Americas - Cuba
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Hi guys, just wondering if anyone has had any experience using Visa cards that have a security chip in Cuban ATMs? I'm a New Zealand citizen and all of our Visa cards (debit and credit) here have chips in them now. This was a problem when I was in Colombia a few years ago, as their ATMs didn't have the technology to read the chip. I was able to use my eftpos card there as it had a 'plus' symbol, but understand you can only use Visa in Cuba. Any advice would be much appreciated! I'm a little nervous about having to carry enough cash for my whole trip (hate using cash haha, in New Zealand we also never use cash anymore. I don't mind if I can take more money out as I travel, but since this isn't the case in Cuba I am looking for the most secure way to travel). Thanks in advance :)
Hi guys I'm planning a quick 2 week trip to Cuba with a friend in May and I've got some questions...can anybody recommend a good place to do a ship wreck dive?? I've only got about 10 dives in my open water log book so nothing too challenging for that level. I'd also love to do a homestay with a Cuban family, anybody have any experience with this? Can you visit cigar plantations and factories somewhere? Are the cigars illegal to bring back into Canada and or Australia??
Thanks guys. Any help is appreciated :-)
I decided that I want to take my wife to Cuba for 5 nights coming up in July.
I have the flights worked out from the US (fly to Mexico City on Air Tran). Then I have Interjet from MC to Havana. I figure that is safe to do as an American (ie, I know the airline is safe, I assume that Interjet does not report if Americans fly to Cuba to the US government...someone tried to tell me this, I called BS).
What would you recommend for 5 days? We like history. We like just aimlessly wandering around to see cities. I know she will want a beach for one day max as well. How would you recommend we do this itinerary? We are in our late 20s, I am a photography nerd and we do not tend to party (but will definitely sit outside at cafes and have beers)?
Budget: Yes, I know it has been said 100s of times. This is what I figured we would need (correct me if I am missing anything.
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1. I have a Royal Bank Virtual Visa debit card. Will it work in Cuba ?
2. Rental car - mid size - four weeks. Approximate cost including insurance ?
3. Brands of cars available ?
4. Cost of gasoline / diesel ?
5. Is one car rental firm better than the others ?
6. Does a rental car at a Cuban Motel need a paid car watcher at night ?
Thanks for your help.
I've searched through the forum using multiple search terms and haven't been able to find anything detailed or consistent about this topic yet so thought I'd make a new post.
Going to Havana for 7 days next week and staying right on the border of Centro and the old town, and I'm wondering if it's going to be possible to buy basic groceries at some stores in the area. Things for the hotel room and for picnics at the beach.
I've heard conflicting reports about this - some people saying that it's hard to find things, and others saying that it's easy.
I'd be looking for things like fresh fruit (mangos especially), bread, cheese (not sure if this is a pipe dream), some sort of spread, etc. Are these things easy to find throughout little stores in the city or no?
From what I've been reading here I'm thinking of taking a tiny bottle of hot sauce with me.
I've backpacked ar... more »
I few of my friends and I are planning to go climb Mt Turquino, finishing the hike on the south coast. From there we'd work our way west around the Granma peninsula, toward either Bayamo or Manzanillo, but It'd be nice to stop and spend the night somewhere. I've looked up places like Pilon, Niquero, Marea del Portillo; but all they have is beach resorts. Worse yet, you can't even book online. So I was wondering if anybody of you know of a small coastal town with guest houses, or casas particulares you could recommend.
Thank you much,
Any suggestions for a place in Havana to watch basketball?
One of the best overviews Ive seen, from resident writer WowCuba:
Staying in Touch in Cuba
Posted on April 29, 2013by WoWCuba
What is the best choice for emergency cell phone use on the road between Pilon and Santiago ?
finally heard that the havana marathon is on for nov. 17. it will be my first time going to cuba and i wanted to line up the trip so that i could do the marathon during this time. i currently am planning to fly in on nov. 14.
hoping there might be someone on here who could answer some marathon-specific questions.
1. i have seen some tour operators offer spots in the marathon, with varying degrees of price gouging. does anyone happen to know if this is even necessary or if it is possible to just show up on the few days before the race and register that way? i have heard different things about this - i've heard that you can sign up online (though the organizers haven't put any of this together yet for this year's race) but i've also heard you just have to show up as early as possible as soon as they start registration in person and you wait in long lines with every... more »
Directory / Booking Agent for Holguin , Granma and Santiago de Cuba : B & Bs.
To clarify this threads relevance to this forum - Havana's Capitolio (or Capital building) is one of Cuba's most famous buildings and a major tourist attraction, information regarding this attraction may therefore be of interest to many visitors to Havana.
As a Cuban historian I have been following developments on the restoration of the Capitolio with a keen interest...
For some time now the Capitolio has been undergoing restoration work (see http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=91896)
and it has just been announced today that Cuba's parliament will return to the building, the first Cuban parliament to do so since the 1950s, this is symbolically important news to anyone with an interest in Cuban history.. (see http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/cuban-official-says-parliament-to-return-to-historic-capitol-building-after-5-decades/2013/04/26/7c76be06-ae92-11e2-b240-... more »
I travel with a small short wave radio and often tune in to English language radio stations. I can normally get the BBC, VoA, Dutch, German, etc in most countries of the world.
In Cuba I couldn't find any of these, but did get very strong pulses of interference on a number of the wavebands which I assumed was jamming. This was very consitent all across the country so it wasn't just local interference.
Was it jamming?
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