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uying cigars in Cuba is easy, But you have to be sure what are you looking for since there are a lot of kind of marks and models. You can buy the cigars in 2 different ways.
To buy at the store.
2 -- To buy in the streets.

Both has good and bad aspects. In this page we will try to clarify in both cases what can you spec and what you should do before buying the cigars.

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1) To buy Cigars at store:

the cigars in store are mostly originals, And I say "mostly" because sometimes the people that works on the stores introduce their own cigars boxes for earning money but generally the cigars are in good shape and if you buy 1 cigars box or more they will provide you a valid voucher for customs when you live the country. The bad side is the prices , the prices are very high but always less expensive than outside cuba.

The best stores to buy cuban cigars in Cuba are the follow:

Pinar del Rio
La Casa del Habano Vueltabajo Calle Maceo No. 157 e/ Galiano y Tarafa. Pinar del Río
Telephones: (53 82) 3424 Open: 09:00 - 19:00 hrs

Ciudad de la Habana
Casa del Habano 5ta. Ave. No. 1407 esq. a 16, Miramar. Ciudad de La Habana Telephones: (53 7) 204-1185 · 208-7972 Open: Mon-Sat 10:30 - 18:30 hrs
Casa del Habano Calle Mercaderes e/ Obispo y Obrapía. Ciudad de La Habana
Casa del Tabaco Hostal Valencia. Ciudad de La Habana Telephones: (53 7) 867-1037 · 861-6423 Open: 09:00 - 17:00 hrs
La Casa del Habano Hotel Conde de Villanueva. Ciudad de La Habana Telephones: (53 7) 862-9293 · 862-9294 Open: 10:00 - 19:00 hrs
La Casa del Habano Hotel Nacional Hotel Nacional de Cuba. Ciudad de La Habana
La Casa del Habano Palacio de la Artesanía Calle Cuba No. 64. Ciudad de La Habana
La Casa del Tabaco 23 y P Calle 23 esq. a P, Vedado. Ciudad de La Habana
La Casa del Tabaco Hotel Sevilla Hotel Sevilla. Ciudad de La Habana
La Casa del Tabaco Hotel Tryp Habana Libre Hotel Tryp Habana Libre. Ciudad de La Habana
La Casa del Tabaco y del Ron Calle Obispo e/ Bernaza y Monserrate. Ciudad de La Habana

Isla de la Juventud
La Casa del Tabaco Hotel Sol Pelícano Hotel Sol Pelícano. Isla de la Juventud

La Casa del Habano Calle 63 e/ 1ra. y 3ra.. Matanzas Telephones: (53 45) 66-7186 Open: 9:00 - 19:00 hrs
La Casa del Tabaco Hotel Puntarena Hotel SuperClubs Puntarena. Matanzas

Cienfuegos - Trinidad
La Casa del Tabaco El Fundador Ave. 54 esq. a 29. Cienfuegos
La Casa del Tabaco Trinidad Calle Francisco J. Zerquera No. 304 esq. a Maceo. Sancti Spiritus
Open: 09:00 - 19:00 hrs

Ciegode Avila
La Casa del Habano Meliá Cayo Guillermo Hotel Meliá Cayo Guillermo. Ciego de Avila
La Casa del Tabaco Hotel Daiquirí Hotel Daiquirí. Ciego de Avila
La Casa del Tabaco Sol Cayo Coco Hotel Sol Cayo Coco. Ciego de Avila
La Casa del Tabaco Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel Tryp Cayo Coco. Ciego de Avila

La Casa del Tabaco El Artesano Calle Hermanos Agüero No. 262 e/ Carmen y Honda. amagüey

Las Tunas
La Casa del Tabaco Covarrubias Villa Covarrubias. Las Tunas

La Casa del Tabaco Guardalavaca Playa Guardalavaca. Holguín

Santigode Cuba
La Casa del Tabaco Hotel Casa Granda Hotel Casa Granda. Santiago de Cuba

For pricing, it's not possible to give you all of the prices. You'll find some ratings for common cigars so you can extrapolate for the others. Prices may vary from one boutique to another and also depend on availability but the variation is never more than 20 USD

Bolivar Coronas Gigantes SBN 25-------------------------$250
Cohiba Esplendidos Var 25----------------------------------$490
Hoyo des Dieux Cabinet 25----------------------------------$155
Partagas Serie D N'4 SBN 25-------------------------------$190
Punch Punch SBN 25------------------------------------------$170
Hoyo Double Coronas-----------------------------------------$154
Punch Churchill------------------------------------------------- $143
Hoyo Epicure Nº1 (SLB)---------------------------------------$109
Cohiba Siglo III---------------------------------------------------$167
R y J Exhibición Nº4------------------------------------------- $90
Montecristo EspecialNº2-------------------------------------$120
Juan Lopez Selectos Nº2-------------------------------------$118

2) To buy Cigars in the streets:

The combination of economic crisis, the influx of tourists, and the fact that it is now legal for Cubans to possess dollars has created what you might expect. People are hungry for dollars, and one way to get them is to sell illegal cigars to tourists. Many try to do so. They even hang out in front of legitimate stores in Havana, to tell you they can sell to you for much cheaper than what you will pay inside. It’s not only on the street; some times you can’t sit in an outdoor café, or even at a hotel bar without being approached. They are extremely persistent, and almost always begin by you offering Cohibas. say a curt "no" it seemed rude but they will understand that you don't want cigars or anything else.

If you want to buy cigars and you cannot afford the store prices we recommend you to ask to the owner of the casa particular where you are staying. For Sure you can find good cigars for reasonable prices but the person that sales the cigars should be recommended by someone you know well. The 95% of the sellers will tell you that his brother, sister, etc. "works in the factory" and they take of the cigars from there but that is the biggest lay in the world, because the cigars factory's has an extremely hard to bit security system and is almost impossible to take away cigars boxes. The most common thing is that they build the boxes in small private factories and they buy the seals and stamps from the factory that are much more easy to take off .According the quality of the small private factory is the quality of the cigars they will sell you.

the new customs regulation stablishes that

1- It shall be possible to to export an amount of up to 23 (twenty three) units of rolled cigars, in individual units, without producing any relevant purchase document.
2- If you exceed that amount, you will be obliged to claim the official purchace receipt and a copy of it at the shop, and hand a copy in at the Customs Office at the exit point where you'll be leaving with the cigars, wich must be contained in the original cases with all official seals, incluiding the new holographic seal

Now days the customs authorities are not taking this rule to the extremes but if you want to be sure to take the cigars boxes out of the country you can take 2 cigars from each box and put them in your shirt's pocket, and put the cigars boxes in different baggages for example 1 in the hand luggage and other in the main baggage so the boxes will have only 23 cigars and you dont need to show any receipt


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