Is Cuba Safe?
Violent crimes against foreigners are unheard of in Cuba, but there are scams that can cost you money if you don’t use common sense. There are street hustlers that try to sell you fake Cuban cigars, and annoying pick pockets and purse snatchers hang around the tourist areas, so it’s best to keep your cash out of sight. The women who walk the streets looking for sex are everywhere, even though prostitution is illegal. Pornography and funny cigarettes are illegal; those crimes come with some Cuban jail time, which is hard to overturn. The other scams that can ruin your trip are the money exchange tricks, the counterfeit pesos, the credit card theft, and the taxi meter rip-offs.