One of the first things you’ll need when you arrive at Marina Hemingway is money. You may be able to exchange a few US Dollars at the Ship Chandlery next door to the Dockmaster’s Office. You’ll get the standard exchange rate of $87 CUC for $100US. If this option fails, you may be able to exchange a few dollars at the Hotel Acuario lobby if they have money available.
But eventually you’ll need to go to a bank. Havana banks are typically very crowded and you may wait hours. Someone told us there’s a bank in Santa Fe (the other way and farther than Jaimanitas) but we walked that way and didn’t find it. Or you can wander over to the Jaimanitas bank, which is closest, but it’s not well marked, so here’s how to get there.
Here’s the diagram for the marina. Walking out of any of the canals, you’ll turn right to head for the main entrance.
At the main entrance, turn left and walk down the sidewalk toward Jaimanitas.
Walking over the bridge, looking to the left there’s a small fishing spot. Keep walking a little farther until you see this sign. You’ll walk past it and look back. You’ve arrived at your turn.
Here’s what the turn looks like – it’s a “Y” – the street you want is to the right of the blue building looking at this intersection.
Walk down the street to the right of the “Y” – to the right of the blue building. It’s a picturesque little street … old cars, veggie vendors and horse carts.
You’ll walk past a bank on the left, but the armed guard waved us away and no other cruisers use this bank so maybe it doesn’t exchange money. Keep walking a bit farther until you see another bank on your right – look for the checkerboard flooring. Next to it there’s a small restaurant and then an empty dirt lot. In the empty dirt lot on Saturdays there’s a farmers market.
You’ll need to wait outside until the guard motions that it’s OK for you to enter. This bank will exchange money for CUCs and will also exchange CUCs for CUP (Cuban National Pesos).
Good luck & enjoy! Other ways to exchange money near Marina Hemingway? Please leave a comment and share! Cheers! Jan