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A little bit of history: (from the top of my head, there is very little to find about this on the web I think, even in Spanish): At some point during the Cuban Revolution and before I was born, being in possesion of any foreing currencies in Cuba became illegal (unless you had a special permit from the government). Many Cubans spent time in jail for this ...


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You've got it more or less backwards. The restrictions are essentially aimed at controlling the rate at which hard currency (i.e. USD / EUR) leaves the country, so goods which are imported are only available with CUC. Therefore there is high demand among Cubans for CUC. As a rule of thumb, if you manage to get sufficiently off the beaten track that people ...


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Like any medical specialists, in any country, advance booking is likely a necessity. You could walk in but if they're busy or on leave, you wouldn't be able to see anyone. So I'd recommend contacting a few in advance. This is relatively easy to do online: The Frank Pais Orthopedic Hospital in Havana (I saw this when I went through the city in July) has ...


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I ask myself after travelling to Cuba. All places I visited were free of charge, including Varadero and other major spots like Guardalavaca. Before I visit Cuba I read that you have to pay for access to the beaches, but this information is outdated or false: you don't have to pay for access anywhere. Interesting snorkeling sites I visited include: Coral ...


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I stayed in Cuba last summer. Accidentally, I found a reliable, safe and at the same time cheap casas particulares network. I wrote about it in my Spanish blog (sorry for the SPAM, but I thing it could be interesting to read it in Spanish or using a translator). To sum up: The 'head' of the network is in the Hamel Hostel (La Habana). It will cost 5 USD per ...


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It's highly recommended you bring gear, not only for yourself, but to leave behind for the local Cubans. CubaClimbing.com, PlanetMountain and others all pretty much say the following: To sustain the local climbers, please pack extra climbing gear and leave it all behind. The Cubans need climbing equipment, as it's impossible to get it locally. The ...


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If you look through Delta's SkyMiles partner rules for Aeromexico, they state that flights to/from Havana do not earn miles. http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/skymiles/earn-miles/earn-miles-with-partners/airlines/aeromexico.html No idea why, but likely due to US trade restrictions against Cuba.


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There is a small musical instruments store in Havana, in a place called "El Boulevard de San Rafael", it's a pedestrian street and the store is about 300 meters from Hotel Inglaterra. If you prefer, you could also post an add on the website revolico.com before traveling there (this is similar to kijiji, craigslist etc, very popular in Cuba) saying "busco ...


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Well, yes it sounds weird because it is weird. The 50 CUC on "Kometa" is round trip (see here) that includes a transfer from bus station to Port as far as I can tell but as mentioned on the page: "expect a lousy ride". On the bus that is. The flights are available too. Served by Cubana for $82/pp round trip. So it's up to you what you would like to do. ...


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Not yet a real ferry service, but the first US cruise to Cuba is supposed to sail today. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article74753237.html UPDATE: the cruise sailed and arrived in Havana: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article75096132.html As passengers cheered, Carnival Corp.’s Fathom Adonia ...


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This is an update from March 2016. The ferry company mentioned in the other answer now states: [...] as January 2016, ferry operators are still awaiting final approval and licensing from the Cuban government. Because of this, CubaKat (and other ferry companies) are waiting to begin full operations. and CubaKat’s goal is to offer our ferry service, ...


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Just to provide the answer by @user31253 some flavor since it's a direct quote: From official website of one of the Ferry Companies CubaKat Experience Passenger Ferry Service to Cuba from Florida In early May 2015, the U.S. government, through the Department of Treasury, began issuing licenses to American ferry operators to provide service to Cuba. ...


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(...)talk about a tax of 3 CUC per day(...) Actually it's not a tax, it's a regular service fee. The information you are requesting can be found on the company website (in Spanish): Etecsa - Mobile Phone Services- Contract and Activation The service charge is 3 CUC (+- 3 USD) per day The minimal duration of a contract is 3 days You need to pay all the ...


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As you have apparently found, due to the fact that the trade embargo with Cuba remains, you can't book on any US websites, nor any US based websites. That means not only the obvious "US version of Foo.com", but also "any other country like the UK's version of US-based Foo.com". (Insert many major hotel booking websites here). If you try, you either can't ...


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Since the restrictions from the US embargo to Cuba are being relaxed slowly, AirBnB has recently started to expands its services to Cuba. I think you will not find anything more reliable than that at this moment. I have personally used estanciahabana.com and revolico.com in the past, but I have relatives in Cuba who visit the place and meet the owner in ...


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The hospital Cira García in Havana is specialized in offering medical services to foreigners in Cuba. You can contact them by phone or email. Note that phone calls to Cuba are usually very expensive.


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india to Cuba, Best route ans cheapest will be from Delhi to Moscow and then Moscow to Havana by Aeroflot Airline.


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A visa is not required. Information as of 23MAY16 / 1743 UTC National Iran (IR) /Embarkation Iran (IR) Transit Cuba (CU) /Destination Bahamas (BS) ALSO CHECK DESTINATION INFORMATION BELOW Cuba (CU) TWOV (Transit Without Visa): Visa required, except for Holders of confirmed onward tickets time of 72 hours. - Passengers are ...



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