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Google reverse image search locates the original of this picture. It is the Fausto Theatre in Havana. The ants were a temporary exhibit.


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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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No, travel is still not completely free. However, you are now allowed to travel to Cuba and spend money there legally under the following 12 categories: family visits official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations journalistic activity professional research and professional meetings educational ...


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That is the Teatro Fausto, on the corner of Prado and Colon, in Havana Cuba. The "ants" you see in the photo were an artist's exhibit in 2012 for the Havana Biennial. They are no longer on the building.


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Coaches in Cuba - Astro and Viazul There are two main coach companies providing island-wide transport in Cuba: AstroBus and Viazul. Astro caters mostly to Cuban residents and intrepid travellers. Most of the seats are available for purchase only to residents with a valid ID, and just a few are available for foreigners albeit at higher rates. Overall its ...


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It's the Fausto Theater, as identified on this photo blog. For more information on the history of the theatre. Located in the Habana Vieja (old town) district of Havana, on the Prado at the corner of Esquina Colon in the Jaruco neighborhood. The Cine-Teatro Fausto was built in 1938 and designed in an Art Deco style, by architect Saturino ...


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According to the US Department of State, Tourist travel to Cuba is prohibited under U.S. law for U.S. citizens and others under U.S. jurisdiction. Legally traveling to Cuba as a US Citizen requires a reason specified under one of several types of licenses to do so. General & Specific Licenses for Travel: The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s ...


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Strictly speaking travelling to Cuba isn't illegal. The US doesn't have exit controls, so it's citizens are allowed to travel wherever in the world they want. What the US does have is a very strict embargo with Cuba. Effectively this means in order to travel to Cuba a US citizen or resident needs a licence to spend money there. These licences, which ...


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Strictly speaking, US law does not completely forbid travel to Cuba. There are even organized tours. The main restriction impairing free travel to Cuba is the embargo which prohibits US citizens to conduct business or any monetary transactions with Cuban interests. Since this embargo was established by a series of statutes, the president cannot overturn ...


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Wikitravel has a page on Americans in Cuba. Under the 'Buy' section, they go into a lot of detail, but there are a few key points: credit cards will not work. Well, they will .. maybe .. if completely unaffiliated with US companies. US credit cards definitely won't. So don't rely on those or US bank cards. Most travellers carry cash. There is however, a ...


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What's restricted in the US is most forms of trade with Cuba. Travel is therefore de facto forbidden for US citizens and permanent residents as they are not allowed to spend any money in Cuba. However, traveling to Cuba is not forbidden as such and there is a licensing system and even a number of charter flights and US-based organized tours of Cuba. In any ...


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The official place to exchange currencies is CADECA, this entity purchases and sell certain currencies according to Cuban Central Bank Rates. These rates are updated daily. You can find CADECAs in the airport, and in major cities. Exchange rates should be the same country wide. Note that you will be exchanging your GBP for CUC and not for Cuban Peso, ...


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I've only ever done all-inclusive in Cuba, where the best way to exchange money is at the resort - more because it's the only reasonably simple way to do it than because you get the best rates. Cuba likes to keep control of the exchange process. I doubt that exchanging money at the airport is substantially worse than exchanging it at a hotel. Cubans really ...


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This doesn't exist. Per Wikivoyage Internet cafes can be found at ETESCA (the state telephone company) offices, in Hotel Habana Libre, Hotel Inglatera (cheapest but slowest), Hotel Nacional and at the Capitolio. The Wikipedia article on ETECSA: The cost of Internet access is CUC$4.50 per hour (or CUC$0.60 for domestic intranet access and CUC$1.50 ...


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You can fly via Mexico City, a simple momondo search shows that you can buy one way tickets for 385 USD or return tickets for 611 USD on some random dates that I tried, take your time and find the most suitable connections for yourself.


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There are no direct flights from the US to Cuba. However there are direct flights from neighbouring countries. There are frequent flights from major Canadian airports, and from Mexico City and Cancun in Mexico (and probably other Mexican airports), as well as Jamaica and many Central American and Caribbean locations (not, obviously, US territories like ...


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The Airline Might Not Provide the Tourist Card I tried searching the web for information on this topic. Turns out I could not find a one unique truth. According to the Cuba tripadvisor traveler article it seems that selected tour operators provide the Tourist Card as part of their package. However, it would also seem that the release of tourist cards from ...


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The second page you link also has a section on tipping, which talks almost exclusively in terms of CUC. However, since the CUC is really a substitute for the US dollar it certainly used to be acceptable to use 1 USD bills. In fact, US dollar bills appeared to be more common than CUC notes, although I don't recall seeing many US coins. (Note that I ...


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According to Timatic you don't need a visa if you have a confirmed ticket and leave within 72 hours: TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward tickets However, according to a Lonely Planet discussion on the same subject: According to this website you don't need a visa to Cuba when transit is under 72 ...


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Although you would need to secure a visa through the Cuban consulate, you might also wish to check with the US Consulate. US citizens may not go as tourists but may visit, without penalty, for the following reasons: family visits; official government business; journalism; professional research and meetings; educational activities; religious activities; ...


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There still are no direct flights from the USA to Cuba. While diplomatic relations on an upswing, US carriers still don't serve the island. You would have to route yourselves via Mexico, Panama, Grand Caymans, Bahamas, etc. As you are coming via the west coast and she is coming from the east, it would be less flying if she went via a Caribbean nation and ...



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