Replies: 16 - Last Post: Jan 30, 2013 7:34 PM Last Post By: JessicaRJ
Nov 26, 2012 1:01 AM
Amex TC's/Sending$$/SalsaWIll have 8-10 days in Cuba for the first time. Read pretty much all the recent posts in this forum but I just wanted some recent information.
1) Where can I cash in American Express Travelers Checks in Havana (assuming one is still allowed to do this)? Can I cash them in any other big city in Cuba?
2) Anyone used AISremesascuba.com or 123envialo.com recently to send money? Did it work?
3) I'm coming from NYC where they dance Salsa On 2. Is this the same in Cuba?
Nov 26, 2012 2:58 AM
1No idea about Amex TCs, others will chime in on that.
AIS has worked for me, sending money to Santiago de Cuba, no worries at all, though others have had problems with the website.
Please don't talk about the on2, on1 in Havana, you might be laughed off the floor. Just let the habaneros lead on whatever beat they feel like leading. It is Cuba, after all, where it all began with Danzon and Son in the early part of the last century, so basically what has evolved in other countries has little to do with what happens in Havana. You won't be lucky enough to get to Santiago where Son rules, and that's a shame because that is such an elegant dance. (salsa wars notwithstanding, I've heard all the arguments about Colombia and Puerto Rico, and in fact none of it matters very much). Relax.
Nov 26, 2012 3:26 AM
2Major banks e.g. BFI (Banco Financiero Internacional) and BM (Banco Metropoliano.)
Much easier in Havana than anywhere else. Still a hassle.
For such a short trip of 8-10 days how much money are you going to need anyway?
You might just be better off with USD and taking the 87CUC for every 100USD and having some TC's and/or Euros/CAD or a AIS card as a backup for emergency.
You'll get around 94CUC for 100USD TC
(I think Chef wrote something recently about cashing TC's)
123envialo.com has stopped working again some days ago.
Have only heard positive, recent reports on AIS.
Glad Jen could answer the salsa on 2 - question !
Nov 26, 2012 6:52 AM
3Important thing to know to cash your AEX, in addition to passport/ID you will need the original sales receipt from the purchase of the cheques.
This sales receipt is a not-so-uncommon anti-fraud requirement in a good number of 3rd world countries including Cuba.
Have a great trip..
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Nov 27, 2012 6:04 AM
Not looking for a new experience ;-) so I will take you up on your offer for dinner in your casita if you can tear yourself away from work. I will bring a cheesecake from Toronto for dessert. Say hola to G for me
Chaooooo – pescado
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14Chef, have a good trip and a fantastic time in Cuba. I think we crossed path the last part of Oct and first part of Nov.
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