3. Don’t Diss Fidel
Some of us love heated political debates. One of the interesting things about international travel is learning about other perspectives on local and global issues, and authentic communication is something to be encouraged. However, take you’re mother’s basic etiquette guideline to heart in Cuba, and don’t start controversial political banter here. Cuban’s haven’t been raised with the freedom of speech tenet, and government criticism isn’t tolerated. Of course, the locals have their political opinions and discuss things covertly among trusted confidants all the time. But as a tourist stranger, you don’t qualify, and you’ll generate palpable tension if you dare to diss the Castros, the Revolution or Communism in casual conversation.