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11. Posted by ushi (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y

Hey there! I took a flight from Cancun to Havana(and back to Cancun) for something like 250US$ and I booked the ticket like 2 days before the flight in one of many tourist offices in downtown Cancun. It was with airway named Cubana. Cuba is really nice and so different than anything else. Havana is beautiful, in my opinion.. Hope this helps a little..

12. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 11y

DO IT!!!
El Jefe ain't gonna last much longer and when he snuffs it, democracy is gonna break loose with a vengeance if the young guys we spoke to in Havana have their way or say.
My wife and I spent about 18 days in Cuba in April this year. Interesting country to visit if only to experience the last so-called fraternal, peace-loving, progressive socialist country in the Western Hemisphere.
Certainly nowhere as cheap as most South American countries we visited on the trip (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru), but my experiences of communist dictatorships since Yugoslavia in 1975, and Russia in 1984 in particular, has always shown me that the hypocrites love the Yankee dollar more than Marxist dalek materialism.
Certainly a lovely country with very friendly people. We did Havana, Santa Clara (Che memorial and mausoleum), Trinidad, Play Ancon, Vinales in the west of Cuba and and Cayo Leviso (day trip from Vinales), and we weren't rushed in our Cuba journey.
No boats from Cancun to Havana as far as I know.
We flew AeroMexicana from Havana to Cancun, and I was over the moon to get to civilisation and chow down on tacos, tortillas, enchiladas and burritos after the very average Cuba cuisine.
Greasy chicken, rice and black beans doth not a culinary delight make.
Safety is not a concern in Cuba, even in Havana. Probably the safest capital city I have been in since Tokyo in 1983.
No beggars hassled us anywhere in Cuba, so that is a a nonsense.
As for the package holiday scene, it is mostly aimed at the Europeans because we booked into two 'Package' hotels on Playa Ancon on the south coast of Cuba.
The first hotel on Playa Ancon cost us (for both) $100 USD per night which included room, all meals (very average food but lots of it), and all drinks (beer, wine and spirits included).
The older hotel up the beach which we then moved to cost only $50 USD for the same deal.
Totally ireelevant because there is nowhere to really go from Playa Ancon but the local town of Trinidad which is actually a lovely place, so the so-called restrictions on package hotel guests sounds a bit of a propaganda ploy.
Most package holiday makers just want to see the major sites in Havana then get to their beach hotel wherever it is to veg, indulge their appetite for booze (food is pretty crap)and lie on a nice beach to get skin carcinomas.
That's all the French (majority in Playa Ancon hotels)did, so I wouldn't imagine the main beach resort area east of Havana is any different.

Anthony

13. Posted by Elenwen (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

Hi there

I just hope you go to Cuba. I've been there myself, for 3 weeks this summer. Before I went, I was a bit worried that it would be tyoo long, that i would get homesick etc. But the three weeks passed like a second, I didn't think of home at all, and now all I can do is to long to be back there. To me, Cuba is a fever, a dream, a different world, a different time. To me, Cuba is heat, coconuttrees, turqoise water, salsa music, rum, sigars, dance, lack of sleep (you don't want to sleep cause you don't want to miss a thing), endless queues, Che Guevara and paintings on the walls, and so much more than that. Not the least, Cuba is Cubans. The Cubans I met were the most fun, talkative, charming, openminded people with the biggest hearts I ever knew. So, you won't be lonely, even if you stay out of the tourist track!
Safety is, as already said, NOT a big problem in Cuba, not even for lone women, I'd say (Men try to charm you into it in stead of forcing you, that's my experience). I went walking in the backstreets of havanna late at night and never felt threatened (and I'm a 18 year old girl!!)

All I can say is that personally, I'd never be without the memory of this green island, and I hope to go "home" as fast as my wallet can afford it!

14. Posted by Jorgeguide (Budding Member 17 posts) 11y

The only way to come to cuba through cancun is flying. You will have 2 possibilities: Using Mexicana Airline (AeroCaribe subsidiary) or Cubana Airline. Cubana is cheaper (around $300,00 usd round trip Cun-Hav-Cun). @ weeks traveling here will be enough to get a general idea of the country. I would say that probably Cuba is among the 10 safest destinations in the whole World at present (if not among the top 5). FYI, December is considered High Season after Dec 20th all prices go up so if having a choice, if I were you I would pick November. It will be my pleasure to help..I was born, raised, educate and have lived happily in this island all my life...

15. Posted by numero1 (Respected Member 295 posts) 11y

Definitely go to Cuba!!!

I have just come back from Cuba. It is very safe and the people there are very open and welcoming to the tourists.

But 1 word of warning - make sure you have lots of Euros or Canadian dollars to exchange (don't take US dollars). It is one of the most expensive countries or Earth for the tourist as there is a separate currency for the tourist which is almost equal to 1 Euro. Don't rely on Cajero automaticos (Automatic teller machines) over there too much as they are more often than not closed when you need them most.

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