Photography is generally permitted with the exception of Police, military equipment, military personnel, airports and some of the museums. You can generally purchase film but it is expensive and often you can't get the right brand or type - better to bring some with you.
Public transport like busses are cheap, rarely run to schedule and are often packed. Taxis come in two sorts: the tourist taxi with a taxi meter and the private taxi, whereby the price should be agreed on before take off! The firms with tourist taxis have varying tariffs that differ greatly. In Havana best deal is Panataxi and Turistaxi. The finer and more expensive Mercedes taxi is avaialbe from the firm OK Taxi. In Havana the Bici Taxi, known to us as the Rikscha Taxi, is recommended for short trips, they are all over the tourist areas. The small motorised Coco taxis are somewhat expensive. For overland trips the busline VIAZUL is recommended for tourists, specialising in comfortable transport and airconditioned buses. The rail network is generally reliable and economical, however often over booked and full, unclean and has a lot of stops en route. Inland flights are handled by Cubana and Aerocaribbean, also Aerotaxi for more individual and expensive travel.
The sevice in Cuba is good, even if it takes a while longer, in comparison to European or the US. The principle is: friendliness and readiness to help simply outweigh the faults.
In the cities and hotels there are numerous shops where you can purchase cigarettes, rum, drinks and daily provisions. There are shopping malls in Havana: souvenir shops, art and crafts, musical instruments, books, pictures, CDs and so on can all be found in either the stores or at the markets.
SUNDRIES - all prices in Peso Convertible -
Restaurant: coffee 1, beer 1-2, soda 1, cocktail 2-3, snack approx. 4, dinner approx. 10
Private restaurant/Paladar: coffee 0.50, beer 1, soda 1, snack approx. 2, dinner approx. 5
Shops: beer 0.75, soda 1,5l-1.50, water 1,5l-1, cigarettes 0.50 - 1, chocolate 0.60 - 1.20
The sun's rays are severe so don't underestimate them. Recommended is sunscreen with a high SPF factor.