Traveling with Children
Cubans adore children and will dote on yours. Children under the age of two travel free on airlines; children between 2 and 12 are offered special discounts. Children under 16 usually stay free with parents at hotels, although an extra-bed rate may be charged. Children under 12 normally get free (or half-price) entry to museums.
Children’s items such as diapers (nappies) and baby foods are scarce in Cuba. Bring cotton swabs, diapers, Band-Aids, baby foods, and a small first-aid kit with any necessary medicines for your child. Children’s car seats are not offered in rental cars.
The equivalent of the Boy and Girl Scouts and Girl Guides is the Pioneros José Martí (Calle F #352, Vedado, Havana, tel. 07/832-5292, www.somosjovenes.cu), which has chapters throughout the country. Having your children interact would be a fascinating education.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition