If you’re planning a trip to Cuba in the near future and you’re wondering which apps to download before arriving, we’ve got you covered!
Although Cuba is the perfect place to disconnect from your phone, there are some apps that can definitely make your stay a whole lot easier, and the best part about these is that you can use them offline! And if you do need to connect, there are a ton of wifi parks around Havana.
(Before we get started, we want to offer a pro tip: having a good VPN on both your phone and computer is a really good idea before coming to Cuba. There are certain sites like PayPal and The App Store that are blocked by the Cuban government, so do yourself a favour and have that ready before hand. We recommend Hide.Me VPN, but there are tons of options available.)
If we had to choose only one app to have on our phone in Cuba, it would be maps.me.. we can’t recommend it enough. It’s similar to Google Maps, however Maps.me uses GPS without an internet connection. It’s fast, accurate, and you can drop pins for your favourite places as well as navigate anywhere around the city. All you need to do is download the map of Cuba before hand, and you’re set! Havana can be quite tough to navigate, with or without an internet connection, so this is one app you shouldn’t miss.
Zapya is one of the best apps you can have on your phone in Cuba! It allows for file transfer using bluetooth, and no internet connection is needed! It also allows you to transfer from iPhone to Android, and vice versa. Wether you want to transfer photos, videos or songs, this app is a must!
The google translate app has been a huge help in situations where there’s a language gap! What’s great about this app is that you can download the offline Spanish language pack (or any language pack) before hand and bam, you’re set to translate anything from English to Spanish and vice versa.
A la mesa
In Cuba, it can be tough choosing where to eat, especially without an internet connection – luckily, there’s an app called A La Mesa (“To the table” in Spanish), which gives you information on restaurants such as reviews, location, menu, contact information. It’s also the first Cuban made app!
Triposo is great as it contains tons of information about Cuba such as main attractions in each different cities, the best beaches, nightlife and much more. The best part: all this information is available offline. It also has a built in translator to break through the language barrier. Wether or not you’re someone who likes to go with the flow or likes to plan out your day, this app will definitely come in handy in Cuba.
In Cuba, you’re bound to ever great music playing anywhere you go, at any time of the day, and it sucks not knowing which song is playing! From salsa, to jazz, to catchy reggaeton, we can’t count the amount of times where we hear a catchy tune and have no way to find out which song it is! That’s why we definitely recommend download Shazam, especially because you can use it offline to determine which song it is, and once you’re connected it’ll let you know!
There you have it! If you have any recommendations for apps that found helpful during your stay in Cuba, please send us a message on Instagram or Facebook – we would love to hear from you!