The short answer is a resounding yes! The crime rate is low, the people are friendly and there is a good police presence on the streets. Cuba is one of the safest countries in whole Latin America.
Of course, as in any other country, you do have to careful. Anyone travelling alone needs to be cautious and use their common sense, whether they are in Cuba or anywhere else. Public transport is safe, comfortable and taxis are cheap, so you can travel around without a problem. Watch out for pickpockets and petty theft. Be careful not to flaunt your wealth, if you want to accessorise with jewellery, it is best not to bring the real thing and even then don’t wear too much.
Never leave your bags unattended and don’t put your purse, wallet or phone in the back pocket of your trousers, because this makes a pickpocket’s job much easier. Leave your passport and any other important papers in your hotel or at your private accommodation, make photocopies to carry around with you.
Take care in crowds and if you go out to a club, or bar by yourself, try not to drink too much, so that you are aware of what is going on around you and you are able to take care of yourself.
If you are out late at night, get a taxi back to your accommodation. Don’t accept street vendors offer to take you to a club, you’ll end up paying over the top prices for drinks and buying everybody else one too!
By all means get to know the locals and talk to them, but be wary of taking a trip with someone you don’t know, to somewhere you’ve never been. Stay in busy areas, where there are plenty of other people around. Visiting Cuba solo is very safe, provided you use your common sense.
If you don’t want to be completely isolated, stay in a Casa Particular, which are licensed private homes. You will eat with your host family and it will give you the opportunity to see real Cuban family life.
There are also some fabulous hotels in beach resorts like Varadero, full of people from different countries, so you can travel alone, but make friends and enjoy other people’s company if you want it.
Travelling and staying in Cuba alone is not high risk and if you take care and follow the precautions outlined above, you will have a happy holiday and a wonderful solo experience.
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