You'll likely have a few requests for cigars once your friends discover you're visiting Cuba. Tour a cigar factory to witness the process from start to finish and end up at a store on-site where the selection is best. You can buy a pack of five quality cigars for less than 10 pesos here, or you can step up to the Monte Cristo A sold for around 20 pesos apiece.

Individual cigars in aluminum tubes stay fresh the longest - plus they make the classiest gifts. Each brand offers many sizes and shapes, and of course, beautiful bands, labels and boxes. Romeo Y Julietas tend to be the mildest, Montecristos are in the middle and Cohibas have the boldest flavour.