Traveling to Cuba

  • Eli_jah

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    May 13, 2016 2:40 AM GMT
    Any Americans attempted it? With hotel/lodging, food, round trip airfare, I wonder if a trip there could be accomplished for under $1,000 US.

    According to this HuffPost article, $1,000 is about what it will run you. I think I know where I'm going this summer.
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    May 13, 2016 3:23 AM GMT
    I thought you still needed some sort of special status to go? Family, education, business. Not just tourism. But a cruise ship went last week? WTF?

    Anyway, wrong coast, nothing for me to worry about.
  • charlitos666

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    May 13, 2016 3:42 AM GMT
    To spend in a week, $1000 (about $800 CUC) is plenty. That is if you already payed for the flight and accommodations. Overall expect the following prices:


    Breakfast : $8-$15 CUC
    Dinner : $10-$25 CUC
    Club Cover : $5 CUC (Although most clubs dont even charge cover)
    Mixed Drinks : $3-$5 CUC
    Bottle Service : $24-$50 CUC
    Taxi : $10 CUC the ride to most places in Havana


    Places to go to:

    Brunch : La Chucheria
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    Gay Club : Las Vegas (show starts at 12am)
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    Lounge/Bar/Art Gallery : La Fabrica de Arte
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    Bar/Club : Sarados (live band on Saturdays)
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    Restaurant/Club : Magic Flute (terrase with a full view of Havana Bay)
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    Most of these places are in Vedado Havana.
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    May 13, 2016 2:02 PM GMT
    I've been to Cuba a couple of times - which of course was easier being Canadian
    I heard Starwoods hotels has already made a deal to open up in central Havana
    Soon there will be an influx of money and building so recommend going now before all the big changes
    Varadero Is one of the main places with mainly all inclusive resorts
    Prices have always been good but keep in mind the food is not what they are known for. Look for various options including packages deals out of Montreal or Toronto!
    Happy Travels!
  • Fireworkz

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    May 13, 2016 2:26 PM GMT
    Varadero is like going to Florida. It's fun but not worth going all the way to Cuba for

    Havana is the cultural hub and requires a visit.
    There are a few other cool place which I didn't manage to visit.
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    May 13, 2016 6:06 PM GMT
    I'll save my money until the Castro brothers and their dictatorship are no longer running things - and Cubans' lives into the ground.
  • charlitos666

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    May 14, 2016 4:39 AM GMT
    MGINSD saidI'll save my money until the Castro brothers and their dictatorship are no longer running things - and Cubans' lives into the ground.


    I don't think u got that much time.
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    May 14, 2016 6:36 PM GMT
    No no no that ain't the way to criticize.
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    May 14, 2016 10:52 PM GMT
    I'm thinking of taking a trip in July, just before things begin to get too open and commercialised. I have both UK and Trinidad and Tobago passports, so going won't be an issue for me.

    Cheers,

    Sean
  • Eli_jah

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    May 16, 2016 6:53 AM GMT
    Here's the HuffPo article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gobankingrates/can-americans-travel-to-c_b_9525858.html

    Chartered flights were $717 round trip but they are cheaper leaving Montreal or Toronto. There are also cheap ways to get around and lodge in Cuba. Read this blog: http://floratheexplorer.com/cheap-budget-travel-in-cuba-guide/.

    In short, an entire week-long trip to and from Cuba can be done for about $1,000 USD which is pretty impressive. As a poster above mentioned, it's best to get there before it gets heavily commercialized and a trip there and back is two or three times that.

    Hope I can get my new Canadian passport before the summer is over. Sigh.
  • Allen

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    May 16, 2016 7:11 AM GMT
    MGINSD saidI'll save my money until the Castro brothers and their dictatorship are no longer running things - and Cubans' lives into the ground.



    Tourists' dollars would go a long way in helping the Cuban people's lives right now. But I don't expect an ideologue such as yourself to understand or appreciate that.
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    May 16, 2016 6:34 PM GMT
    Allen said
    MGINSD saidI'll save my money until the Castro brothers and their dictatorship are no longer running things - and Cubans' lives into the ground.


    Tourists' dollars would go a long way in helping the Cuban people's lives right now. But I don't expect an ideologue such as yourself to understand or appreciate that.

    You're right. My understanding reflects the reality that those bucks will benefit the Castros and their henchmen more than they will "the Cuban people." Either way, my bucks stop here, and stay out of the hands of dictators.
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    May 16, 2016 6:37 PM GMT
    charlitos666 said
    MGINSD saidI'll save my money until the Castro brothers and their dictatorship are no longer running things - and Cubans' lives into the ground.


    I don't think u got that much time.

    Ooooh! A little ageism thrown in to make your point? You should live so long, muchacho.
  • charlitos666

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    May 17, 2016 4:40 AM GMT
    MGINSD said
    charlitos666 said
    MGINSD saidI'll save my money until the Castro brothers and their dictatorship are no longer running things - and Cubans' lives into the ground.


    I don't think u got that much time.

    Ooooh! A little ageism thrown in to make your point? You should live so long, muchacho.


    I'd be glad to die tomorrow and know that in a much shorter life span I managed to be less ignorant than some who outlived me.