Hey, ok, I have been searching the net looking for information on traveling to cuba. Obviously, I cant get there from the states so I was thinking of going through cancun.
Anyway, done this? Any pointers?
I am trying to book stuff in advance but am limited by what Cuba has and by what I can get done online.
So, to anyone who has gone, who did you use to set this up? I imagine just jumping on a plane isnt quite good enough.
I would appreciate any pointers. THANK YOU.
In Montréal, Toronto, Nassau, Kingston, Cancun or Mexico City I hear you go to a Travel Agent authorized to book flights to Cuba and obtain you your visa (Which is a paper, not stamped in your passport)from Cuban Consulate, then you book your RT flight, go and stay in one of the authorized private rooms rented by Cubans to tourists, avoid the tourist hotels. Don't bring USD as you will pay a 10% surcharge to change over to Cuban Currency, bring $CAN, Euros or Pound Sterling. Internet Cafes are rare in Cuba, at Tourist hotels mainly and expensive. Away from the Tourist Areas things are much cheaper. Tourism is big business in Cuba.
The thing is that when you book your trip to Cuba from these travel agents, they do not cover the license legalities necessary for Americans. They will tell Americans immediately that while they can book a trip to Cuba, they do not have the necessary OFAC license to cover Americans traveling to Cuba. So, in effect, an American will still be traveling to Cuba illegally thru these travel agents. If you plan to travel to Cuba illegally, it really doesn't matter where you get there from (Cancun, Nassau, etc.) and it doesn't matter that Cuban customs officials do not stamp American passports because the way Americans get caught is that U.S. customs officials are now (as of the Bush administration's twisting of the embargo vise) diligently on the lookout for entrance stamps without exit stamps.
Right. Yo go, you're on your own, if you have US Travel Insurance you are not covered. If you go alone, advise that you have a command of Spanish.