Do You want to travel to Cuba ? .Can you still travel to Cuba sin problema? Si Si Si !!! last year it was the all the rage , until the rules changed :(. Well I will be going this Year.
My dream of visiting Cuba has not changed , but how do you go about doing it ? No more Canada runs, which was my first idea Shhhhhh !!!! . No more Bahamas runs. Considering we have so little vacation time in the USA , any days lost travelling , is a day not spent on the beach with a Mojito .
Not Knowing what to do , can keep travelers from experiencing a fabulous island and its people . Sure if you have the time and want to do your own thing , by all means go for it.
For me booking a flight out of any USA airport instead of loosing time, is best.
My friends who visited Cuba last year , told me ” You Blew it” “Its too late now“. Not true !! . A few things have changed. It’s just that now the new program is called “‘Support for the Cuban people“.
Going on your own.
- book a ticket non stop on jet blue from JFK or United from Newark. the fare is quite inexpensive , Approx 300 usd. Remember to get health insurance .
- select “support the Cuban people” as the type of travel.
- use Airbnb or a casa particular to reserve a room.
- Eat in private restaurants
- If you need a guide Hire them privately
- Internet is a challenge but it can be bought by the hour in some places . you will be disconnected for the most part , so enjoy the good old days.
Some people prefer to use a tour company, more expensive but also trouble free.
Passports and Visas
A valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity after your return date) is required for entry into Cuba. In addition, you are required to show your passport at all accommodations. A tourist card (visa) is required and might be obtained from the airline with which you have booked your flights. It is important that you keep your tourist card in a safe place, as it will be necessary to show it upon departure from Cuba.
Currency/ one country, two currencies
The most widely used by foreign visitors is the Cuban Convertible Peso. Its currency code is CUC, which earns it the nickname “kook”.
US citizens should also be aware that the USD also attracts an extra 10% charge to exchange to CUC. This means that USD $100 will only get you about 87 CUC. If you are heading to Cuba with USD notes it may be worth changing them to another currency before arrival – perhaps Canadian Dollars, or Euros. You will lose less doing this than paying the hefty extra 10% fee. Bring cash , from what I hear no ATM’s or Credit cards.
I will bring 100 Usd for every day after payment of hotel . Hope it’s enough .Will tell you how i managed the two currency issue.
If you have any questions before I go .Please put them in the comments and I will be sure to do the research for you and they will be answered upon my return.
If you have been to Cuba and would like to share your experience for other readers , or if you have any advice for me, please comment , it is most welcomed.
So keep an Eye on my next blog on Cuba . and my beautiful photographs .