Should I take US Dollars or Mexican Pesos to Cuba?

Question: Would it be wiser to exchange US Dollars to Mexican pesos prior to traveling to Cuba, and then MXN pesos to CUC, or should I just exchange US Dollars to CUC when arriving in Havana?

Answer: It will be to your advantage to take Canadian dollars or Euros instead of USD. Whether it is also advantageous or not to take Mexican pesos will depend on the exchange rate you get. The page with the change house rates (See link below) in Cuba has the current rates on that end so you can make your calculations.

After the 10% penalty (surcharge) is subtracted and the commission (under 3%), the USD is exchanged at a fraction over 0.87 cents CUC.


2 thoughts on “Should I take US Dollars or Mexican Pesos to Cuba?

  • I’m leaving in two weeks and am ballfed about how best to handle the money exchange. Were you able to exchange large amounts with the owner? Do you think this is a standard practice? How else did you exchange money? Any advice is useful!!! Thanks.

  • I stayed in a casa particular and the owner was able to change money for me at a much better than official rate. I received 96 cuc per hundred US dollars. The bills should be in new condition without marks or other imperfections.I will do this again but would not attempt on my own.

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