Our Spanish Schools in Cuba

Not only is Cuba a beautiful country, it also has a population that is very friendly and hospitable in spite of the economic difficulties it underwent in the last few years. It's a country of music, poetry, dancing, singing and chatting. People still have time for each other and for their guests. Cuba is like going back in time to the 50's: old cars, a relaxed atmosphere, no hurry. Apart from that Cuba has a nice climate. All year round you can enjoy the beaches, water sports, etc.

Our School in Havana
Our School in Trinidad
Our School in Santiago de Cuba

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We offer 3 destinations in Cuba: Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Trinidad. At IS Spanish schools in Cuba you can start the classes any Monday of the year, and also you can decide to take the entire program at only 1 location or if you prefer you can combine our locations!

Our Locations in Cuba:

 

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Our School in Havana

All of our lessons and accommodations are arranged in Vedado borough, the best place of Havana. This nice and residential neighbourhood is considered the current Havana downtown, the area of business, commerce and nightlife.

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Vedado contrasts Old Havana with its cosmopolitan and lively style. The district is very diverse, with a number of cultural centres, restaurants, theatres, parks, boulevards and night clubs that guarantee plenty of entertainment options for a comfortable stay during a language program and during holidays as well. Also, most banks, airlines and travel agencies are located here which together with the several hotels and stores available make the whole area the most convenient of the city. The distance to Old Havana is just 10 minutes by car or coco-taxi and 30 minutes walking. Some important landmarks in Vedado: Hotel Nacional, José Martí Stadium, the University of Havana, the National Theatre of Cuba, and the Colón Cemetery.

Students can start the classes in Havana any Monday of the year, at any level. In Havana and Santiago de Cuba all lessons are taught at local homes. 

Havana is a city one has to learn to appreciate. It is a melting pot of cultures and races, an open-air museum under the strict direction of Castro. Apart from the picturesque inner city, the “Playas del Este” and the famous Malecón (the immense boulevard that is considered to be the living room of Havana) you should take some time to get to know Vedado. This is the part of Havana where the host families live and where you find many art deco buildings that would be considered national monuments in many countries.

Arriving in La Habana
We recommend students to take a taxi to go to our meeting point. The distance from the airport to the meeting point is about 25 km. By taxi it will take approx. 30 minutes (approx. 30CUC). Our team will bring you to your host family which will be at walking distance, or the student will get the address of his/ her host family and the student has to travel to the host family him/ herself.

**For American students, Cuba is accessible from Mexico (Mexico City or Cancun to Havana), Nassau to Havana and Holguin, Jamaica (Montego Bay or Kingston to Havana), Toronto to Havana or Santiago de Cuba (charter) and a new service from Miami via Nassau.

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Our School in Trinidad

All our lessons and accommodations are arranged downtown Trinidad. Our program is conveniently located within walking distance of the most beautiful and important attractions of the city.

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Colonial buildings like Iglesia Francisco or Palacio Brunet are accessible in mere minutes. The city center is the departure point for excursions to Valle de los Ingenios or Playa Ancón. In Trinidad lessons are taught either at local homes or cultural centres (ex. local library). 

Trinidad is an exceptional destination in Cuba. This charming town has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and once you are there it is easy to understand why. Its colonial atmosphere, crafts, rustic streets, shows and historical roots transport you to a different time. The town is also close to the beautiful Ancon beach, sugar plantations and the Valle de los Ingenios. At night the town becomes very festive with performers of the social-cultural centres like Casa de la Trova and Casa de la Música.

How to arrive in Trinidad
Most students arrive to Havana and then take a bus to Trinidad.

* Arrival by bus: The journey will cost approx.35CUC and takes around 5 hours. Please look at www.viazul.com where you find detailed information about bus schedules and prices, but please note that they are subject to frequent change!
Bus terminal in Havana: Avenida 26 and Zoológico, Nuevo Vedado, Habana
Bus terminal in Trinidad: Viro Guirnart e/ Antonio Maceo y Gustavo Izquierdo # 224

* Arrival by plane: Aerogaviota and Aerotaxi airlines arrange light-aircraft flights to Trinidad. There are two airports in Havana, upon arrival students should contact the information desk to ask from which airport the flight to Trinidad will be leaving. In Trinidad, the airport Alberto Delgado is 2 kilometres south of the city. We advise students to take a taxi to our meeting point in the city. The price will be around 10CUC.

* In case students have to stay one night in Havana prior or after their trip to Trinidad, they can stay with a host family we recommend.

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Our School in Santiago de Cuba

All of our lessons and accommodations are arranged in REPARTO SUEÑO. “Reparto Sueño” is a
residential area within walking distance of Céspedes Park, the heart of Santiago de Cuba. In the same area is the city's largest hotel allowing tourists to access the most important amenities (mail, exchange, internet, etc.) and enjoy a refreshing afternoon close to the swimming pool. Also, you can find the Heredia Theater, sports house and Ernesto Che Guevara Monument. In Santiago de Cuba all lessons are taught at local homes. 

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With 420.000 inhabitants Santiago de Cuba is Cuba's second largest city and a strong rival to Havana in literature, music and politics. Santiago de Cuba lies in a partly submerged valley of the Sierra Maestra and the city's large natural harbour has made it an important port for almost five centuries.

Visiting the “warm lands” is a must in Cuba. Santiago de Cuba represents the origin of all that Cuba means today: revolution, ho spitality and music.

Santiago is the birthplace of many artists and popular “heroes”. Also, it is bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the Sierra Maestra Mountains and offers visitors the most diverse activities of the whole island, combining adventure, trekking and diving with ecotourism.

How to arrive in Santiago de Cuba
Outside the airport there are minibuses waiting to take tourists to Santiago. You pay approx. 30CUC for the ride of approx. 3 hours. Please ask for the bus or minibus to Santiago when leaving the airport. In case no (mini)buses are waiting, you can take a taxi. This will cost around 86CUC. The (mini)bus will drop you at Hotel Santiago, in Santiago. Here you can walk or take a taxi to our meeting point in Reparto Sueño.

HAVANA AIRPORT
* Arrival by plane: There are two airports in Havana. Please contact the information desk to ask from which airport your flight to Santiago will be leaving. The airports are about 20 km from the city centre. In case students have to stay one night in Havana prior or after their trip to Santiago, they can stay with a host family we recommend.

BY BUS
It is possible to travel from Havana to Santiago by bus. The journey will cost approx.60CUC and takes approx. 15.5hrs. For details please have a look at www.viazul.com

SANTIAGO DE CUBA AIRPORT
Official taxis are waiting outside the airport. The ride takes approx. 15 minutes. The price is around 10CUC. Students can take a taxi directly to our meeting points.

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Info about Cuba
Info about Havana city
Info about Trinidad city
Info about Santiago de Cuba city

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Cuba Info:

-Country name: Republic of Cuba.
-Capital: Havana
-Language: Spanish
-Area: 110,922 km2
-Population: 11,263,429 (2.1M Hav.)
-Independence: 20 May 1902 (from -Spain 10 December 1898;
administered by The US from 1898 to 1902)
-Ethnic groups: mulatto 51%, white 37%, black 11%, Chinese
1%
-Religions: nominally 85% Roma
Catholic prior to CASTRO assuming: Protestants, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, and Santeria are also represented.
-Administrative divisions: 14 provinces (provincias, singular -provincia) and 1 special municipality* (municipio especial);
Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Cienfuegos, Ciudad de La Habana,
Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Isla de la Juventud*, La Habana, Las Tunas, Matanzas, Pinar del Rio, Sancti Spiritus, Santiago de Cuba, Villa Clara.

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Holidays:

January 1: Liberation Day
March 8: Int. Women's Day
March 29: Semana Santa
May 1: Labour day
July 26: National Revolution Day
December 25: Christmas

Classes will not be provided on these days & classes will not be made up (except one-to-one).

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Sports:

Possibilities for:
- Recreational water sports (including diving and snorkeling, mainly at the big hotels at the beach)
- Horseback riding
- Swimming
- Trekking

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Time:

In Cuba it's five (Great Britain) or six hours (most of Europe) earlier.
From November to April (wintertime, the dry season).

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Electricity:

110volt.

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Weather:

Temperature is around 25ºC. In summertime (May to October) the air is very moist (80%) and you should count on some rainfall, mainly in the afternoon. Temperatures rise to 32-35ºC.

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Daily expenses:

1 CUC (peso convertible)= 1 US Dollar

Just an example:
Transport Ticket: CUC2
Drinks: CUC1-3
Lunch: CUC6
Average meal: CUC10
Luxury meal: CUC18
Hamburger/sandwich: CUC3
Cinema/Theater: CUC5
Disco ticket: CUC5-20
Museum ticket: CUC2
Ice cream: CUC1
Bank commission for cash withdrawal: CUC20.

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Medical:

Tourists have their own medical facilities, provided by the Clínica Internacional. A doctor and a nurse are on permanent duty (35CUC per consultation). The clinic has a modestly stocked pharmacy, an ambulance, and beds in the event that one needs an overnight stay.

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Transportation:

Taxi from the host family:
To the old center CUC4 - 5
To the nearest beach CUC15
Also there are bicycle-taxis, horse-drawn coaches, buses and trains. Car-hire is only possible through Cuban companies. Petrol stations
(called Servi-Cupet) are open for 24 hours a day and can always supply petrol to tourists.
For information about buses, please look at the site www.viazul.com where you can find detailed information about bus schedules and prices, but please note they that they are subject to frequent change!
Viazul Havana: Casa Matriz; Avenida 26 y Zoológico, Nuevo Vedado, Habana
Viazul Sucursal de Santiago de Cuba: Avenida de Los Libertadores, Esq. Yarao.

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Money:

Currency: Pesos Convertibles and Cuban Pesos.

Euros can be changed into the so called "Peso Convertible" (CUC), which is the national currency of Cuba from November 2004 onwards.
USD is no longer accepted. However, it is allowed to import USD, which can be changed at the exchange offices. A local change rate of 10% needs to be paid. You will most probably not have to pay this commission if you buy the Peso Convertible with Euro’s, Canadian Dollars, British Pounds or Swiss Francs.
Banks: Opening times: 09.00 - 15.00 hours, Monday to Friday.
Credit cards: Credit cards are accepted unless issued by US-banks e.g. American Express is not accepted.

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Water:

Tourists should always drink boiled water or mineral water (available for free in all host families).

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Communications:

Telephone, fax: Most hotels offer these facilities. Also there are "centros de llamadas" where students can make calls abroad. In a lot of public telephone booths you can use prepaid phone cards.
Internet: 6CUC/hour approx. Havana: hotel “Colina” or hotel “Habana Libre”. Trinidad: internet-café in the old part of Trinidad, next to Plaza Mayor. Santiago: Hotel Santiago & Hotel Casa Grande.
Post Office: To send a letter to Europe will take weeks! Havana: Oficios #102 Gran Teatro, Central Station. Trinidad: Antonio Maceo #418. Santiago: Aguilera #519
Express Mail DHL: Havana: Calle 20.
Main DHL office: Havana: Calzada #818. Santiago: Esq Heredia y Hartmann .

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Info about Cuba
Info about Havana city
Info about Trinidad city
Info about Santiago de Cuba city

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