Safety in Cuba
  • Can anybody give me some feedback on personal safety in Cuba? I hear the political situation is pretty stable at the moment but I'm interested in travel safety in Havana in particular. Is it safe to walk around alone?
    Thanks
  • By any measure Cuba is one of the safest developing countries in the world that receives a lot of foreign tourists and Havana is arguably the safest city its size anywhere in the Caribbean, Mexico and Central/South America.

    Use the same common sense and street smarts that you would in any big city in Latin America and you'll be fine.

    Have fun.

    Cheers,
    Terry

    PS You might find this interesting: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147270-c140774/Cuba:Caribbean:Crimes.And.Scams.In.Cuba.html
  • Thanks so much for the feedback.
  • Have a great trip.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • I have been going to Cuba for over 25 years and it has changed, especially in the last 5 years. Walking is usually very safe, but you will be approached by Cuban's selling fake cigars, people asking you what you are looking for, bar's, etc. use common sense but don' t stop it from enjoying yourself. If you get into a street dance or a bar dance, with strangers, watch your valuables. I have personally seen pickpockets do their work. Enjoy yourself, use common sense, and you will have a great time.
  • Hi - is there a safety risk in Cuba from hurricanes and tropical storms, if so at what time of year? I have also read that there is a risk of muggings etc, is the risk any higher than in American cities, for example?
  • The entire Caribbean faces a hurricane season from July to November with September and October being the months with the highest activity. That said, your chances of something happening for the few days you're going to be there is statistically very, very small.

    Comparing "muggings" in Cuba to muggings in the US is not statistically possible. Read my reply above for an overall view of the safety situation.

    Cheers,
    Terry
  • cubans are freindly. safety is the main concern of everyone going to anywhere. just i want to say dont take expensive things with you.

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