we are flying into Havana Feb 18th. I have been told by one person not to check luggage as it can take 1-2 hours to get. My other friend went to cuba this summer and said it was really fast to get their luggage. Does anybody have feedback? Does it matter which airline? We were really hoping to bring an extra suite case to check full of school supplies to donate.
I have 2 nights booked in Havana. Is that enough time. How do I hire a private guide? I then wanted to go to Vinales for 2 nights. I haven't booked anything yet. Then go to Trinidad for 2 nights. Does this sound reasonable? I have heard about bringing small toiletries with me to give to my host, etc. Is this true? or would they be offended. This is my first trip to Cuba. I am so excited. listening to Cuban music as I type. I do not speak Spanish. Will this be a problem? Is there an app for translation? So many questions. I would appreciate any advice. Thank-You
has anybody taken a cab from varadero airport to havana ? are there plenty at the airport ? and what am i looking at paying ?
What can we do in Varadero with teens?
When travelling to Cuba from western Europe where is the best place to exchange currency?
Anyone traveled in Camaguey? Recommendations for places to stay? Any school contacts to visit? Nearby places to visit? Will be there in February.
I will be in Havana on 30th Dec - 2nd Jan. and have been looking for a casa particular but cannot find an available one. I checked airbnb, sent reservation request on several booking websites and even contacted with several hosts on tripadvisor. Tired of getting 'not available' messages. Do you know any other option to find a casa in Havana? Is there anyone who knows people in Havana for me to contact. I will appreciate any help cause I am so desperate right now.
I bought my flight from AeroMexico. Traveling on February 6-12. Has anyone traveled with them and how was the experience? Is travel insurance recommended?
Hotels are booked. Are there any other places to stay?
Do we have any locals there to help this?
We would like to stay the famous National Hotel de Cuba for a couple of nights in the Beginning of February, however the quotes was 936.00 CUC! ((964.08 EUR)! Personal friends who had spent nights there saying it shouldn't be that expensive, they paid around $100-$150 USD/per night.
There are saying that if one shows up there in person to the hotel's counter directly, one maybe can get a better rate.
Can someone verify this for us? Really appreciate this!
U. S. Citizenship, I am planning to go to Cuba, flying out of JFK for a 10-day trip touring in Cuba.
What is the public traveling methods do we have options for?
We are spending 6 nights in Havana and would like to spend 2 nights at another location. Does anyone have any good suggestions? We prefer and area that has a busier night life.
I will be travelling to Cuba for 9 days with 5 other girls the 3rd week in February. I would love to get some feedback/suggestions about our trip. We are planning on maybe renting a place through Air BnB since there are 6 of us but am not sure what area of Havana? We love the nightlife, street dancing, jazz clubs, good food. We also want to stay one other area for 2-3 nights but am not sure what city?
Will be traveling to Varadero and staying in a resort there for 8 days. Now I want to include trip to Havana with overnight stay. How easy and convenient is the trip to Havana, and do I use bus or train?
Any info apriciated. Leaving day after tomorrow
Hi, what days of the week is the flea market open in Havana? Going to Cuba (Varadero) this December & planning a day trip to Havana but trying to work out the best day to go. Thanks in advance.
Will be staying near at Casa Particulares in Playa Larga next to Zapata Pen. & in Trinidad near Topes.
Was wondering if anyone can recommend great POI's that u particularly enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) in those two areas and preferable access / tour methods.
I am a backpacker type but don't desire to back back in those areas.
Day horseback ride, hiking, jeep or boat tour etc is what I had in mind.
Anyone have some particular fav recommendations or advice in these two areas?
Hello VT! I'm visiting Havana for 3 days next month and am looking to stay in old town Havana. My budget is not to exceed $40 / night and should be a good central location easily accessible to all there is to see in the city. Any recommendations on where to stay would be greatly appreciated! I'm traveling solo and am open to home stays as well. Thank you!
Will be in Cuba 16 day starting Nov 1.
Have you been able to use ATMs? What about credit cards? Debit Cards?
Hi, I would like to know which one is considered the best Cayo? Which one would you recommend?
Thanks in advance :)
Hi all im looking for contact info for Villa Vittorio outskirts of Havana.
Thanks in advance.
I am having a two week break earlier next year, around the end of January, and I have been thinking of visiting Cuba. I am interested in travelling around, getting to know Havana but also other cities. Sticking only to a beach resort is not really on my plans, even though I do like beaches very much and I want to include at least one of the Cayos.
I've been doing some research butt I would like your opinion, is it a good time of the year considering the weather, reasonable prices (hotels, food, transport). Would any particular reason, for example a festivity or something else, be worth it to change and go at another time??
Thanks in advance! :)
I am hoping to take a short tour of around 3 days from Havana to Vinales and Pinar del Rio. I hope to make the arrangements with a Cuban company, either when I get to Havana or preferably before I arrive. I am looking for a tour which includes the transport, the hotel or hotels and entry into the main attractions such as cigar factories and rum distilleries or whatever there is to see.
I was wondering if someone could help me with a few important questions:
1) are there travel agencies, etc, in Havana which can offer these trips? If so, can anyone give me some names or contact details of recommended companies?
2) is it possible to arrange something like this at short notice, or do the agencies normally require several weeks notice?
3) is anything like this also available going in the opposite direction to Trinidad and Santa Clara?
Any help you can give me will be much appreciated.
For 3-4 days stay in Santiago (January 2017), what do you recommend to see and to do?
What can we visit outside Santiago? Some national parcs, nice beaches, etc.
All info will be highly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your kind replies.
Do Indian citizens with an Indian passport currently in the USA on a tourist visa need a visa to visit Cuba for tourism purposes? If yes, what are the requirements, how do you go about it and how long does it take? Thank you very much!
I'm departing for Cuba in a few weeks and I've been reading up on ways to access money and despite reading quite a few posts on various websites and forums I'm still having trouble getting a clear understanding of what I should do. Since I'm going for 10 days I don't really want to take enough cash to cover me as that would mean carrying >$1000 on me. So I have an Australian debit Mastercard from Bankwest which I understand might not work in ATMs but might work if I go inside a bank to withdraw cash. Obviously that would be a better option but I don't want to rely on it if it's not true. Has anyone had any recent experience about this issue?
How can I book some domestic flights in Cuba? I need some info about booking air tickets online, if it is possible.
I want to fly from Cienfuegos to Santiago de Cuba (or from Havana to Santiago), after from Santiago to Cayo Coco and from Cayo Coco to Havana.
How are the planes and the flight conditions? What are the estimated prices?
Any other info will be highly appreciated!
Thank you in advance for any kind reply! Gabriel
Last year I went and reserved my first Casa from abroad. From that point on, each Casa just hooked me up with the next as I traveled for two weeks. It was great and very flexible.
Is this still possible or will I have to pre-book all my casas in advance from abroad in order to be sure I'll have a place to sleep?
Dear VT's members,
I want to ask you how to celebrate New Year Eve 2017 in Havana. Some recommendations or advices?
Thank you in advance for your kind replies!
Dear VT’s friends & members,
I need your help to organize a trip in Cuba for 2 weeks, in January 2017.
We’re a group that want to travel around Cuba and to see the most spectacular things: old cities, historical monuments, local customs, restaurants, beaches, culture.
So we need some recommendations about what to see and don’t miss, how to travel around, which places are good for staying more than 1-2 days, where to have accommodation (hotels or local house rent), etc.
1. Is it possible and safe to rent a car and drive in Cuba?
2. Are the roads in good conditions?
3. It is better to take local transport buses between cities or to ask to the local tourist companies?
4. What places do you recommend to don’t miss?
5. Famous locations and monuments in Havana?
Any other info will be highly appreciated!
Thank you in advance for your kind answers.
Best Regards! Gabriel