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Advantageous
11-27-16, 15:11
I just got notice from a local that Cuba announced national mourning of 10 days. No public music allowed. All clubs will be closed for ten days now.Are you FUCKING KIDDING? It's fucking Fidel Castro, not the King of Thailand! My trip spans the entire fucking mourning period; I literally leave the 5th, the day it's lifted. I wonder if it's too late to get JetBlue to change my ticket.

El Grande
11-28-16, 19:39
Are you FUCKING KIDDING? It's fucking Fidel Castro, not the King of Thailand! My trip spans the entire fucking mourning period; I literally leave the 5th, the day it's lifted. I wonder if it's too late to get JetBlue to change my ticket.You might consider it. They even prohibited selling alcohol during these days.

Taboc
11-28-16, 20:36
It's fucking Fidel Castro, not the King of Thailand!Fidel has done as much as any one has done for his country. I will argue he has done more than anyone else. From a casino rat hole and bonded labor plantations, the country today is safe, good health care, no one sleeps hungry and advances in medical research. The country is even providing free medical education to students from poor / developing nations and dispatches help whenever there is a natural disaster somewhere in the world. I keep telling guys in Cuba, if your country is bad, how come you are more healthy, macho and live longer than most guys on other countries.

I just returned three weeks back and heading there tomorrow, and will accompany his remains from Havana to Santiago. I will not touch liquor or chicas out of respect for the great man.

Mondo707
11-29-16, 08:50
Fidel has done as much as any one has done for his country. I will argue he has done more than anyone else. From a casino rat hole and bonded labor plantations, the country today is safe, good health care, no one sleeps hungry and advances in medical research. The country is even providing free medical education to students from poor / developing nations and dispatches help whenever there is a natural disaster somewhere in the world. I keep telling guys in Cuba, if your country is bad, how come you are more healthy, macho and live longer than most guys on other countries.

I just returned three weeks back and heading there tomorrow, and will accompany his remains from Havana to Santiago. I will not touch liquor or chicas out of respect for the great man.Hey Taboc,

I have to agree with you 100% on your post. Problem with most people here is they have been hearing about all the "awful" things Fidel had done since the Revolucion triumph in 1959 in order to tow the official line coming out of DC and they have come to believe all the propaganda they get thru their MSM, tv and print.

Not to say Cuba is perfect, not by any means, and that they have been many errors / mistakes along the way but in the overall scheme of things what Fidel brought to that island was the sense of self worth which it never had before.

Wish you well my friend and I wish I could be there with you on the going home caravana back to Santiago.

Mondo.

Lucky Nuts
11-29-16, 15:17
Talked to someone I know who's brother lives in Cuba and was told this:

"I asked my brother about places in Cuba in this mourning period and bars are still open, also restaurants, almost everything is open, of course it will be calmer than usually but better than you think. ".

Mr Gogo
11-29-16, 16:44
Talked to someone I know who's brother lives in Cuba and was told this:

"I asked my brother about places in Cuba in this mourning period and bars are still open, also restaurants, almost everything is open, of course it will be calmer than usually but better than you think. ".Absolutely not true. I just got back last night after 5 days in Santiago. Clubs are closed and their are no liquor sales. The country is in mourning. Grownman found one place that had a few beers and it was like finding Santa on Christmas. I had my neighbor sale me a bottle of rum for 8 cuc. I spent my last two nights sitting on my balcony sipping that rum with my girl. Even with that we had a good time and still enjoyed the city. Report coming later.

Capichon2010
12-01-16, 05:12
Hi,

I'd like some advice from some experienced fellows who have been to Cuba several times. I'd like to know your opinion about girls from the Capital Havana and inner cities (provinces) such as Pinar del Rio, Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Holguin, etc. Do you find a difference about these last ones as far as being more old-fashioned, less spoiled, or less "slutty" than Havana girls or it makes no difference at all? I'm from the States and speak fluent Spanish and English and planning on taking my first adventure to Cuba in January of next year. I have made friends with some Cubans through facebook and other social sites, and I'm considering to go after the "non-pros" if possible.

Thank you for your time.

Mondo707
12-02-16, 07:05
Hi,

I'd like some advice from some experienced fellows who have been to Cuba several times. I'd like to know your opinion about girls from the Capital Havana and inner cities (provinces) such as Pinar del Rio, Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Holguin, etc. Do you find a difference about these last ones as far as being more old-fashioned, less spoiled, or less "slutty" than Havana girls or it makes no difference at all? I'm from the States and speak fluent Spanish and English and planning on taking my first adventure to Cuba in January of next year. I have made friends with some Cubans through facebook and other social sites, and I'm considering to go after the "non-pros" if possible.

Thank you for your time.Hey Cap,

As a general rule the chicas in la Habana are much more "hard core" than the chicas throughout the rest of the island.

If you are after meeting a local and having more of a GFE type of experience your chances are way better to hit the jackpot out in the provinces that in la Habana, not to say it can't happen in la Habana just way lower odds of this happening.

One thing to understand, there is some dues to pay if this is your 1st trip so be aware of this, not saying you'll strike out but let's say you might not be able to hit it out of the park, just hope for a single and if you get more than that you'll be quite pleased and not disappointed.

But going with an open mind and able to enjoy the culture that in itself is quite rewarding. Remember you have an advantage some mongers here don't which is the language barrier, that should make it a lot easier for you, so maybe you'll hit a double, LOL.

Mondo.

Free2
12-02-16, 14:56
Hi,

I'd like some advice from some experienced fellows who have been to Cuba several times. I'd like to know your opinion about girls from the Capital Havana and inner cities (provinces) such as Pinar del Rio, Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Holguin, etc. Do you find a difference about these last ones as far as being more old-fashioned, less spoiled, or less "slutty" than Havana girls or it makes no difference at all? I'm from the States and speak fluent Spanish and English and planning on taking my first adventure to Cuba in January of next year. I have made friends with some Cubans through facebook and other social sites, and I'm considering to go after the "non-pros" if possible.

Thank you for your time.The chicas who LIVE in Havana are much more likely to be hard core pros. The best bet and I have succeeded here, is to find a chica in Havana who is on 'vacation' in Havana from the provinces. She is basically earning some money for her family far away from family and home where she is recognized. These girls often are in the hands of pimps, even temporarily (who harden them), but they are the gems to be found.

In the provinces less likely to be hard core, but it all depends on how long they have been in the business!

Mondo707
02-03-17, 08:04
Hey fellow mongers.

Just came back from a 2 weeks jaunt in la Habana. I will post a report later on this week after I do some catch up back here.

On this post just wanted to share a site with lots of info on Cuba. It's in Español but I think most of you guys can figure it out. It has a search function that works well when searching specific topics, I. E. Night clubs, rentals, etc.

http://conocecuba.com/

Mondo.

Capichon2010
02-04-17, 04:32
Hi,

I'll be in Cuba next month and I'm having a hard time finding a chica-friendly casa to rent for the week that I'll be staying in Havana. I heard that at most casas particulares the owners live there, too and it seems weird to me to be coming back at times with a Chica or making noises. I have e-mailed 100's of casas and don't find a chica-friendly one. Any advice please.

RacShack
02-04-17, 06:31
Hi,

I'll be in Cuba next month and I'm having a hard time finding a chica-friendly casa to rent for the week that I'll be staying in Havana. I heard that at most casas particulares the owners live there, too and it seems weird to me to be coming back at times with a Chica or making noises. I have e-mailed 100's of casas and don't find a chica-friendly one. Any advice please.Time to email 100 casas but not time to read the forum on how to do this? Weird!

JJFlash
03-27-17, 03:35
Are you serious? Define poverty. I've seen more homelessness in one US city / small town than in Cuba. More gangs, more guns, more drugs, more violence more poor education / mis-education abroad than in Cuba. Cuban children are safe in their homes, their streets, their schools and public spaces. Not too many countries can say the same. Cuba in fact ranks higher in terms of literacy in comparison to most "first world" countries. Notwithstanding, compare Cuba to like islands, they are so much better off in terms of quality of life. Anyone who has ever traveled to DR, Ecuador, or South Central LA and Cuba, can attest to this fact. 50 plus years of an embargo and they have maintained their people. I doubt Canada would survive 24 hours if the US were to cut off all economic ties. Cuba has, and given its economic reality in a world that has been generally hostile to its existence, has amazingly survived. I think the Cubans are sophisticated enough to not surrender their ideals as we have. Viva la revolution.[Deleted by Admin] Are you seriously suggesting that the quality of life for Cuban citizens is superior to those Americans enjoy? I'm not on this site to espouse political messages. I guarantee any Cuban would gladly change countries with you. Cubans safe and secure? They are under constant threat from their State Government.

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Kalifornication
03-29-17, 21:37
Regular member with one post? Have you traveled to Cuba? Do you know anything about the history of Cuba? Not just in Cuba, but throughout Latin America, Africa and elsewhere. They educate American Doctors for free. Did you know that? Have you traveled outside your country, I was in Ecuador once, feared for my life. In Cuba, I doubt if your life would ever be in danger. You make guarantees, how so? You cannot make a guarantee for over 11 million Cubans. My sister in law, a Cuban doctor making about $50 CUC per month, not including the give-aways, subsidies like education, heath-care, housing, food, ect. , she ain't doing too bad. She has been sent abroad several times. She had the opportunity to leave, yet chose to return. Why? Because she actually loves her country. So much for your guarantee. The average American, after reasonable and necessary living expenses, would be lucky to have $50 at the end of the day.

Good day and touche.

JJFlash
03-30-17, 19:53
Regular member with one post? Have you traveled to Cuba? Do you know anything about the history of Cuba? Not just in Cuba, but throughout Latin America, Africa and elsewhere. They educate American Doctors for free. Did you know that? Have you traveled outside your country, I was in Ecuador once, feared for my life. In Cuba, I doubt if your life would ever be in danger. You make guarantees, how so? You cannot make a guarantee for over 11 million Cubans. My sister in law, a Cuban doctor making about $50 CUC per month, not including the give-aways, subsidies like education, heath-care, housing, food, ect. , she ain't doing too bad. She has been sent abroad several times. She had the opportunity to leave, yet chose to return. Why? Because she actually loves her country. So much for your guarantee. The average American, after reasonable and necessary living expenses, would be lucky to have $50 at the end of the day.

Good day and touche.I'm not sure why I'm being cited as a "regular member", but the number of my posts is irrelevant to the point I'm trying to make. You asked me if I've ever been to Cuba. The answer is no. I have my first trip booked for May. Flying into Holguin and will float be / w there and Las Tunas for 8 days before flying out. I'm no world traveler, but I've traveled around Central America and some of South America. Do I know the history of Cuba? Probably not as well as I should, but better than most I'd say. So, if your SIL is happy, then that's wonderful. My suspicion is that she's in the minority opinion. Perhaps my mind will change after my trip. But let's be perfectly clear, nothing on record comes even close to the destructive abilities of communism which is estimated to be responsible for almost 100,000,000,000 deaths in the 20th century (China, Soviet Union, North Korea, Afghanistan, and some in Eastern Europe leading the charge).

Mondo707
03-31-17, 05:22
I'm not sure why I'm being cited as a "regular member", but the number of my posts is irrelevant to the point I'm trying to make. You asked me if I've ever been to Cuba. The answer is no. I have my first trip booked for May. Flying into Holguin and will float be / w there and Las Tunas for 8 days before flying out. I'm no world traveler, but I've traveled around Central America and some of South America. Do I know the history of Cuba? Probably not as well as I should, but better than most I'd say. So, if your SIL is happy, then that's wonderful. My suspicion is that she's in the minority opinion. Perhaps my mind will change after my trip. But let's be perfectly clear, nothing on record comes even close to the destructive abilities of communism which is estimated to be responsible for almost 100,000,000,000 deaths in the 20th century (China, Soviet Union, North Korea, Afghanistan, and some in Eastern Europe leading the charge).Hey JL,

While I respect your choice to believe whatever you want, PLEASE do not come here trying to spew facts you seem to know little about and embarrass yourself about by what you write.

First of all back in the USSR days most of the population there knew the score as far as what was going on. Funny thing, fast forward to today and most of the US population (you included) believe what's spewed by the MSM propaganda and have no idea where the truth (and facts) lie.

BTW, check your math, there are about 7. 3 billion people today, not 100 billion, so maybe you can get something right!

Mondo.

Chris H
03-31-17, 12:17
Regular member with one post? Have you traveled to Cuba? Do you know anything about the history of Cuba? Not just in Cuba, but throughout Latin America, Africa and elsewhere. They educate American Doctors for free. Did you know that? Have you traveled outside your country, I was in Ecuador once, feared for my life. In Cuba, I doubt if your life would ever be in danger. You make guarantees, how so? You cannot make a guarantee for over 11 million Cubans. My sister in law, a Cuban doctor making about $50 CUC per month, not including the give-aways, subsidies like education, heath-care, housing, food, ect. , she ain't doing too bad. She has been sent abroad several times. She had the opportunity to leave, yet chose to return. Why? Because she actually loves her country. So much for your guarantee. The average American, after reasonable and necessary living expenses, would be lucky to have $50 at the end of the day.

Good day and touche.I just returned from an EXCELLENT trip in Cuba. I completely agree with Kali, no safety fears, proud people for their country, and overall wonderful citizens!

JJFlash
03-31-17, 20:54
Hey JL,

While I respect your choice to believe whatever you want, PLEASE do not come here trying to spew facts you seem to know little about and embarrass yourself about by what you write.

First of all back in the USSR days most of the population there knew the score as far as what was going on. Funny thing, fast forward to today and most of the US population (you included) believe what's spewed by the MSM propaganda and have no idea where the truth (and facts) lie.

BTW, check your math, there are about 7. 3 billion people today, not 100 billion, so maybe you can get something right!

Mondo.Oops, you're right! I missed my decimal point! That's 100,000,000 who have died from the hands of communism. And for a second there, I thought we had a problem. Thanks for correcting the record.

Mondo707
04-19-17, 09:29
Hey,

Just a heads up for jazz aficionados and anybody that wants to see this event.

Every year Unesco hosts this yearly event in a different city throughout the world. Happens that 2017 is La Habana's turn to host such event.

So, if you are planning to be in La Habana on Sunday April 30th it's your lucky day. Others (like me) that are not lucky enough to be there that day can still catch the event live thru the worldwide webcast (online) that Unesco is doing. Link below.

Also, seems like there will be events through the week culminating with the gala event on the 30th.

In case you make it report back for the rest of us. Some of the best musicians from around the world will be there!

Mondo.

http://jazzday.com/

Mondo707
05-04-17, 09:22
Hey guys,

Hopefully some of you jazz aficionados got to watch the concert last Sunday, I did and it's GREAT! For those that missed it, I am enclosing the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9klaOBzwOE

Mondo.

Mondo707
06-11-17, 07:42
Hey Guys,

June 9, 2017.

Support the Cuba Central Team's work today!

Dear Friends:

Just before publication time, we learned that President Trump is set to visit Miami a week from today to reveal his administration's new policy toward Cuba.

If the President reverses the last 30 months' worth of progress produced by engagement with Cuba, the people of the United States and Cuba will deserve an explanation.

What's the strategic vision for a policy that steps backward? If the administration shifts course, it must explain the drivers behind the decision, and how it promotes USA Interests. In sum, it must explain the rationale for reversal.

We deserve to know.

President Obama's policy of engagement certainly had its detractors. Some felt it went too far, others not far enough. But President Obama had a theory of the case, a strategic vision, for why restoring diplomatic relations, easing restrictions on trade and travel, and promoting personal contact between citizens of both countries were all in the USA National interest. And, critically, more likely to create conditions to the ability of Cubans to determine their own future than the tired, failed policies of isolating and imposing sanctions on Cuba.

The policy, as the saying goes, "played in Peoria. " In fact, just this week, in an editorial titled, "Cuba Craziness," the Peoria Illinois Journal Star urged the President to keep, rather than scuttle, the policy he inherited from his predecessor because of its underlying logic:

"First, far better to have a non-enemy 90 miles off America's coast than the alternative, with Cuba more likely to fall into hostile arms if this goes through. Second, this would hurt USA Business interests, with rural areas dependent on agriculture and manufacturing. As in central Illinois. Likely taking the brunt of it. Third, arguably this would only punish the long-suffering Cuban people. Fourth, suppose you must know some history in the first place to learn anything from it, but we'd remind the White House that more than a half century of a big-stick approach to the Castros failed to bring them to their knees. ".

If the administration is conducting its review of Cuba policy with a seriousness of purpose, these are legitimately high bars for a new policy to clear.

Let's start with security. The idea that engagement with Cuba is good security policy is not new.

Eight years ago, when the previous administration was thinking through its Cuba policy, 12 former senior military officials wrote the White House: "The current policy of isolating Cuba has failed, patently, to achieve our ends. Cuba ceased to be a military threat decades ago. At the same time, Cuba has intensified its global diplomatic and economic relations with nations as diverse as China, Russia, Venezuela, Brazil, and members of the European Union. It is hard to characterize such global engagement as isolation. ".

Indeed, based on reporting by Quartz, what may have prolonged the current administration's internal debate on Cuba is that senior officials from the departments of government most responsible for implementing the policy "favored maintaining Obama's more open policy. ".

On this point, Professor Bill LeoGrande published an article this week in which he argued engagement gives "Havana less incentive to expand its economic relationships with Russia and China into politico-military ones. ".

That is what concerns the seven Republican Members of Congress who wrote President Trump today and said, "Reversing course would incentivize Cuba to once again become dependent on countries like Russia and China. Allowing this to happen could have disastrous results for the security of the United States. ".

Cubans are already reengaging with Russia. Incidentally, this is about more than Russia's reemergence as a critical source of energy for the Cuban economy. As the Wall Street Journal reported this week, increasing numbers of Cuban shoppers with means are hopping aboard one of the daily 13-hour flights from Havana to Moscow to visit markets that cater to their needs. Wooed by shouts of "hola, amigo," Cuban customers are bringing back "bags of jeans, haberdashery, and car parts to a Communist island starved of consumer goods. " Moscow is shrewdly winning back hearts and minds with an open trade and travel policy. More open, even, than the one the administration is threatening to close.

The question of how best to realize USA Economic interests has also extended the internal debate. As Fabiola Santiago, a columnist for the Miami Herald, wrote on Thursday, "Although [PresidentTrump] made a campaign pledge to Bay of Pigs veterans in Miami that he would restore a hard-line approach to dealing with its government, his administration includes executives who eagerly embraced engagement and traveled to Cuba to explore business ventures. ".

The decision to intensify trade and travel relations was about dollars and cents as well as a common-sense attitude about how engagement serves our diplomatic goals.

A decision to cut back travel and trade with Cuba would be consequential for USA Economic interests. As Engage Cuba, the Center for Democracy in the Americas, and other allies reported on June 1, a reversal of the current engagement policies would cost our economy as much as $6. 6 billion and put more than 12,000 USA Jobs at risk.

Reuters reported that ending critical policies like people-to-people travel "would make moot millions of recent investments" by the airlines, and, as the Director General of the International Air Transport Association said, more broadly, "Restricting the network of aviation and access to Cuba would be bad news for aviation. ".

It would also be bad news for Cubans working in their nation's private economy.

Consider the case of Airbnb, which now has 22,000 listings in 70 different Cuban cities and towns. The company's relationships with Cubans across the island, enabled by the regulatory changes that took place due to engagement, mean that "Cubans have netted $40 million the past two years by using the online service to rent their homes and rooms to short-term visitors," as Tim Padgett reported this week.

That's a practical consequence of allowing upwards of 70,000 guests per month to check into Cuban homes.

We can't have such good economic outcomes without diplomatic support. As Rex Tillerson's State Department rhapsodized this week, "Our work directly supports the global travel and tourism industry by creating more opportunities for growth, travel, and trade. ".

That is exactly what is happening as a result of two-way travel policies with Cuba.

Undoubtedly, the window dressing the administration will use for cutting engagement back will be "human rights for the Cuban people. ".

It just isn't true. As the paper in Peoria put it, this is instead a rationale for "punishing the long-suffering Cuban people. ".

Serious advocates for human rights almost always conclude that sanctions on Cuba injures their interests. As the Quartz article we reference above says, "human-rights activists who work with Cubans believe that while closer relations with the US may have benefited Cuba's regime, they have also begun to make life better for its citizens, and that reversing course would not help. ".

Isolating and sanctioning Cuba violates international law and norms, and violates Cuba's sovereignty.

It is fair to ask, as Robert Coon did in Talk Business & Politics Arkansas, "why would we want to take a step backward and start down the failed path of isolation once again?

Or as our friends at the Peoria Illinois Journal Star put it, "This opening of relations / easing of tensions deserves a chance to succeed. There's no rhyme or reason to undoing it. ".

While the President's Cabinet has argued in support of maintaining the opening to Cuba, Quartz reports, "The only objecting voices were from inside the White House, particularly the legislative affairs office. That's because, these sources say, the White House needs the support of two key Florida Republicans: Representative Mario theaz-Balart and Senator Marco Rubio, Cuban-Americans who oppose normalized relations with Havana's politically repressive government. ".

Is this really where we are? Just like in the '60's, '70's, '80's, '90's, and the first dozen years of the new century, is the dog (us) still being wagged by the tail (politicians in Florida)?

This makes no sense. As the Houston Chronicle said in an editorial this week, "We understand that Trump has political debts to the hard-core anti-Castro Cuban-Americans, but his notion of getting a 'better deal' from Cuba envisions Havana committing to such things as democracy, free speech and a free press, which is the kind of pipe dream Miami has perpetuated for almost 60 years while supporting a policy that guaranteed it wouldn't happen. ".

So we're asking the administration: Why undo it? What's the expected value of a policy change?

This week, Reuters interviewed a woman named Meleny, a Cuban state employee, who works as a tour guide. She told the news agency that she worries about President Trump every night.

"We will see what he does," she said, "but it would be a shame if he drops a bomb on all this. This job isn't great, but the Americans are good tippers and that is how I feed my kids and buy them shoes. ".

"Where there is no vision," as it says in Proverbs, "the people perish. ".

Where do your representatives in Congress stand on Cuba policy? Make your voice heard before President Trump's trip to Miami next Friday! CDA's advocacy work continues. Click HERE to support our work!

This week, in Cuba news.

USA -Cuba Relations.

USA Travel industry expresses support for ties with Cuba.

At a meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) this week in Mexico, leaders of the USA Travel industry expressed unease over the possibility that "President Donald Trump will roll back his predecessor's Cuba policies, including re-imposing restrictions on commercial flights," Air Transport World On-line reported. Alexandre de Juniac, IATA Director General, stated, "Restricting the network of aviation and access to Cuba would be bad news for aviation," Reuters reports. Also speaking at the conference, Robin Hayes, CEO of JetBlue Airways, stated, "The Caribbean is so core to JetBlue that we see Cuba as very important to us, longer term. ".

In April, JetBlue announced that it would open a commercial office in Havana. Later that month, JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Southwest Airlines filed applications to the USA Department of Transportation for additional flights to Cuba, as we reported at the time. An analysis released last week by Engage Cuba, in collaboration with a coalition of pro-engagement groups and individuals including the Center for Democracy in the Americas, found that increasing sanctions on Cuba would cost the USA Travel industry $3. 5 billion and 10,154 jobs annually, including costing airlines $512 million.

Separately, Airbnb released a report this week detailing its two years of operating in Cuba. The report shows that over 500,000 guests have stayed in homes in Cuba, generating $40 million for Cuban hosts; the report also shows that 58 percent of Cuban hosts are women. Cuba is Airbnb's fastest growing market, and Havana has more listings than Chicago, Houston, or San Francisco. Home of Airbnb's headquarters.

In Cuba.

Over 600 Havana households hold contracts for internet service.

More than 600 households in Havana have signed internet service contracts with ETECSA, Cuba's state telecommunications agency, EFE reports. The new household internet program, known as Nauta Hogar, offers monthly packages for 30 hours of internet use at prices ranging from 15 to 70 CUC (Cuba's currency for foreign exchange, equal to US dollars), depending on internet speed. This development follows the completion of a pilot project for in-home internet service conducted earlier this year.

ETECSA's pilot project, which lasted from December to February, provided free internet service to 858 homes in the Old Havana neighborhood. ETECSA announced in March that it would sell packages for in-home internet access, opening the program with 358 initial clients. Across Cuba, ETECSA now hosts 370 public Wi-Fi hotspots; Cuba has seen large increases in Wi-Fi availability over the last two years.

Cuba extends propane gas sales to all provincial capitals.

CUPET, Cuba's state oil company, has begun allowing individuals to purchase propane gas in the capital cities of the country's 16 provinces, Granma reports. While subsidized propane gas is provided on a monthly basis through Cuba's ration card system, individuals may now supplement these rations with additional gas purchases at higher prices, EFE reports.

Private propane gas sales were first made available to five capital cities in February 2015; before the June 5 announcement, such purchases could be made in a total of eight capital cities. Prior to the program's initiation, propane gas was used for 11 percent of cooking in Cuba, as CubaDebate reported in 2014; more recent statistics are not readily available. According to Riyaguel Capote Rodrguez, Commercial Director for CUPET, 10 kilogram containers for gas will be available for rent for an initial 400 peso fee (about 15 USD), with refills available for 110 Cuban pesos (about 4 USD). Normal gas rations will be provided on a less frequent basis in the areas where private gas purchases are now available, according to Granma.

Cuba's beaches show widespread climate change-related erosion.

A nation-wide survey of beaches by Cuba's Ministry of Science, Technology, and the Environment (CITMA) revealed that 82 percent showed "perceptible" signs of climate-change-related erosion, and that the country's coastline is shrinking by 1. 2 meters per year, EFE reports. The study also notes that Cuba's average annual temperature has risen by nearly 1 degree Celsius since the mid-1900's, and that the country has 20 percent less fresh water than in 1990, according to Juventud Rebelde.

The study was released to coincide with the June 5 World Environment Day.

Cuba has a long-standing interest in environmental protection, and the rapprochement with the USA Has created new opportunities for collaboration in this area. In November 2015, CITMA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the USA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Park Service on "Cooperation in the Conservation and Management of Marine Protected Areas. " Later that month, the USA And Cuba signed a Joint Statement on cooperation on environmental protection, including protecting coastal environments and "addressing the causes and effects of climate change. ".

Recommended Reading.

Trump should not roll back Cuba policy, Tampa Bay Times.

The Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board argues that the USA Should continue to pursue a policy of engagement with Cuba. "Florida and Tampa Bay have a particular stake in an improved relationship," the Editorial Board writes. "The new USA -Cuba ties will help across the security front, from managing maritime crises to flows of refugees. It makes Florida more competitive for business and international travel. ".

Undoing All the Good Work on Cuba, Editorial Board, New York Times.

The New York Times Editorial Board urges President Trump not to reverse the advances in USA -Cuba engagement made under the previous administration, noting the positive gains made through bilateral cooperation on health care, environmental issues, and law enforcement.

Russia, Cuba, Comey, and Trump, William M. LeoGrande, Huffington Post.

William M. LeoGrande, Professor of Government at American University, discusses the national security implications of ending USA Engagement with Cuba. He writes, "If the United States reverts to a policy of hostility, USA Adversaries will once again reap the rewards, and Russia will be first in line-just like it was in 1960. ".

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Until next time.

The Cuba Central Team.

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Mondo707
06-22-17, 03:40
Hey Guys,

I got a heads up and I'm passing it to those of you interested. It's a new documentary which will air next month on PBS.

Usually theirs films / documentaries are more balance that what you might catch on MSM, check link below for trailer which seems interesting and maybe some of you newbies can learn a thing or two before heading there.

Mondo.

http://cubajournal.co/a-new-documentary-explores-havana-in-a-one-hour-cavalcade-of-imagery/

Mondo707
08-09-17, 07:48
Hey West Coasters.

Heads up, just got an email from Alaska Air for specials on travel to La Habana.

Have to buy tixs by the 14th (next week) and travel from 9/6 to 10/18. Total r / t comes to $329!

I'm trying to contact the place where I stay to see if they have availability and if they do I'll book it by next week.

Mondo

Mr Gogo
08-09-17, 13:55
I booked a ticket to Havana on Southwest Airlines and initially everything went smooth. Then yesterday I received an email from southwest saying to have my documents ready at the departing airport including permits. They had categories but not the "people to people" category. Public performances, educational, religion and to support the Cuban people. So I called southwest to get a feel of what this means. The first guy on the phone played dumb and kept disappearing for ten minutes at a time and not giving me answers. I then asked for a supervisor which took another ten minutes. When a supervisor got on the line she gave me the bullshit so I then asked direct questions.

Do I need a special license to travel? You need a passport, visa and documents.

Okay let me be more specific, will you deny me getting on the flight if I don't have a license? Mr Gogo you need a passport, visa and proper documentation.

Basically I got no answers from them because they are playing the game.

I'm guessing they won't make an issue as long as you have a passport and visa but they can't tell you this. So I'm expecting customs to be playing the game on my return to the States so I will keep a few receipts and say I attended some public events.

I'm also guessing Cuban customs will lighten up with the questions to keep the tourist money coming. Remember before they cooperated with the American govt over the last few years because they wanted to guide you to Cuban govt run businesses that kept the money at the top. Heads up guys.

Showdown
08-10-17, 23:31
I booked a ticket to Havana on Southwest Airlines and initially everything went smooth. Then yesterday I received an email from southwest saying to have my documents ready at the departing airport including permits. They had categories but not the "people to people" category. Public performances, educational, religion and to support the Cuban people. So I called southwest to get a feel of what this means. The first guy on the phone played dumb and kept disappearing for ten minutes at a time and not giving me answers. I then asked for a supervisor which took another ten minutes. When a supervisor got on the line she gave me the bullshit so I then asked direct questions.

Do I need a special license to travel? You need a passport, visa and documents.

Okay let me be more specific, will you deny me getting on the flight if I don't have a license? Mr Gogo you need a passport, visa and proper documentation.

Basically I got no answers from them because they are playing the game.

I'm guessing they won't make an issue as long as you have a passport and visa but they can't tell you this. So I'm expecting customs to be playing the game on my return to the States so I will keep a few receipts and say I attended some public events.

I'm also guessing Cuban customs will lighten up with the questions to keep the tourist money coming. Remember before they cooperated with the American govt over the last few years because they wanted to guide you to Cuban govt run businesses that kept the money at the top. Heads up guys.After RTFF for weeks it seems now I need to pass on Cuba. Hearing about your experience and then just today the US kicking out Cuban embassy personnel over the "sonic attack" in Havana is making me think twice. I guess back to Sosua I go.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-investigating-whether-american-diplomats-were-victims-of-sonic-attack-in-cuba/2017/08/10/a907b54a-7df7-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.23843fcb2a0a

Showdown.

Mr Enternational
08-10-17, 23:53
After RTFF for weeks it seems now I need to pass on Cuba. Hearing about your experience and then just today the US kicking out Cuban embassy personnel over the "sonic attack" in Havana is making me think twice. I guess back to Sosua I go.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-investigating-whether-american-diplomats-were-victims-of-sonic-attack-in-cuba/2017/08/10/a907b54a-7df7-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.23843fcb2a0a

Showdown.How does one man purchasing an airline ticket and an investigation involving something with diplomats cause a regular joe to change their travel plans? It seems you were not intent on going in the first place.

Sammytheman
08-11-17, 02:37
After RTFF for weeks it seems now I need to pass on Cuba. Hearing about your experience and then just today the US kicking out Cuban embassy personnel over the "sonic attack" in Havana is making me think twice. I guess back to Sosua I go.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-investigating-whether-american-diplomats-were-victims-of-sonic-attack-in-cuba/2017/08/10/a907b54a-7df7-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html?utm_term=.23843fcb2a0a

Showdown.Sonic BOOM! I bet Guile was involved. Jokes aside I am planning to go to Holguin in January and see if the Americans have affected paradise with their invasion and overspending.

Free2
08-11-17, 14:56
...Jokes aside I am planning to go to Holguin in January and see if the Americans have affected paradise with their invasion and overspending.I was in Holguin recently and as I step off the plane I look over on the tarmac and there is a Jet Blue plane filling up with Amercians. The sight of the USA flag on the side and the thought of our little Canadian paradise being screwed up by Americans (not all, but they do have a reputation!) really made me upset!!

Fortunately, the trip ended and I was happily surprised that very little seemed to have changed all around thus far.


After RTFF for weeks it seems now I need to pass on Cuba. Hearing about your experience and then just today the US kicking out Cuban embassy personnel over the "sonic attack" in Havana is making me think twice. I guess back to Sosua I go.Is that all the Canadians clapping that I hear?! .

Mondo707
08-12-17, 08:48
I was in Holguin recently and as I step off the plane I look over on the tarmac and there is a Jet Blue plane filling up with Amercians. The sight of the USA flag on the side and the thought of our little Canadian paradise being screwed up by Americans (not all, but they do have a reputation!) really made me upset!!

Fortunately, the trip ended and I was happily surprised that very little seemed to have changed all around thus far.

Is that all the Canadians clapping that I hear?! .Hey Free,

You really had me LMAO. Good one buddy.

Mondo.

Havana927
09-05-17, 11:45
I wanted to know the general cab fare from the airport to Havana vieja, it's been a while.

Mr Enternational
09-05-17, 13:20
I wanted to know the general cab fare from the airport to Havana vieja, it's been a while.30 CUC. Try 25 going back.

Dccpa
09-09-17, 20:25
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cuba-begins-month-political-transition-49617405

Elections in five months. Reads like Cuba will still be a one party country for a while. It will be interesting to see if election participation has any effect on the ladies' moods.

Lucky Nuts
09-10-17, 02:20
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cuba-begins-month-political-transition-49617405

Elections in five months. Reads like Cuba will still be a one party country for a while. It will be interesting to see if election participation has any effect on the ladies' moods.Democracy in Cuba is like the choices Henry Ford offered customers wanting to buy a Model T. The Cubans I know have no hope for change after the Castros. I wouldn't expect any chica mood swings one way or the other. Thanks for posting that news article, an interesting read. Not surprising that Raul won't be giving up control even with a new "president".

Dccpa
09-10-17, 04:53
Democracy in Cuba is like the choices Henry Ford offered customers wanting to buy a Model T. The Cubans I know have no hope for change after the Castros. I wouldn't expect any chica mood swings one way or the other. Thanks for posting that news article, an interesting read. Not surprising that Raul won't be giving up control even with a new "president".I also watched a video about Cuba. It turns out that they get around the lack of internet by The Package (El Paquete). With supposed approval by officials in the Cuban government, someone downloads all movies, news, etc. Onto a Terabyte hard drive and makes copies. So, at least one person in Cuba has good internet service! Once a week, the copies are then distributed to the various cities. Cubans can buy all or some of the programs.

Gagoo
09-12-17, 07:17
I booked a ticket to Havana on Southwest Airlines and initially everything went smooth. Then yesterday I received an email from southwest saying to have my documents ready at the departing airport including permits. They had categories but not the "people to people" category. Public performances, educational, religion and to support the Cuban people. So I called southwest to get a feel of what this means. The first guy on the phone played dumb and kept disappearing for ten minutes at a time and not giving me answers. I then asked for a supervisor which took another ten minutes. When a supervisor got on the line she gave me the bullshit so I then asked direct questions.

Do I need a special license to travel? You need a passport, visa and documents.

Okay let me be more specific, will you deny me getting on the flight if I don't have a license? Mr Gogo you need a passport, visa and proper documentation.

Basically I got no answers from them because they are playing the game.

I'm guessing they won't make an issue as long as you have a passport and visa but they can't tell you this. So I'm expecting customs to be playing the game on my return to the States so I will keep a few receipts and say I attended some public events.

I'm also guessing Cuban customs will lighten up with the questions to keep the tourist money coming. Remember before they cooperated with the American govt over the last few years because they wanted to guide you to Cuban govt run businesses that kept the money at the top. Heads up guys.Cuba really does not give a damn about you being American and want to know what you are doing there. They want you to spend money though. The airlines are covering their ass by following procedures. You will select on a check sheet which of the reasons you will go for. They don't ask you to show proof or anything. I chose the journalistic activity. And nobody asked anything more. Just go there take lots of pictures and some video and you are a journalist. I took a lot of pictures and a few hours of video and put them on YouTube. I became a journalist. I talked to other people that were there and none of them got questioned any further. You just put an X on the box for the approved reason you will go. They won't ask to see your itinerary or church contacts, or see some journalist ID or something. Now, I flew to Cuba from Mexico, and Mexico still made me do that paper. I was a little surprised by that. But Cuba itself does not care at all. And for the US, you just put a check in the box and there are no more questions.

Adventurer1
09-12-17, 10:24
Cuba really does not give a damn about you being American and want to know what you are doing there. They want you to spend money though. The airlines are covering their ass by following procedures. You will select on a check sheet which of the reasons you will go for. They don't ask you to show proof or anything. I chose the journalistic activity. And nobody asked anything more. Just go there take lots of pictures and some video and you are a journalist. I took a lot of pictures and a few hours of video and put them on YouTube. I became a journalist. I talked to other people that were there and none of them got questioned any further. You just put an X on the box for the approved reason you will go. They won't ask to see your itinerary or church contacts, or see some journalist ID or something. Now, I flew to Cuba from Mexico, and Mexico still made me do that paper. I was a little surprised by that. But Cuba itself does not care at all. And for the US, you just put a check in the box and there are no more questions.So you say I can travel from US to Cuba and vice versa without problem? (not US citizen).

Mr Gogo
09-12-17, 14:54
Cuba really does not give a damn about you being American and want to know what you are doing there. They want you to spend money though. The airlines are covering their ass by following procedures. You will select on a check sheet which of the reasons you will go for. They don't ask you to show proof or anything. I chose the journalistic activity. And nobody asked anything more. Just go there take lots of pictures and some video and you are a journalist. I took a lot of pictures and a few hours of video and put them on YouTube. I became a journalist. I talked to other people that were there and none of them got questioned any further. You just put an X on the box for the approved reason you will go. They won't ask to see your itinerary or church contacts, or see some journalist ID or something. Now, I flew to Cuba from Mexico, and Mexico still made me do that paper. I was a little surprised by that. But Cuba itself does not care at all. And for the US, you just put a check in the box and there are no more questions.I agree, Cuba wants us (and our Deniro) so no problem there. I was very surprised to see in your post that a neighbor country asked for travel reasons. Trumps directive is not in full yet, so I would encourage folks to go now. My Casa owner said he has received many cancellations and it's killing his business.

A friend that works for US customs said it will be enforced soon. Meaning you will be required to keep receipts, have an itinerary and be a part of a group. He said they will focus on travelers who have been recently and are returning to Cuba to see if they are following the rules they should already know. Newbies will be given a pass the first time and informed of the policy for future travel. He said now customs really don't give a damn but in a few months that could change. The "support for the Cuban people" category has replaced the " people to people " category we have been using.

Ty Down
09-12-17, 17:26
So you say I can travel from US to Cuba and vice versa without problem? (not US citizen).Yes no problem, like Gagoo said, if you are a US citizen just check one of the 12 boxes on the form, buy your visa and you're good to go.

If you're NOT a US citizen, you shouldn't even be required to fill out any paperwork, as the travel restriction only apply to US citizens, the home of the free.

Mondo707
09-13-17, 01:19
Yes no problem, like Gagoo said, if you are a US citizen just check one of the 12 boxes on the form, buy your visa and you're good to go.

If you're NOT a US citizen, you shouldn't even be required to fill out any paperwork, as the travel restriction only apply to US citizens, the home of the free.Hey Ty / everybody.

I'll post a link below of the outfit that was checking out for travel documents on my last trip to la Habana.

They were checking everyone before letting you on the plane, this was out of LAX last January. I had everything I needed so no problema for me.

Check out their website since they have lots of info for anyone traveling to Cuba.

Mondo.

http://cubatravelservices.com/

Mondo707
09-13-17, 01:24
I agree, Cuba wants us (and our Deniro) so no problem there. I was very surprised to see in your post that a neighbor country asked for travel reasons. Trumps directive is not in full yet, so I would encourage folks to go now. My Casa owner said he has received many cancellations and it's killing his business.

A friend that works for US customs said it will be enforced soon. Meaning you will be required to keep receipts, have an itinerary and be a part of a group. He said they will focus on travelers who have been recently and are returning to Cuba to see if they are following the rules they should already know. Newbies will be given a pass the first time and informed of the policy for future travel. He said now customs really don't give a damn but in a few months that could change. The "support for the Cuban people" category has replaced the " people to people " category we have been using.Hey Mr G.

Just want to add for anyone visiting Cuba and coming back to make sure that you are not caught lying. I have a feeling that once the new regs go into effect the Trump team will pretty much will try and discourage anyone from visiting the island and prolly will make an example of anyone caught lying when coming back from Cuba.

Just my. 02.

Mondo.

Lucky Nuts
09-13-17, 04:03
I booked a ticket to Havana on Southwest Airlines and initially everything went smooth. Then yesterday I received an email from southwest saying to have my documents ready at the departing airport including permits. They had categories but not the "people to people" category. Public performances, educational, religion and to support the Cuban people. So I called southwest to get a feel of what this means. The first guy on the phone played dumb and kept disappearing for ten minutes at a time and not giving me answers. I then asked for a supervisor which took another ten minutes. When a supervisor got on the line she gave me the bullshit so I then asked direct questions.

Do I need a special license to travel? You need a passport, visa and documents.

Okay let me be more specific, will you deny me getting on the flight if I don't have a license? Mr Gogo you need a passport, visa and proper documentation.

Basically I got no answers from them because they are playing the game.

I'm guessing they won't make an issue as long as you have a passport and visa but they can't tell you this. So I'm expecting customs to be playing the game on my return to the States so I will keep a few receipts and say I attended some public events.

I'm also guessing Cuban customs will lighten up with the questions to keep the tourist money coming. Remember before they cooperated with the American govt over the last few years because they wanted to guide you to Cuban govt run businesses that kept the money at the top. Heads up guys.I just received the form letter from American Airlines today and it has not changed from the one I received back on my June trip. All 12 reasons are still listed. "People to People Visits" are clumped together with "Educational" but it was like that in June too.

Mr Gogo
09-13-17, 04:41
I just received the form letter from American Airlines today and it has not changed from the one I received back on my June trip. All 12 reasons are still listed. "People to People Visits" are clumped together with "Educational" but it was like that in June too.I went twice in August with Southwest Airlines and they didn't have "people to people ". It was " support of the Cuban people " now. So each airline is different. I'm with Mondo about don't get caught lying but if they start enforcing the directive what are we supposed to do? Hopefully it won't get that serious.

Mr Gogo
09-13-17, 05:26
Hey Ty / everybody.

I'll post a link below of the outfit that was checking out for travel documents on my last trip to la Habana.

They were checking everyone before letting you on the plane, this was out of LAX last January. I had everything I needed so no problema for me.

Check out their website since they have lots of info for anyone traveling to Cuba.

Mondo.

http://cubatravelservices.com/Interesting, the link above has been updated. If you click on the "who can travel" link you will see that the "people to people" category has been deleted and replaced by the " support of the Cuba people'.

StudBucket
09-13-17, 07:13
Hello, my friends and I are thinking about going to Cuba in November. We are wondering if the main mongering cities got affected by the Hurricane that might impact our trip. Such as the bars, nightclubs, and other spots not affected (are they all open), are the restaurants and houses for rent still okay with power, adequate plumbing, etc. ? Will the chica scene be quieter? I am assuming not much will change, but the news does not get into a lot of specifics about the Hurricane there.
The CNN reports I saw online showed people in parts of Havana and Camaguey for example wading in waist high water in the cities. I find it hard to believe all is back to normal.
I knew when Jakarta was hit by severe rainstorms traffic was horrendous, and in the Philippines a monsoon on its way caused us to leave creating havoc to the city. Please advise if anyone, especially with boots on the ground or a friend on the ground can report if all is okay. Thanks.

Free2
09-13-17, 12:46
To my American friends concerned about the travel restrictions, 1 thing needs to be crystal clear.

Any restrictions you hear about is from the AMERICAN side, the AMERICAN government. NOT the Cuban government or policies. The Cuban gov't do not give a damn about who visits their country for tourism. They even facilitate Americans to visit their island by not stamping USA passports, especially if you request it. They are accommodating Americans who pay to go and spend $ there. Just ask that your passport be not stamped if you have any doubt. They are concerned that you may be in trouble upon return to the USA, that is why they won't stamp your passport.

Now if you are on a direct flight from Havana back to the USA, then I am not sure who you will be fooling when you arrive at US Customs!

The most important takeaway I want every reader to understand is as far as Cuba is concerned, their tourism doors are wide open without restriction to all tourists in the world, including Yankees! The embargo is an American thing, it is not reciprocal. No matter what Trump does, or any US administration has done in the past, Cuba has never had restrictions for entry into its country for tourism. They are desperate for tourism dollars & foreign currency. It is the lifeline of their economy.

From the World Travel and Tourism Council, Economic Impact 2017, Tourism in Cuba
"In total, Travel & Tourism generated US$7.6 trillion (10.2% of global GDP) and 292 million jobs in 2016, equivalent to 1 in 10 jobs in the global economy. The sector accounted for 6.6% of total global exports and almost 30% of total global service exports."

But if Trump tightens the rules, you ain't going to hear any complaints from anybody but Americans! All the more chicas for us!!

Mr Gogo
09-13-17, 13:18
To my American friends concerned about the travel restrictions, 1 thing needs to be crystal clear.

Any restrictions you hear about is from the AMERICAN side, the AMERICAN government. NOT the Cuban government or policies. The Cuban gov't do not give a damn about who visits their country for tourism. They even facilitate Americans to visit their island by not stamping USA passports, especially if you request it. They are accommodating Americans who pay to go and spend $ there. Just ask that your passport be not stamped if you have any doubt. They are concerned that you may be in trouble upon return to the USA, that is why they won't stamp your passport.

Now if you are on a direct flight from Havana back to the USA, then I am not sure who you will be fooling when you arrive at US Customs!

The most important takeaway I want every reader to understand is as far as Cuba is concerned, their tourism doors are wide open without restriction to all tourists in the world, including Yankees! The embargo is an American thing, it is not reciprocal.Respectfully speaking but I don't think anyone posted about problems from the Cuban side.

Ty Down
09-13-17, 16:49
Hello, my friends and I are thinking about going to Cuba in November. We are wondering if the main mongering cities got affected by the Hurricane that might impact our trip. Such as the bars, nightclubs, and other spots not affected (are they all open), are the restaurants and houses for rent still okay with power, adequate plumbing, etc. ? Will the chica scene be quieter? I am assuming not much will change, but the news does not get into a lot of specifics about the Hurricane there.
The CNN reports I saw online showed people in parts of Havana and Camaguey for example wading in waist high water in the cities. I find it hard to believe all is back to normal.
I knew when Jakarta was hit by severe rainstorms traffic was horrendous, and in the Philippines a monsoon on its way caused us to leave creating havoc to the city. Please advise if anyone, especially with boots on the ground or a friend on the ground can report if all is okay. Thanks.Central Cuba got hammered by the hurricane. Havana had severe flooding along the Malecon, but that seems to happen at least once a year. As far as plumbing. I've always noticed that the closer you get to the Malecon, the more sewer you can smell especially after storms.

IMHO I think Havana will be up and running as usual in 2-3 weeks.

I would forget about Santa Clara, Ceigo de Avila, Cayo Coco areas for a least a couple months, lots of storm damage.

Video report from Cayo Coco - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ_i-L07Ju0.

Mondo707
09-14-17, 04:16
The most important takeaway I want every reader to understand is as far as Cuba is concerned, their tourism doors are wide open without restriction to all tourists in the world, including Yankees! The embargo is an American thing, it is not reciprocal. No matter what Trump does, or any US administration has done in the past, Cuba has never had restrictions for entry into its country for tourism. They are desperate for tourism dollars & foreign currency. It is the lifeline of their economy.

Hey Free,

Amen to that.

Mondo.

Mondo707
09-15-17, 03:19
Hey,

Just got word that the tunnel that leads to Habana del Este / Guanabo still is flooded. I was told it's being worked on "feverishly" to drain all the water out.

As some of you know it's still possible to get to that part of town from la Habana or vice versa, but one has to go all the way around Habana bay which takes a long time.

I'm guessing it'll be clear in a day or two, once I find out it's clear I'll post.

Mondo.

Ty Down
09-15-17, 07:10
Hey,

Just got word that the tunnel that leads to Habana del Este / Guanabo still is flooded. I was told it's being worked on "feverishly" to drain all the water out.

As some of you know it's still possible to get to that part of town from la Habana or vice versa, but one has to go all the way around Habana bay which takes a long time.

I'm guessing it'll be clear in a day or two, once I find out it's clear I'll post.

Mondo.Hola, como esta.

Do not go through the tunnel Mondo.

I ran into some real commie motherfuckers on the other end of that tunnel. I rented the Casablanca https://www.havanacasablanca.com/.

It's right next to Che Guevara former dwelling place.

There is a 5 Star prison right at the end of the tunnel.

Good luck, stay in Havana.

Dccpa
09-19-17, 01:31
http://marimundo.com/critical-items-to-gift-or-donate-to-cubans/

Good list for either humanitarian donations or chica regalos / payments.

Ty Down
09-19-17, 02:04
http://marimundo.com/critical-items-to-gift-or-donate-to-cubans/

Good list for either humanitarian donations or chica regalos / payments.Good stuff Dccpa. I see they're giving a helping hand to the people of Caibarien and Havana.

Check out this video from Caibarien, I may have to go down to Caibarien and see if I can't lend a helping hand here in a couple months.

https://www.facebook.com/OnCuba/videos/1465597470202865/

ErnestCulpX
09-22-17, 08:26
Hello, my friends and I are thinking about going to Cuba in November. We are wondering if the main mongering cities got affected by the Hurricane that might impact our trip. Such as the bars, nightclubs, and other spots not affected (are they all open), are the restaurants and houses for rent still okay with power, adequate plumbing, etc. ? Will the chica scene be quieter? I am assuming not much will change, but the news does not get into a lot of specifics about the Hurricane there.
The CNN reports I saw online showed people in parts of Havana and Camaguey for example wading in waist high water in the cities. I find it hard to believe all is back to normal.
I knew when Jakarta was hit by severe rainstorms traffic was horrendous, and in the Philippines a monsoon on its way caused us to leave creating havoc to the city. Please advise if anyone, especially with boots on the ground or a friend on the ground can report if all is okay. Thanks.Hi,

You have to be careful with this issue, there are bars and brothels made of the same materials as the rest of buildings so perhaps they are damaged now due to the hurricane. Even so, new possibilities always come up and I think by November there won't be any problem, they have probably found other places to offer their services. But, you are right, it's a good question, particularly after everything that has happened.

CakeJake
09-22-17, 09:15
I was in Cuna this summer and although pornography is prohibited in the country, its mindset is a lot more open. Especially if you are a foreigner man traveling alone, it is usual for young women to strike up a conversation with you in the street.

Swagfulg
09-27-17, 22:18
I am curious about making my first trip out to Cuba. I am going to be honest I'm interested in mongering but I like to enjoy the country also. What is the process on finding chicas? Where is the best hotels for a first timer to stay and what types of prices should I expect from chicas?

RamoneAustin
09-28-17, 21:41
I am curious about making my first trip out to Cuba. I am going to be honest I'm interested in mongering but I like to enjoy the country also. What is the process on finding chicas? Where is the best hotels for a first timer to stay and what types of prices should I expect from chicas?I'm apologize if I sound like a prick buts called "research". I definitely do recommend getting a "casa particular" over a hotel. Try Cuba Junky or AirBnb. Peace out.

Dccpa
09-29-17, 16:52
Busy time for me and no time to look this up right now. Does this mean if you don't already have a visa, you cannot legally travel to Cuba?

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/29/us-urges-no-travel-to-cuba-cuts-embassy-staff-report.html

Fun Luvr
09-29-17, 18:06
Busy time for me and no time to look this up right now. Does this mean if you don't already have a visa, you cannot legally travel to Cuba?

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/29/us-urges-no-travel-to-cuba-cuts-embassy-staff-report.htmlThe US Embassy in Havana will no longer be issuing visas to people in Cuba wanting to travel to the US. It does not affect the Cuban government issuing visas to visitors. I imagine that if there is not some resolution to the claims of the US personnel that were in Cuba, there could be more restrictions imposed by the US on travel from the US to Cuba.

Dccpa
09-29-17, 18:30
Thanks. I literally saw and posted that link as a client was walking into my office for a meeting. I was hoping that the limitation was for Cubans entering the US. If the warning scares away some US tourists, all the better for us.


The US Embassy in Havana will no longer be issuing visas to people in Cuba wanting to travel to the US. It does not affect the Cuban government issuing visas to visitors. I imagine that if there is not some resolution to the claims of the US personnel that were in Cuba, there could be more restrictions imposed by the US on travel from the US to Cuba.

Sammytheman
10-09-17, 01:47
Has anyone had success with adding Cubana friends on Facebook. I have sent friend requests to multiple girls and I see them updating their profiles but they neither accept or reject my requests.

Capichon2010
10-19-17, 17:44
Has anyone had success with adding Cubana friends on Facebook. I have sent friend requests to multiple girls and I see them updating their profiles but they neither accept or reject my requests.Hi,

Well I was in Cuba early this year and met some Cubanas. I also have requested some Cubanas as friends on FB and I've noticed that some have no interest in meeting strangers, while others do. In my opinion the least attractive ones are more likely to be interested but those very gorgeous have a good lifestyle and frequent fancy places in Varadero and Cuba, and don't seem to be interested. When I was in Havana Downtown, I met this local guy who was sort of my guide and introduced me to some girls from his neighborhood who were not "pros" but were willing to get down and dirty for some monetary help.

Capichon2010
10-19-17, 17:52
Hi,

I was in Cuba this year when traveling between the USA And the Island was pretty simple and straight forward and no one will ask anything when you came back to an airport in the USA I'd like to know how things are now? Are Americans flying directly and coming back directly or is it better to go through Mexico or Canada? I read that you can go directly from the USA But now you need to book a tour with a company in Cuba to do tourism and stuff, and it seems expensive. Please, help.

Thank you.

TravellerNjoy
10-20-17, 14:42
Hi,

I was in Cuba this year when traveling between the USA And the Island was pretty simple and straight forward and no one will ask anything when you came back to an airport in the USA I'd like to know how things are now? Are Americans flying directly and coming back directly or is it better to go through Mexico or Canada? I read that you can go directly from the USA But now you need to book a tour with a company in Cuba to do tourism and stuff, and it seems expensive. Please, help.

Thank you.No issues, went from USA and return to USA direct, the law is not written as of today. I pick this category.

Educational activities and people-to-people exchanges.

GaryBrisco
11-13-17, 13:24
Hello, good morning,

I've thought about making a trip with some friend to Cuba next year, but I'm worried about the political situation in the country with regards to escorts. We'the like to visit some clubs but I don't know if advertising brothels is allowed there. I'm also worried that most accommodation in Cuba are communal houses and I don't know if taking girls there is permitted. If anyone has any information about this I'the be really grateful, thanks.

Fun Luvr
11-13-17, 21:32
Hello, good morning,

I've thought about making a trip with some friend to Cuba next year, but I'm worried about the political situation in the country with regards to escorts. We'the like to visit some clubs but I don't know if advertising brothels is allowed there. I'm also worried that most accommodation in Cuba are communal houses and I don't know if taking girls there is permitted. If anyone has any information about this I'the be really grateful, thanks.Prostitution is illegal in Cuba, so there are no brothels. That is one of the reasons most ladies will not go in the same taxi as you. There are plenty of freelancers. The police usually do not bother tourists unless you are doing something stupid. There are many airbnb rooms and apartments. When trying to decide, send the owner a message and ask if LOCAL visitors are allowed.

If you are a US citizen traveling from the US, make a record of what you do and where you go. Check the Treasury Department's off-limits list, and don't go there. The new US rules make it a little more difficult to justify traveling there, but I think you can manage it. I haven't tried it, but I think if you hired an independent taxi driver (one with an old model US car) and visited some non-governmental places, you could probably figure out a way to account for eight hours a day helping support the Cuban people.

Hopefully we will have some people reporting on their return to the US since the new regulations went in effect.

Sammytheman
11-13-17, 22:00
Hi,

Well I was in Cuba early this year and met some Cubanas. I also have requested some Cubanas as friends on FB and I've noticed that some have no interest in meeting strangers, while others do. In my opinion the least attractive ones are more likely to be interested but those very gorgeous have a good lifestyle and frequent fancy places in Varadero and Cuba, and don't seem to be interested. When I was in Havana Downtown, I met this local guy who was sort of my guide and introduced me to some girls from his neighborhood who were not "pros" but were willing to get down and dirty for some monetary help.Were the girls that this local guy introduced you to "very gorgeous" or average? The reason I ask is I haven't met a beautiful girl that was introduced to me by a Cuban. ALL were average and the guy who brought them to me that they would be like J-Lo LOL.

Mondo707
11-15-17, 07:40
Hey,

That's for us that live here on the west coast in the US.

Alaska Airlines just announced it will be dropping its daily flight from the west coast by the middle of January, bummer.

It was so easy to hop on here at LAX and land in la Habana in 5 hours, oh well, it's good while it lasted. I've made 2 trips so far this year and all for $327 r / t!

Was planning my next trip this coming February for the annual Salsa fest, guess I need to go thru Fla now.

BTW, anyone can still book and go from here as long as you end your return trip by the middle of January and still for around $327 r / t.

Mondo.

Ee2002
11-15-17, 08:43
Hey,

That's for us that live here on the west coast in the US.

Alaska Airlines just announced it will be dropping its daily flight from the west coast by the middle of January, bummer.

It was so easy to hop on here at LAX and land in la Habana in 5 hours, oh well, it's good while it lasted. I've made 2 trips so far this year and all for $327 r / t!

Was planning my next trip this coming February for the annual Salsa fest, guess I need to go thru Fla now.

BTW, anyone can still book and go from here as long as you end your return trip by the middle of January and still for around $327 r / t.

Mondo.Damn it, just read about it on my phone. Those flights were awesome. That was the main reason I've made multiple trips in such a short time span. Us on the west coast don't have all the good latin American flights like they do on the east coast, so this was a pretty good deal. Like you said, it was good while it lasted.

TunningRob
11-15-17, 12:58
Hi friends!

I am preparing for a trip to Cuba in January on my own and I would like to clarify a couple of doubts.

Advertising escorting services is not allowed in Cuba and nor are there any brothels. How will I be able to find some escorts?

And another one: I have heard that Cuban landlords do not allow the tenants to come inside with local girls. Why doesn't the girl take you to her house, instead?

Thanks for your comments.

Sammytheman
11-15-17, 15:53
I'm glad US is cancelling flights to Cuba. Ever since US statted servicing 100's of flights to Cuba, we Canucks are getting gouged for flight tickets here from Canada to Cuba. I remember going to sunwing. Ca and under flights to Cuba I could choose at least 3 destinations at any month for $320 or leas roundtrip including tax. Now it is $500 minimim.

Mr Gogo
11-15-17, 16:23
I'm glad US is cancelling flights to Cuba. Ever since US statted servicing 100's of flights to Cuba, we Canucks are getting gouged for flight tickets here from Canada to Cuba. I remember going to sunwing. Ca and under flights to Cuba I could choose at least 3 destinations at any month for $320 or leas roundtrip including tax. Now it is $500 minimim.Flights from the States to Cuba averaged about 350 usd rt, so I don't think Canadian airlines raised the ticket prices to compete LOL. I think Cuba raised the prices for slots at the Cuban airports to be greedy and the Canadian airlines passed that on. Now let's see if Cuba lowers the price for slots (laugh)? Besides Cuba knows the Canadians love to escape the brutal winter and head to the Caribbean.

But yes the American president just did the Canadians a pussy favour. Enjoy my brother to the north.

RacShack
11-15-17, 16:46
I'm glad US is cancelling flights to Cuba. Ever since US statted servicing 100's of flights to Cuba, we Canucks are getting gouged for flight tickets here from Canada to Cuba. I remember going to sunwing. Ca and under flights to Cuba I could choose at least 3 destinations at any month for $320 or leas roundtrip including tax. Now it is $500 minimim.What about your basically same exact post in 10-14-15 #638 was it the "Americans "then too? It's like saying Canadians aren't the most cheapest people in the world, no respect for any other country they travel to and act like " they "are back home! How's the Canadian dollar these days? Is it as strong as the "American dollar" ? Or is it so weak that you have to watch every and every looney you spend? Just curious!

Free2
11-16-17, 03:45
I'm glad US is cancelling flights to Cuba. Ever since US statted servicing 100's of flights to Cuba, we Canucks are getting gouged for flight tickets here from Canada to Cuba. I remember going to sunwing. Ca and under flights to Cuba I could choose at least 3 destinations at any month for $320 or leas roundtrip including tax. Now it is $500 minimim.As much as I love my neighbours to the south, we will be very happy to have our Cuba back!! You Americans can go romp anywhere else, just leave us Canadians this 1 little paradise please. We freeze our asses off up here for 5 months a year. Have some compassion! LOL.

Dickhead
11-16-17, 07:14
I'm glad US is cancelling flights to Cuba. Ever since US statted servicing 100's of flights to Cuba, we Canucks are getting gouged for flight tickets here from Canada to Cuba. I remember going to sunwing. Ca and under flights to Cuba I could choose at least 3 destinations at any month for $320 or leas roundtrip including tax. Now it is $500 minimim.Perhaps you should contact the Department of Whimper and Snivel or just stay in Kannadda. That is some pretty rude shit, intentionally misspelling another country's name. And to the other gentleman from Canada, both people from the United States and from Canada are 'Americans,' as are people from about thirty other countries.

Mondo707
12-04-17, 23:02
Hey,

Got this email today (below) and I'm posting for some of you who are not clear on individual travel.

Mondo.

New Regulations Maintain.

Independent Travel.

New rules governing travel were announced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on November 9th. Essentially they were the same as had been announced in June, in conjunction with, but in contradiction to, President Trump's red hot anti-Cuba rhetoric. (see September newsletter).

However the intervening absurdity of the removal of 60% of US and Cuban diplomats and the obligatory but unwarranted travel warning had no discernible impact on the new policy. (see October newsletter).

Senator Rubio had been pushing for termination of diplomatic relations justified by the mysterious hearing and health problems of US diplomats in Havana--fueling speculation that hard liners in Miami might have been the motive if not the cause of the problem. Failing to achieve a total roll-back of Obama Administration reforms, he blamed the largely symbolic character of the new regulations on "bureaucrats in the State Department who oppose the President's Cuba policy. ".

Rubio's voiced concern was that Ministry of Tourism companies Cubanacan and Gran Caribe had not been included in the ban on Americans doing business with army-linked companies, based on the specious logic that the Minister was a retired army colonel. (For that matter he should have included Havanatur, the largest Tourism Ministry affiliate serving the US market.).

Since Rubio seemed to endorse broader use of the general license category "Support for the Cuban People" in June, it is not surprising that it has been put forward as the new means to undertake independent travel to Cuba. "Support" provides exactly the same opportunity as the now discarded individual general license for people to people travel, except that private casas particulares are mandated over government owned hotels.

I analyze the new option in detail here. Based on the new regulations, FAQs, and this excerpt from the Treasury Department press release, it is clear enough:

"OFAC is requiring that each traveler under this travel category engage in a full-time schedule of activities that result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba. Such activities must also enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities. Renting a room in a private Cuban residence (casa particular), eating at privately owned Cuban restaurants (paladares), and shopping at privately owned stores run by self-employed Cubans (cuentapropistas) are examples of authorized activities; however, in order to meet the requirement of a full-time schedule, a traveler must engage in additional authorized Support for the Cuban People activities. ".

"Or" is the critical word. The rest is political boilerplate that has been part of all authorized travel. "Meaningful interactions" are in the eye of the beholder and his or her integrity. Traveling alone, or with friends or family offers at least as much opportunity for meaningful interactions as joining a guided group tour but with greater spontaneity, and certainly more than provided by fully authorized one or two day cruise packages.

Ambiguity is introduced by the final language after the semi-colon. Given the "or" construction, it seems clear that the "additional" beyond personal maintenance of eating, sleeping and buying is whatever full time meaningful interaction one in good conscience undertakes.

However, whether through confusion, intentional political obfuscation or economic self-interest, journalists and travel providers have created an urban myth that independent travel is no longer possible.

The bottom line is that it is not in the interest of Cubans or Americans, or of their governments, to undermine the kind of travel that generates the greatest people to people interaction and economic benefit to the emerging private sector.

--John McAuliff.

Mondo707
01-13-18, 06:48
Hey y'all.

This post is directed mainly to those of you that are into the Salsa / Timba scene.

I am posting early since I know travel arrangements need to be made well in advance.

This year's fest will take place on 2/21 thru 2/24. The venue will the same, Parque Metropolitano.

There is a Facebook link below that has all the info on this event.

BTW, seems to me the after hours parties that follow the concerts are were the hotties will gather at.

In case anyone here is planning on going send me a PM.

Mondo.

https://es-la.facebook.com/FestivalDeLaSalsaEnCuba/

NamasteParis
03-08-18, 15:47
I just come back from a 3-weeks journey in Cuba. 4 days in La Habana, 5 days in Santiago, and 11 days in Trinidad.
I'm frequent traveller to Africa, Thailand, Philippines, and RepDom. My overall feeling is that Cuba is better for tourism or culture than for our prefered sport.

PROS:

* Cuba is the safest place of the world. No violence, no bad shouting, no street delinquance or groups of young thugs / junkies harassing you. You can bring your computer under your arm at the wifi spots without any concern. Nobody will grab it. I noticed that when people leave their house (at Santiago and Trinidad), they just leave the door open. When I mean open, it's not just unlocked, it IS open! Often times it happened that I called my neighboors by the open door, and nobody was there!
This apparent safety must be due to several factors, such as local people genuinely peaceful, strong police presence, and no disturbing immigrants / minority. In Cuba, you only see Cubans and tourists.

* People are not polluted by internet / smartphones yet. Hence a strong oral communication. A country where the chicas still use their phones to call (when they have a phone.) and not to send messages! Can you believe it? This strong oral communication environment reminded me Africa 30 years ago. Thus, a charming and more 'humanity'in the relationships.

* Chicas are not spoiled by massive sex tourism yet. At La Habana, the game is starting, but in the province, girls are still looking for real love, or serious relationship. I very seldom saw hardcore pros in Cuba, such like you can find everywhere in Sosua. It's not obvious whether a girl would take money as a gift, or as an offense. The game of pretended seduction is still there, even with a pro at La Rampa, "mio & tuyo" or "Up & down" clubs (La Habana).

* Very easy to approach people (and chicas). As Cuban people are very talkative, you can come straight to somebody and discuss of whatever. You will always be answered with a smile. Flirting in the street is part of Cuban life. When crossing a girl, just say "Oye Mami!" and the discussion begins! Collect phone numbers, or fix an appointment when she has no phone, and that's it!

* Cuban chicas often have big boobs, and a fit body. Dancing salsa and not eating french fries must help. Some morenas have light eyes.

* Some basic values are still considered better than money there. Such as 'family', 'unity', 'truth' and 'WORK'. If you want to impress your chica, don't give her money, but tell her instead that you have to work till late tonight, and you'll be suprised by her answer: she will tell you that she loves so much hardworking men, and she's sorry to disturb you, and she will take care of you after your work and so on. Jajaja.

* If you leave Cuban way, life is not expensive. Sleeping in a casa can be done around 15-20 USD / night for a very decent one.
Complete breakfast is 5 USD. And you can eat at Cuban restaurants (I mean where the Cuban people eat) for 4 USD (a big plate of rice + chicken + smashed yam or fried bananas, plus 'flan' dessert). These places are not indicated from outside, so you need to talk to Cuban people to know where these canteens are. Same for bakery. It just behind a normal door that you would never open without knowing it! There really is a Cuba for tourists (the one that you see), and an underground one for Cubans. In such places, local pesos CUP are used, but you can still pay in CUC (1 CUC = 24 or 25 CUP). If you are lucky enough to get the 3 CUP red bill with Che Guevara, keep it. It is said to bring luck!

CONS:

* prostitution is illegal, and police is everywhere where tourists are to enforce this prohibition. When talking to a chica, I several time was stopped in my discussion by 2 policemen, asking the girl what she was doing. They completly ignored me, as if I was invisible. You as a foreigner would never be ennoyed. But the girl might be, and may go to jail! If you want to experience Cuban sex, never book in a hotel. Local girls would NEVER been allowed there (unless you checked-in with her). You should book a casa particular, and a 'indepediente' one, so you don't have to cross the salon with all the family to get to your room. Let me explain you the registration process. ANY guest entering the casa must be registered, whatever nationality or relative it might be. So if you bring a chica there (of course, you asked the casa owner before booking if local guests are accepted), she must present her ID, and be registered in the guest logbook. Sometimes, in the independant casas, the logbook is in your room and you are the one to fulfill this duty.
This logbook is later controlled by the police. They cross the information of all casas, and if a girl is present too often at different places, she is caught and goes to jail. You understand now why so many chicas do NOT want to be registered. You should know also that if the guests are not registered, and police knows it, the casa owner loses its casa license, and business is over. So it's serious matter!
The chica game is therefore quite complicated in Cuba. As long as you spend the day together, go to the beach, and so on, Cuban chicas are just the best GFE in the world. But when time to sleep together is coming, it's always a headache in Cuba. Don't plan 'Todo la noche' there, it's almost impossible, except if you are involved in a 'serious' relationship of several days or weeks. When you want to do the deed, it's for 2 hours, at times when nobody is there to see you going in and out of the casa, or at casas that the girl knows (family's or friend's).
When you wake up in Sosua, or Bangkok, or Angeles City, you don't wonder if you'll fuck a girl of your taste tonight. You know you will, even if it is already 9 pm, and you smile all day long. In Cuba, the game is not as easy. My overall impression is that Cuba is not a monger playground, but rather a paradise for those looking for a good 'novia' or serious relationship. And this is not for tourists, but rather for people living there, or spending at least several months. It may take some time to find a gem.
Even though it's easy to approach girls, several times some 'normal' girls made me feel like they don't want to talk to me long time, as they were afraid to be seen talking with a foreigner.

* Food quality is quite low. I've never been sick though. No fruit abundance, and they are not sweet. Pineapple there just tastes like a raw potatoe! Cuban people don't like fruits anyway. Do you know that Cuba needs to import fruits to answer the tourist demand? That's crazy.
The cookers need to be trained also. Even at "recommended" restaurants, the food is no more than a 'standard' quality found in the US or Europe. The pizzas or ham and cheese sandwich that you can find everywhere (and very often that's all you can find!) are just uneatable.

La Habana:
I've been everywhere for chicas, thanks to this forum, and also some friends living there.
Best place for me was La Rampa (calle 23 at El Vedado), near the hotel St Johns and La Gruta disco.
Stunners can be had for 30 CUC LT. You need to know a bedroom where you can go without the registration problem.
If you want to dance salsa, and meet chicas, I would recommend the salon 1830, open air and facing the sea. Very good bands.
Some FL can be found at the bars Mio & Tuyo, and Up & Down. But no atmosphere, chicas are not smiling, and moody. Few exception though, you need to check every night.
Problem with La Habana, is the distance from one place to another. Be prepared to have a lot of small bills and time to spend in the taxi!
All the other places recommended in this forum were absolutely useless: Club La Red, Malecon, Casa de la musica Miramar, Salon Rojo, Habana Caf,. The only place I missed unfortunately was Don Cangrejo.
I didn't like La Habana so much. Very polluted by cars. Very noisy. Dirty. 2 days are enough!

Santiago:
The flight with the Cubana airways from La Habana was 5 hours late. So if you plan to fly with Cubana, be prepared to spend the day at the airport. I heard people with flight canceled.
Santiago is much nicer than La Habana. Streets are very clean, and some main streets are pedestrian only. At night, they even have some color lighting on the buildings, just like at Christmas time.
The beaches are dumps. BueyCabon and Siboney. Noisy with young Cuban people hanging screaming low quality loudspeakers, People throwing garbage everywhere, cans and plastic bags on the beach and floating in the sea. There are even pigs on the beach, to eat all this shit! So don't plan to go to the Santiago's beach, you'll be horrified.
For chicas, go at daytime at the 'Boulevard', a place named by the restaurant there (don't go to the restaurant, not good.). There are several bar terraces along the plaza de Dolores, with a square. Lot of chicas strolling there. "Oye mami!" and here she is, sitting at your table. ST can be free (but beach + restaurant) to 15 CUC. That's what I've paid.
Same in the Parque Cespedes (wifi spot, so plenty of chicas) and the overlooking terrace of the Casagranda Hotel, where you can enjoy a drink on a table, and work with your laptop with wifi.
At night, Claqueta, and Casa de Trova, near the same Parque Cespedes. Bar disco San Pauli at the top of the pedestrian main street.
All the other places were time wasting: Palmares, Disco Las Americas, La parillada, San Pedro, Santiago caf.

Trinidad.
What a lovely city! From a tourist point of view, the place to be, and stay!
The city is very clean, most of the streets are pedestrian. Very charming colonial style everywhere. Charming people.
Concerts of salsa all day long at different places, but all near to each other. The stairs of Casa de la Musica are a good place to sip a mojito, listen to live salsa, and enjoy wifi (well, when it works.).
Trinidad offers plenty of good restaurants, places to visit, and a very nice beach! Take a colletive taxi to the beach (8 CUC per car one way, so 2 CUC if you are 4 people, just wait few minutes there for other people going to the beach), at the corner of Cubatur. I don't recommend to take the 5 CUC bus, because it rides a long tour where nothing interesting can be seen, and takes 30 mn to reach the beach, instead of 10 mn with taxi. Beach is great: no dogs, no loud music, white sand, umbrellas and chairs (2 CUC / day), very clean, nice sea. A little Varadero. Sea is flat so good for kids too. DO TAKE mosquito spray, because after 5:30pm, sand fleas will ruin your hoilydays! (they call them jejenes)
A restaurant on the beach (at the middle) has decent food with correct prices.
At night, places to go are Casa de la Musica, Casa de la Trova, El Palenque, El Rincon de la salsa. Chicas are there to dance and listen to the band. Police presence is strong, and chica's fear also. If you want to spend some time with her, you should go to the swimming pool (and the rooms) of the hotel Las Cuevas, or same at Ma Dolores, a ranch few km in the countryside of Trinidad. This latter is frequented mostly by Cubans.

Telephone and internet:
Internet is present only at some wifi points in the cities. Mostly squares. Forget about the wifi points at the hotels, because they sell you cards at a worse price, and they will work ONLY at this hotel, and no other places.
You need to buy internet cards (1 h = 1 CUC) at the ETECSA agencies. The queue can be long, and average waiting time is 30 mn. There are always 2 lines (right and left of the entrance door): one for internet, one for phone line. So ask for the good one as soon as you arrive.
To use internet, go to a wifi point (easy to know as there are always plenty of people on their phone around), and switch on wifi. A login screen should appear. Simply enter your login and password shown on your ETECSA card, and it should work. Sometimes, it takes 10 tries to work!
A trick for phone calls: if you want to call someone with HIS credit, and not yours, dial the number with *99.
For example, you have no more credit, but want to call someone or just ring him.
His phone number is 53411234.
Call *9953411234, and he will be the one to pay!
The phone number displayed on his phone will be yours, but with 99 added at the begining and at the end.
So if someone calls you with a number beginning and ending with 99, you should be aware that you'll be the one to pay. The 99 is not a Cubacell bug!
When you record a contact on your phone, you should always add the same number with 99 added before and after the number, so that your phone can recognize who is calling you with such a collect call. My 2 cents.

Mr Gogo
03-09-18, 02:34
Great report Nam, best one in a long time. Good job.

Combo
03-09-18, 05:44
Namaste.

Nice rundown. A few comments. -- There is plenty of violence in Cuba. It's just that as a tourist, you won't be the object of it. I've been to some concerts in Havana where there have been multiple stabbings. I'm talking vicious shit. But this was far away from the tourist areas. And it was Cubans attacking Cubans. But if a Cubano attacks a tourist, they are fucked. They will go to jail a long time with no due process.

Also Cuba has a long history of chicas selling their bodies for money. You could almost say it's ingrained in the populace. When I first went in the 90's, the police allowed it and hookers were all over you as a male visitor. While it was illegal, the people were starving for hard currency and they made a decision to allow us to spend money on the girls. Around 2000 Castro started the crackdowns arresting girls. So nowadays, you don't see a similar dynamic to Brasil, Colombia, CR, and other locations where this hobby is legal. But it's very much there and there are plenty of hard-core chicas. I think you're correct that you find sweeter girls outside Havana. The sweet girls from the provinces used to flood into Havana to work. However, the government is now very restrictive on this, so if you want to find the small-town girls you need to get out of the City.

Another great thing about Cuba that you didn't mention is that you never (in my experience at least) run into a chica with silicone boobs or ass.

Ty Down
03-10-18, 17:17
I just returned home from Havana a couple weeks ago, my girl was telling me that the Castro's are on their way out and the new Dictator of Cuba (can't remember his name) is a hard core commie. The crack down on prostitution is going to be severe in the coming year she was telling me. 30 years in prison with no chance of parole, 30 years hard time. Period.

She told me that many girls will not be coming to Havana anymore, out of shear terror of being arrested and going to jail, including her. So I will be visiting other areas of Cuba in the future, I've already been over about half the Island, mostly Santa Clara, Ciego de Avlia, Cayo Coco areas.

The most striking thing I noticed this last trip, was the fact that I did not hear or see any Castro propaganda on the TV, what a relief from previous trips.

On a positive note, I did find a couple good restaurants this last trip. Decameron and Dona Juna. Both in Havana, outside of Havana, good luck finding anything edible.

Thanks for the report Namaste!! Good stuff.

Kafka
03-12-18, 14:16
I just returned home from Havana a couple weeks ago, my girl was telling me that the Castro's are on their way out and the new Dictator of Cuba (can't remember his name) is a hard core commie. The crack down on prostitution is going to be severe in the coming year she was telling me. 30 years in prison with no chance of parole, 30 years hard time. Period.

She told me that many girls will not be coming to Havana anymore, out of shear terror of being arrested and going to jail, including her. So I will be visiting other areas of Cuba in the future, I've already been over about half the Island, mostly Santa Clara, Ciego de Avlia, Cayo Coco areas.

The most striking thing I noticed this last trip, was the fact that I did not hear or see any Castro propaganda on the TV, what a relief from previous trips.

On a positive note, I did find a couple good restaurants this last trip. Decameron and Dona Juna. Both in Havana, outside of Havana, good luck finding anything edible.

Thanks for the report Namaste!! Good stuff.He is actually not a dictator. Maybe your girl should have explained Cubsn government a little better.

Ty Down
03-12-18, 18:06
He is actually not a dictator. Maybe your girl should have explained Cubsn government a little better.Cuba is a prison island, a place where the government owns everything including the people. You can call Castro "El Presidente all you want Kafka, I call it a dictatorship.

GrownMan1
03-12-18, 18:19
Namaste.


Another great thing about Cuba that you didn't mention is that you never (in my experience at least) run into a chica with silicone boobs or ass.I also love this about the Cubanas. The only body jobs ever seen was on the LBs and Cuba has it share.

Tavares
03-13-18, 00:40
Cuba is a prison island, a place where the government owns everything including the people. You can call Castro "El Presidente all you want Kafka, I call it a dictatorship.Yes it is a dictatorship of course but the successor (Diaz-Canel) and his generation of party apparatchiks can't wait to throw themselves in the arms of the USA.

But they will have to as long as Raul and what is left of the compaeros from Sierra Maestra are still alive and kicking.

Mondo707
03-15-18, 08:01
Hey,

Just got back from Cuba late last week and thought I post some info for you lucky bastards headed that way, LOL.

I found a new place to stay this time since my usual apt was not available. This time I stayed at the Focsa, that's the tall building that takes a whole block on 17th and M.

Owner was pretty cool, we arranged things thru WhatsApp and he sent me photos of the joint. Usually I travel solo but this time a guy I know here when I told him I was headed to Cuba asked me to if he could tag along and we made it over as a team.

The place is a 2 bedroom apt with share bath and is pretty decent for Cuba, located on the 15th floor with an amazing view of Hotel Nacional and beyond the sea and Morro castle. Seems a lot of USA mongers or maybe not, have cancelled trips since El Trompo put put a warning about Cuba travel.

Anyway, when we finally got to the apt and started to settle the rent I asked him if any exchange for CUC's was available and without hesitation he told us he could get us 96 CUC! For a 100 USD which is almost par since every country charges a 3% commission when exchanging foreign currency.

The thing about this building for you mongers that would want to stay here is that the chicas have to show their ID at the desk downstairs, so for most of you that would not work.

In case someone wants the owner info HMU and I'll send you his contact. Each room goes for $35 a night and is a complete apt with living room, kitchen bathroom and like I said an amazing view.

One other observation about the exchange rate into CUC's that the owner mentioned was that there is a rumor going around about the Gov finally making a decision to go back to one single currency. And that single currency would be the CUP or peso cubano not the CUC so he said a lot of people are nervous about having to explain to the Gov when exchanging their CUC for CUP where those came from, I think you get it, right?

Mondo.

Uncle Volodya
03-16-18, 00:31
I found a new place to stay this time since my usual apt was not available. This time I stayed at the Focsa, that's the tall building that takes a whole block on 17th and M.



The thing about this building for you mongers that would want to stay here is that the chicas have to show their ID at the desk downstairs, so for most of you that would not work.

In case someone wants the owner info HMU and I'll send you his contact. Each room goes for $35 a night and is a complete apt with living room, kitchen bathroom and like I said an amazing view.


Mondo.Sounds great. Thanks for sharing the info. I know the location and the view must be amazing. But with the ID hassle were you able to find girls that would go up to your room? It'd be a pity not to make full use of that view.

Mondo707
03-16-18, 05:19
Sounds great. Thanks for sharing the info. I know the location and the view must be amazing. But with the ID hassle were you able to find girls that would go up to your room? It'd be a pity not to make full use of that view.Hey Uncle,

Ha, Yeah I know what a waste. But like I posted before I don't go to Cuba so much for mongering as to try and find a girlfriend who is a regular gal not involved in the pro game.

I live in Socal and I'm quite satisfied with the mongering scene we have here and quite fond of the Asian variety, so yes while I do partake in Cuba sometimes it's not my main purpose when I travel there. I've thru the years met some nice Cubanas but so far never one which I would call my girl, YET.

Btw, I had a gal I had met before who I took upstairs and wasn't asked for her ID, but she again is a regular civie and not a pro so I think the people at the front desk were able to tell she's not "working"

Mondo.

Uncle Volodya
03-16-18, 16:08
Hey Uncle,

Ha, Yeah I know what a waste. But like I posted before I don't go to Cuba so much for mongering as to try and find a girlfriend who is a regular gal not involved in the pro game.

I live in Socal and I'm quite satisfied with the mongering scene we have here and quite fond of the Asian variety, so yes while I do partake in Cuba sometimes it's not my main purpose when I travel there. I've thru the years met some nice Cubanas but so far never one which I would call my girl, YET.

Btw, I had a gal I had met before who I took upstairs and wasn't asked for her ID, but she again is a regular civie and not a pro so I think the people at the front desk were able to tell she's not "working"

Mondo.Thanks for your reply. And good luck with your quest. I think a nice unspoiled Cubana would make a nice long term companion. I just wish my Spanish was better.

Bart1
03-17-18, 17:33
Hey,

Just got back from Cuba late last week and thought I post some info for you lucky bastards headed that way, LOL.

I found a new place to stay this time since my usual apt was not available. This time I stayed at the Focsa, that's the tall building that takes a whole block on 17th and M.

Owner was pretty cool, we arranged things thru WhatsApp and he sent me photos of the joint. Usually I travel solo but this time a guy I know here when I told him I was headed to Cuba asked me to if he could tag along and we made it over as a team.

The place is a 2 bedroom apt with share bath and is pretty decent for Cuba, located on the 15th floor with an amazing view of Hotel Nacional and beyond the sea and Morro castle. Seems a lot of USA mongers or maybe not, have cancelled trips since El Trompo put put a warning about Cuba travel.

Anyway, when we finally got to the apt and started to settle the rent I asked him if any exchange for CUC's was available and without hesitation he told us he could get us 96 CUC! For a 100 USD which is almost par since every country charges a 3% commission when exchanging foreign currency.

The thing about this building for you mongers that would want to stay here is that the chicas have to show their ID at the desk downstairs, so for most of you that would not work.

In case someone wants the owner info HMU and I'll send you his contact. Each room goes for $35 a night and is a complete apt with living room, kitchen bathroom and like I said an amazing view.

One other observation about the exchange rate into CUC's that the owner mentioned was that there is a rumor going around about the Gov finally making a decision to go back to one single currency. And that single currency would be the CUP or peso cubano not the CUC so he said a lot of people are nervous about having to explain to the Gov when exchanging their CUC for CUP where those came from, I think you get it, right?

Mondo.That talk about single currency has been going on for years, cuc to cup, when 98% of the stores take only cuc, I wouldn't bet on it. Things change slowly in Cuba, IMHO I think no change, also it would screw up the cubans selling the 3 pesos cup note with che for 3 cuc at 25 times markup and giving the newer 3 pesos cup coin back in your change for the same size looking 1 cuc coin, at only 8 x markup, got to luv those cubans as it makes their day outwitting a gringo, as the mexicans say "how can a gringo have so much money and be so fuking stupid".

Rebel Monger
03-18-18, 22:11
..."how can a gringo have so much money and be so fucking stupid"...I think that the reason is that gringos, when buying in third world countries, compare to prices in USA, like when a very hot puta quotes $100 for a short time, the gringo's head goes like: "I could not even get something like that in New York for $1,000," without realizing that $100 is what a person makes in a month in that country. Besides, most of those so called "stupid gringos" are not really the sharpest tool in the shed, just try to deal with real businessmen gringos in a normal business setting and you'll see how stupid they are NOT!

By the way, "Americanized foreigners" are worst than gringos because on top of it all, we like to pretend that we are what we are NOT: wealthy!

BrasilSoccer0
03-18-18, 22:41
Well said my friend.

The reason why they have turist traps is because locals have figured out most tourists judge and compare the local cost of goods / services with their respective home country equivalents so the locals can inflate and still be under the price of the gringo's home.

With respect to us mongers, well we are sexTURISTS and the girls are the goods and what they provide are the services. Some of us just need to wise up and use more logic than emotion when we make our purchases as TURISTS!


I think that the reason is that gringos, when buying in third world countries, compare to prices in USA, like when a very hot puta quotes $100 for a short time, the gringo's head goes like: "I could not even get something like that in New York for $1,000," without realizing that $100 is what a person makes in a month in that country. Besides, most of those so called "stupid gringos" are not really the sharpest tool in the shed, just try to deal with real businessmen gringos in a normal business setting and you'll see how stupid they are NOT!

By the way, "Americanized foreigners" are worst than gringos because on top of it all, we like to pretend that we are what we are NOT: wealthy!

Mondo707
03-19-18, 05:09
Well said my friend.

The reason why they have turist traps is because locals have figured out most tourists judge and compare the local cost of goods / services with their respective home country equivalents so the locals can inflate and still be under the price of the gringo's home.

With respect to us mongers, well we are sexTURISTS and the girls are the goods and what they provide are the services. Some of us just need to wise up and use more logic than emotion when we make our purchases as TURISTS!Hey,

I have to agree with both Brasil and Rebel about prices when going abroad mongering. After you you go there enough times you get a sense what locals pay for stuff and can are able to navigate the place without overpaying for things.
Btw, I get in most joints (Casa de la Musica/Don Cancrejo,etc.)paying in CUP instead of CUC, so if you can speak Cubano Espaol one is able to take advantage of lots of places without paying tourist prices. I always exchange CUC's into CUP for this reason also when taking Almendrones (route taxis)

That's the main reason I hate hiring taxis in Cuba, most try to hustle you on fairs most of the time unless you have set fares like at the airport.

Mondo.

ps Hey Brasil, can we count on Brasil to get to the finals in Rusia this time around?

BeersTerry
03-28-18, 01:58
That talk about single currency has been going on for years, cuc to cup, when 98% of the stores take only cuc, I wouldn't bet on it. Things change slowly in Cuba, IMHO I think no change, also it would screw up the cubans selling the 3 pesos cup note with che for 3 cuc at 25 times markup and giving the newer 3 pesos cup coin back in your change for the same size looking 1 cuc coin, at only 8 x markup, got to luv those cubans as it makes their day outwitting a gringo, as the mexicans say "how can a gringo have so much money and be so fuking stupid".Things are priced in both cup and cuc now with some places that have prices if you pay with credit card (added charge of about 4 1/2% if I remember correctly).

Havana Beta
04-10-18, 23:25
Can someone explain this: it looks like they shift the decimal-point when writing the price in CUP. For example $4.00 is actually 40 pesos; or about $1.60 US?

CubanFun
04-11-18, 17:55
Can someone explain this: it looks like they shift the decimal-point when writing the price in CUP. For example $4.00 is actually 40 pesos; or about $1.60 US?I am not sure what the rate is now, but a year ago it was 25 CUP to 1 CUC / Dollar.

Mondo707
04-12-18, 05:18
I am not sure what the rate is now, but a year ago it was 25 CUP to 1 CUC / Dollar.Rates vary between 24 to 25 CUP to one CUC.

Mondo.

Holonia
04-28-18, 12:17
Hi,

I plan to go to Cuba for 10 days.

A. can you give me names of best clubs to meet girls?

B. In Thailand Pattaya is the main place to meet a girl, where is the best city in Cuba, I heard Havana is not the place and prices are high.

Can someone give me some tips, casa, clubs, and places to visit.

Thanks.

TxSnake
04-29-18, 01:52
Hi,

I plan to go to Cuba for 10 days.

A. can you give me names of best clubs to meet girls?

B. In Thailand Pattaya is the main place to meet a girl, where is the best city in Cuba, I heard Havana is not the place and prices are high.

Can someone give me some tips, casa, clubs, and places to visit.

Thanks.Go to a wi-fi hotspot near a university. Start conversing with younger couples. Tell some of them that you're a lonely tourist looking for a companion, offering them 10 CUC if they have a friend, neighbor or relative they can set you up with. Let them know that you're willing to take advice on how to be discreet so that no one gets into trouble. DO NOT enter the university grounds or you will call attention to yourself by the authorities. Taxi drivers, horse carriage drivers and casa owners can also help. Don't talk explicitly about sex.

Sammytheman
04-29-18, 03:18
Go to a wi-fi hotspot near a university. Start conversing with younger couples. Tell some of them that you're a lonely tourist looking for a companion, offering them 10 CUC if they have a friend, neighbor or relative they can set you up with. Let them know that you're willing to take advice on how to be discreet so that no one gets into trouble. DO NOT enter the university grounds or you will call attention to yourself by the authorities. Taxi drivers, horse carriage drivers and casa owners can also help. Don't talk explicitly about sex.They will find someone alright but not someone bangable. From experience with Cubans, a lot of times when I asked for them to find me a girl, they found whoever they could as fast as possible. Most were ugly LOL!! It is better to choose a girl then get a Cuban to help you.

TxSnake
04-29-18, 15:06
They will find someone alright but not someone bangable. From experience with Cubans, a lot of times when I asked for them to find me a girl, they found whoever they could as fast as possible. Most were ugly LOL!! It is better to choose a girl then get a Cuban to help you.It worked for me. In Santa Clara they set me up with a 25 year old colleague. It was in front of the medical school. The only minus is that she would not do BBFS, reminding me that she was going to be a doctor in less than a year and knew how stupid that was. She was pretty, at least an 8/10, and nervous as can be. She told me that if she got caught, he whole career would go down the drain, however, she was desperate for money. When I called her afterwards, she was too afraid to try it again.

Chris H
04-30-18, 12:28
DO NOT enter the university grounds or you will call attention to yourself by the authorities. I have no idea why you are saying this. We go on the campus of the University all the time, no problems at all. We even get invited to parties and other social events around the University area.

Mondo707
05-13-18, 08:39
Hey,

This is for those of you that enjoy Cuba's music. I was impressed by this group of young musicians interpreting different genres of Cuban music.

This is an event that's taking place in D. C. at the Kennedy Center and goes on till the next week on the 20th. Wish I was in the area to check it out myself.

Enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INOA9V-QQy8&index=1&list=PL9vB_O_Z8-_bwIvfzGQOICE1ZKUdxhRMC.

Mondo.

BTW, Could not help to check out the 2 cubanitas playing the violin, 9-1/2 in my book.

JoseMartinez78
07-07-18, 15:51
Any good massage Parlour in Cuba to have some extras?

Sammytheman
07-08-18, 04:33
It worked for me. In Santa Clara they set me up with a 25 year old colleague. It was in front of the medical school. The only minus is that she would not do BBFsWhy would you even think of having bareback sex with a stranger in a 3rd world country?

Helpmann
07-13-18, 21:27
I would appreciate it if anyone can comment on the brands and models of cellphones that the club girls typically have? Are they primarily carrying flip phones or smartphones, Galaxies, or iPhones, and if so, what models?

Thanks,
Helpmann

Mondo707
07-14-18, 08:12
I would appreciate it if anyone can comment on the brands and models of cellphones that the club girls typically have? Are they primarily carrying flip phones or smartphones, Galaxies, or iPhones, and if so, what models?

Thanks,
HelpmannHey,

For the most part phones from Huawei will work in Cuba. This Chinese company made a deal with the Cuban government back in 2015 to provide expertise in the development of the Cuban infrastructure for digital technology.

I've seen lots of Samsung phones around, maybe a gen or two back from the new ones.

I have a Moto G4 which is unlocked and works in Cuba + I own my line (meaning a local tele #) since I usually travel a couple of times a year.

I think most Cubans get their phones from relatives and or friends abroad, specially in the USA, or mongers like us who "donate" our older phones to the chicas.

Don't be surprised if one of your chicas asks you for an Iphone, specially if you hang with the higher $$$ ones. LOL.

Mondo.

Helpmann
07-14-18, 18:58
Thanks for the info Mondo707.

I haven't been to Havana in many years and was wondering if it was worth buying a couple of iPhone 5's (~$70) to seal any negotiations with "club" chicas, which is all I will have access to on this trip.

To put it another way, would a "club" chica prefer an iPhone 5 and $30 or just $100?

BTW, what is the market rate for an iPhone 5 or 6 in Cuba?


Thanks,
Helpmann

Dg8787
07-14-18, 21:30
Thanks for the info Mondo707.

I haven't been to Havana in many years and was wondering if it was worth buying a couple of iPhone 5's (~$70) to seal any negotiations with "club" chicas, which is all I will have access to on this trip.

To put it another way, would a "club" chica prefer an iPhone 5 and $30 or just $100?

BTW, what is the market rate for an iPhone 5 or 6 in Cuba?


Thanks,
HelpmannI have not been to Cuba but have been to other developing countries and brought cell phones to them.

1. Make sure your cp's are unlocked and work on GSM networks. Verizon phones (CMDA) will not work there. If your are bringing iPhones then bring the appropriate chargers and cables for them.

2. In my experience the girls love cell phones, it is something they really can't afford. Now are they willing to exchange services for them? They are willing to but the NEED for money for food and survival will take priority. I wouldn't offer them without adding cash to the mix, it will only create disappointment. It is almost like showing a child a toy and then telling them they can't have it.

3. I personally don't barter with the cp for services but give it to my farvorite girls after a few sessions.

You can get a decent new unlocked smart GSM cell phones from amazon for <$100. Add a glass screen protector and case for <$10 and you will be Big Guy on Campus. The problem with used iPhones are they are used with questionable battery life and possibly other problems. OTOH, Iphones do last a long time.

I belive flip phones are obsolete now. Best to get smart phones.

Good luck.

NamasteParis
07-16-18, 16:44
Make sure your cp's are unlocked and work on GSM networks.This is not enough. Make sure it's operator unlocked, and also unlocked to work in Cuba specifically!

I know some phones (eg samsung galaxy) refuses to work with a Cuban SIM. Yes, phones can be locked regarding the country of the SIM card.

As Iphone is from US, I would be doubtful it can accept a cuban ETECSA SIM.

As LostInParadise said, I think an Iphone is just too much. They wouldn't use 10% of the features.

Even the girls owning a smatphone won't download and use whatsapp, because it would burn too much units!

The beauty of Cuba is that people still use phones to CALL, and chatting with VOICE and not messages is still the standard there. Please keep this alive!

Vedado Fun
07-16-18, 19:22
This is not enough. Make sure it's operator unlocked, and also unlocked to work in Cuba specifically!

I know some phones (eg samsung galaxy) refuses to work with a Cuban SIM. Yes, phones can be locked regarding the country of the SIM card.

As Iphone is from US, I would be doubtful it can accept a cuban ETECSA SIM.

As LostInParadise said, I think an Iphone is just too much. They wouldn't use 10% of the features.

Even the girls owning a smatphone won't download and use whatsapp, because it would burn too much units!

The beauty of Cuba is that people still use phones to CALL, and chatting with VOICE and not messages is still the standard there. Please keep this alive!I've been going to Havana for more than 15 years.

Samsung Galaxy phones do work in Cuba. Some models have problems with the WIFI there but that can be fixed with a little software tweak at most any cellphone shop in Havana. Cuba does have the technology to lock phones now but you would have to contact Etecsa and give them the IMEI number of your lost or stolen phone to have it locked. They would probably only do this for a Cuban. Almost any phone that has been unlocked will be useable in Cuba with a Cuban Sim card. An iPhone from the US will accept a Cuban Sim card providing it's not a special iPhone that doesn't take a Sim card. Sim cards are the same all over the world. Yes Sim cards do come in different sizes but in most cases they can be cut down in size to fit. (Micro to Nano size for example). I personally have 2 Cuban Sim cards. One Micro and one Nano size. I've used these cards in many different types of phones including older Samsung Galaxies and newer iPhones without any problems. The older Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 did have the WIFI problem. An S7 I tried did not have this problem.

Cubans have whatever phones we have in our countries and they use whatever apps we do as long as the app isn't blocked by the Cuban government. The most common app they use for chatting is IMO. The girls don't care so much about using up their time because a lot of them have more than one family member of friend topping up their phones for free whenever there's a special available. A lot of them resell some of the time off their phones. This is an easy way of them to get free cash after they get a free top up. You gain very little from giving a chica a free phone or any gift. They only count real cash as money. There are many chicas walking around with high end cellphones that were mostly given to them by foreigners or they got a good deal on them because they were stolen. If you do give a phone to a chica it probably won't be long before she's asking for money to fix it or for a new phone. This is just another way for them to scam us. Money is number one for them so of course they know all the tricks and scams there are about money. Unfortunately we all fall for some of these tricks or scams now and then. That's the price we have to pay to play. LOL.

Helpmann
07-17-18, 04:01
...They only count real cash as money. There are many chicas walking around with high end cellphones that were mostly given to them by foreigners or they got a good deal on them because they were stolen...Very helpful.

NamasteParis
07-17-18, 17:21
I've been going to Havana for more than 15 years.

Samsung Galaxy phones do work in Cuba. Some models have problems with the WIFI there but that can be fixed with a little software tweak at most any cellphone shop in Havana. Cuba does have the technology to lock phones now but you would have to contact Etecsa and give them the IMEI number of your lost or stolen phone to have it locked. They would probably only do this for a Cuban. Almost any phone that has been unlocked will be useable in Cuba with a Cuban Sim card. An iPhone from the US will accept a Cuban Sim card providing it's not a special iPhone that doesn't take a Sim card. Sim cards are the same all over the world. Yes Sim cards do come in different sizes but in most cases they can be cut down in size to fit. (Micro to Nano size for example). I personally have 2 Cuban Sim cards. One Micro and one Nano size. I've used these cards in many different types of phones including older Samsung Galaxies and newer iPhones without any problems. The older Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 did have the WIFI problem. An S7 I tried did not have this problem.

Well thanks for the correction. I personnaly brought an old Samsung Galaxy S6 from Thailand and wanted to give it, but it never worked with the ETECSA Sim card, although it worked with thai and european SIM cards. Hence my message. Maybe because I bought it in Thailand, I don't know.

Besides, you are fully right about the nonsense to give expensive / fashionable / up-to-date phones. Cash is king there, and I'm sure the chicas will find the phone of their dreams with your cash. If such a phone means a priority in their life.

Chris H
07-19-18, 12:53
Any good massage Parlour in Cuba to have some extras?No, not really, all legit spots.

Thunder 01
07-20-18, 18:07
I go to Cuba all the time and get $40 forball nighters. Never get ask to pay before hand. Last time I went had some ask before hand as well as $70-80 for a one shot. You are killing us! SMH! Unbelievable. Last time was 7 days, had 13 ladies, including3 overnighter all for a total of around 400! Quit Americanizing Cuba.


Thanks for the info Mondo707.

I haven't been to Havana in many years and was wondering if it was worth buying a couple of iPhone 5's (~$70) to seal any negotiations with "club" chicas, which is all I will have access to on this trip.

To put it another way, would a "club" chica prefer an iPhone 5 and $30 or just $100?

BTW, what is the market rate for an iPhone 5 or 6 in Cuba?


Thanks,
Helpmann

Dena0
07-20-18, 23:01
I just come back from a 3-weeks journey in Cuba. 4 days in La Habana, 5 days in Santiago, and 11 days in Trinidad.
I'm frequent traveller to Africa, Thailand, Philippines, and RepDom. My overall feeling is that Cuba is better for tourism or culture than for our prefered sport.
... My 2 cents.Thank you for a really useful post.

Chris H
07-25-18, 12:59
I go to Cuba all the time and get $40 forball nighters. Never get ask to pay before hand. Last time I went had some ask before hand as well as $70-80 for a one shot. You are killing us! SMH! Unbelievable. Last time was 7 days, had 13 ladies, including3 overnighter all for a total of around 400! Quit Americanizing Cuba.Exactly!! Stop trying to be some high roller. $20-$40 cuc, period.

Helpmann
07-27-18, 17:23
Exactly!! Stop trying to be some high roller. $20-$40 cuc, period.You're paying $20-$40 cuc for an '8' from Casa de la Musica? If so, post a photo.

-Helpmann

Chris H
07-27-18, 20:00
You're paying $20-$40 cuc for an '8' from Casa de la Musica? If so, post a photo.

-HelpmannI have already posted, many pictures. Your 8, may be different from my 8, 9, or 10. Diferent strokes, for different folks.

NamasteParis
07-27-18, 21:37
Thank you for a really useful post.Thanks Dena0!

Sammytheman
07-28-18, 04:53
You're paying $20-$40 cuc for an '8' from Casa de la Musica? If so, post a photo.

-HelpmannI don't think he said he paid $40 CUCS for chicas at Casa De La Music's. I've paid $50 though for a chica at Galeano location.

El Grande
07-29-18, 19:46
I don't think he said he paid $40 CUCS for chicas at Casa De La Music's. I've paid $50 though for a chica at Galeano location.Girls in clubs as casa de la musica are more expensive because they usually also pay full entry (although the casa de la musica was better in this relation as they offered a CUP entry for Cubans), need to buy at least one drink upon entrance and have to give 10 $ to their driver outside. This investment has to be discounted from what you pay. She might be cheaper if you ask for her number and meet her the next day in private.

BTW the taxista gets his 10 $ even if you take her home in your private car. These guys are like chulos that pick the girls up and bring them to the discos and back home. They also drive around the block checking the police situation and look after the girls once they go with yumas.

NamasteParis
07-30-18, 11:20
You're paying $20-$40 cuc for an '8' from Casa de la Musica? If so, post a photo.

-HelpmannSorry to interfere with this post, but this forum is the last one I would post pictures. Two reasons:

1/ most of Cuban girls have a strong family life, and a pride to preserve. A picture in this forum could ruin their life.

2/ the cat / mouse game with the police. As this forum is certainly followed by at least one officer, any picture would be added to the putas / FL police database. And this could ruin the girl's life too.

If you liked her, she certainly doesn't deserve this.

Stay safe, and respect people, especially in Cuba I should say. This is not Pattaya or AC, where girls even ask you to snapshot them.

Kelso1
07-30-18, 12:15
Sorry to interfere with this post, but this forum is the last one I would post pictures. Two reasons:

1/ most of Cuban girls have a strong family life, and a pride to preserve. A picture in this forum could ruin their life.

2/ the cat / mouse game with the police. As this forum is certainly followed by at least one officer, any picture would be added to the putas / FL police database. And this could ruin the girl's life too.

If you liked her, she certainly doesn't deserve this.

Stay safe, and respect people, especially in Cuba I should say. This is not Pattaya or AC, where girls even ask you to snapshot them.It is about time that the fact that other non friendly's are keeping an eye on things from ISG has been noted.

I also strongly recommend not posting of your travel plans. I'm sure in the past a monger has been pulled from the line after just getting off the plane due to his posting history. Very easy for them to single out one of the few Gringos as they enter the country. Your laptop, and phone will be looked at. Also under cross examination it would be most smart to stick to the tourist reason for your visit. The last thing you want to say is you are visiting someone. For sure if you say that you will be asked to call them to verify your statement.

One more point to note is I have many times on the incoming plane hear mongers talking freely, and quite loud about their adventures in the past. There are many locals on the plane who understand English, and why give them a bad feeling for visitors such as ourselves?

Holonia
08-17-18, 16:56
Hi,

I try to read a lot in this forum but its very hard to understand Cuba. So I will be glad to get some beginners help.

A. can you point me to a monger guide to Cuba?

B. Where can I find girl friendly casa?

C. Where in Cuba is the best place for mongers (like Thailand. Pattaya).

D. I can't talk Latin. But I know how to hit on girls. , can someone point me to clubs, places to meet girls.

And for the last.

Do I need to skip Cuba and go to dominican republic. Is Cuba a gem or over-rated place.

Thanks!

Mondo707
08-22-18, 06:29
Hey,

Thought I post this link to FAC (Fabrica del Arte) for those of you not familiar with this place located in the Vedado section of la Habana. Calle 26 why 11.

Link is in Español but you still get a feel for the place.

I recommend this place to anybody who asks me about places not to be missed in Habana.

Everyone from Mick Jagger to Michelle Obama has visited and so should you too.

It's quite busy on weekends so unless you get there early expect a queue to get in.

Not really a mongering place although last time I was there while talking to one of the guys that worked there, he pointed me to some chicas willing to party.

Mondo.

https://youtu.be/yA1IjxJHocM

Mondo707
10-06-18, 02:28
Hey,

Just saw this and figured I'd post for those of you into Rock & Roll. Blondie is going to be playing in la Habana next year.

This will give you a heads up in case you'll be in la Habana at the time. I think I'd be best to have someone in la Habana purchase the tixs in advance since these shows tend to sell out fast. It's taking place at the teatro Mella which is on Linea in the Vedado section. In case you are not successful there are always scalpers for the last minute tixs.

Link below.

Mondo.

https://blondieinhavana.com/

Mondo707
11-05-18, 09:05
Hey,

Read some posts on the Havana thread regarding crime in Havana / Cuba. Seems to me that people have opinions and some do not necessarily mirror reality. I'll post a link below for those interested on some FACT based stats about crimes in Cuba. I think their assessment of Cuba is spot on.

I didn't want to put this post on the Havana thread since it's obvious a general issue related topic for the whole country and not only to Havana.

Cuba is overall a safe country. Taking normal safety precautions are recommended as you would in any other country. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other country. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables.

BTW, when was the last time anyone heard of a mass shooting in Cuba?

Mondo.

https://safearound.com/americas/cuba/

BeersTerry
11-05-18, 18:27
Hey,

Read some posts on the Havana thread regarding crime in Havana / Cuba. Seems to me that people have opinions and some do not necessarily mirror reality. I'll post a link below for those interested on some FACT based stats about crimes in Cuba. I think their assessment of Cuba is spot on.

I didn't want to put this post on the Havana thread since it's obvious a general issue related topic for the whole country and not only to Havana.

Cuba is overall a safe country. Taking normal safety precautions are recommended as you would in any other country. Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behaviour as you would in any other country. Watch out for pickpockets in tourist areas and protect your valuables.

BTW, when was the last time anyone heard of a mass shooting in Cuba?

Mondo.

https://safearound.com/americas/cuba/The last mass shooting I heard of in Cuba was at least 15 years ago. It was not so much a random thing as it was payback for an immigration issue gone wrong as much of a family died while being freighted to the USA Of course, the entrepreneurs in Cuba selling the services ended up dead at a roadside shooting.

Mondo707
12-07-18, 07:09
Hey,

Starting today Cuba's phone company (Etecsa) announced mobile internet availability. Seems to be 3 G, nonetheless seems to be available around the island. No longer one needs to go to a Wifi spot to do this. Hope 4 G will be coming soon. Different data usage plans available for monthly use.

Mondo.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/cuba-lifts-ban-cellphone-internet-105355123.html

DocInHeat
12-08-18, 15:23
It was very funny, I was once again attempting to access the internet from my hotel and on the news came these stories. And how Cuba has some of the worst internet access in the world. But they've finally come to the realization that they need to open up access at least a little. We'll see how this initiative works.

Doc.


Hey,

Starting today Cuba's phone company (Etecsa) announced mobile internet availability. Seems to be 3 G, nonetheless seems to be available around the island. No longer one needs to go to a Wifi spot to do this. Hope 4 G will be coming soon. Different data usage plans available for monthly use.

Mondo.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/cuba-lifts-ban-cellphone-internet-105355123.html

Dccpa
12-13-18, 03:30
Hadn't any reports lately and I have some friends going early January.

Zeos1
12-13-18, 04:14
Hadn't any reports lately and I have some friends going early January.I think it is pegged to the US dollar, so you should pay approximately $1.12 or $1.13 per CUC. Which is $1 plus 10% penalty plus whatever exchange costs are. I've never used USD there. If you use Euros or Can $ you have to account for exchanging into that, and then whatever the exchange rate between that currency and USD will be the base for conversion. Gets complicated. But by doing that you don't get the 10% penalty. But in effect have 2 exchange transactions. Which may be 5% (2.5 x 2).

Free2
12-13-18, 17:08
Just got back from Varadero, and at the airport they gave me 0. 70 CUC for every Canadian dollar. Ouch.

NamasteParis
12-13-18, 20:48
Just got back from Varadero, and at the airport they gave me 0. 70 CUC for every Canadian dollar. Ouch.Again, for all of you that have a bank card that is NOT US originated, you'd better use the ATM. You'll get the best exchange rate, moreover if your bank doesn't charge foreign currency commission.

Dccpa
12-14-18, 14:06
I think it is pegged to the US dollar, so you should pay approximately $1.12 or $1.13 per CUC. Which is $1 plus 10% penalty plus whatever exchange costs are. I've never used USD there. If you use Euros or Can $ you have to account for exchanging into that, and then whatever the exchange rate between that currency and USD will be the base for conversion. Gets complicated. But by doing that you don't get the 10% penalty. But in effect have 2 exchange transactions. Which may be 5% (2.5 x 2).I was referring to the black market (street) rate.

Mr Gogo
12-14-18, 14:45
I was referring to the black market (street) rate.The black market street rate is. 93-. 96 for crisp 100 usd notes. Even though I've used the same guy about 20 times I still get nervous when he disappears into the back room for 10 minutes. Back in the day they would all be hanging around the bank near Inglaterra hotel. They would count out the money to you first.

One time Growmman and I met a taxi guy that picked us up at the airport. He took us to this mansion and allegedly the guy was offering 1 cuc for 1 usd but we didn't get that good a deal when we arrived. The guy was rich and would give his wife USD to travel to Miami to shop. CUC is useless outside of Cuba.

Peaty
12-16-18, 15:44
Hey,

I'll be visiting Cuba and will be staying along the Havana coast at the Playas del Este.

I have been recommended an All Inclusive stay at the MarAzul (formerly Tropicoco) which is indeed a good deal.

But the big question is: Do they allow chicas in that hotel? Can I even bring one there every day? Do I have to bribe the guard? I'd like to go for the girlfriend experience and not steal away to some cheap hourly casa nearby every time I want to do the deed.

If All Inclusive at MarAzul does not allow chicas, do you know any that do?

If not, can I easily bring chicas to the AirBnbs and CasasParticulares in the surrounding area, probably Guanabo?

TLDR: How do I best bring girls to my hotel / casa in Playas del Este?

Thanks!

Mondo707
07-09-19, 05:14
Hey,

Starting this weekend Cuba's rail system is offering new service throughout most of Eastern Cuba.

So, for those of you who like venturing out into the countryside this seems like a good option.

The article below mainly gives out the info along with prices. Those prices are in CUP (Cuban pesos) so not sure how it would work with CUC yet.

I know if I was to go I'd have not problem getting by with CUP as I always exchange some CUC into CUP.

BTW, the railroad system has always been a nightmare in Cuba, would not recommend to anyone, hope things improve with the new railroad cars.

For those who are fluent in Español I included the original article, the rest of you do a Google transalation.

Mondo.

8 julio 2019.

2.

A partir del prximo 13 de julio una noticia muy esperada por miles de cubanos se har realidad: Iniciar el servicio de transportaciand ferroviaria con LOS coches chinos adquiridos recientemente en el pas. Para conocer en detalles see youles serand LOS precios, LOS itinerarios why otros elementos imprescindible de cara al nuevo servicio, la Mesa Redonda dialog con el ministro del ramo why otros directivos de la Uniand de Ferrocarriles de Cuba.

Un cambio radical para el ferrocarril cubano.

En la ciudad de LOS parques, LOS nuevos coches de tren adquiridos por Cuba. Foto: Aroldo Garca Fombellida.

Al valorar la transportaciand ferroviaria en Cuba, el Ministro del Transporte, Eduardo Rodrguez thevila, explic que tiene muchas potencialidades, pero que sufri un gran deterioro en LOS ltimos aos.

"Hoy la calidad de LOS servicios ferroviarios no es buena. De hecho, en 2018 no logramos subir de 153 trenes, contando LOS coches motores. El mal estado de LOS vagones no ayuda. Adems, desde la thecada de 1970 Cuba no reciba trenes nuevos. Solo haban llegado al pas coches de segunda mano con varios aos de explotaciand", coment.

Frente a esa realidad, el pas impulsa desde hace aos un programa de modernizaciand del ferrocarril en Cuba. En ese sentido, se ha ido avanzando en la transportaciand de carga, pero ahora estos nuevos coches de pasajeros resuelven una tarea pendiente.

Aunque el Ministro del Transporte confirm que aun no llegan al pas las locomotoras para LOS vagones de LOS nuevos trenes, el servicio iniciar el prximo 13 de julio con la entrada en funcionamiento de LOS primeros 80 coches, cada uno de ellos valorado en ms de medio milland de thelares.

A su vez, Rodrguez thevila aclar que en 2020 se prev el arribo de otros 80 equipos, why en 2021 una cantidad similar. "Todo este programa de inversiones incluye la recepciand de piezas de repuesto, el equipamiento especializado para las reparaciones why la asistencia tcnica en Cuba de representantes de LOS fabricantes".

"LOS nuevos trenes son un gran reto, porque transforman completamente el servicio que prestamos a la poblaciand. Ahora se debe poner en alto la responsabilidad de LOS trabajadores ferroviarios por cuidarlos. Hay que prestar un servicio amable, seguro, donde se cumplan todas las normas de seguridad", agreg.

En sentido, el Ministro llam a la poblaciand a participar con una vigilancia colectiva para evitar cualquier irregularidad en este servicio, solo una parte del amplio programa de recuperaciand del sector ferroviario en Cuba.

Finalmente, anunci que LOS coches que actualmente brindan el servicio en las rutas nacionales beneficiadas, serand llevados a LOS talleres para darles un mantenimiento why emplearlos en otros lugares. A su vez, tambiand confirm las proyecciones para lanzar una aplicaciand mvil que permita a LOS usuarios reservar why pagar sus boletos a travs de LOS telfonos celulares.

Rutas, horarios why servicios.

En otro momento de la Mesa Redonda, Eduardo Hernndez, Director de la Uniand Nacional de Ferrocarriles de Cuba, explic que LOS nuevos servicios de trenes comenzarand a funcionar basados en un grupo de premisas, todas dirigidas a brindar un servicio de calidad why responder a las demandas de la poblaciand.

Entre ellas, mencion el incremento de la frecuencia de viajes why la reapertura de rutas cerradas desde hace aos. En ese sentido, explic que el itinerario Habana-Santiago de Cuba tendr una salida cada dos theas, mientras LOS trenes con destino a Guantnamo, Bayamo why Manzanillo lo harand cada tres. Asimismo, se retoma la ruta Habana-Holguand, suspendida desde 2005.

Respecto a la calidad de LOS coches, el directivo dijo record que cada dotaciand estar compuesta por cuatro coches con servicio de aire acondicionado why otros siete con ventanillas why ventiladores en el techo. A su vez, tambiand se trabaja para ofertar una merienda a cada pasajero durante el trayecto why reforzar la alimentaciand en las terminales del pas donde LOS nuevos trenes realizarand paradas.

Por su parte, sobre el uso del equipaje, Eduardo Hernndez especific que cada pasajero tiene derecho a llevar una maleta de mano why otras dos acompaantes. Cada uno de esos maletines debe estar dentro de LOS lmites de 70 x50 x40 cm, o en no exceder LOS 160 cm en la sumatoria del largo, el ancho why la altura.

Sobre la venta de LOS boletos, especific que LOS precios se ajustan a la calidad why el confort de LOS coches, why que las tarifas que se cobrarand hasta las estaciones intermedias a lo largo del pas serand publicados este martes. En todos LOS casos, el valor mnimo para LOS coches sin climatizaciand es de cinco pesos, mientras LOS que poseen aire acondicionado tienen un costo mnimo de diez pesos por persona.

"Otra de nuestras premisas es que todos LOS boletos se comercialicen en las oficinas de la Empresa Viajeros, siempre con un plazo de antelaciand de hasta 30 theas. El prximo mircoles 10 de julio iniciaremos la venta en todos LOS locales habilitados", confirm.

Finalmente, el directivo se refiri a la estrategia para minimizar el tiempo de circulaciand de estos trenes. Entre las decisiones ms importantes para cumplir ese propsito, mencion la reducciand de paradas. Para ello, dijo que se han evaluado las transportaciones intermodales en algunos territorios, con el propsito de llevar a las personas hasta LOS lugares donde el tren no realiza paradas.

Como promedio, cada uno de LOS viajes tiene capacidad para mover alrededor de 766 pasajeros, lo que implica un desafo para LOS trabajadores ferroviarios, pero tambiand un compromiso de LOS usuarios para preservar el servicio de transporte masivo ms barato que tendr el pas.

Para que todo marche por buen carril.

Al intervenir en la Mesa Redonda, Luis Roberto Ross Hernndez, director de UEB de Trenes Nacionales de Pasajeros explic que, para asegurar la puesta en marcha del nuevo servicio, se repararon de 12 locomotoras why se establece un sistema de control de LOS coches a lo largo de todo el pas.

A la par, se LE realizaron acciones de mantenimiento why embellecimiento de las terminales why patios ferroviarios por donde circularan LOS trenes. "Queremos lograr un sostenimiento del servicio. La partida de estos coches tiene que constituir un punto de inflexiand para LOS transportistas ferrocarrileros".

Detall adems que, el pasaje adquirido por la poblaciand es vlido solamente para el thea why hora estipulado en el mismo. Este debe ser conservado durante todo el viaje. "La presentaciand en la terminal se realizar con dos horas previas al embarco why siempre debe rectificarse LOS boletines con el carn de identidad o pasaporte".

Se prohbe la msica a bordo del tren con medios individuales que cause molestia al resto de LOS pasajeros.

Se prohbe arrojar desechos a bordo del tren, as como en LOS andenes o estaciones durante el recorrido.

No se permite consumir bebidas alcohlicas, ni personas en estado de embriaguez sobre LOS coches.

No se permite fumar a bordo del tren.

Queda prohibido usar objetos punzantes, armas blancas, sustancias qumicas e inflamables why animales vivos.

El funcionario recomend adems no trasportar alimentos congelados para evitar escurrimientos e insisti que se prestar especial atenciand a la puntualidad de LOS recorridos.

En otro momento del espacio radio-televisivo, Ross Hernndez, subray el amplio proceso de capacitaciand que se ha desarrollado con el personal que trabajar en las nuevas formaciones. En este sentido mencion LOS cursos de preparaciand recibidos en la Repblica Popular China why LOS aplicados en la Mayor de las Antillas con las ferromozas.

Sobre este ltimo tema, Ftima Palacios Garrido, vicedirectora de la Uniand de Ferrocarriles de Cuba, dijo que este elemento es fundamental para lograr un servicio de calidad a la poblaciand. "La preparaciand del personal ha estado centrada en aquellos cargos que intervienen en la prestaciand del servicio. Para ello contamos con un centro de formaciand ferroviaria con escuelas filiales en todo el pas", acot.

Mencion que entre LOS temas impartidos est la educaciand formal why las buenas prcticas, elemento fundamental para las exigencias actuales.

Palacios Garrido anunci que pronto estar disponible una aplicaciand mvil (Movilweb), con informaciand sobre paradas, itinerarios, precios, entre otros elementos de relevancia para el viajero. "Esta prestaciand no necesita conexiand de datos mviles. As mismo, se podr consultar en tiempo real la posiciand del tren, para lo cual, si habr que habilitar el servicio de datos", puntualiz.

Ty Down
07-10-19, 16:02
Hey,

Starting this weekend Cuba's rail system is offering new service throughout most of Eastern Cuba.

So, for those of you who like venturing out into the countryside this seems like a good option.

The article below mainly gives out the info along with prices. Those prices are in CUP (Cuban pesos) so not sure how it would work with CUC yet.

I know if I was to go I'd have not problem getting by with CUP as I always exchange some CUC into CUP.

BTW, the railroad system has always been a nightmare in Cuba, would not recommend to anyone, hope things improve with the new railroad cars.

For those who are fluent in Espaol I included the original article, the rest of you do a Google transalation.

Mondo.

Thanks Mondo, I hope Cuba gets their shit together with these new rail cars, I've heard nightmare stories about the old railcars.

If they clean up their act, it would be a great alternative, (and a chance to see the Island from another perspective) to the outrageous taxis fees for travelling out of Havana.

$150 USD one-way trip to Santa Clara. OUTRAGEOUS!

$200 USD one-way trip to Ciego de Avila. OUTRAGEOUS!

Anyway, I'll be back in Havana this fall, going to check it out, thanks again Mondo.

Mondo707
07-11-19, 05:15
Thanks Mondo, I hope Cuba gets their shit together with these new rail cars, I've heard nightmare stories about the old railcars.

If they clean up their act, it would be a great alternative, (and a chance to see the Island from another perspective) to the outrageous taxis fees for travelling out of Havana.

$150 USD one-way trip to Santa Clara. OUTRAGEOUS!

$200 USD one-way trip to Ciego de Avila. OUTRAGEOUS!

Anyway, I'll be back in Havana this fall, going to check it out, thanks again Mondo.Hey TD,

Guess you didn't read my post thru or maybe you misunderstood it. The fares posted are in CUP not CUC, so taken your numbers the 150 fare you mentioned would be about 6 CUC and the one you posted about 200 would be about 8 CUC. Pretty cheap if you ask me.

As I posted you need to have CUP to get these fares. Easy solution as I mentioned, exchange some CUC for CUP at a cadeca, bank and you're good to go as far as paying in CUP. I think most Cuba mongers here are up to speed to do this sort of thing either thru a chica or a friend.

Prolly if you are a "tourist" fares will be higher, then again I'm no tourist.

Mondo.

ps Btw, there are 2 options on these fares. One with A/C and reclining seats and the other one without it. The one wih A/C costs more of course.

Ty Down
07-11-19, 15:42
Yes I understood your post. I was pointing out what I paid for a Taxi to Santa Clara and Ciego de Avila, and that the new rail cars would be a great alternative to the outrageous taxi fares outside of Havana.

BTW, I've been to Cuba many times and I'm well aware of the difference between CUP and CUC

Thanks again Mondo.

EDIT - I actually paid 150 CUC to go from Havana to Santa Clara by Taxi, so that's roughly $175 USD which is outrageous, but I couldn't be stopped, had to get that sweet pussy down in Santa Clara, same goes for Ciego de Avila.

Mondo707
08-15-19, 23:07
Hey,

Just a heads up. For the next 2 weekends it's carnival time in La Habana. Starting tomorrow Friday the 16th thru Sunday the 18th and next week from Friday the 23rd to the 25th.

This takes place along the Malecon. For those lucky enough visiting at these times report back with your experiences both the good and the bad.

Article info below in Español......

Mondo

El Carnaval de La Habana, que comenzará mañana 16 de agosto, a las 9 p.m., saludará el medio milenio de la ciudad, dijo Georgina Cortés, directora del Centro Provincial de estos festejos, que según expresó ganan cada vez más en el gusto del pueblo y reflejan la idiosincrasia y costumbres vinculadas al baile y la danza.

Las fiestas carnavalescas proseguirán los días 17 y 18, y del 23 al 25, con escenario en el Malecón, desde la calle 19 hasta Marina, por donde desfilarán las esperadas comparsas y las carrozas.

Efraín Sabás, director artístico del Carnaval de La Habana, manifestó en conferencia de prensa que esos festejos, con el eslogan Carnaval a lo grande, por La Habana 500, muestran una notable recuperación y el gran arraigo popular que poseen.

Añadió que tomarán parte relevantes compañías como las del Cabaret Tropicana, el Ballet Revolution y por primera vez la Ópera de la Calle, populares agrupaciones y orquestas, entre estas las de Willy Campa, además de las célebres parrandas de Remedios y las de Bejucal, el proyecto Timbalaye, y una representación de Veracruz, México.

Bailables populares se efectuarán en los municipios habaneros durante el Carnaval, antecedido el 12 de agosto por una fiesta infantil en el teatro Karl Marx, en la que participaron 600 niños, la cantante Liuba María Hevia y la agrupación La colmenita.

En el encuentro con la prensa se anunció que el carnaval infantil se efectuará el 27 de agosto, a partir de las cinco de la tarde en el tramo comprendido entre las calles 19 y Marina, con la actuación de unas 20 comparsas y de La Colmenita.

Un jurado presidido por Manolo Micler, director del Conjunto Folklórico Nacional y Premio Nacional de Danza 2017, premiará lo mejor de las comparsas tradicionales y contemporáneas y el apartado de los denominados alegóricos.

Desde el lunes último están a la venta las entradas para el tradicional festejo habanero, que asimismo saludará el centenario del natalicio del cantante Benny Moré, los aniversarios 60 de los Guaracheros de Regla y el 30 del Centro Provincial del Carnaval de La Habana.

Mondo707
08-23-19, 23:44
Hey,

Just read an article about this place. I've posted before about it but in case you missed my posts here it goes again.

Fabrica de Arte Cubano.

Havana, Cuba.

While many visitors to Cuba's capital might gravitate to the candy-colored buildings and classic cars of Old Havana, it's worth a trip to the city's Vedado neighborhood to see Fábrica de Arte Cubano. Created by Cuban rocker X Alfonso in 2014, the cooking-oil factory turned community project has quickly become the city's buzzy creative hub. Within the cavernous warehouse's refurbished walls, you'll find galleries, performance-art spaces and a dance floor that's home to the capital's most captivating movers and shakers. As Havana prepares to celebrate its 500th anniversary this year, look to Fábrica to see its cultural future. —Cady Lang.

Mondo707
09-15-19, 09:49
Hey,

Just read this article and thought it would be a good read for some of you guys.

Mondo.

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Within the communist-led country of Cuba, citizens subjected to US sanctions now have a means of escape; and it's partly thanks to bitcoin.

According to a report by US news, Cubans are taking advantage of innovative developments within the country. One change, in particular, is the emergence of mobile internet, which is opening up a myriad of options to Cuba's citizens. Sanctions inflicted by a US trade restriction stretching back to the 1960's, have permanently hindered the country's access to goods and services; including essential online payment systems. Now, with mobile internet firmly established, Cubans appear to be turning to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin to subvert the US trade embargo.

One citizen highlighted within the report noted how cryptocurrency trading was "opening new doors," for the Cuban people. Relaying his own story, 35-year-old Jason Sanchez told how the non-sovereign power of bitcoin saved his cellphone repair business; enabling him to purchase spare parts online via crypto.

Of course, along with a lack of access to financial services, comes a shortage of debit and credit cards; a crucial component of cryptocurrency trading. As such, citizens often resort to help from friends and relatives abroad. Alex Sobrino, the founder of CubaCripto, a de facto peer-to-peer crypto trading group on Telegram, suggested that around 10,000 Cubans we're utilizing cryptocurrencies already:

"We are using cryptocurrencies to top up our cellphones, to make purchases online, and there are even people reserving hotel rooms. ".

Sanctuary From Sanction.

Fusyona, purportedly Cuba's first-ever cryptocurrency exchange, currently boasts a user base of 1,300 people. Alongside crypto trading, the bespoke platform, distinctively designed for Cuba's unique problems, also allows remittance payments.

Speaking to US news, Adrian see. Leon, founder of Fusyona noted the growing importance of cryptocurrencies:

"For foreigners, cryptocurrencies is just another option. But for Cubans, it is a necessity and can be a solution to their exclusion from the global financial community. ".

However, fears remain that the government will impose its own restriction on cryptocurrency-related services.

"We worry the government will restrict us, prohibit things, start to say this is illicit enrichment," explained Leon.

It's not just Cubans who are undermining US sanctions, Venuzealuans have been using cryptocurrencies as a workaround for several years. Iranian's too have been hot on bitcoin trading and mining to avoid its own sanctions. In fact, this recently reached an extent to which the Iranian government seized a reported 1,000 miners; all in an effort to reduce the impact crypto mining was having on energy consumption.

Regardless, international sanctions placed on misbehaving governments continue to be undermined by little old bitcoin.

Mondo707
10-12-19, 00:49
Hey,

For those of you who enjoy the sounds of Cuba and its music, this one if for you. It's done by a couple of NYT reporters that did a trip around the island, something a lot of us here wish for.

Anyways, it's a long read and listen, so enjoy.

Mondo.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/09/29/travel/cuba-road-trip-music.html?module=inline

Mondo707
10-21-19, 04:19
Hey,

For those who enjoy Cubano music. This particular group, Familia Valera-Miranda, is a Santiago based group and all its member are from the same family!

It happened that they were in Socal area a few years ago and enjoyed them tremendously when they were here in town.

BTW, check out some of the cute chicas dancing.

Enjoy.

Mondo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCMQ8HAXC-M

Mondo707
10-26-19, 21:29
Hey,

This one if for the folks from the USA. It's been announced that starting December 10th the Trump administration will restrict flights to Cuba and the ONLY destination will be La Habana. Yes, Havana will be the only place to have flights allowed from the USA.

So, in case you have travel plans to fly to a different city in Cuba make sure you make alternate plans from then on.

Mondo.

Ty Down
10-27-19, 01:21
Hey,

This one if for the folks from the USA. It's been announced that starting December 10th the Trump administration will restrict flights to Cuba and the ONLY destination will be La Habana. Yes, Havana will be the only place to have flights allowed from the USA.

So, in case you have travel plans to fly to a different city in Cuba make sure you make alternate plans from then on.

Mondo.The last time I was in Cuba, I flew out of the Abel Santamaria Airport, Santa Clara, Cuba.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0XawNrpLkk

Mr Gogo
10-27-19, 01:50
The last time I was in Cuba, I flew out of the Abel Santamaria Airport, Santa Clara, Cuba.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0XawNrpLkkIts really no biggie, because most of us go to Havana. I've flown to Hougin to get to Santiago so that's the loss. But they have buses and trains to go out from Havana. Even if they shut down direct flights from the USA to HAV we can go Mexico or Grand Cayman so I will find a way to get to those hot Cubanas.

Ty Down
10-27-19, 07:34
Its really no biggie, because most of us go to Havana. I've flown to Hougin to get to Santiago so that's the loss. But they have buses and trains to go out from Havana. Even if they shut down direct flights from the USA to HAV we can go Mexico or Grand Cayman so I will find a way to get to those hot Cubanas.Yes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF8cAriwrSg.

Ty Down
10-27-19, 07:51
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHUwF_MQX3I

Koki9290
10-27-19, 16:48
Its really no biggie, because most of us go to Havana. I've flown to Hougin to get to Santiago so that's the loss. But they have buses and trains to go out from Havana. Even if they shut down direct flights from the USA to HAV we can go Mexico or Grand Cayman so I will find a way to get to those hot Cubanas.The Man in Seat 61 site reports that Cuba has new trains from China with air-conditioned 1st class cars. They look nice. I plan on trying it out in a couple weeks and will report back. Departure is out of La Coubre in Habana Vieja. 12-13 hours from La Habana to Holguin. There are an inordinate number of good looking women from Holguin on LatinCupid and I want to see if they are real.

Ty Down
10-27-19, 17:32
The Man in Seat 61 site reports that Cuba has new trains from China with air-conditioned 1st class cars. They look nice. I plan on trying it out in a couple weeks and will report back. Departure is out of La Coubre in Habana Vieja. 12-13 hours from La Habana to Holguin. There are an inordinate number of good looking women from Holguin on LatinCupid and I want to see if they are real.The hottest chica I ever had in my life was from Bayamo Cuba, 21 year old stunner and a wildcat in bed. Bayamo is not far from Holguin.

Mr Gogo
10-28-19, 05:00
The Man in Seat 61 site reports that Cuba has new trains from China with air-conditioned 1st class cars. They look nice. I plan on trying it out in a couple weeks and will report back. Departure is out of La Coubre in Habana Vieja. 12-13 hours from La Habana to Holguin. There are an inordinate number of good looking women from Holguin on LatinCupid and I want to see if they are real.Good info. Hougin has beautiful white Cubanas with green / blue eyes everywhere it seems. They are hot. Its a two hour drive from Hougin to Santiago and I think we paid 87 cuc, well worth the trip. If I had to pick a place on this globe to spend the last six months of my life it would be on that end of the island.

I met my no 1 Cuban girl the morning after Fidel passed in parque Cespedes. She was sitting there using the WiFi so I sat on a bench about 30 feet away and just looked at her beauty. I needed a plan to not come off as a desperate American tourist. I played stupid and went over looking totally confused and sat next to her to ask if she could help me with the WiFi. She helped me but I didn't pursue her as I was just glad to be sitting next to her.

I spent the next 20 minutes not saying anything to her as we both were into our wifi. Lo and behold I pulled up USA today and it was a picture of Fidel speaking at Cespedes park and the balcony he spoke from was 50 feet away. Damn, Fidel gave me his blessing because I pointed to the picture and the balcony and she proceeded to give me a history lesson on where we were. After about 30 minutes she got up to leave and I froze but something in me made me ask where she was going. She was going to the clothing store she worked at but wasn't sure it would open because of fidels death. I pulled up photos I had of dresses that I had (I always bring flea market dresses I purchased in America for 5 usd) and her eyes lit up. I said she csn take her pick of one dress since she helped me with the WiFi. We walked the 15 minutes to my house and I laid all the dresses out neatly on my bed and she acted like Christmas had come early.

Usually I let the girls try a few on to see their body and take photos but I didn't want to lose this fish that way. She picked one dress and I asked if she would go to dinner with me and we exchanged numbers. As she left the house and walked away I was pissed at myself for not trying to get some pussy but hopefully she will take the bait. Plus she knows I have all those dresses.

She called two hours later and said the place she worked was closed and we could meet for a late lunch. We went to this nice restaurant which was actually a house and had seafood. Then we walked the malecon (yes Santiago has a malecón also) and spent the day together. The liquor stores and clubs were closed for fidels death so we played house for the next two days. Damn I hated to leave as she cried when the cab came to go back to the airport with Grownman and Hollywood.

Two months later I was back in Havana and we started our routine of her catching the bus (23 hours) to Havana to see me every time I've been back (about 6 times). She had family in Havana so it works. The deal we have is she pays for the bus and I supply the nice apartment. She visits family during the day and meets me at Sofias about 7 pm and stays with me till the next afternoon. For four days I bring her about ten dresses to sell back in Santiago, usually my old phone and give her 200 cuc as a departure gift. I pay for food snd drinks also. For that I get a weekend wife and all the raw sex I want. Sometimes I fuck her and can't believe I'm fucking this goddess. She never asks me to send money, just wants to know my return date. Never had a problem with her except one time her father insisted on meeting me.

She arrived at Sofias at 8 pm and said her father was around the corner and wanted to see me, fuck. I tried every excuse to get out of it but she convinced me it would be okay. Damn I don't like meeting family. Shit, I was older than he was. He had three separate families with about ten kids and he moved between each so how could he judge me. Plus his daughter wasn't going to let her Rolling stone daddy ruin her good thing so he had to accept it.

In the last year I've lived in Medellin and Subic bay Philippines but she still emails me every month asking when I will return to Havana. Damn she must really like those flea market dresses LOL.

Steve 99
11-16-19, 02:13
Question for you USA mongers and SIM card.

From my last trip mobile internet works. My casa owner gave me his moto phone and I was using it around Havana and the data worked. I tried to take the sim card out and put it in my travel S8 plus but I couldn't get the sim card out and gave up.

Anyway. I also ran out of data and my casa owner transferred money I assume and he gave me the key instructions to add another gig.

Here is my question:

The casa owner told me you have to be Cuba citizen to get sim card. Real hassle.

My chica said she could get me sim card.

So lets say chica gets me sim card. Then how do you transfer money to the account which is in Cuba. Waiting in the line at cell phone companies was like 4 hours. WTF.

Is there way to get a sim card and transfer money from usa into it?

Any of you USA guys figure this out?

Ty Down
11-16-19, 02:40
Question for you USA mongers and SIM card.

From my last trip mobile internet works. My casa owner gave me his moto phone and I was using it around Havana and the data worked. I tried to take the sim card out and put it in my travel S8 plus but I couldn't get the sim card out and gave up.


Is there way to get a sim card and transfer money from usa into it?

Any of you USA guys figure this out?Last time I was in Cuba (2017) they were handing out SIM cards at the airport for free.

I'm not really up to speed on the current SIM card tricks and hacks, but the chicas were using "Cut Cards". I. e. - large SIM cards trimmed down to a mini SIM card. To fit the smaller SIM card port in the newer phones. When I say "trimmed down", I literally mean trimmed down. As in with scissors. These Cubans are a crafty bunch.

To answer your question. Yes absolutely. Go to https://www.ding.com/.

I've been using it for years, works every time.

Koki9290
11-21-19, 06:20
Question for you USA mongers and SIM card.

From my last trip mobile internet works. My casa owner gave me his moto phone and I was using it around Havana and the data worked. I tried to take the sim card out and put it in my travel S8 plus but I couldn't get the sim card out and gave up.

Anyway. I also ran out of data and my casa owner transferred money I assume and he gave me the key instructions to add another gig.

Here is my question:

The casa owner told me you have to be Cuba citizen to get sim card. Real hassle.

My chica said she could get me sim card.

So lets say chica gets me sim card. Then how do you transfer money to the account which is in Cuba. Waiting in the line at cell phone companies was like 4 hours. WTF.

Is there way to get a sim card and transfer money from usa into it?

Any of you USA guys figure this out?You don't need to be a Cuban citizen to get a sim card. Just go to an Etecsa office with your passport and 40 CUC. 30 for the chip and 10 for your initial charge of time. I went to the office in the Artisan's Market in Habana Vieja and there was no wait both times. Takes about ten minutes to do the paperwork and they gave me a chip that worked just fine in my Oneplus 5 T.

El Grande
11-23-19, 21:34
Question for you USA mongers and SIM card.

Is there way to get a sim card and transfer money from usa into it?

Any of you USA guys figure this out?To transfer money try: https://www.recargasacuba.com.

Mondo707
12-03-19, 08:24
Hey,

For those of you into Jazz and culture this info is about the upcoming one in January 2020 .

Link below if for a tour (I know most of us go solo) nonetheless it gives dates and some info. Once I get an official link I'll post it.

https://havanamusictours.com/havana-jazz-fest-tour/#toggle-ID-2.

Mondo.

Mondo707
12-03-19, 08:27
Hey,

For those of you into Jazz and Cubano culture this info is for you. Upcoming fest for January 2020 .

Link below if for a tour (I know most of us travel solo) nonetheless, it gives dates and some info. Once I get an official link I'll post it.

https://havanamusictours.com/havana-jazz-fest-tour/#toggle-ID-2.

Mondo.

Vitrea
12-10-19, 12:29
Sounds interesting. Just curious. Can you fly to Holguin from Havana?


The Man in Seat 61 site reports that Cuba has new trains from China with air-conditioned 1st class cars. They look nice. I plan on trying it out in a couple weeks and will report back. Departure is out of La Coubre in Habana Vieja. 12-13 hours from La Habana to Holguin. There are an inordinate number of good looking women from Holguin on LatinCupid and I want to see if they are real.

Vitrea
12-10-19, 12:33
Sounds interesting. Just curious. Can you fly to Holguin from Havana?Please ignore this post. Read more posts down the list. Posted too early.

Eclectic
12-11-19, 00:50
Sounds interesting. Just curious. Can you fly to Holguin from Havana?I too had met many beautiful women in Havana who had arrived from Holguin. So, in late 2018, I flew to Holguin to check it out.

My thoughts:

1. Holguin is simply not as interesting a city as Havana. The architecture is less impressive. There are few clubs. Not much to see. I could not find a really good restaurant.

2. I am used to independent casas in Havana. I was limited in Holguin. I thought I had one, but the landlady arranged for a guy to wait for me to return each night. I believe the police enforcement of the casas is very strict. (I had to go to a hotel at night. And settle for doing the landlady's assistant during the day).

3. The people were nice. Prices were a little cheaper than Havana.

4. My Spanish is not great. But is functional. Yet, I struggled to find women. I did get one young stunner and a couple other good scores, but it was a lot of work.

5. I intended to fly from Holguin to Havana. However, I could not make reservations from the USA And when I got there I found that it was booked up for two weeks in advance. So, I ended up taking the Viazul bus instead. For 14 hours. (As an aside, the Holguin flight to Havana crashed a couple years ago. Also, I believe that flight is now suspended due either to an airplane shortage or fuel shortage.).

Mondo707
12-11-19, 05:09
Sounds interesting. Just curious. Can you fly to Holguin from Havana?Hey,

As most prolly know by know travel within Cuba is problematic to say the least. For those of you than want to travel to different parts of the island I'm linking to a post related to bus travel.

Seems like this been updated to reflect options after the issues Cuba had receiving crude recently. The link is in Español but I think most everyone here can figure it out or use a translation app.

BTW, this site (Cuballama) does a bunch of stuff related to Cuba, from buying stuff and sending it to your fave chica to recharging phones in Cuba. I think they're headquartered in Canada.

You are welcome.

Mondo.

https://www.cuballama.com/blog/viajes/traslados-cuba/?utm_source=retention&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=191206_cl_eg_omnichannel_traslados_d6&utm_content=img_ppal

TxSnake
12-14-19, 05:14
I too had met many beautiful women in Havana who had arrived from Holguin. So, in late 2018, I flew to Holguin to check it out.

My thoughts:

1. Holguin is simply not as interesting a city as Havana. The architecture is less impressive. There are few clubs. Not much to see. I could not find a really good restaurant.

2. I am used to independent casas in Havana. I was limited in Holguin. I thought I had one, but the landlady arranged for a guy to wait for me to return each night. I believe the police enforcement of the casas is very strict. (I had to go to a hotel at night. And settle for doing the landlady's assistant during the day).

3. The people were nice. Prices were a little cheaper than Havana..In Santa Clara, the same strictness exists. However, Cubans are the last people to leave money on the table. I paid for the chica to have her own room and paid for some of her meals and all was good. I was told if there was a knock on my door, I would have two minutes to get her into her own room. The knock never happened.

Mondo707
12-27-19, 08:57
Hey,

Just got this info so I'm sharing it here for all you mongers. Hopefully, there is someone in la Habana now than can test drive this and report back if it works as advertise or not.

I'll be in town next month and will try it out then. BTW, the article below states only Villa Clara, I've seen another report stating that la Habana is also good to go on this app as of now. Surely will be welcome help for most of us who hate the "taxi hustle".

You're welcome.

Mondo.

D'Taxi, an app to interconnect destinations.

CMHW Radio.

Published the 09/12/2019,21:02.

D'Taxi, an app to interconnect destinations.

The Taxis Cuba Company has designed a new app that allows the interconnection between passengers and the taxi drivers in the country. D'Taxi is the name of the app, which will become operational in Villa Clara, as of December 23rd, 2019, as the agency executives pointed out.

Official Press Release from the branch in Villa Clara of the Taxis Cuba Company on the D'Taxi app:

The Taxis Cuba Company is making D'Taxi available to its customers, a mobile application (app), which directly connects the passengers and the taxi drivers in Cuba.

The users or customers can request from their mobile through the app, a taxi and the system will assign the closest available taxi driver to your location.

Once the user receives the taxi driver's confirmation, communication between them can be established and the system will provide the approximate time the taxi will arrive at the meeting point.

Also, after entering his origin and destination, the user will access the approximate price of the requested service. The app allows travel planning in advance and receiving the corresponding confirmation.

It stands out for its simplicity, the attractiveness of its design, as well as the ease of use. It also provides facilities for the taxi drivers in the terms of reminders of pick-up schedules, the update about being available or not, as well as checking the pending pick-ups, and the suggestions of optimal routes.

This app is part of the process of computerization of the transportation and of the Cuban society in general, a high priority claim followed by the highest government direction.

It is an authentically Cuban platform, a novel option to request the services of the Taxis Cuba Company for both the nationals and the foreign visitors.

The D'Taxi system will begin its application in the province of Villa Clara, starting on Monday, December 23rd, 2019.

It will be a pleasure to serve you.

Taxis Cuba Company, Villa Clara branch.

Mondo707
12-27-19, 09:41
Hey,

After posting below started looking around and found the link to download the app.

Mondo.

http://dtaxi.taxiscuba.cu/

HSendatsu
12-27-19, 16:28
There are other apps for La Habana, such as Bajanda or Sube. Sadly, I don't know wether they are good or not.

Free2
12-27-19, 18:30
The brain dead economists in Cuba are at it.

We have been hearing for years about Cuba eventually going to a single currency.

You can no longer pay with CUC at the airport in Varadero. Upstairs after you go through security. I was told that all airports and some marinas are no longer accepting CUC. The little restaurant up there still accepts CUC (go figure).

The prices are all still posted in CUC, so when you go to pay they convert it into the currency you have in hand.

If you are owed change (which I was), they look at you blankly and expect you to walk away shorthanded. I didn't and I was owed 0. 70 CUC change. So the guy gave me back 1 CAD dollar as change! So ridiculous.

I asked around and was told that this is the first step in phasing out the CUC. More changes are coming as of Jan. 1/20.

Advice. Don't stock up on CUC as it may be worthless soon!

Ty Down
12-28-19, 01:52
The brain dead economists in Cuba are at it.

We have been hearing for years about Cuba eventually going to a single currency.

You can no longer pay with CUC at the airport in Varadero. Upstairs after you go through security. I was told that all airports and some marinas are no longer accepting CUC. The little restaurant up there still accepts CUC (go figure).

The prices are all still posted in CUC, so when you go to pay they convert it into the currency you have in hand.

If you are owed change (which I was), they look at you blankly and expect you to walk away shorthanded. I didn't and I was owed 0. 70 CUC change. So the guy gave me back 1 CAD dollar as change! So ridiculous.

I asked around and was told that this is the first step in phasing out the CUC. More changes are coming as of Jan. 1/20.

Advice. Don't stock up on CUC as it may be worthless soon!Yes, Big changes coming to Cuba.

Trump is shutting down the shit show.

Western Union has put severe restrictions on money transfers to Cuba. Even recharging a phone in Cuba has been restricted.

The CUC is pegged to the USD. . but I see that dissolving into thin air. Soon.

Doesn't look good for the commies in Cuba.

I wish all the good people of Cuba all the best.

Interesting times.

Zeos1
12-28-19, 02:56
Yes, Big changes coming to Cuba.

Trump is shutting down the shit show.

Western Union has put severe restrictions on money transfers to Cuba. Even recharging a phone in Cuba has been restricted.

The CUC is pegged to the USD. . but I see that dissolving into thin air. Soon.

Doesn't look good for the commies in Cuba.

I wish all the good people of Cuba all the best.

Interesting times.The CUC has always been pegged to the US dollar. That is and was totally arbitrary. If you actually exchange from the US dollar they add a penalty (I think 10% If you use see $ or Euros there is no penalty. But it is at the same exchange rate as US-CAD or US-Euro (minus 1 or 2% fee) All I am saying is that this has nothing to do with Trump and / or Obama or any change recently.

The reason no CUC at the airports is simply to collect foreign currency. They are also making it easier to let in foreign currency. May be some policies in US to go the other way. But Cuba needs hard currencies as it needs to pay for oil / diesel, etc. As benefactor Venezuela can't subsidize Cuba any more.

If they go to one currency it is more likely to be CUC than moneda nacional I think. But who knows. The moneda nacional is really old low cost paper and it is worth so little they can't afford to use modern style of bills and counterfeit protection. One peso is worth about 4 cents. And the coins below that are fractions. Bus fare at. 4 pesos is less than 2 cents (CUC or US $) so I think they have incentive to go to minimum coin size at say 5 cents. And double the revenue on all their city busses. They might have to raise the wages a bit to do that. Anyway. Using CUC of something in that range of value would help a lot.

I don't think the changes Trump is making are that significant. Because they changes Obama started did not really get going. And Trump is just going back to how it was. Anyway. It sucks for the people of Cuba. And today's people are not the ones that had their property expropriated in 1958-1961 if they left the country (and moved to Miami). But in the bigger picture. The whole US embargo on Cuban business is the best excuse ever for the failure of government in Cuba. Even without the US it could have been a fairly prosperous place had they had a reasonably mixed economic model. Especially after the Soviets dumped billions of dollars worth of infrastructure into Cuba. But it seems pretty bleak for the people of Cuba right now.

Catire
12-28-19, 04:49
Yes, Big changes coming to Cuba.

Trump is shutting down the shit show.

Western Union has put severe restrictions on money transfers to Cuba. Even recharging a phone in Cuba has been restricted.

The CUC is pegged to the USD. . but I see that dissolving into thin air. Soon.

Doesn't look good for the commies in Cuba.

I wish all the good people of Cuba all the best.

Interesting times.Oh, let's not all get up and dance like the Miami exilios did when the Soviet Union fell apart or when Fidel died.

Those celebrations didn't end up as wonderful as the gusanitos thought they would.

And the POTUS doesn't have enough power to dictate much of anything to Cuba. The last 60 years have proven this beyond a doubt.

Far more consequential to Cuba has been the fact that Venezuela has crapped out and that other Latin American countries that used to give it hard cold cash for their "doctor exchange programs" (Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador) have ended those programs.

So the regime faces a hard currency cash crunch. Without a doubt.

And the CUC is highly likely to go. We shall see what happens. I expect a CUP and USD based economy.

Ty Down
12-28-19, 18:12
Oh, let's not all get up and dance like the Miami exilios did when the Soviet Union fell apart or when Fidel died.

Those celebrations didn't end up as wonderful as the gusanitos thought they would.

And the POTUS doesn't have enough power to dictate much of anything to Cuba. The last 60 years have proven this beyond a doubt.



And the CUC is highly likely to go. We shall see what happens. I expect a CUP and USD based economy.Very good points. Cuba is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. But one thing is for sure, Cuba is running on fumes now.

Lets take a look at a few things Trump has done;.

- Restricted flights to all Cuban airports except Havana.

- Directed the Treasury Department to restrict Western Union money transfers to Cuba. From $5,000 per quarter to $1,000 per quarter.

- Restricted all Cruise Ships to Cuba departing from the US.

- Travel restrictions.

- Clamp down on all shipping from Venezuela, Cuba's life line.

I'm sure there's more, but you can see the trend here.

I saw a video of Trump in Miami about a month ago, he was talking to the Cuban brigade, about how he was planning to build on those beautiful Cuban beach's when the time was right, of course, I can't find that video now.

Anyway, looks like the Cubans may be entering into another "Special Period". I hate to see that happen, have lots of friends in Cuba.

Mr Gogo
12-28-19, 18:35
Very good points. Cuba is an enigma wrapped in a mystery. But one thing is for sure, Cuba is running on fumes now.

Lets take a look at a few things Trump has done;.

- Restricted flights to all Cuban airports except Havana.

- Directed the Treasury Department to restrict Western Union money transfers to Cuba. From $5,000 per quarter to $1,000 per quarter.

- Restricted all Cruise Ships to Cuba departing from the US.

- Travel restrictions.

- Clamp down on all shipping from Venezuela, Cuba's life line.

I'm sure there's more, but you can see the trend here..Cuba is being preserved perfectly for a select few. Cubans have survived hard times before and will survive this. The people are some of the most determined and hard working that I have ever seen. Also the women are very hot and passionate.

Cuba is under the radar and off limits to guys in our sport. None of my boys except Grownman have ever been to Cuba. Its a place where you can still be the first American. Safe, beautiful in an ancient way, historic, rebellious, sexy, and only 90 miles from Miami.

Talked to a guy there last night and he said the negative shit is all lies.

My view: Cuba is going to be hurting and its my duty to assist. The island has given me too much to give up on a special place like this. I have friends and girlfriends there that light up like Christmas when they see me. I've been down with Cuba since my first trip, its a unique place on this globe. So those that sit in the wings waiting on good words from the outside world will miss out or come late. I'm putting Cuba in an advance category because of what I describe above so Medellin and the DR will have to share the stage.

Vitrea
01-05-20, 07:39
What an awesome post. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and want to tip my hat to Mr Gogo.


Cuba is being preserved perfectly for a select few. Cubans have survived hard times before and will survive this. The people are some of the most determined and hard working that I have ever seen. Also the women are very hot and passionate.

Cuba is under the radar and off limits to guys in our sport. None of my boys except Grownman have ever been to Cuba. Its a place where you can still be the first American. Safe, beautiful in an ancient way, historic, rebellious, sexy, and only 90 miles from Miami.

Talked to a guy there last night and he said the negative shit is all lies.

My view: Cuba is going to be hurting and its my duty to assist. The island has given me too much to give up on a special place like this. I have friends and girlfriends there that light up like Christmas when they see me. I've been down with Cuba since my first trip, its a unique place on this globe. So those that sit in the wings waiting on good words from the outside world will miss out or come late. I'm putting Cuba in an advance category because of what I describe above so Medellin and the DR will have to share the stage.

Mr Gogo
01-07-20, 03:22
What an awesome post. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and want to tip my hat to Mr Gogo.Thank you Vitrea. Coming from a veteran like yourself is appreciated.

I remember mongering when girls in the DR didn't have phones and didn't even know what a negotiation was. In about 2011 all that changed as the DR came into the electronic age and with the internet changed the whole game.

Ever since, I have had a two fold game plan.

1). Go to the hot monger spots.

2). Visit off brand places not exposed.

Santiago Cuba, Pereira Colombia and Subic bay are my recent spots that I've visited that are not exposed yet. These spots are thining so I've learned to appreciate them. Cuba is not modernized so its a strange but good test. Even hotel hopping to find a bar that had the Superbowl turned into a lost cost. Not having internet for a few days and having bucket showers all go with the territory.

Its a throwback that's safe. And as I've said before, the best sex of my life has been in Cuba.

Chris H
01-07-20, 18:48
Thank you Vitrea. Coming from a veteran like yourself is appreciated.

I remember mongering when girls in the DR didn't have phones and didn't even know what a negotiation was. In about 2011 all that changed as the DR came into the electronic age and with the internet changed the whole game.

Ever since, I have had a two fold game plan.

1). Go to the hot monger spots.

2). Visit off brand places not exposed.

Santiago Cuba, Pereira Colombia and Subic bay are my recent spots that I've visited that are not exposed yet. These spots are thining so I've learned to appreciate them. Cuba is not modernized so its a strange but good test. Even hotel hopping to find a bar that had the Superbowl turned into a lost cost. Not having internet for a few days and having bucket showers all go with the territory.

Its a throwback that's safe. And as I've said before, the best sex of my life has been in Cuba.If you are back in Havana, and need to watch NFL football, the main hotels, like Central Park hotel, will let you have the remote and turn to whatever you want to watch, in the main lobby or at the top floor of the hotel. No problems at all, they are very welcoming. I have never missed a big game while being in Havana. Things are very simple there.

Mondo707
03-18-20, 05:44
Hey,

Lately I've been reading lots of posts about Cuba and all kind of "opinions" related to the Covid-19. Since the great majority of these seems to come with NO solid references about their authenticity I have to disqualify them as pure bunk.

Now, I have no problem with people who don't care for the political system in Cuba, being Trumpist or whatever, that's your choice. My issue is with the misinformation related to Cuba and what is real and what is not.

I've always tried to contribute to this forum with reliable info and almost NEVER have asked for info since I'm a veteran as far as Cuba is concerned. I'm to point to call it quit as far as posting info since most of what I'm reading is not corroborated with real facts.

Lastly, the posting below is an article I came across today about Cuba and its co-operation / solidarity with the rest of the world.

Mondo.

P.S. BTW, I do support and acknowledge both what the government in Cuba gets right and the thing they don't get / do right. No fanatic here.

March 17,2020.

Cuba's Contribution to Combatting COVID-19.

By Helen Yaffe.

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COVID-19 surged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019 and by January 2020 it had hit Hubei province like a tidal wave, swirling over China and rippling out overseas. The Chinese state rolled into action to combat the spread and care for those infected. Among the 30 medicines the Chinese National Health Commission selected to fight the virus was a Cuban anti-viral drug Interferon Alpha 2 b. This drug has been produced in China since 2003, by the enterprise ChangHeber, a Cuban-Chinese joint venture.

Cuban Interferon Alpha 2 b has proven effective for viruses with characteristics similar to those of COVID-19. Cuban biotech specialist, Dr Luis Herrera Martinez explained that 'its use prevents aggravation and complications in patients, reaching that stage that ultimately can result in death. ' Cuba first developed and used interferons to arrest a deadly outbreak of the dengue virus in 1981, and the experience catalysed the development of the island's now world-leading biotech industry.

The world's first biotechnology enterprise, Genetech, was founded in San Francisco in 1976, followed by AMGen in LOS Angeles in 1980. One year later, the Biological Front, a professional interdisciplinary forum, was set up to develop the industry in Cuba. While most developing countries had little access to the new technologies (recombinant DNA, human gene therapy, biosafety), Cuban biotechnology expanded and took on an increasingly strategic role in both the public health sector and the national economic development plan. It did so despite the US blockade obstructing access to technologies, equipment, materials, finance and even knowledge exchange. Driven by public health demand, it has been characterised by the fast track from research and innovation to trials and application, as the story of Cuban interferon shows.

Interferons are 'signalling' proteins produced and released by cells in response to infections which alert nearby cells to heighten their anti-viral defences. They were first identified in 1957 by Jean Lindenmann and Aleck Isaacs in London. In the 1960's Ion Gresser, a US-researcher in Paris, showed that interferons stimulate lymphocytes that attack tumours in mice. In 1970's, US oncologist Randolph Clark Lee, took up this research.

Catching the tail end of US President Carter's improved relations with Cuba, Dr Clark Lee visited Cuba, met with Fidel Castro and convinced him that interferon was the wonder drug. Shortly afterwards, a Cuban doctor and a haematologist spent time in Dr Clark Lee's laboratory, returning with the latest research about interferon and more contacts. In March 1981, six Cubans spent 12 days in Finland with the Finnish doctor Kari Cantell, who in the 1970's had isolated interferon from human cells, and had shared the breakthrough by declining to patent the procedure. The Cubans learned to produce large quantities of interferon.

Within 45 days of returning to the island, they had produced their first Cuban batch of interferon, the quality of which was confirmed by Cantell's laboratory in Finland. Just in time, it turned out. Weeks later Cuba was struck by an epidemic of dengue, a disease transmitted by mosquitos. It was the first time this particularly virulent strand, which can trigger life-threatening dengue haemorrhagic fever, had appeared in the Americas. The epidemic affected 340,000 Cubans with 11,000 new cases diagnosed every day at its peak. 180 people died, including 101 children. The Cubans suspected the CIA of releasing the virus. The US State Department denied it, although a recent Cuban investigation claims to provide evidence that the epidemic was introduced from the US.

Cuba's Ministry of Public Health authorised the use of Cuban interferon to halt the dengue outbreak. It was done at great speed. Mortality declined. In their historical account, Cuban medical scientists Caballero Torres and Lopez Matilla wrote: 'It was the most extensive prevention and therapy event with interferon carried out in the world. Cuba began to hold regular symposia, which quickly drew international attention'. The first international event in 1983 was prestigious; Cantell gave the keynote speech and Clark attended with Albert Bruce Sabin, the Polish American scientist who developed the oral polio vaccine.

Convinced about the contribution and strategic importance of innovative medical science, the Cuban government set up the Biological Front in 1981 to develop the sector. Cuban scientists went abroad to study, many in western countries. Their research took on more innovative paths, as they experimented with cloning interferon. By the time Cantell returned to Cuba in 1986, the Cubans had developed the recombinant human Interferon Alfa 2 b which has benefited thousands of Cubans since then. With significant state investment, Cuba's showpiece Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) was opened in 1986. By then Cuba was submerged in another health crisis, a serious outbreak of Meningitis be, which further spurred Cuba's biotechnology sector.

Cuba's Meningitis Miracle.

In 1976, Cuba was struck by meningitis be and see outbreaks. Since 1916 only a few isolated cases had been seen on the island. Internationally, vaccines existed for Meningitis A and see, but not for be. Cuban health authorities secured a vaccine from a French pharmaceutical company to immunise the population against type see Meningitis. However, in the following years, cases of type be Meningitis began to rise. A team of specialists from different medical science centres was established, led by a woman biochemist, Concepciand Campa, to work intensively on finding a vaccine.

By 1984 Meningitis be had become the main health problem in Cuba. After six years of intense work, Campa's team produced the world's first successful Meningitis be vaccine in 1988. A member of Campa's team, Dr Gustavo Sierra recalled their joy: 'this was the moment when we could say it works, and it works in the worst conditions, under pressure of an epidemic and among people of the most vulnerable age. ' During 1989 and 1990, three million Cubans, those most at risk, were vaccinated. Subsequently, 250,000 young people were vaccinated with the VA-MENGOC-BC vaccine, a combined Meningitis be and see vaccination. It recorded 95% efficacy overall, with 97% in the high-risk three months to six years age group. Cuba's Meningitis be vaccine was awarded a UN Gold Medal for global innovation. This was Cuba's meningitis miracle.

'I tell colleagues that one can work 30 years, 14 hours a day just to enjoy that graph for 10 minutes,' Agustin Lage, Director of the Centro for Molecular Immunology (CIM) told me, referring to an illustration of the rise and sudden fall of Meningitis be cases in Cuba. 'Biotechnology started for this. But then the possibilities of developing an export industry opened up, and today, Cuban biotechnology exports to 50 countries. '.

Since its first application to combat dengue fever, Cuba's interferon has shown its efficacy and safety in the therapy of viral diseases including Hepatitis be and see, shingles, HIV-AIDS and dengue. Because it interferes with viral multiplication within cells, it has also been used in the treatment of different types of carcinomas. Time will tell if Interferon Alfa 2 b proves to be the wonder drug as far as COVID-19 goes.

RedKing18
04-12-20, 15:47
I'm new here and I'm an amateur. Only ever mongered in Europe where finding girls is fast easy and guaranteed. But I want to venture into Latin america and have my eyes set on Cuba. I would like to go and have a few girls I can call and meet. My question is: Are the women on Latin american cupid real? Everything tells me they are not who they say they are, and for all I know they are 50 yo men pretending to be women so a gringo will send them a Recharga. I think this because I can't get any of them to video chat with me. Of course I always get a story; their camera on their phone is broken, they don't have enough data, ect. Any advice? What is the best place / way to contact women before going?

AmoMedellin
07-16-20, 19:55
Our 2 socialit countries are suddenly selling out all their upergirls, age 25, you can be her grandpa (grandpa.com is a good site).

I joined LC Saturday and have been bombarded by both normal and guapas, so many that it is impossible to handle, it's a full time work, but mostly they are nice for a while and then need money urgently and want cibersex, they say I wanted it, but well.

If you get turned on by Venezolanas and Cubanas, go after Corona.

Kazeu
07-19-20, 04:40
I recently started browsing latinamericancupid for cuban girls and have come to the conclusion that there are an unusually high number of fake profiles. If they look too good to be true they usually are.

I just searched and found 3 profiles that I liked. All three had pictures which came up under google image search, which means its highly likely the images were stolen from some twitter or instagram account.


I'm new here and I'm an amateur. Only ever mongered in Europe where finding girls is fast easy and guaranteed. But I want to venture into Latin america and have my eyes set on Cuba. I would like to go and have a few girls I can call and meet. My question is: Are the women on Latin american cupid real? Everything tells me they are not who they say they are, and for all I know they are 50 yo men pretending to be women so a gringo will send them a Recharga. I think this because I can't get any of them to video chat with me. Of course I always get a story; their camera on their phone is broken, they don't have enough data, ect. Any advice? What is the best place / way to contact women before going?

Muzungufotsy
07-19-20, 06:53
I recently started browsing latinamericancupid for cuban girls and have come to the conclusion that there are an unusually high number of fake profiles. If they look too good to be true they usually are.

I just searched and found 3 profiles that I liked. All three had pictures which came up under google image search, which means its highly likely the images were stolen from some twitter or instagram account.Absolutely and not only on this site but generally speaking many Cuban girls these days will give your whatsapp and when you ask for their personal pics you will receive pics from a Colombian porn actress. I had 2 girls once sending me the exact same pics that was funny. And even if you tell them the truth they will deny it. Some ask money before sending pics some others send a few pics first and then ask for money. I never sent them a dime and never will but they just found another way to get money for free by sending naked pics to desperate gringos staying home. Most guys are stupid and weak with a huge ego and poor Cuban girls all know that.

Rebel Monger
07-19-20, 15:12
I'm new here and I'm an amateur. Only ever mongered in Europe where finding girls is fast easy and guaranteed. But I want to venture into Latin america and have my eyes set on Cuba. I would like to go and have a few girls I can call and meet. My question is: Are the women on Latin american cupid real? Everything tells me they are not who they say they are, and for all I know they are 50 yo men pretending to be women so a gringo will send them a Recharga. I think this because I can't get any of them to video chat with me. Of course I always get a story; their camera on their phone is broken, they don't have enough data, ect. Any advice? What is the best place / way to contact women before going?You don't need to get in touch with them before you go, once there, start the hunt. Don't assume anything but just start a conversation with those you like and see what comes up, most Cubanas are very open to talk to foreigners.

As for those profiles on the internet, who knows, maybe some of them are real but why waste your time? And yes, if you get in touch with them, the request (for anything) will come, personally I ignored most requests from people there, the only one who gets whatever she wants is my daughter and she doesn't ask for much.

By the way, if I were you, I would go to Colombia instead, better infrastructure and very beautiful women.

In Cuba prostitution is illegal, even socializing with foreigners is illegal, you will get laid for sure but those risking jail time are those connected some how to the police and they've been around the block too many times.

But just go and see for yourself and maybe you'll get lucky. Don't we all love adventure!

AmoMedellin
09-29-20, 09:04
I get interests from girls from Holguín, Holguín, Cuba every day, 80% are from this city, is it a tourist destination for single men?

A girl mentioned 40 cuc for a nights company.

Just like the girls that contact me from Venezuela, also 80% are from Zulia.

As always the most beautiful girls are from Medellin, but with good competition from Venezuelan girls.

From Brazil it seems to be the girls from the southern part and Minas Gerais.

Argentina don't have girls that look for extranjeros / gringos, but they are not exotic either, so it is of minor importance.

There are tall model type girls and cute girls in BS As and also Peru, but it's a waste of time, both countries.

Sammytheman
09-30-20, 03:35
I get interests from girls from Holgun, Holgun, Cuba every day, 80% are from this city, is it a tourist destination for single men?

A girl mentioned 40 cuc for a nights company.

Just like the girls that contact me from Venezuela, also 80% are from Zulia.

As always the most beautiful girls are from Medellin, but with good competition from Venezuelan girls.

From Brazil it seems to be the girls from the southern part and Minas Gerais.

Argentina don't have girls that look for extranjeros / gringos, but they are not exotic either, so it is of minor importance.

There are tall model type girls and cute girls in BS As and also Peru, but it's a waste of time, both countries.Can you please elaborate as to how are these girls from Holguin are contacting you? Is it via Facebook, Tinder or what? Thanks.

Kazeu
09-30-20, 04:26
Can you please elaborate as to how are these girls from Holguin are contacting you? Is it via Facebook, Tinder or what? Thanks.My bet is that he gets them from latinamericancupid.com, I get them too. Most of them are fake.

Rebel Monger
10-04-20, 01:23
My bet is that he gets them from latinamericancupid.com, I get them too. Most of them are fake.The Cubanas also have profiles in www.colombiancupid.com/ too. They look hot but you never know, pictures could be from 20 years ago! Holguin do have beautiful women!

AmoMedellin
10-14-20, 23:06
Can you please elaborate as to how are these girls from Holguin are contacting you? Is it via Facebook, Tinder or what? Thanks.The mayority are from Holguin and via LAC.

There can be serious girls, many chat a little then ask for money.

I plan however to go to Havana.

AmoMedellin
10-16-20, 05:49
LAC is full of 100's if not 1000's young girls, very beautiful if you find the right to search, but all ask for money, and yes, how can I know she is real, it's a repetitive story of asking middle aged men for some money in exchange for nothing or fotos and videos sexi / porno.

But no, so far no luck in overcoming that stage, maybe a few times, but there temperament is so changeable, so even if I offer future marriage after the panemia, when I have a new job and everything settled again, they don't think that way, since they maybe only want my $$ but having lived in Colombia, I had serious GF from 18-40, the marity around 25, but 2 18 yo! Models also! One serious and one stupid! But not tricking me with money. However, they want to come to Europe, which I want to escape since erotic pleasure and the Colombian and Cuban mentality is so relaxed and friendly and the climate in Medellín is the best in the world and very good in La habana.

Muzungufotsy
10-16-20, 07:41
The mayority are from Holguin and via LAC.

There can be serious girls, many chat a little then ask for money.

I plan however to go to Havana.Never ever send money before knowing the girl in person on the ground. Actually never send money period. Most of the time it's a scam you don't even know it and you talk to the BF / cousin / chulo. You give him money to get drunk and so he can fuck the girl for you.

If you plan to go to la havana why do you talk to girls from Holguin? It's useless. Girls don't move around. Talk to the girls only at the city you plan to go. And don't pay stupid prices with girls in the province like all these losers who go to la havana only say 100 cuc for a shag is cheap and pretend they know Cuba.

AmoMedellin
10-16-20, 09:32
I get in contact with increible beautiful girl from Holguin, but they seem fake, just waiting for her for ask for money.

But a girl, I must say 10.0 send me without asking 7 pictures in 3 she was victoria secret class, then she send a video in which she danced, in typical Cuban style, twerking and short skirt, extremely tonified body.

But these girls, however who is behind it or just a local pandemia, that "go to LAC" and have a gringo send you some money. Since there are so overrepresented, both in number and beauty.

In the end, here in Europe there is a super recession and Wand a WHO spokesman said yesterday that if Europe don't take very strong restrictions in effect very soon, death toll will be 4 times higher in January 2021 than in March / April 2020!

And the scientist are sceptical; can the pharm-companies rally invent a vaccine so fast, and that it's secure, and produce it, distribute it. No. 2021 will be a lost year in social life, business will work.

Cybersex will work, maybe some porn, but mostly performers will go to webcam. So that market will boom, while real hookers, escorts will have zero market. The more complex and international, individual the world gets, the more increases the risks for disasters, what about a Tsunami, Supervolcano, Terremoto in California, flooding away half of Myanmar. Etc. Work from home, use webcam girls. Stay calm. For a year, to begin with!

Mondo707
10-17-20, 04:29
Hey,

Haven't posted in a while, here's is the latest info from Mesa Redonda (daily semi-official program) Today they had both the minister of transportation and the minister of tourism on to report on the up to minute news about Cuba and its opening to foreigners.

It's in Español (Spanish) I know some of you speak the lingo so you'll benefit from this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRGAH4E7zuQ

Mondo.

P.S. Thought I re-post it this here from the Havana thread since there's info about the rest of Cuba included in the broadcast.

JohnReter335
10-17-20, 22:55
Can you please elaborate as to how are these girls from Holguin are contacting you? Is it via Facebook, Tinder or what? Thanks.I think must be from tinder.

AmoMedellin
10-18-20, 10:43
They just closed airport Habana, now they open up for some flights, and will be hit again, since nothing helps until there is a efficient vaccine widely distributed.

Europe and USA, advanced countries have had close / open / close / open since March, as soon as they lighten up, a ne breakout comes, it inevitable!

Better to have a boring + 1 year until the world gets back on it's feets again.

Cuban girls, from LAC, from Habana, are crazy for sex, they start sending porno of themselvves, I mean a porn-star -like girl and then a victoria secret -alike girl, and showing her having sex with another girls, and asked if I wanted to have them also. Cuban girls might not be as beautiful on average as colombianas and venezolanas, but hell are they horney. All you see on xvideos etc, with those curvy models, latinamaid etc etc, they want to do that; they crave cock in their ass, they are like "men" are supposed to be, wilder girls, and it was so very much living in Colombia, but Cuban girls are damn horney and seems to have ignored all problems to have sex instead. Advanced sex. I would like to involve myself with an highly educated girl, but even after the pandemic, Cuba will go to one single currency! That is a cost-changer! They are opening up, slowly, but they must.

Sammytheman
10-20-20, 20:06
Where is LAC? I've been to Cuba almost 30 times and have never heard of LAC. LOS Angeles Clippers?

Ty Down
10-21-20, 02:16
Where is LAC? I've been to Cuba almost 30 times and have never heard of LAC. LOS Angeles Clippers?I think he's talking about a dating app, LatinAmericanCupid.

Personally, I have never used a dating app, especially an international dating app. It just seems to me that you never know who you are talking to. Even in my little simple world, I can see many, many things that could go completely sideways using one of these apps. But that's just me.

Stay safe and party on.

Rebel Monger
10-22-20, 19:44
Cuban girls, from LAC, from Habana, are crazy for sex.Are you sure they are crazy for sex? I doubt it. Sex, they have plenty, they might be crazy about money, but not even that, family living out of Cuba and "foreigner boyfriends" provide plenty of that, you'd be surprised to know (well, maybe not) that many would send money for naked pics and videos, even when that's plentiful and free on the internet.

Kalifornication
10-22-20, 21:22
Where is LAC? I've been to Cuba almost 30 times and have never heard of LAC. LOS Angeles Clippers?Sammy, LOL, how you been brother?

Trifecta68
10-23-20, 00:03
Trip planned to Medellin in early November. Can anyone assist? Is Poblado Plaza Hotel Chica Friendly? Any 4 Star lodging suggestions that are Paisa friendly would be appreciated!

Sammytheman
10-23-20, 01:01
Trip planned to Medellin in early November. Can any
one assist? Is Poblado Plaza Hotel Chica Friendly? Any 4 Star lodging suggestions that are Paisa friendly would be appreciated!You'll have better luck by asking this question in Colombia forums.

Combo
10-23-20, 01:22
Are you sure they are crazy for sex? I doubt it. Sex, they have plenty, they might be crazy about money, but not even that, family living out of Cuba and "foreigner boyfriends" provide plenty of that, you'd be surprised to know (well, maybe not) that many would send money for naked pics and videos, even when that's plentiful and free on the internet.Actually I think they may legitimately be crazy about sex. But that's sex with Cuban guys around their same age. 50,60, 70 year old Tourists, probably not. Though there may be exceptions.

Muzungufotsy
10-23-20, 07:32
Are you sure they are crazy for sex? I doubt it. Sex, they have plenty, they might be crazy about money, but not even that, family living out of Cuba and "foreigner boyfriends" provide plenty of that, you'd be surprised to know (well, maybe not) that many would send money for naked pics and videos, even when that's plentiful and free on the internet.I fully agree. World is full of losers ready to pay for what is free and then it completely changes the attitude of the girls from sweet ones to cold and mercenary. That explains the success of BS sites like Onlyfans. Pathetic.

Ty Down
10-23-20, 17:45
Trip planned to Medellin in early November. Can anyone assist? Is Poblado Plaza Hotel Chica Friendly? Any 4 Star lodging suggestions that are Paisa friendly would be appreciated!Last time I was in Medellin, I used Lifeafar Investments, they rent apartments all over Colombia. I found a fantastic 2 BR apartment in Poblado. I can't remember the exact name of the apartment I rented , but I will definitely book that specific apartment again. It's right next to the CASA KIWI Hostel in Pablado. KIWI Hostel address - Carrera 36 7 10, Medellin 050021 Colombia. You can Google Earth it and go to street view, facing Kiwi hostel, it's the two story apartment building to the right, get the 2nd floor apartment facing the street, it's awesome.


This is not the exact apartment, but it's on the same street, a good example of what they have to offer.

http://bosquesdeprovenza.com/

This is the Cuba board BTW.

AmoMedellin
10-24-20, 15:08
Yes, I have lived in Latin America for many years totally and hence also spend a lot of time ofn Match and then Cpid sites.

I see that Cuban girls, for money or culture, both, take own iniative to cibersex. In a way that girls form high octane countries like VNZ or COL would not do.

But also a ton of duplicate profiles, from Cuba and on Dominicacupid.

I ask myself; How many of these Cuban girl s are Cuban. I get there +53 Cuban Whatsapp, but obviously that seem easy to change if you how the know how. In YouTube films over habana it was not like Medellíand or on average beauty VNZ girls on LAC out -beauty even paisas.

Itis difficult, because I have had many friends that never used me for money and I have got sex from those girls, but also traditional one robbing, and several tries to rob me during maybe 7-8-10 trips, 7 of them at about up to or more than a semestre.

In Buenos Aires you find prepagos, but they are ugly, from the poor parts of the country, in Medellíand, girls almost being my neighbours worked at the Penthouse-like site on Calle74 , / Estadio girardot.

In per al girls are ugly. It is sad but true, and mean, boring, don't go there.

Cuba is new for me. Lot of complicated things to think about if you want to stay long-term.

VNZ; We can only hope El Joven wins the upcoming elections and re-integrate the country in the international community again, and get rid of that highly damaging double-currency they have now. 60 of the civilized countries acknowledge El Joven as Legal president.

I mean so the Venezuelans can return home and get paid, and aid.

Edward Q
10-29-20, 15:42
The word in Camaguey is that Western Union is out and bank cards are in. This has nothing to do with the new insane US policy that will go into effect in Nov. That will limit or force WU to close their doors in Cuba. The real reason cubans are moving away from Western Union is that WU dispenses CUC and the CUC shops are losing all their merchandise to the new USD shops that are now legal in the country. So, the store on Republica Ave in Camaguey that used to sell food upstairs for CUC is now only accepting USD. Other USD black market stores are opening. But now they are not black market, as the Cuban gov't has allowed them to operate. But they only accept USD. Here's my question. I live in the US. My understanding is that US banks don't operate in Cuba. ATM cards from the US don't work there. My girlfriend is asking for a bank card that I can recharge with cash. She can take that to a bank and get US dollars with it. I know that Cubans use this system, but I don't know how to get the card and set up an account up here in the US. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, I'll add parenthetically, if you read about WU closing in Cuba you can read testimonies from Cubans about how difficult it is to live right now. With CoVid and no tourism and few imports. If WU closes, they will be S. O. L. As far as remittances from the US go.

Rebel Monger
10-30-20, 04:51
The word in Camaguey is that Western Union is out and bank cards are in. This has nothing to do with the new insane US policy that will go into effect in Nov. That will limit or force WU to close their doors in Cuba. The real reason cubans are moving away from Western Union is that WU dispenses CUC and the CUC shops are losing all their merchandise to the new USD shops that are now legal in the country. So, the store on Republica Ave in Camaguey that used to sell food upstairs for CUC is now only accepting USD. Other USD black market stores are opening. But now they are not black market, as the Cuban gov't has allowed them to operate. But they only accept USD. Here's my question. I live in the US. My understanding is that US banks don't operate in Cuba. ATM cards from the US don't work there. My girlfriend is asking for a bank card that I can recharge with cash. She can take that to a bank and get US dollars with it. I know that Cubans use this system, but I don't know how to get the card and set up an account up here in the US. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, I'll add parenthetically, if you read about WU closing in Cuba you can read testimonies from Cubans about how difficult it is to live right now. With CoVid and no tourism and few imports. If WU closes, they will be S. O. L. As far as remittances from the US go.Just use the new regulations as an excuse to cut off the money line, she's not your girlfriend, she has somebody in Cuba banging her, even when you're there (they can find the way).

I send money to Cuba (not to girlfriends) and I'm doing just that. They have to make their government to allow them to make a living.

The card she's asking you about is one that has to be recharged from outside to be used in the new overpriced stores they opened there.

Edward Q
11-01-20, 16:21
Just use the new regulations as an excuse to cut off the money line, she's not your girlfriend, she has somebody in Cuba banging her, even when you're there (they can find the way).

I send money to Cuba (not to girlfriends) and I'm doing just that. They have to make their government to allow them to make a living.

The card she's asking you about is one that has to be recharged from outside to be used in the new overpriced stores they opened there.If I understand you correctly, you send money to Cuba via a card. Where did you get the card? From a US bank? And it is accepted in Cuban banks? Or are outside the US? Or did you get the card in Cuba?

Rebel Monger
11-07-20, 20:50
If I understand you correctly, you send money to Cuba via a card. Where did you get the card? From a US bank? And it is accepted in Cuban banks? Or are outside the US? Or did you get the card in Cuba?Not to a card, just Western Union.

The card they tell you in Cuba is one issued there to be recharged from outside the country, which can only be used in special government stores selling way overpriced products.

RacShack
11-07-20, 22:15
Not to a card, just Western Union.

The card they tell you in Cuba is one issued there to be recharged from outside the country, which can only be used in special government stores selling way overpriced products.That's what started this conversation, people saying western unions are closing or already closed.

Tacoma101
11-26-20, 19:34
Also living stateside and was wondering if anyone has been able to set up a Canadian bank account to get a debit card that they could use to access cash in Cuba when traveling there for long periods of time. Any advice is appreciated. Taco.

Mondo707
12-11-20, 04:19
Hey,

Just announced, starting on New Years day, 1/1/21, the official currency in Cuba will be the Peso Cubano and the CUC will no longer be used in Cuba.

The official exchange rate to the USD will be 24 CP to 1 USD.

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2020/12/10/gobierno-cubano-informa-sobre-tema-de-interes-para-la-poblacion-video/

Mondo.

Sammytheman
12-11-20, 05:07
Hey,

Just announced, starting on New Years day, 1/1/21, the official currency in Cuba will be the Peso Cubano and the CUC will no longer be used in Cuba.

The official exchange rate to the USD will be 24 CP to 1 USD.

http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2020/12/10/gobierno-cubano-informa-sobre-tema-de-interes-para-la-poblacion-video/

Mondo.So instead of giving chicas $40 cucs, I'll be soon giving them $1000 CUPS. It'll probably seem more with that big number!

Zeos1
12-12-20, 01:00
So instead of giving chicas $40 cucs, I'll be soon giving them $1000 CUPS. It'll probably seem more with that big number!I wonder if they still will have the 10% penalty for actual US dollars. Or perhaps that's included in the 24 to 1 exchange rate. If so I'm wondering if it will still be advantageous to use Canadian dollars or Euros?

Questner
12-12-20, 02:51
CUC to be phased out within six months period. Prices will go up. CUP 1:24 exchange starting to enterprises and the rest won't hold IMHO. New special period to follow.

Zeos1
12-12-20, 13:47
I wonder if they still will have the 10% penalty for actual US dollars. Or perhaps that's included in the 24 to 1 exchange rate. If so I'm wondering if it will still be advantageous to use Canadian dollars or Euros?Not answering my own question. But I know in the past the exchange between CUC and moneda nacional was 26:1 - so perhaps that is the 10% penalty being built in. But still wondering about Canadian dollars or Euros.

Mondo707
12-14-20, 08:43
Not answering my own question. But I know in the past the exchange between CUC and moneda nacional was 26:1 - so perhaps that is the 10% penalty being built in. But still wondering about Canadian dollars or Euros.The 10% gravamen (tax) was only imposed on USD. All other currencies were not penalized when doing normal (legal) exchanges at a cadeca or bank.

Nowadays, if you exchange a foreign currency, you pay the 3% commission which is imposed in all countries. The exchange rates for CUP was 24:1 and that was at a cadeca or bank. Whenever I exchanged USD to CUP in the past I'd get 480 CUP to 20 USD, lots of things you could get way cheaper by paying with CUP instead of with CUC. (this was when CUC was still in circulation).

Mondo.

Zeos1
12-14-20, 13:38
The 10% gravamen (tax) was only imposed on USD. All other currencies were not penalized when doing normal (legal) exchanges at a cadeca or bank.

Nowadays, if you exchange a foreign currency, you pay the 3% commission which is imposed in all countries. The exchange rates for CUP was 24:1 and that was at a cadeca or bank. Whenever I exchanged USD to CUP in the past I'd get 480 CUP to 20 USD, lots of things you could get way cheaper by paying with CUP instead of with CUC. (this was when CUC was still in circulation).

Mondo.I know in the past when I exchanged Canadian dollars into CUC there was a smaller exchange fee. About 2%, maybe it was 3%, based on the exchange rate between US and Canadian dollars. In other words, I got the equivalent CUC's as I would have gotten if I exchanged Canadian into US dollars. Minus around 3%.

So what I think you are saying, is that now the penalty against the US dollar is gone, and the same exchange cost is there for any currency.

HarryDubois
12-14-20, 15:46
My understanding is that in two weeks (New Year's Day) when one arrives in Cuba he will not hand in his dollars and receive CUC. Rather you will keep your dollars in cash and use them as CUC were previously used.

Am I wrong about that?

And the CUP will continue to be used by Cuban natives as it always has been.

One questions I have: Will the government stop discouraging prostitution, and let nature take its course, because of the desperate need for dollars? That was true in the late 1990's.

Ty Down
12-14-20, 16:59
My understanding is that in two weeks (New Year's Day) when one arrives in Cuba he will not hand in his dollars and receive CUC. Rather you will keep your dollars in cash and use them as CUC were previously used.

Am I wrong about that?

And the CUP will continue to be used by Cuban natives as it always has been.

One questions I have: Will the government stop discouraging prostitution, and let nature take its course, because of the desperate need for dollars? That was true in the late 1990's.Update this morning on Cuba's monetary policy changes.

https://oncubanews.com/cuba/sobre-cambios-en-la-politica-monetaria-el-empleo-y-los-subsidios/?fbclid=IwAR2_7_VqDoUVcVIplChhkFIoikGTtFJMxEmUzQe9B29wPnK5GF44JD9TCK4

Mondo707
12-15-20, 03:32
My understanding is that in two weeks (New Year's Day) when one arrives in Cuba he will not hand in his dollars and receive CUC. Rather you will keep your dollars in cash and use them as CUC were previously used.

Am I wrong about that?

And the CUP will continue to be used by Cuban natives as it always has been.

One questions I have: Will the government stop discouraging prostitution, and let nature take its course, because of the desperate need for dollars? That was true in the late 1990's.Hey Harry,

1st, regarding your post about prostitution. FYI, prostitution is illegal in Cuba and I'd bet you a Cristal or Bucanero this will not change.

2nd, From 1-1-21 on, USD will not be used by tourists while visiting. From then on, once you arrive when you exchange your USD you'll be given CUP to use while visiting and when you leave if you have any CUP left you can get USD equivalent back. Now, remember, each time there's an exchange between currencies there's a commission of 3% imposed on such transaction.

Also, USD will not be used like regular currency (CUP) They're used only by Cuban@s with some government issued cards to buy stuff like appliances and other goods at certain USD stores. Only Cuban@s who get money sent to them from abroad get these cards. No tourists as of now have access to these.
The only way to use USD for mongers will be thru the black market.

My advice to save this exchange commission is to try and spend most or all of the currency or just keep what you have left for your next trip. Also, you can gift your chica what you have left or some other person that help you out.

Mondo.

AmorPorFavor
12-15-20, 07:15
Hey Harry,

1st, regarding your post about prostitution. FYI, prostitution is illegal in Cuba and I'd bet you a Cristal or Bucanero this will not change.

2nd, From 1-1-21 on, USD will not be used by tourists while visiting. From then on, once you arrive when you exchange your USD you'll be given CUP to use while visiting and when you leave if you have any CUP left you can get USD equivalent back. Now, remember, each time there's an exchange between currencies there's a commission of 3% imposed on such transaction.

Also, USD will not be used like regular currency (CUP) They're used only by Cuban@s with some government issued cards to buy stuff like appliances and other goods at certain USD stores. Only Cuban@s who get money sent to them from abroad get these cards. No tourists as of now have access to these.
The only way to use USD for mongers will be thru the black market.

My advice to save this exchange commission is to try and spend most or all of the currency or just keep what you have left for your next trip. Also, you can gift your chica what you have left or some other person that help you out.

Mondo.I kept what I had left from my last trip last Nov and it looks like I am going to get stuck with 80 CUC. Wondering if they will be worthless when I get back which won't be until next Nov given the circumstances with Covid. I only travel to tropical countries Nov thru May. I don't enjoy the heat, humidity and rain. Really hoping that things will be good to go a year from now.

Tavares
12-15-20, 10:12
I kept what I had left from my last trip last Nov and it looks like I am going to get stuck with 80 CUC. Wondering if they will be worthless when I get back which won't be until next Nov given the circumstances with Covid. I only travel to tropical countries Nov thru May. I don't enjoy the heat, humidity and rain. Really hoping that things will be good to go a year from now.CUC will be soon worthless. The official rate is 1 USD= 24 Cuban Pesos but... it is already past.

Now at market rates 1 USD buys around 70 CUP and counting.

HarryDubois
12-15-20, 14:14
1st, regarding your post about prostitution. FYI, prostitution is illegal in Cuba and I'd bet you a Cristal or Bucanero this will not change.
2nd, From 1-1-21 on, USD will not be used by tourists while visiting. In 1995, a new economic policy was introduced, marking the country's worst economic period. Financial need was the primary motivation for people entering prostitution during this time, and Cuba gained a reputation as the "Thailand of the Caribbean".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Cuba#Special_period.

Because of the economic problems during the Special Period, the Cuban government allowed the possession of USA Dollars (which had previously been illegal) and began selling goods and services in USA Dollars On 8 November 2004, the Cuban government withdrew the USA Dollar from circulation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_convertible_peso#History.

I would guess that during this present crisis Cuba will again revert back to being Thailand with dollars, however I am anxious to hear from people who have already made the trip.

MidLifeUsa
12-15-20, 18:04
CUC will be soon worthless. The official rate is 1 USD= 24 Cuban Pesos but... it is already past.

Now at market rates 1 USD buys around 70 CUP and counting.At Travaras: just curious if 1 to 70 market rate is correct? I am planning to be in Havana in a week. Looks like I will be way better to convert the dollar on the street instead of airport.

AmorPorFavor
12-15-20, 19:17
CUC will be soon worthless. The official rate is 1 USD= 24 Cuban Pesos but... it is already past.

Now at market rates 1 USD buys around 70 CUP and counting.I hope the government will provide us some large denomination CUPs so we don't have to run around with even more bills in our pockets to deal with. Being from the US, having to use cash for everything is a pain in the ass.

HarryDubois
12-22-20, 09:40
When his mother in Cuba asked Guillermo Prieto to send his monthly aid in USA Dollars instead of the convertible pesos known as CUCs, the Homestead man thought it was to buy some appliance in the new government shops that accept only foreign currencies.

But he was stunned, Prieto said, when his 75-year-old mother told him she intended to sell the dollars on the black market and make a profit.

"I always sent her $100 with Western Union, but she said it's preferable that I send it with mules," he said, using Cuban slang for travelers who deliver goods and cash to the island. "Because on the street, she gets a better exchange rate. ".

"Every year, I go to Ciego de Avila for 15 days to visit my mother and my mother-in-law. I came back from there one week ago, and did not change one single dollar at the airport," said Adrial Molina, a Cuban who has lived in Kendall for six years. "The money went much further, although there are so many shortages at the shops that it didn't do me much good. ".

Molina added that several privately owned restaurants in Ciego de Avila suggested he pay the bill with dollars at a "very favorable" exchange rate.

"People have a tremendous dollar fever. Many told me they were afraid they would eliminate the CUC suddenly or modify the exchange rate," he said. "It's not logical to think that one of those little Cuban government papers CUCs would have the same value as a dollar. ".

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article237846459.html

The CUC is being eliminated next week.

I wonder how Cuban girls feel about a few US dollars in cash? I am guessing that the attitude is quite positive.

Christian G
12-22-20, 10:46
Mandatory RT-PCR covid test 72 hours before arrival from January 1st 2021.

Ty Down
12-22-20, 15:36
Mandatory RT-PCR covid test 72 hours before arrival from January 1st 2021.This guy just got back from Cuba 2 weeks ago. He's Canadian and he went to Cayo Coco, a beach resort near Ciego de Avila. He shows the process at the airport. You will not be allowed to leave the state run resorts. You will be confined to the resorts, Cuba is off limits. To hell with that.

Ty Down
12-22-20, 15:48
This goes with my previous report.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsa-nN2CcLA.

DzikaBomba
11-12-21, 03:17
I'm seriously considering a trip to Cuba at the beginning of the next year.

I know that the most important Thing is a casa, where I can sneak the girls in.

I want to go to Holguin and Camaguey, because Havanna is too touristy and I don't Like big cities.

I speak a bit Spanish, So this should be no problem.

But my question is, if I can get real GFE in Cuba?

I mean LT with Kisses, Kuddling and also BBFS would be Nice.

I Was in the DR and Colombia (Medellin) and for me the chicas there were mostly cold and professional. Also LT was mostly not on the offer because they mostly prefer ST.

How is the GFE Situation in Cuba and especially in These two named cities?

I'm very interested what experiences you have made there in getting GFE in the last 2-3 years?