CUBA- to go or not to go?

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1. Posted by alextravel (Full Member 75 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
I am travelling to CA & SA and am thinking about a short detour from Cancun or Mexico City (which ever is easiest) to Havana and am wondering what is the cheapest way of getting there? Are there boats you can take from Cancun to Havana cause I know it isnt very far, or is it best just to fly? if so anyone know any cheap airlines?

Do you think travelling for two weeks in Cuba alone is
1. Dangerous
2. Enough time

any info on Cuba would be great, and anyone thinking of visiting there around Nov/Dec 2005 that would be even better!!!



2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I don't think Cuba is dangerous at all. And two weeks should be good. I wish I was allowed to go :( .

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

never been there - but Cuba is poorer and less entertaining then Carribean islands.

my friend went there (package tour that was) and was virtually stranded in the hotel compound as begging kids all over the town were spoiling her holiday enjoyment.

I believe there are some restrictions where you can go for a sightseeing.

4. Posted by Maktub (Budding Member 49 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Massage Uk...No offence butif youve never been there, how can u say it is less entertaining than carribean islands?
And if your friend wanted a holiday free from the reality of starving children, then maybe Brighton would have been a better option!
Had i listened to others criticism when in Asia I would never have gone to Vietnam. Most beautiful country ive visited.
I hear Cuba is great Alex!

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I know two or three people that have been to cuba and absolutely loved it! But I have heard that the package holidays really confine a cuba trip (ie. you can't leave the place very easily etc.) so if at all possible, try and do without!!

6. Posted by thowra (Full Member 74 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I do agree that unless you have been to Cuba you should not be personally resommending or discrecommending the place.

A friend of mine went there recently and came back absolutely bowled over. She adored the place and her only wish is to return there as possible. She was also on a package holiday and said that it did get a little restrictive at times, but that she would go again any day!

7. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I actually enjoyed Cuba much more than the other destinations I have been to the Carribean (Dominican Republic and Yucatan, Mexico).

The easiest way to get there would be to fly. There are flights from both Mexico City and Cancun. Not sure about boats.

You do need to have a place arranged to stay in Cuba prior to going. You can book a place from travellerspoint above. Maybe just do a night or two in Havana, and you can find other places along the way.

As for package tours, they can be less expensive than getting airfare and hotels separately. In fact, it is sometimes cheap enough that you can take the package tour, spend a night or two hanging at the beach, and then spend the rest of the time off the resort in other areas of Cuba.


8. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

i have been there last august for 2 weeks, flying over from panama.
well, it is a very very interesting country. But u need a lot of money, compared to the costs in central america. prizes for extranjeros are like in europe- i recommend the cheap pizza, u can live at least 2 weeks from it ;)
in the casas particulares, u pay 20 dollars for 2 beds, but if u are alone and cant share....
it might be a hassle, and could be risky, but i slept illegally in non officail casas and it is chaeper, since they dont pay taes (50%!!!)
it seems safe, just the man are like they are there, u know, whistling without an end...
travel is also expensive...
and if u are alone, in the casas it isnt like in hostels, it is hareder to get in contact with other travellers ( to find compagnions) but cubans are really talkative ...
i d have needed more time, ddnt go to the south, ,,,,
so , i hope i have helped u
all the best steph

9. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

aja...definitly no boats to go there ;)
i really tried....
from SJO 250 dollars incl taxes

just write an adress of some middle class hotel at the immigration form, then u wont get in troubles at the border

10. Posted by DirkvdM (Budding Member 14 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

1) Safety is no problem at all in Cuba. If there is any reason not to go to Cuba, this is not it. In the Netherlands there is an official list of countries with a 'travel recommendation' and Cuba is not even on that list, meaning there is no danger at all. And Cubans themselves may bitch about all sorts of things about the government (ie taxes), but they all agree that free education, free healthcare and safety in the streets are the big bonuses of living in Cuba. If you play by the rules, that is. And robbing tourists is a big no no that can have serious repercussions for a Cuban. Like it or not, but it does mean that you'll be very safe. You may still get ripped off, though, but where is a tourist not at risk of that?
2)If two weeks is enough depends. If you stay in Havana it should be. But if you want to travel around you shouldn't go to far and visit only one or two other destinations (if you don't want to rush it). Transport for tourists is fairly reliable (and more expensive) but not too frequent. Between major destinations there's at least one bus per day.
The remark about begging kids is a load of bull. The lack of beggars is striking for such a poor country.