Solo female seeking travel buddy for Cuba

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1. Posted by Maria Maria (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi .. I would love to experience the culture, history, and beauty of Cuba before it changes.. with some salsa dancing and mojitos along the way :)

I have been on holiday to lots of countries but never on my own. Unfortunately none of my friends are free to travel any time soon. I've just found this site and it looks great...nothing ventured nothing gained lol.
I am fun friendly and easygoing. (though would rather do hotels than hostels). I know I would enjoy myself more if I have other (hopefully new friends ) to share the holiday with. If it helps I am a solicitor ...though I promise you I am not boring!

I am looking for one or more travel buddies....ideally in their thirties or early fourties...preferably female to travel with. Ideally Havana, Trinidad and Varadero...Maybe a tour? Open to suggestions..

The best travel dates for me would be a two week break leaving early to mid May. Otherwise leaving early to mid July. I can see if any other dates work if these don't.

Please message me if you are interested. :)

Ps If anyone has been on any of the tours that are advertised eg 'classic cuba' or 'cuba libre' please let me know what you think and if you would recommend any particular company. In case I can't find anyone to travel with me...is cuba safe for a solo female traveller?

PPs This site looks great but the emoticons are scary!

2. Posted by OmkarJ (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Ya. I am interested but I am in India. In may I am at Goa. But definitely I can help you.

3. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting OmkarJ

But definitely I can help you.

LOL

All the best to you.

Cheers,
Terry

4. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Dear Maria,

Here's my basic Cut & Paste for first time travellers... you might find some of it helpful...

FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT: Buy a Guide Book from Time Out, Rough Guide, Lonely Planet, Moon, etc. Any Cuban guide book holds 1,000 times more info than any thread on an Internet Travel Discussion Forum so it's a crucial investment to start your research so you can come back and ask specific questions.

Further thoughts:

1.) If you're an experienced traveller in developing countries and you've stayed in inexpensive hostels/hotels elsewhere then Cuba will hold no surprises. Travelling independently in Cuba will be easy.

2.) Cuba is no longer an exotic destination. There are loads of excellent guide books like the ones mentioned above and there are several Internet forums/blogs that make it an easy place for specific research.

3.) The whole country is very safe and non-threatening. Crime/scams are minimal compared to most other Latin destinations.

4.) Cuba has a very defined Gringo Trail with decent transport and accommodation options, if you're still nervous it's easy to have a local guide/resolver/ give you a nice comfort zone by setting you up with a semi-arranged itinerary so you're not completely on your own or you can hire a full time guide too.

For casa particulars (Cuban version of a Bed & Breakfast), local guides and other local services and info here's some suggestions:

i.) http://www.jorge-cubaholidays.com/

ii.) http://www.cuba-junky.com/

iii.) http://www.cubaccommodation.com/

iv.) http://www.destinohabana.com/

v.) http://cubacasas.net/

The list goes on and on...

5.) Transport Options:

i.) The main bus company is Viazul, http://www.viazul.com/

ii.) The other major bus service which is hardly mentioned anywhere because they don't have a website is Conectando. I like them even better than Viazul. You can book Conectando buses at the Cubanacan/Transtur desk at any major hotel.

iii.) You can sometimes negotiate very inexpensive taxi rates, generally about 3 - 4 times the cost of bus fare. This will give you a rough idea of full retail taxi prices, private taxis are almost always way cheaper, http://taxivinalescuba.com/

iv.) http://www.umbrellatravel.com/cuba-hotels/transfer/transferOnly.aspx

6.) US credit/debit cards are still useless. US Dollars presently suffer a 10% surcharge that no other currency faces. Whether it makes sense to exchange your US Dollars to another accepted foreign currency (like Canadian and Euro) is only a question you answer, it depends entirely on what exchange rate you can access for the foreign currency.

Here's an explanation to help you decide whether to exchange your USDs into CAN or EUR:

https://www.reddit.com/r/cuba/comments/469nr7/money_exchange_for_americans_visiting_cuba/

7.) Here's the ONLY website that gives accurate exchange rates for Cuba:

http://www.bc.gob.cu/Espanol/tipo_cambio_METROPOLITANO.asp

8.) Excellent website for Cuba in general and Havana in particular: http://www.lahabana.com/content/

It's a really big island (larger than all the other islands in the Caribbean combined) so for a first time visitor a guide book is by FAR your most important (and cheapest/easiest) investment to start your research.

Have fun with your planning and good luck.

Cheers,
Terry

5. Posted by OmkarJ (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Nice information cheers T.

6. Posted by Maria Maria (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Thank you Terry

I really appreciate all your suggestions. Hopefully there may be more interest on here so I'm not planning alone lol...but it definitely feels more do-able now.

Maria

7. Posted by CheersT (Inactive 2578 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Maria Maria

but it definitely feels more do-able now.

Look at this way, Maria... Cuba has a population of barely 11,000,000 people, and they're hosting 4,000,000+ tourists this year alone.

It's not an exotic or difficult destination.

Have fun with your research.

Cheers,
Terry