The Cuban government has a monopoly, and it jacks up and reduces prices nationwide according to market trends. Rates also vary for low (May–June and September–November) and high season (December–April and July–August). Cuba has no room tax or service charge.
Often it’s cheaper to pay as you go rather than prepaying. The same goes for meals. A “modified American plan” (MAP; room rate that includes breakfast and dinner) can be a bargain at beach resorts, where ordering meals individually can be a lot more expensive. In Havana, you’re better off with a European plan (EP; room with breakfast only). If you’re not intent on exploring beyond your resort, consider an all-inclusive property, where the cost of all meals, drinks, and activities is included in the room rate.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition