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As far as my understanding goes, you can visit Cuba, but you cannot spend money there. The USA has an embargo on Cuba. Wikipedia has a pretty solid article on it. You need a license to actually participate in commerce... but since that includes buying food you in essence cannot go to Cuba. Licenses are released however. I have a Cuban uncle who goes back ...


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I believe you are mixing two pieces of advice. The best currencies are Euros, Canadian Dollars... This is because of the trade embargo against Cuba from the USA. This means US dollars are very expensive to exchange in Cuba, so other currencies should be used. Euros are often said to get the best exchange rate. This is not saying that vendors, hotels or ...


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As far as I know, visiting Cuba without a permission from U.S. Department of the Treasury is illegal. Title 31--Money and Finance: Treasury CHAPTER V--OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL, DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY PART 515--CUBAN ASSETS CONTROL REGULATIONS (I wonder if posting this information here is also illegal...) Even if you do have permission, some ...


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Cuba uses type A and B 110V, 60Hz power. So you can expect to see the following two types: This is the same as the United States. UK plugs will not work without a method of converting.


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I have a friend of a friend who used a prepaid AMIGO TRAVEL CLUB card in Cuba. They are a bank in Antigua and he was able to open an account online as an American citizen. I think this also involved e-mailing them a copy of his passport and driver's license. Once the account is open, you can charge the account by wire transfer from your bank and then ...


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In short, the weather is great, especially towards the end of that period. The hurricane season is over (it lasts until mid November or so), and it's not extremely hot & humid like it can be in the summer. In Havana, average max temperatures are between 26 and 28 °C (79-82 °F), while average min temperatures are 19-20 °C (66-68 °F). See e.g. this chart ...


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I don't know about the services these agencies provide, but visiting from Mexico is fairly straightforward. All you need is a plane ticket. WikiTravel Americans in Cuba article provides more details and some of the risks involved.


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There's an interesting read on what to expect at VeganCuba.com It's more towards Vegans than just vegetarians, so some of it may be relevant to you. The Havana Times newspaper has published a great piece a couple of years ago entitled "A Vegetarian in Cuba" (I'm hearing that to the tune of Sting's "Englishman in New York"). It's written by a local, and ...


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This one is tricky... From what I have heard from latino-american friends, criminality rate in the rest of Latino-America is in general higher than in Cuba, probably because firearms are strictly and effectively forbiden by the government. HOWEVER! I would not recommend a foreigner to drive a car in Cuba. If you run into an accident and someone gets hurt, ...


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Be aware that for the most part, you can't go from the US to Cuba, unless specifically authorized by the government. Most people go to Canada or Mexico and fly from there. From Wikitravel: Jose Martí International Airport outside Havana is the main gateway and is served by major airlines from points in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. There are also ...


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(Source: Wikitravel) A tourist visa card (visa de tarjeta del turista) is necessary for travellers from most nations. This visa, which is really little more than a piece of paper on which you list your vital statistics, costs between 15-25 CUC (or 15-25 Euro), depending on where purchased. It can be purchased at the Airport in Cuba on arrival, however it ...


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You should apply to the embassy or the consulate in Rotterdam. Here is the official information. You may get a visa (tourist card) also through your travel agency, even if you do not plan your trip via the agency.


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You don't need much to visit Cuba, most Americans get in via Mexico or another country in Central America and then just get the next plane. Border control in Cuba will not stamp your passport, so there is no evidence that you have ever been there. Instead you have to fill out a Tourist Card, which allows you to stay in the country for 90 Days. Keep in mind ...


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These are entirely different classes of travel. Portugal+Spain is an easy trip within the usual Western world, close to home and without any significant apparent dangers other than the usual pickpockets and the expensive Euro zone. You can easily get home if needed (regular flights from Madrid and Barcelona directly to TLV, connections through all around ...


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As an American citizen you are required to the follow the laws of the USA despite any other nationality that you may have. Most laws don't apply to citizens residing abroad, but some do. Perhaps the most significant is paying taxes on world-wide income, but also includes participating in the selective service (military draft), reporting foreign bank account ...


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The Cuba Information Manual ("The Definitive Guide to Legal and Illegal Travel to Cuba") says: The embargo laws do not forbid U.S. citizens from traveling to Cuba. They do, however, forbid U.S. citizens from spending money there without the proper permits, which essentially amounts to the same thing—unless you plan on begging your way around the ...


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I guess it depends where you are from. For Cubans, February is considered the coldest month of the year, and you will not see many Cubans in a beach during this period. However if you are coming from a country with a "real winter", it will probably be a paradise for you. If you plan visiting a beach in the north shore near Havana City, or doing some scuba ...


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Sounds like what you have is a "Tourist Card". There is no need to stick this into your passport - just keep it with your passport when entering Cuba and during your stay. When entering Cuba they will normally not stamp your passport itself (although they will if you ask), but will instead stamp the tourist card. When exiting the country they will collect ...


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As an American citizen, you are bound by the laws and embargos of the U.S. no matter which passport you present. So, you would technically be breaking the law by visiting Cuba and spending money. As per the Treasury Cuba Sanctions Unless authorized by a general or specific license, any person subject to U.S. jurisdiction who engages in any Cuba ...


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US citizens are not permitted to travel to Cuba without special permission from the Department of Treasury. This also includes "payment for air travel to Cuba". Source: U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Part 515 Cuban Assets Control Whether you get caught or not is another matter (they won't stamp your passport), but personally ...


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I have also been in Cuba more than 5 years ago and I have never carried my passport. My passport was always in the hotel safe and I carried a copy of the first few pages. Maybe you should ask what's best to do from the customs agent at the Cuban airport.


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I don't know what the law is, but when I was on Cuba, I always left my passport in the hotel safe and carried a copy. I spent some hours in a police station in Havana but I don't think anybody ever wanted to see my passport. Many Europeans also have an identity card, I often carry that with me as a form of authentication. It doesn't help you to get into the ...


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You could use Cubana de Aviación to go from Havana (Cuba) to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), then take a land transport to Punta Cana. Additionally, you could also visit Jamaica. Starting from December 25 2011, Air Jamaica will resume flights to Santiago de Cuba.


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I visited Cuba in July 2011 together with a friend. We traveled from Havana to Santa Clara and down to Trinidad and back. And by personal experience can tell you this: As Jonik wrote as well, there are very high penalties in crimes related to tourists. In fact there are laws which forbid Cuban citizens to hang out with tourists. Meaning walking around on ...


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Nationmaster has a collection of crime statistics for Cuba, and how it ranks with the rest of the world. Wikipedia has a page about corruption in Cuba and the effects. Cuba Junky has a discussion about crime, scams and what to watch out for there. I personally love the picture they chose to use at the top of the page!


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There's one way you may not have considered - although it's quite adventurous. Websites like Find A Crew advertise boats going from A to B all around the world. They're usually looking for crew. Some will want experienced crew, while others just want someone to share the journey, and price of fuel and food with, as long as you're happy to help out and ...


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Since you mention that you are open to getting to Cuba not necessarily directly from Europe but through a intermediate destination, my recommendation would be to consider one of two Canadian travel hubs: Montreal and Toronto. I recommend these because destinations in and around where Cuba are the main tourist places for Canadians for a big chunk of the ...


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There is only one definite confirmation and that is the flight. If you are on it, then it exists. Now, you might want to know if it will probably occur in advance and for that, the second best option is the airline itself. You checked Cubana's site which is a good step. To do better, call them and ask about that flight when whether it runs a the particular ...


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As usual, 'best' is not a good question? Does that mean 'cheapest', 'fastest' or 'best scenery'? It seems there is only one direct flight from Havana to San Jose, this is with TACA Airlines, a one way fare can be found for $350 US. Alternatively you can fly to Cancun (Mexico), Managua (Nicaragua) or Panama City and then take a bus.



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