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Eastern Cuba Travel Guide

Safety

There's very little crime in eastern Cuba (tourists are particularly safe). In Santiago you may be bothered by panhandlers, particularly around Parque C├ęspedes, or by young men wanting to serve as your guide or refer you to a casa particular or to a paladar. Ignore their advice, and try to remain polite. To a lesser extent it can occur in isolated Baracoa: as you approach the town by car, for example, teens on bicycles ride alongside, trying to make a commission on a private home stay. Stay calm; they're harmless.

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