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Me and my wife are planning going to Cuba somewhere around January/February for atleast 2 weeks. Its gonna be our first time and we are very excited. I've read alot of your helpful topics and responds together with reading Lonelyplanet guidebook. But I still can't make my mind on how I should plan our itinerary.
We are going to most likely to land in Havanna and probably rest for 1-2 days in a prebooked hotel and then start our adventure from there.
We are very open on staying on casas, but have in mind that it is first time for both of us staying on B&B or hostels.
Since we are new divers, we hoped to dive as much as we could. But still we want to explore Cuba.
I know it's sounds too much, but what we have hoped of this trip is to be a mix of Exploring a new country + diving + last days (2-3 days) of relaxing (resort or casa close to beach in varadero)
From what I hav... more »
On the website visa.cuba.co.uk, in the hotel field which can no longer be left blank, is it ok just to list a random hotel from the lonely planet?. Anybody done this recently without encountering any difficulties please.
Thank you in advance for any replies.
I'm traveling late December Cuba for 2 weeks
1-What's best stay at hotel or casa hauses.
I see them online
Havana for few days maybe salsa class..
2- any where amazing for qualified scuba diving?
(Maybe I keep that Belize for scuba)
3-where would be some party place for newyear eve.in Cuba
Just I'm thinking loud.
If anyone has good exprience recommendation
Would be amazing
I'm planing my trip to Cuba and I would like to find out from witch place in Mexico it's cheaper to fly to Havana and once in Cuba Witch It's the best way to get around in the country to visit different areas?
Are there any wifi spots in Bayamo? If not then what is the closest? Thanks.
To avoid bundles of cash on me, I would like to take 500 euro notes. Do the banks in Cuba accept these?
i got back recently from a trip to cuba (i'm american and yes, i did my own trip my own way) and had a PHENOMENAL time. it completely turned my brain upside down and i have now thoroughly been bitten by the cuban bug. plus now i have friends there that i miss and wish i could be in better contact with!
anyway, i figure rather than putting together a brief rundown of my trip i thought i'd have this as an open q&a - people can ask questions (especially if they involve americans not going via a tour operator route) and i'd be more than happy to share my experiences...especially since i found this forum to be helpful with helping me figure things out.
i can say i went via mexico city and used interjet from mexico city to havana. i spent 5 nights in havana, 2 in caleton/playa larga, 1 in cienfuegos, 3 in trinidad, 1 back in havana, 2 in viñales, and 1 back in havana. unfort... more »
Personal references are always best... I'd like to spend less than 60CUCs a night.
I will be in Cuba during February and have booked my first 2 nights at a casa in Havana, after that I will travel around the island. I am not sure when I will be back in Havana so I am wondering if you guys know how solid booked casas get in Havana during February? Is it enough to call them 2-3 days in advance and reserve a room?
Also I am looking to host a brunch in Havana for around 30 people, can anyone suggest a restaurant that you think would be suitable to accomodate a group of 30 people? With outdoor seating if possible. It does not have to be strict brunch food on the menu!
Thank you very much for your help
My husband and I plan to travel to Cuba (from the U.S.) over the holidays and already have flights to Cancun. We would like to travel independently (without an organization etc...) We are stumped at how to reserve flights to Havana since you can't use a U.S. credit card. Also, how can we make reservations for hotels? Any tips or advice for independent travelers coming from the US via Mex would be very helpful!
We are also wondering about passport stamps. Since we're not going "legally" (through an organization), what is the procedure for not getting passports stamped? We are curious about the Cuban end, as well as not getting a stamp coming back into Mex.
Please advise, I know it is the busy season so we'd like to make reservations asap!
Just worrying a little about bringing a lot of cash (Euro) to Cuba. Are there other alternatives? I see that Western Union doesn't allow transfer to Cuba.
Are there other alternatives?
Short notice for any friends to make it. If anyone wants to travel from toronto to cuba, varadero dec12 to 19 give or take.
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Hey all :)
Traveling solo in Cuba between 10th-30th July, my flights are already booked! This will be my last stop on a 7 month travel trip around South America. I'll be flying from Colombia, and then going home to London.
I'm 21 years old, female from London with European & South American heritage! Recently graduated. I speak Spanish if that's any help. Would like to see a good few places as I'm staying for 20 days, not just Havana! Not fussed about the route or places, willing to be flexible with the schedule! Pretty easy going.
Having some company would be cool so let me know if you're going to be in Cuba around this time!
My email: email@example.com
My friend and I are arriving in Holguin at 1530 on 27th December, leaving 1730 on Jan 10th. Our plan is to have an amazing, rum filled new year, 3-4 days diving, 2-3 nights in Havana and spend the rest of the time having adventures exploring Cuba. The trouble is we pretty much want to go everywhere and do everything!
I was wondering if you guys would be able to provide some advice on:
1) Best place to spend New Year (love idea of chilled out rum drinking, dancing rather than large, tightly packed crowds)
2) Best place to go diving
based on our arrival and departure from Holguin?
We were initially thinking it would be great to spend new year on the beach, combined with diving but Cayo Levisa is full, we don't like the sound of Maria la Gourda limiting your dive time, no other dive places seemed to have the right location/spirit - with the possible exception of Villa ... more »
We are planning our Cuba trip and would very much appreciate any remarks/comments/tips on our itinerary. We were thinking to go about 17 days around the first two weeks of May. We would also like to hear about any specific things worth visiting in and around the belowmentioned towns or good tours.
Good to know: we are my boyfriend and me, we're both in our mid 20s. We love to travel and usually go for a good mix between nature (hiking) and visiting cities. We love to learn about the local culture and avoid touristy places (you won't find Varadero listed below...). We usually don't book much in advance, but we do do a lot of research about what there's to do so that we don't loose too much time figuring things out when we're there.
So here's our first (draft) itinerary, looking forward to hearing what you think:
Day 1 - Havana: Arrive local time 19:45.
Day ... more »
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