Frequently Asked Questions
It Is Always Important to know the details of your trip and what to bring or pack. Here is our most Frequently Asked Questions of Cuba Bicycle tours
Do I Need to bring my own bike or 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: you can bring your own helmet, water bottles, saddle or clip-in pedals (with matching bike shoes) for your added comfort.
What Kind Of Bikes Are Provided?
Our bikes are extremely well-suited for our route. They are light weight aluminum flat-bar road bikes with 24 gears and a relaxed upright riding position. Our bikes also have adjustable stems so we can raise or lower the handlebars to customize individual riding positions… click here for group bike view. We use flat pedals so basic running shoes work great. Though not required: you may bring your own helmet, warer bottles, saddle or clip-in pedals (with shoes that match) for your added comfort.
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.
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 this 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.
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 about Personal Spending money, do I need to exchange currency?
As of very recently there are now 2 official currencies, the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the US dollar (USD). Most everyone wants USD now but some locals prefer CUP. If you want to get CUP we will exchange for you at the most favorable exchange rate available.
What is 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 the 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 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.
What is the cancellation policy and are there refunds in case a tour date does not happen?
Because tours have limited availability your deposit guarantees a spot on the date you select. Cancellations by customers will result in the forfeit of deposits.
If the tour is canceled 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).
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9 days/8 nights Begin/End at South Florida Airport: Miami (MIA) or Ft Lauderdale (FLL)
Each bike tour includes:
- Roundtrip airfare to Cuba (with customs/immigration assistance)
- Lodging, meals (except alcohol), and group transportation as required.
- Bike rentals w/helmets and SAG (Support & Gear) vehicle
- Arranged recreational & cultural activities such as Organic farms, Salsa Dance instruction and clubs, Arts & History outings, and more.
- American guides who speak English & Spanish.
- Expert Cuban staff who are proud to show you their homeland.