Americas - Cuba
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Been reading the forum for a couple of weeks now in preperation for my trip next Spring, so thanks to all for the great information! Four of us are flying to Mexico City then Interjet to Havana. We have a rough itinerary of 3 nights in Trinadad, 3 nights in Vinales, and 3 nights in Havana and will be sorting out hotels/casas soon. I still have a couple of questions tho, so thanks in advance for the help.
I would like to try to reserve the first night casa/hotel in all three localations prior to leaving, is this something I could do over the internet, (yo hablar poco Espanol) or would a travel agent like some of the ones mentioned here be a better idea?
Kinda freaked out about not being able to use any kind of plastic, and the idea of carrying around all cash doesn't thrill me. I was going to get some AmEx travelers checks as a back up, and had even thought about trying to open u... more »
Just watched this. Probably of more interest to someone who is yet to travel to Cuba but still worth a peek imho.
Note if you are outside the UK you need to have the BBC2 iApp loaded to your Ipad/phone(takes 10 seconds and is free).
Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to Cuba to find a communist country in the middle of a capitalist revolution. Two years ago Cuba announced the most sweeping and radical economic reforms the country has seen in decades.
Is this old news?
BBC World has during the last week repeatedly brought news that Havana Energy as part of Esencia Group has established joint venture biomass power energy industry in Cuba that will convert sugar cane waste and marabú into power plant energy.
The energy plant will be established in conjunction with the Ciro Redondo sugar plant in Ciego de Avila. Escencia Group is involved also in tourism and real estate in Cuba.
I was wondering how long it would take Paypal to realise where Ezetop money was going. Paypal blocked my payment to Ezetop this morning. The double up special is on now at Ezetop. If your Credit Card is US based it might still work.
I'd love to hear personal opinions about your preference between Playa Jibacoa (close to Havana) and Cayo Blanco (25 km from Playa Ancon) in terms of snorkeling: if you have been to both, which one has the best snorkeling and why?
I've received insightful info about Playa Ancon itself, which doesn't seem to have impressive snorkeling, but not much about Cayo Blanco, which is often offered as a day snorkeling/diving tour from Playa Ancon/Trinidad. The LP guidebook writes that over there snorkeling is great. My question would be whether or not it's better than Playa Jibacoa.
Thank you so much for your opinion. Very much appreciated, folks.
I'm going to a wedding next month and will be spending 11 days there (Mo Bay). I have always wanted to go to Cuba and have found two flights. Both leave on a Monday, one returns on a Saturday with a 14 hour stopover in Panama and the other Thursday (leaving Havana at 5AM!).
Being the first time to either country I want to do it justice. Is 3 days sufficient for Havana? If I do 5 days in Cuba is 6 days enough for Jamaica?
If you have been to both countries, which one did you prefer and why?
Is anyone else getting email spam from Cuba? I'm getting a bunch of stuff lately... bars, restaurants, paladars, etc. I haven't had any for over a year, now several a week are dribbling in...
I am travelling to Cuba from December 27-January 7. I am an experienced diver but my girlfriend has never gone diving before. We are interested in finding a place for 4-5 days (from January 2-January6) where we can go and she can learn to dive and I can do some good dives.
We are totally willing to take flights and travel around the country to find the best location. Safety is very important, so we want to make sure it's a dive operation with good equipment, divemasters, etc.
Anyone have any recommendations? I've heard about Isla de Juventud and Jardine De La Reina, but don't know any specifics or where to go, who to contact, etc.
If anyone has any advice, we'd really appreciate it!
has anyone experience with renting a car in Cuba. How is the driving? How are the streets? What about petrol (expensive? available or waiting for hours??). I know from other countries that there is the problem of breaking into cars (expecially tourist cars). What about Cuba?
Any experiences, advices??
I'm plannung a 2 1/2 weeks trip to cuba in March and I wonder what is the best way to get cash there. I have a debit card (visa plus) from a German bank and normal maestro card from a german bank and a credit card (visa) with a PIN. If possible, I don't want do carry tons of euros in cash with me. And I read that it's hard to find bank that change travellor checks... (besides that some as American Express are useless since they are american).
Can anybody give me some advice?
I really, REALLY was looking forward to Santiago, but I think we are going to bypass after reading this. We are actively trying to concieve and I just can't risk it in case we succeed while we're there. Am I being paranoid, or smart? We were planning on heading through there mid Feb. I wanted to go spend money and bring donations to help, but I want to keep healthy, especially if we have a little bean in my belly. Opinions, please.
This is our first trip to Cuba, there are two of us traveling.
We are flying into Juan Gualberto Gomez airport in Varadero arriving around 6pm on a Saturday and we have to make our way to Cameleon Villas in the Jibacoa area. We are wondering if anyone has information on the best method to get from the airport to our hotel, (Taxi, Bus, Train, ....).
Also, any tips on taking Taxi's ? (What to do and what not to do? Are Taxis expensive?)
Any information or ideas appreciated.
Have any of you had any direct experience with the services being offered on www.havanahospital.com/services.htm ?
Or know anything about this organization?
ABC is selling the Visa again, but for $75!!!! I asked why it was so much more and my agent said that is what Washington is telling them to sell them for. So, my assumption is Washington is getting a cut. I 110% am against the embargo and would wait in Havana's airport for a week to get my visa before I will allow the government to make a penny from our trip. She said that we could decide against that option and she could call ahead and someone would be waiting at the airport with our visa. Visa's are still $20, right?
I also asked if we would have to convert to a family visa once we arrive and she said the rules have changed for that and don't need to do that anymore. So that's good!
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