Internet access is not yet widely available in Cuba and it can be unreliable. But guess what? You are on holiday! Take a break from your phone and computer, forget about sharing snaps in real time, and enjoy a true holiday, just like your parents used to. Although if you get desperate make your way to the closest Wifi park.
As other undeveloped countries, internet is not easily accessible in Cuba and it is quite slow.You need to purchase a card from an ETECSA telecommunications centre or a hotel. These cards normally cost 1.50 CUC and give you one hour of online internet access in Cuba. Remember to take your passport with you. There will be local agents selling cards in the streets but they are not always authorised to. So if you don’t want to risk being scammed head to an ETECSA office. Here are a few tips to find internet in Cuba:
- Some of the larger, more expensive Cuban hotels have a private WiFi network. If you’re a guest you’ll get free access to this network but the service will be much slower than what you’re used to. Partly due to the large number of people using it who are not always authorised to.
- There are other options for going online which may bring back some childhood memories. Internet kiosks at hotels and ETECSA offices provide cable internet access although expect old computers and time limited access.
- There are some public WiFi sites aimed at the general public. Tourists can access these spots using an ETECSA Wifi card, but again, don’t expect a speedy connection.
The main public WiFi sites are located in La Rampa, the Marianao Amphitheater, Parque 51 in La Lisa, the Fe del Valle park at the intersection of Galiano and San Rafael and part of the main road in the Villa Panamericana
Jose Marti Airport
There’s no free Wifi at the airport, so remember to take an ETECSA Wifi card with you if you’d like to connect to the internet. Or this may be a good time to read a book or go through your photos.
Phone coverage in Las Terrazas is very poor and there is no Wifi access.
You can access Wifi at Cafeteria Las Cubanitas or at the main park.