When you tell your family and friends that you'll be traveling to Cuba no doubt they will want you to bring something back for them. Cuba and its many cities have much to offer in the way of souvenirs and for a range of travel budgets. From the sort of tiny trinkets you find everywhere to one of a kind works of art, and of course world class rum and tobacco, preparing for and navigate the souvenir scene is a little easier if you know what and how much to expect.
As US travelers it is simple enough to budget for souvenir shopping since the US government allows a maximum of $400 worth of goods to be brought back from Cuba to the United States. And, it is very important to note that only $100 of that can be made up of a combined value of alcohol and tobacco. So, if you have it at your disposal you should bring $400 dedicated to purchasing souvenirs. So budgeting is easy but choosing is much more difficult.
Some of the things you'll be able to purchase in Cuba include:
- post cards
- wood and shell trinkets
- shell, metal and stone jewelry
- hats, t-shirts and bags