What if I’m a vegetarian, have food allergies, or have special dietary needs?
Although vegetarian and other special diets are still largely unfamiliar in Cuba, we’ll do everything we can to meet your needs. Usually, at least white rice and vegetables will be available. If you follow a strict vegan diet, for instance, you might find your choices limited and repetitive. The following represent reasonable options for vegetarians in Cuba:
- Tropical fruits such as bananas, coconut, mangoes, and papaya can be found in abundance.
- Starchy, flavorful plantains are used in many local recipes.
- Rice and beans is a reliable staple.
- Vegan salads made from shredded cabbage, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, onions, or avocados, often dressed with vinegar or lemon juice.
- French fries.
If you eat eggs, dairy, and wheat, breakfast should present few, if any, challenges. And the coffee and cocoa are delicious!