It is to some degree. I have traveled to many places but I have never been anywhere like Cuba. They are the friendliest people that you will ever meet. I always felt very safe in Cuba and was only robbed two times by ladies that spent the night on my sailboat. Even then they left me my I.D. and credit cards and only took the money.
If you ever go to Cuba bring a few roles of quarters. I would hand them out to the children that were begging because I knew they could eat for a day on it. Also, bring small bills, no one ever has change.