This is the other end stop on the travel bus route through provinces in Cuba. The people here are the best in hospitality ONCE THEY KNOW YOU and the business you are here for. But they are definitely friendly here as in smaller towns. I didn't know much Spanish and was still treated rightly. Most of the citizens who befriended me spoke flawless English!TIPS:Know Spanish!Stay with friends.Carry toilet paper!DO NOT take pictures of soldiers, or those who you haven't asked permission.Buy no more than three boxes of cigars. Avoid ANY illegal activity or you'll stay longer than you wish. You MUST see the Plaza of the Revolucion and take the guided tour. WALK the Malecon rather than drive. The Los Americas is the best hotel for value. Walk as many places as you can as see all five/six neighborhoods. The churches are beautiful and somewhat preserved since the religious ban lifted in 1993/94, so these are also great cultural places to photograph. You must see the Barracks. El Morro will encompass your entire day so bring WATER or you'll be charged an exorbitant fee to refresh yourself, then go to the beach below. There is an excellent airport runway view from the ancient fortress from which planes fly directly over your head as they land.
Dress down, look/act Cuban and you can get around on their public transportation for pennies. Wear no socks and carry no watch.