Safety and health
Most travel safety hazards in Cuba are of the soft kind. In the streets of the big cities pick pockets and small thievery are very common. In smaller laid back places this is less a problem. Properties that are left unattented disappear quite quickly, beware of this. Hotel rooms have secure deposit boxes and it is best to leave travel documents, money and valuables in there. Loosing a passport is a big hassle with police and embassy bureaucracy as a result.
Many thefts occur along the road with rental cars by taking along people hitching for a ride.www.cubafortravel.com advices against taking hikers at all times.
In general you will find Cubans very friendly and very social.
The Cuban health care system is renowned all over the world and medical tourism is one of the main sources of revenue of the country. In the major tourist places you will find special clinics for foreign visitors with state of the art infrastructure and very qualified english speaking personnel. The services are not for free and it is obligatory to enter the country with a health insurance valid for Cuba. If you can't present a travel health insurance on arrival immigration can force you to buy one locally.