When travelling to any destination, it's wise to think about safety. One of the most appealing aspects of Cuba for many people is that it is very safe. This doesn't mean that there is no crime in Cuba. However, violent crime against tourists is almost unheard of.
There many be scams, robberies and pick- pockets, but as long as you are aware of your surroundings and follow some basic safety rules, you shouldn’t be affected by petty crime. Cuba is safe and it is a marvellous place to take a holiday.
Unlike many other parts of Latin America, Cuba has a low crime rate and is a safe country to visit. Crime, of course takes place, but violent crime against tourists is not usual. Even in a city like Havana, it is safe to walk the streets.
Due to the fact that Cuba is a one-party state, there is a strong police presence and guns are illegal, so you needn’t be worried about drive-by shootings or gun crime.
Just follow these simple safety rules to help you keep safe in Cuba:
Using your common sense and being aware of the people around you applies to holidaying in any country in the world. Cuba is a friendly country, the majority of people are kind and helpful and Cuba is a lot safer than many other countries.
Have a look at this independent article about Safety in Cuba.
You can also see our regularly updated guide to common scams in Cuba and how to avoid them.