When looking for travel apps for Cuba the one main thing to think about is do they work off-line? Finding an internet connection can be tricky, and it makes your trip easier and less stressful finding apps that work without an internet connection will help you immensely. Lucky for you I’ve narrowed it down to 8 Cuba apps you need to download before your trip.
Cuba Apps for Travelers
While most of the time when I’m traveling I use Google Maps, that app does not work in Cuba. The Maps Me app does.
Maps.Me is like Google Maps, but better. With a simple download of a map, you’ll not only get the map itself, but also the location of restaurants, museums, attractions, and more.
In addition to the location of various destinations, it also gives you the ratings other users gave those places. This alone makes it one of the best Cuba apps out there.
Download Maps.Me for iOS and Android for free
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Cuba Apps: Google Translate
Spanish is the primary language in Cuba and unless you’re fluent you’ll need to download Google Translate to help you get around.
Before going to Cuba make sure to download Spanish on to your phone. Once you do that you’ll be able to use functions on the app including the translator and the photo translate to help translate things like signs and restaurant menus.
Google Translate is always on my phone no matter where I go, and is one of the best travel apps I have.
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Babbel is an app to download and use before your trip. It is my favorite language learning software as it is actually helping me learn Spanish.
I find learning new languages very challenging because of my dyslexia. With Babbel I’ve started learning common phrases and during my second trip to Cuba I was actually able to have short conversations with locals!
This app is amazing, however, it does not work off-line so you won’t be able to go through new lessons while in Cuba without a good internet connection.
Download the Babbel app for iOS and Android (fees apply)
Cuba Apps: AirBnB
AirBnB is one of the best ways to find non-government accommodation in Cuba. If you are a United State citizen this is how you will find lodging that is appropriate for the most common Cuban VISA, support of the Cuban people.
On AirBnB there will be plenty of Casa Particulars, which translate to Private Home. These are usually larger homes that offer rooms, most of which will have private bathrooms.
By using this app in Cuba and staying at Casa Particulars you’ll get to meet some amazing people and get a glimpse of what real life is like in Cuba.
Download AirBab for iOS and Android for free
Triposo Travel Guide
This app is great for helping to plan your trip to Cuba and for use during your trip.
Another app that is part on-line part off-line, Triposo lets your book hotels and experiences and same the directly to the app. Making it easy to organize all of that information.
You can also download guides to your smartphone for access to maps, local tips, and personalized suggestions all without the internet.
If you don’t already use WhatsApp when you’re traveling you need to start!
WhatsApp is a messaging app that while it needs an internet connect to work, you can message, make calls, and do video calls anywhere in the world.
Everyone I knew who is a frequent – and even infrequent travel – uses this app. And the best part is, that it’s free!
Alamesa is a must have app when visiting Cuba because it has the most up-to-date information on restaurants, cafes, bars and more in Cuba all without having to connect to the Internet.
The app has information on where to eat and drink in Havana, Varadero, Viñales and other destinations throughout the country.
Make sure you update your app before going, they make updates to the system every 15 days.
You can even book food experiences from the app when you’re traveling like food pairing meals with cigars, and learning how to make classic Cuban cocktails.
Of all the Cuba apps out there this is the best pre-trip planner.
With so much valuable information on the internet for trip planning – think things to do in Trinidad and Best Restaurants in Havana – it can be challenging to keep it all organized.
Once you’ve saved articles, videos, and various notes into the Pocket app it allows users to access them offline making in perfect for planning your trip in Cuba. You’ll never forget about that perfect restaurant to visit or best beach town again!