All you need to do is pack up and board a flight, leave the rest on us!
All the travelers except the citizens of Visa exempt countries will need to acquire a Tourist Card, which is similar to a tourist visa, to enter Cuba. Many Airlines flying to Cuba include the cost of this card in the airfare and distribute the card during the flight. Some airlines do not provide this card, so it is best to call your airline and ask about it prior to travel. You can also buy a tourist card online. If you are an American citizen, American permanent resident or holding any kind of American Visa, you will need to refer to US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs for the latest info.
Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey?
Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand.
If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to the Cuba, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information.
You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling Cuba. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 60-70 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Cuba, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of an emergency, if one arises.
We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. The recommended vaccinations for traveling in Cuba are Hepatitis A&B, Typhoid, and Rabies apart from the routine immunizations like Tetanus, flu shot etc.
You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Smart, casual look is the way to go when traveling in Cuba. Cuba’s temperature can be described as subtropical and hot year-round with high humidity. The months of January-April are relatively cooler and nights tend to get chilly, so packing some lightweight warm clothes like cardigans, fleece jackets or pullovers can prove to be helpful. If you’re an outdoorsy person and plan on spending most of your time roaming around, then light, breezy clothes are what you need in abundance, be it dresses, shirts, shorts. And of course a few evening dresses are a must as checking out the amazing nightlife of Cuba is definitely going to be a big part of your travel. Also, don’t forget to pack in your water-resistant jackets cause Cuban downpour can get pretty intense.