Cristal is the authentic Cuban beer, brewed with the highest quality ingredients. Its personality, light alcohol content (4.9% abv) and truly refreshing taste has made it the favourite and most popular beer in Cuba.Brand: Cerveza Cristal
The two best known Cuban brews are Cristal, at 4.9 percent alcohol , and Bucanero , at 5.4 percent, both lagers. The cheapest Cuban brews are Tinima and Bruja selling for about 42 cents a pop. While those beers are not sold in the U.S. now, you can find Bucanero T-shirts, coasters, etc. online at eBay.
A can of Cerveza Cristal costs $1. Draft beer and mixed drinks (like the obligatory mojito) run about $3 at bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and live music venues.
Don’t eat raw vegetables, fruits, or eggs These are all considered “high risk” foods are great examples of what not to eat in Cuba . The International Association for Medical Assistance for Travellers (IAMAT) offers this piece of advice: “BOIL IT, COOK IT, PEEL IT, OR FORGET IT.”
When you’re at the bar, you just say “Me gustaria un/a … por favor.” So if you want a beer , it would be “Me gustaria una cerveza por favor.” Many alcoholic drinks sound roughly the same in Spanish, so you’re quite safe if you just ask for a whiskey or something along those lines (“Me gustaria un whiskey por favor”).
Cost of Living in Havana
|Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course||35.00$|
|McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)||6.00$|
|Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)||2.00$|
|Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)||2.25$|
Cristal is no longer available in Canada , it hasn’t been available for quite a few years now.
Barena; Cristal Cusqueña is a light lager, or a dark malted beer . Some label designs were created by Barry Laughlin. Callao is a 5% abv pilsener (pale lager); the brand was originally owned by the National Beer Company , which was acquired by Backus and Johnston in 1994.
La Cristal IPA du Mont Blanc The gluten is removed during the brewing process and tested to below 20ppm.
Cuba is generally pretty affordable, especially compared to other Caribbean Islands, yet is more expensive than other parts of Latin America like Mexico or Central American nations. With a special 2nd currency just for tourists, you’ll be forced to pay tourist prices most of the time.
There is no oil, no gas, no gold, silver or diamonds. For this reason, Cuba has to import a lot of things, because they cannot be produced locally. In this respect, Cuba is not unique. Small island nations often are expensive for this reason, because many things have to be brought over from abroad.
Cuba is a sub-tropical country so pack for summer. Bikinis, shorts , sandals, sleeveless cotton dresses and shirts are the order of the day. But bear in mind that most Cuban men would never wear shorts in the city! A night out at Tropicana or La Guarida Restaurant needs something smart if not overly formal.