At present, there are two parallel economies in Cuba. One for the locals and one for the tourists. In terms of the currency, locals use CUP, and tourists use CUC. One CUC is 25 CUP. And 1 CUC is 1 USD.
Average salary of someone with a government job is about 15-20 CUC per month. Teachers about 30 CUCs, doctors about 150-200 CUCs. You need about 80 CUCs a month per person to make your ends meet (about 300 for a family of 4).
Tourism industry seemed like the only one that pays well.
We were wandering in old Havana around late morning when we stopped by a fancy hotel for a restroom break. That's when we got to know about Fidel Castro's death. Everything was just very normal on the streets. People going about their routine as usual. The only thing was no alcohol and no music for 9 days. And of course that sucked, both for tourists and locals alike.
All cars are super expensive. Thirty year old Peugeot cost about 30000 usd, a 35 year old moskovich costs about 10000 usd, a brand new Citroen costs about 50000 usd and a good looking vintage car about 60000 usd.
Btw, no one, I mean no one, has 3g, edge, LTE. Well except for us. We had internet (3G) on our Google Project Fi phone for the first 3 days in Cuba. None of the locals believed it. And then on the forth day, it just stopped working.
They are not playing Pokemon. They are all hanging around at one of the very few wifi zones in Havana. Internet is practically nonexistent in Cuba. In order to connect, you have to buy wifi scratchcard from a state telecom company for 2 CUC (about 2.2 USD) per hour and there are long queues for that. And then you go to one of the wifi zones, and manually enter some 20 digits code twice. And all of that for super slow internet.