Americas - Cuba
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I'm planning on visiting Cuba for one month this coming summer (mid-June- mid July)
Unfortunately, my government makes it difficult.
I've heard that it isn't wise to make a round trip from Canada or Mexico because upon my return to the states, my passport, although not stamped in Cuba, will show an inexplicable gap.... showing that I left from and returned to Mexico/Canada with no explanation.
I've had bad luck with U.S. customs in the past...... single male backpacker..... I often receive "extra" scrutiny so I want to cover all of my bases.
I certainly can't afford to pay $10,000 and have my passport confiscated.
I am an American citizen who will be in Cancun for a week and i want to make a small trip to Cuba. I have never been to Cuba and have virtialy no information on how to get there or where to stay. Is it safe for Americans. Where to go? What to do? Should i even go? Currency exchange? How reliable is the transportation services to and from ? Any information will be helpful. This will be a once in a life time adventure and I dont want it to end in a disaster.
1st time visitor to Cuba from the UK, and I'd appreciate any thoughts.
I'm planning a trip late March - Mid April. Due to workload I can manage a week, maybe 10 days tops depending on costs. I'll be going with my 18 yr-old son.
I have always travelled independently and never used an agent, but initial research gave me the idea that booking a custom package might be an option. Just to book flights, accommodation, transfers and generally smooth our path. It all just seemed such a quagmire! But having read a dozen pages of posts on this forum, I'm slightly more encouraged that travelling independently is an option.
Given the short time-frame I'm thinking of a split itinerary and no long-distance travel. Starting in Havana, maybe staying at a Casa in Vedado. Then off to Cayo Levisa for a while. Am I right in thinking this is the only island on the Colororades Archipelago with ac... more »
i'm hoping to travel throughout cuba in june and it would be great to find people also travelling there from anywhere and get any advice on where to go, what to do etc :)
Very warm and friendly people, welcoming, clean rooms, would highly recommend!
Calle 18, number 314 e/ 19 y 21
Vedado, La Habana, Cuba
Which is mostly a non-event, although we did follow a parade of clergy and the Madonna being carried in a glass case to the Cathedral where throngs lined the streets. Things are a-changing. We stayed in a B & B in Vedado with a lovely family who included us in their family for breakfast. We liked this residential area very much - lovely restaurants, John Lennon Park and the Necropolis all within walking distance. It was about 6 km to Centro, which we walked the first day to "get a feel" for the place. Otherwise it was a 5 cuc. taxi ride. My friend had been there 10 years ago and now was most impressed with the restoration work which is being carried out. There are some beautiful hotels restored to their former glory and many great statues. The sidewalks and roads are atrocious but continually being swept clean of garbage. We had some good meals and great pina coladas! Thanks to all f... more »
My wife and I are visiting Cuba next month from the UK and will be there for 3 weeks. I have been wondering about using a phone there during my stay.
I have a Samsung Wave phone on a two year contract with vodafone but it is really bloody expensive to use the phone over there. I just want a phone to have as an emergency and to phone home once a week to get answerphone messages from our Uk home.
With that in mind,I have just bought a brand new unlocked Samsung mobile cheaply. My idea was to take this new phone to Cuba and, on arrival, find somewhere to buy a sim card and hopefully a top-up for a few pounds so I can use it over there on a PAYG basis. I would resume/hope that I can do this at the airport but I cannot seem to get an answer anywhere whether this is possible so I was wondering if anyone here could advise me. As an alternative, could I perhaps buy some sort of interna... more »
from March 15 on I will be 3 weeks in Cuba (first time).
I am thinking about doing the Open Water Course there. As I will be stuck at one place during the course and do not want to stay in a tourist resort, the only option that ocurred to me is staying in a casa particular in La Boca and doing the course in Playa Ancón.
Has somebody of you done this course in Playa Ancón done before and can tell me his/her experiences?
Also I'm completely open to other suggestions where to do the course.
My travelling plan till now will be:
Santiago de Cuba
Havanna, flight back home
I will be travelling alone and am not planning to rent a car, so not all diving places will be reachable fot me.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
Irina more »
Would like to share this experience with travellers going to Cuba.
I went to Cuba during New Year 2011. I got the Trajeta de Turista in Cuba Embassy in Buenos Aires. When I arrived Havana the immigration officer did not check the trajeta. I kept it with me throughout my journey anyway. When I left Havana the immigration officer did not collect it. I asked her why. She said it was no need. I asked again to confirm "So next time when I come I do not need to apply it?" She said "No you don't."
Then this new year I met 2 people who got the Trajeta de Turista in Cuba Embassy in Hong Kong where I live But when they arrived Havana again the trajeta was not collected. They complained the HK travel agency of not aware of it and made them wasting time to apply for the trajeta.
Can I conclude that the trajeta de turista is no use now? But funny is that Cuba Embassies do not notice and... more »
My plan for an upcoming trip to Cuba in early March is as follows:
4 days Havana
3 days Trinidad
3 days Vinales
These are definites, but I have 2-3 extra days and am trying to decide how to spend them. I would really like to spend a few days near a beach and do a dive or two (but only if the diving is really excellent, as I would have to ditch my husband to go diving).
Is Maria La Gorda really that great? I've been on lots of dives in the region, so if anyone can compare the diving there to places like Honduras or Mexico, that would help me decide. What else should I not miss if I choose Maria La Gorda? Can anyone recommend a casa nearby?
What about Playa Larga/Giron, Bay of Pigs? How is the diving there? How do the beaches compare to those in Maria La Gorda? Any casa recommendations?
Is there some other place I should be checking out? I want to spend a few days at a... more »
Apologies if you have already read this, but this is something I came across online and thought it deserved a repost..
They usually travel in groups always accompanied by Cuban Guide who will explain everything from Cigars to Girls. Returns home happy and thinks he conquered Planet Cuba, maybe in love with Yosmelis (his little chica)
Brings home fake Cigars and brags to his friends on how much he paid. because his Cuban friend at the beach offered him a great discount.
2)MULTIPLE: 45 years of age, travels alone or in small group of the same species, with one thing in mind: to score a... more »
We are travelling to Cuba in 3 weeks time, and apart from booking casas in Havana and Trinidad we were planning to be fairly flexible and try and find accommodation when we arrived at other places.
However I spoke to a travel agent today about internal flights and when I mentioned that we hadn’t booked accommodation yet he told me I clearly didn’t know Cuba at all, and was very naive not to book in advance.
I can’t see anything in previous posts or in our guidebook about needing to book ALL accommodation in advance – should I be worried or was the travel agent scaremongering?
Sorry if this has been answered previously, if so, please direct me to the relevant post!
Going to Cuba for 3 months: What vaccination do I need to get?
I'm off on another Cuba trip . . . a few questions? I did Cancun years ago and didn't like it. Is Mexico City any better? (I hate to have to bribe some guy when I already bought my ticket.) In Nassau it seems like they are charging as much for the bags as the ticket . . . except for the Cuban guys with the gold chains and special connections. They must have a side deal. (I'm jealous.) I have a about 100 pounds in blue jeans and school supplies. The other question I have in about bringing cigars back. What is the "deal" in Mexico? I would hate to have that traffic light go off and ...
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