Americas - Cuba
Messages: 24,006 - Threads: 1,854
I know that for the majority of you this won't apply, but for those of us in the United States that this does apply to, it's worth noting. Bummer.
Hi there, is anybody experiencing problems with their text messages getting through to Cuba with IPIPI ??
My husbands 40th isn't till next Oct but would love to surprise him with a trip to Cuba following year. I am literally doing my research now to find out about things and might be able to get some help here. Initally I was going to go for South America but seemed more hassle to plan and with World Cup in 2014 flights from London/France will probably be sky high. Hopefully world cup year won't affect Cuban prices. Would be planning on going Spring 2014 for about 10 days from Dublin torn between doing a two holiday centre beach resort/Havana or just stay in Havana hotel. Tips on bars, hotels, good travel agent, prices weather would be appreciated. A lot of people on different forums want to go before Castro dies but for me that is not an option have to wait until 2014 I'm sure it will be ok fingers crossed
Hello, me and my friend, females, early 20's are going to do a rather spontaneous trip around Cuba as we just booked tickets and leaving in 3 weeks and don't have time to research or book all the acommodation, we are going to book the first 3 nights in the cheapest hotel in Veradero and thats where my planning finishes (unlike all other trips i did). Is it easy to book casa particulares a day or a few days in advance? As we still don't know what's our itinerary is going to be like, but probably Havana, Vinales, Trinidad and one of the Cayos, cayo coco or the others nearby, any chance for casa particulares there? For Christmas we are planning to come back to Veradero, how in advance should we book a casa particular? Should I phone? I speak good spanish so it shouldn't be a problem.
We are also planning to do hitch hiking. Is it realistic to do so from Havana to Trinidad for example?... more »
We would like to rent a car several times for a few days while we're in Cuba. So not during the whole trip (one month). Is this difficult? Several people tell us we should do this on beforehand (from our home country, before getting to Cuba. They say it's difficult to rent a car in Cuba. The cars could be out of supply, finished. Is this correct? Is it really so hard to rent a car for some days (with drop of) in Cuba? We realise it's more expensive to rent it there but we will save much money by not renting a car for a whole month.
Hope you can tell us!~Thanks in advance!
Does anyone know of a translator Ap for Android phones that aren't online..? I hear getting on the internet will be a real chore and expensive.Its our first time in Cuba snd we are staying in Havana for a week . Our Spanish is almost nonexistent .
Is it a problem to to take medications to someone's relative in Cuba? A cuban physician has asked me to take medicine to his aging parents.
I have never done anything like that and this is my first trip to Cuba. Please advise. thanks
Hi fellow travelers --
We are a family of 2 adults and 3 children (ages 10-17,) all US citizens living in the US. We'd like to go on a 1-week tour of Cuba this March/April and we'd like to do it all legally. We are not that price-sensitive so a higher-end tour is fine with us -- we'd like the tour operator to provide everything including taking care off all the visas,etc that we'd need as long as it's all legal. Can you recommend such a tour company for us please?
I'm looking for someone who will be going to Havana sometime in December. I have a package to deliver to some friends but I don't trust that it will necessarily reach them if I mail it out. If anyone (preferable from Canada - easier shipping) is going to Havana and wouldn't mind delivering the package for me, it would be greatly appreciated.
A documentary of mine has been selected for the Havana Film Festival in early December, but disaster has struck - DHL lost the film in transit. I'm desperately looking for someone who is travelling from the UK to Havana in the next 10 days to deliver a DVD to the festival. If anyone were kind enough to accept, I would send you a copy of the DVD by post and arrange for someone to collect it from your hotel or casa in Havana. No space, no cost. I would also give the kind soul a signed copy of the DVD when it comes out next year and an invitation to the launch in London. It's all totally legitimate, I can send documents and emails from the film festival and DHL as proof, tell you all about me and the film, etc. The DVD will not be sealed so you can even check the contents.
If anyone could help, please PM me or text me on 07881 292034.
Many thanks in advance more »
We'll spend some time in Mexico prior to flying to Cuba. We would like to have some flexibility and not book the flights in advance. In the opinion of you experienced Cuba travellers, what is the availability of seats on the Cancun to Havana flights? If we go to Divermex or Cubana office In Cancun, what is the chance we can get a flight the next day or in a couple of days' time? This would be around the second week in March.
We flew from Mexico City to Havana on Viajet, and as another poster had assured me, the airline was well organized about the Cuban visas. Upon arrival, my partner got in line while I bought the Cuban insurance. I paid 52 euros, a bit higher than I'd expected, but I don't know if the vendor or I figured the exchange rate wrong. When we finally got to the immigration booth, we weren't asked about the insurance (and although we asked that she not stamp our passports, her reaction implied that we need not have.)
Stayed for the first 2 nights at the Hostal Conde de Villanueva in Habana Vieja. Loved the location and architecture, but we should have told our taxi driver to take us to Plaza San Francisco de Asis (he was clueless and took us to Plaza de Armas -- much farther.)
The next day, we taxied to the central bus terminal to buy tickets for the Viajul bus to Vinales, but we were ... more »
After the new customs regulations went into affect on September 3, I remember reading about some cuban americans arriving in Havana and being charged $5 a pound for anything over 66 pounds. I am looking for recent experiences from tourists, has anyone even gotten there bags weighed? That has never happened to me, been to Cuba more than 10 times, but not sure what to expect with regards to them enforcing these new regulations. My plan was to bring about 86 pounds of luggage, mostly food , and hope for the best. I'll be arriving from Cancun in less than a week.
Is it possible to fly from the US to Cuba on one ticket and bags checked through all the way?
After searching through flights to Cuba, I found Copa Airlines that offered me a flight from Las Vegas to Havana via Panama City in one ticket. They also confirmed that I could check my bags through to Havana when I check in for my flight in Las Vegas.
I thought under the US law, that was not possible.
Before parting with my money, I just wanted to make sure that what I am hearing is true.
Can anyone please confirm if this is correct?
Welcome & Getting Started
Our Community Guidelines and Community FAQs will help you get started.
Your Community Manager is Zabba.
Businesses and commercial interests please note, this is a strictly no advertising community. Our members do not tolerate solicitation or guerilla marketing, and accounts are for individual travellers only.
Email: email@example.com with feedback or questions.
Find us on Facebook & Twitter
Follow us on Twitter @lonelyplanet for the best in travel tips and inspiration.
If you’re on Twitter, tag your travel related tips with #lp and we’ll share the best of them with our community of followers.
Check out all our reviewed and recommended accommodation and book online.