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Havana travel safety advice

Havana travel safety advice

Dependent on a tourism economy, Havana is quite safe for a large city. You will notice tourist police on almost every corner. Popular tourist places (Habana Vieja, El Malecón. etc.) are watched even more closely by policemen, so you don't have to be afraid of being accosted in the daytime. At night, however, there have been muggings in the dark streets of Centro Habana. While Centro Habana is perfectly safe to explore in the daytime and can safely be crossed while going to Habana Vieja or Vedado, it's best not go there at night. If you are going to walk, do so along El Malecón, where there are lights and a lot more people. Be wary of hustlers (jinteros/as) offering to show you a place to eat or offering a tour of the city as you'll be stuck paying hefty prices to cover their commission. For the first timer in Cuba, they are a real pain. Just keep walking away, and soon enough they will leave you alone. Ask for menus or prices before ordering anything. There can be special 'tourist price menus' that get pulled out after you have consumed food or drink.

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