What kind of hoops would I have to jump thru to go

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas, Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:01 (38 days ago)

Havana? I am on U.S. passport; my companera is Mexican national. Just wondering if it would be worth it. I have a bunch of American Airline FF miles to use, maybe?

Route from MEX to Havana with local airline to MEX.

Anybody know when new MEX opens?

Lovely weather in La Barra. Enramadas busy yesterday with groups that are going to Regatta today (in San Jerominto?)

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What kind of hoops would I have to jump thru to go

by Talley Ho @, Playa la Ropa/Silver Strand Beach, California, Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:33 (38 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

We've been told that it's easy from Mexico, just ask that your passport not be stamped in Cuba.

There was an article today in the Los Angeles Times travel section about how the hurricanes have affected tourists in some areas.

Other than that, haven't been there, but I'm sure many have and will share their knowledge.

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by Curbarn, summer b.c. winter zihua, Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12:58 (38 days ago) @ Talley Ho

Canadians are regular travelers to Cuba. https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/cuba. Canadian government travel advisories.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Sunday, October 15, 2017, 16:19 (38 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

I had friends who went there, before we got friendlier, and the Cubans gave them visas on separate pieces of paper, to avoid stamping passports. Not sure about the latest Trumpitis, but I was under the impression that they haven't forbidden Americans to travel there.

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by Charlybby, Sunday, October 15, 2017, 16:41 (38 days ago) @ frostbite

We have been many times (we're Canadian), but Cuba has never had a problem with Americans coming in. I spoke to many & most flew thru mexico city. Some in the east, thru Toronto or Montreal or Vancouver BC in the west. Go sooner than later!

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, October 15, 2017, 21:01 (38 days ago) @ frostbite

For any timorous gringos not wanting a heathen official Cuban stamp in their passport just slip a blank piece of paper into your passport and try not to act like a jerk in front of the official and they’ll stamp the blank piece of paper. Pan comido. Have some mojitos, dance and enjoy Cuba!

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by victorio, Monday, October 16, 2017, 00:16 (37 days ago) @ ZihuaRob
edited by victorio, Monday, October 16, 2017, 00:22

Hola
I am Canadian and have been to Cuba 8 times. Been all over the island. La Habana is incredible. Varadero is great too. Don't get caught up in the glamour and history of Havana. Lots more places to visit and see the real Cuba. The south, Santiago de Cuba is a great place to visit. The Buena Vista Social Club came from there.
No problem with USA citizens visiting.

What kind of hoops would I have to jump thru to go

by debio @, Sunday, October 15, 2017, 23:20 (37 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

We went there two years ago ..flew Zihua to Mexico City then onto Havana. We gave ourselves a layover there both ways. we flew mexican airlines..I believe Interjet..we had friends that flew a cuban airline back and missed their flight becuz it was so delayed and they stuck buying another ticket to get back to Zihua...We figured it best to give ourselves the extra day or two to sight see in Mexico City anyway. We LOVED Cuba..especially the music..well..we loved everything! Except waiting in line to exchange money.

What kind of hoops would I have to jump thru to go

by debio @, Sunday, October 15, 2017, 23:22 (37 days ago) @ debio

Oops I meant to add..we are from USA..no problem at all...they did not stamp our passport (we didnt say anything to them to stamp or not)

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by ourdub, Monday, October 16, 2017, 13:50 (37 days ago) @ debio

We jumped through none. In May of this year my wife and I were in Cuba for 3 weeks. Both Americans, we from Mexico City. No problem at all with visa. They are issued on a separate piece of paper upon arrival in Havana. Cubans are outgoing, generous and very willing to talk about most anything. Since all are educated, if you speak Spanish you will find a very high level of communication. If you don't, no problem everyone we met was happy to engage and share their culture. What has changed so far under our American Fuhrer I have no idea, but the sooner you visit this beautiful island the better. Awesome music and dancing most everywhere...........

And the food??

by Gringo Viejo @, Kansas, Monday, October 16, 2017, 14:12 (37 days ago) @ ourdub

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And the food??

by Mexalberta @, Monday, October 16, 2017, 15:51 (37 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Hated it.

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You won't go hungry

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, October 16, 2017, 18:05 (37 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

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Huge lobster... but no butter. Stick to fruits and veggies, beans and rice. Don't eat fish without asking first if it's fresh from the sea, because as a person who's lived by the sea most of my life, I was struck by the lack of fishing fleets or really any fishing boats at all along the parts of the coastline I travelled. Kick-ass coffee!

We enjoyed an exceptional culinary experience at La Guarida in La Habana.
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And the food??

by ourdub, Monday, October 16, 2017, 19:17 (37 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Depends on how good you are at research.. A great deal of the produce and meats goes to the hotels and tourist restaurants n Havana which, in my opinion should be avoided entirely with the exception of coffee or a drink where there's music. If you want some good clues check out a website called Cuba Junky. It lists many "cases particulars" (private homes who rent rooms or entire apartments) as well as restaurants. There are also many government run restaurants which are VERY inexpensive and also good. There are paladares (privately owned restaurants) where the service is poor and state-run places where the service is good. Check out Trip Advisor. Our favorite in Havana for good food was Restaurant Biky - brand new in Havana Centro. If you can't find some good food in Cuba you're not looking hard enough.

What kind of hoops would I have to jump thru to go

by Laconicdan, Monday, October 23, 2017, 13:49 (30 days ago) @ Gringo Viejo

Several years ago my wife and I went from Cancun to Havana without seeking
approval from any US authorities, It was an incredibly interesting trip and I recommend it. I would note that it is not a Cuban stamp on your passport you have to worry about. Rather, when you leave Mexico it gets a stamp and when you return from Cuba it gets a stamp. Thus it shows you have left Mexico and returned without evidence of where you were. When you go back to the US a careful agent would note this and ask. You cannot lie to US officials. Thus if asked you need to fess up. While our agent was preoccupied and did not notice the situation don't count on that. I understand that while there are potential penalties for entering Cuba without US permission they are rarely invoked.
On the money exchange do yourself a favor and convert your US dollars into Canadian money. There was a 10% surcharge for US dollars on top of the ridiculous exchange rate to get the tourist currency which is all you can use in Cuba. Tourists may not use local currency. Also aside from the airport there were only two places I could find to exchange money. One big bank and the basement of the Hotel National. Good luck.

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by frostbite ⌂ @, Hamilton MT, Monday, October 23, 2017, 15:03 (30 days ago) @ Laconicdan

It certainly makes sense to be careful, but in all my years of traveling, I've never seen anyone inspect the stamps in my passport. Typically, the folks that do the stamping, flip the passport open to any page, bang and slide it back to you and yell: "NEXT".

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