Frequently Asked Questions
Is the cost of the flight included in the overall price?
Yes it is, and to our knowledge we’re the only US Bicycle Tour company that includes/purchases round trip flights for their guests!
Roundtrip: from South Florida (Miami MIA or Fort Lauderdale FLL) to Havana HAV
along with Cuba Domestic flights to/from the Eastern Cities.
Do I need a Cuba Travel Visa?
Yes, and it is a VERY SIMPLE process. When we check in for our outbound flight to Cuba you will hand the ticket agent your credit card and they will charge you $50 – $100 (depending on the airline) and hand you the Visa good for 30 days travel in Cuba.
Is everybody on the same outbound flight to Cuba?
Yes. We are all on the same flight.
Is lodging included in the overall price?
Yes, all lodging in Casa Particulares (private home B&Bs) is pre-arranged and is included.
Are food and drinks included in the overall price?
Yes, breakfast lunch and dinner are included. Alcoholic beverages are not included.
What is the size of the groups?
To keep the experience personal the average group size for published dates is from 8 to 12. We do run Private tours for groups of minimum 10 ppl.
Do I need to bring my own bike or my own helmet?
A bike and helmet well suited for this tour are provided and included in the price. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment as long as the bike is in good working order and suitable for the distances and conditions. (see itinerary)
Though not required for your added comfort you can bring your own helmet, saddle or clip-in pedals with bike shoes that match.
Will I feel safe on the tour?
Yes, 100%! Cuba is by far the safest country we have ever visited. Also, the roads are in generally good condition and there are very few cars or trucks traveling on them.
Is there a minimum age requirement for this tour?
There is no adult age requirement, but we do require that you are healthy, fit, and capable of riding 20+ miles on 5 of the 9 days. Youth participants must be at least 12 years old to offer compatibility with planned tour activities.
Do you have specific physical fitness requirements?
Other than the basic fitness levels mentioned above, Tour participants must be at least 4’10” (147 cm) tall. This is to assure maneuverability and safety on bikes provided for the tour.
What time do we start riding each morning?
Once a Cuba Tour begins rides are run rain or shine unless guides decide the weather conditions require adjusting the ride schedule. We begin each day with breakfast at our lodging and start our ride after that, typically by 8:00 AM.
How often do we stop for breaks during the daytime rides?
We will stop several times and rarely pedal more that one hour at a stretch without stopping to regroup or for lunch, water, photos, and/or planned activities.
What kind of bikes are provided?
Our bikes are similar in design and performance to the Trek FX model (shown below) and extremely well-suited for our route. They are light weight aluminum flat-bar road bikes with 21 – 24 gears and a more relaxed upright riding position. Our bikes also have adjustable stems so we can raise or lower the handlebars to customize individual riding positions. We use flat pedals so basic running shoes work great. For your added comfort you may bring your own helmet, saddle or clip-in pedals with shoes that match.
What are the road/route conditions like?
Mostly flat and rolling terrain with occasional climbs and descents. The roads are similar to tarmac county roads in the US with a bit more patches and rough surfaces in some places. We’ll encounter a couple of short stretches of very rideable dirt roads.
Compared to US or European traffic there are very few cars/trucks on the roads and they are super courteous to bikes and pedestrians making it feel safe and enjoyable for recreational bicycle riders.
Will I be able to keep up?
The pace is moderate with planned stops for water, photos, lunch and activities. This is not a hard core road ride, we are typically out riding 3 – 4 hours each day but actually pedaling an average of 2 – 2.5 hours a day. Our guides make sure riders regroup often so no one feels like they’re left behind.
Also the tour is fully supported with a SAG wagon that follows the riders and carries luggage, water, medical supplies, extra bike parts and tools. If bikers are “out of gas” on a given ride they are always welcome to hop on the bus.
What kind of planned activities will we be doing along the trip?
There will be various cultural and recreational activities arranged for our guests. Some of these include: Organic farm visit, arts & history outings, Salsa dance lesson & Salsa club outing, etc… There will also be additional optional activities such as guided horseback cave tour, scuba diving, snorkeling, wind-surfing, fishing and sailing.
When do we stop riding each day?
We plan to be done riding by noon each day before the temperatures rise and to allow time to explore and enjoy our next destination.
Do I need to speak or understand Spanish?
No. Your guides will provide communication and translation whenever needed. You will most likely learn Spanish phrases and words along the way as part of exploring the culture of the country.
What should I pack for the tour?
Always best to pack as light as possible but still be comfortable. In general casual wicking, quick-drying travel clothing is a good start. We will provide a Cuba Kit List of items required or recommended for a bike riding excursion in a tropical region.
Can we bring items back to America? (ex. Cigars, rum, etc..)
Yes! Per Cuba/U.S.A travel regulations each traveler is allowed 2 boxes of 25 cigars (purchased anywhere) and 2 bottles of rum (purchased at the airport) as well as gifts and souvenirs for friends and family.
What’s the best time to go to Cuba?
Cuba’s tourist high season is typically during its drier season from December through mid-April. Temperatures average 69.8 °F in January. Prices are a little higher during the winter and spring and there are generally more crowds than other times during the year. However this is much less the case in the eastern part of the country where our tours take place.
What is the weather like?
Cuba has a very pleasant semi-subtropical climate, which is generally warm year-round and can be divided into two seasons. The wet season is between June and November and the dry season is between December and May when the temperature averages between 78 and 86 degrees.
Keep in mind that weather in Cuba can get cool at night during December, January, and February so be sure to pack a sweatshirt, sweater, or light jacket for your trip.
What about Hurricanes?
Hurricane season is from June through early November, however, the likelihood of a hurricane is more likely to occur in August through October. Per NOAA Cuba experiences the lowest frequency of hurricanes and tropical storms than other parts of the Caribbean. Since 1960 there have only been 32 recorded hurricanes on the island.
It’s also worth noting that Cuba has a highly developed disaster preparedness and civil defense networks for evacuations. We always suggest that you check the local Cuba weather forecast when packing for your trip.
What documentation or immunizations are required to travel to Cuba?
A valid and current Passport from USA or any other country is required. We also recommend carrying a valid government issued ID (Drivers License, etc)
Per Cuba travel regulations each passenger must purchase their own Cuba Travel Visa when checking-in at the airline ticket counter for the outbound flight to Cuba. The cost on JetBlue has been USD $50 (which includes access to the highly regarded Cuban Health Care system) but can be up to $100 depending on the airlines. Our staff will provide visa and immigration assistance at the airports.
There are no specific immunizations required but travelers should use their judgement and confer with their health care providers prior to any international travel.
Do I need travel insurance for my trip to Cuba?
We strongly recommend purchasing a travel/accident policy. Travel insurance, much like any other type of insurance, covers an agreed-upon set of circumstances as set forth in the insurance contract. It is never a bad idea to protect a carefully-planned trip with coverage for delays, illness, lost luggage, and even natural disasters—the best travel insurance can soften the impact of unforeseen events. Although it is not mandatory, it is recommended and facilitates peace of mind before and during your trip to Cuba.
This article can help you research the industry and find the right travel insurance provider. Note: while we have used and recommended WorldNomads they do not provide coverage for Cuba at this time.
Is there a deposit required to reserve a certain date?
Yes, a 30% deposit is required to reserve a spot on a published tour date (or to reserve a custom date for your group). The balance is due 30 days prior to the departure date.
What is the Cancellation Policy?
Because tours have limited availability your deposit guarantees a spot on the date you select. Cancellations by customer will result in forfeit of deposits.
Are there refunds in case a tour date does not happen?
Yes, in case of extended extreme weather or unsafe conditions Cuba Bike Tours (CBT) reserves the right to cancel a tour date and refund all deposits and payments. Or if a customer prefers we will apply deposit/payment to another tour date (subject to availability).