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  1. #803

    Thank you all!

    All solid answers, thanks a lot!

  2. #802
    Quote Originally Posted by TomJackin  [View Original Post]
    Thanks, I always have solid trip reports, so you can expect the same if I travel to Cuba.

    So, if I check the "help to the Cuban people" do I have to show proof of something, besides that I want to chase putas?
    I always check the "Journalist activities", then take a bunch of pics and videos while in Cuba. I've made 8 trips to Cuba in the last 2 years and have never been questioned by immigration's on the return trip. Well, with the exception of one immigration officer wanted to know why I didn't bring him a Cigar. .

  3. #801

    Tomjackin.

    Mondo gives great Info. It's just about playing the game. Support of the Cuban people is the box to check. Customs never asks for reciepts but grab a few and put your own dates on them. Rent Airbnb also is the best way to pay and American authorities won't ask questions. Enjoy.

  4. #800

    Lol

    Quote Originally Posted by TomJackin  [View Original Post]
    Thanks, I always have solid trip reports, so you can expect the same if I travel to Cuba.

    So, if I check the "help to the Cuban people" do I have to show proof of something, besides that I want to chase putas?
    Hey TJ,

    That's a good one, once I was asked coming back by an immigration officer if I had brought back anything to declare and I told him I wanted to bring back a Cubanita but wasn't sure if I was allowed to!

    He just laughed and asked me to show him some pixs!

    Myself, I don't keep any records of expenses, I have never heard of anyone being asked for expense receipts. YMMV

    Mondo.

  5. #799
    Quote Originally Posted by TomJackin  [View Original Post]
    Thanks, I always have solid trip reports, so you can expect the same if I travel to Cuba.

    So, if I check the "help to the Cuban people" do I have to show proof of something, besides that I want to chase putas?
    Theoretically, you have to be able to show evidence that your trip was truly for the purpose of "helping Cuban people ". Examples may include staying in a casa particular (do not stay in a hotel as they're almost always owned by the Cuban government), taking Spanish lessons, visits to local artists place, eating in a mom and pop restaurant, visit to a Jazz club and buy their CD, taking salsa dance lesson from a Cuban, etc etc. I wrote down the list of what I did beside the hobby and had some pics to prove in case I got the Q&A.

  6. #798
    Quote Originally Posted by TomJackin  [View Original Post]
    Thanks, I always have solid trip reports, so you can expect the same if I travel to Cuba.

    So, if I check the "help to the Cuban people" do I have to show proof of something, besides that I want to chase putas?
    As long as I know, you don't.

  7. #797
    Quote Originally Posted by Mondo707  [View Original Post]
    Hey TJ,

    There are 12 options for a US citizen to pick when traveling to Cuba. Below is the list of them. You pick one before leaving for Cuba at the airport when you have to pay for your visa. Don't worry once you get your tix they will explain this.

    Most people pick "help for the Cuban people".

    Here is the list of options to pick:

    The 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are: family visits; official business of the USA Government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, help to the Cuban people.

    Not to worry you'd be good to go, no problema.

    Make sure you report when you get back.

    Mondo.
    Thanks, I always have solid trip reports, so you can expect the same if I travel to Cuba.

    So, if I check the "help to the Cuban people" do I have to show proof of something, besides that I want to chase putas?

  8. #796

    Pick one

    Quote Originally Posted by TomJackin  [View Original Post]
    I'm thinking about going to Cuba. But, the rules are confusing. What box do you check on the form "Reason for travel?

    Please help!
    Hey TJ,

    There are 12 options for a US citizen to pick when traveling to Cuba. Below is the list of them. You pick one before leaving for Cuba at the airport when you have to pay for your visa. Don't worry once you get your tix they will explain this.

    Most people pick "help for the Cuban people".

    Here is the list of options to pick:

    The 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are: family visits; official business of the USA Government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, help to the Cuban people.

    Not to worry you'd be good to go, no problema.

    Make sure you report when you get back.

    Mondo.

  9. #795

    Travel question from the US

    I'm thinking about going to Cuba. But, the rules are confusing. What box do you check on the form "Reason for travel?

    Please help!

  10. #794
    Quote Originally Posted by Peaty  [View Original Post]
    Hey,

    I'm arriving at Varadero airport for my first Cuba vacation. My final goal is Guanabo. But I'm not in a hurry so I have to questions:

    1. Is there anything noteworthy to see / visit on the way from Varadero airport to Guanabo? For instance, mongering for a day or two in Matanzas?

    2. What transportation do I best use? Uber? Bus / Viazul? Any private taxi? What prices can I expect if I go straight from the Airport to Guanabo?

    3. Is it better if I reserve a casa for the first couple of nights and let them arrange a pickup?

    Cheers!
    2. Uber does not exist in Cuba. To check the schedule and price of the bus: https://www.viazul.com For instance Varadero-Matanzas takes 45 mn and costs 6 USD.

    For the taxi, you can check what price you should expect taking private taxi with smart driver + new car + on time + no late arrival + no surprise, at this link. These prices are the max you should pay. Then bargain with the local taxis, according to the car. http://taxivinalescuba.com/?lang=en&secc=transfers. For instance the same itinerary would be about 30mn and 40 USD.

    3. As said before, if first time in Cuba, better airbnb at least for first nights. If you speak spanish and have the EXACT adress of your casa, you can take a taxi at the airport. If you don't want hassles, or spend time bargaining with taximen, then book the transfer with the casa, but of course they'll take their commission.

    Oh and don't forget to download offline google maps before you get there.

  11. #793

    Why

    Quote Originally Posted by Peaty  [View Original Post]
    Hey,

    I'm arriving at Varadero airport for my first Cuba vacation. My final goal is Guanabo. But I'm not in a hurry so I have to questions:

    1. Is there anything noteworthy to see / visit on the way from Varadero airport to Guanabo? For instance, mongering for a day or two in Matanzas?

    2. What transportation do I best use? Uber? Bus / Viazul? Any private taxi? What prices can I expect if I go straight from the Airport to Guanabo?

    3. Is it better if I reserve a casa for the first couple of nights and let them arrange a pickup?

    Cheers!
    If your target is Guanabo, why don't you fly to Havana instead? It's closer and I bet a lot cheaper.

    As for mongering, I'd say you can get lay anywhere in Cuba, all you have to do is talk to the ladies in a respectful manner and see where things go.

  12. #792

    From Varadero Airport to Guanabo.

    Hey,

    I'm arriving at Varadero airport for my first Cuba vacation. My final goal is Guanabo. But I'm not in a hurry so I have to questions:

    1. Is there anything noteworthy to see / visit on the way from Varadero airport to Guanabo? For instance, mongering for a day or two in Matanzas?

    2. What transportation do I best use? Uber? Bus / Viazul? Any private taxi? What prices can I expect if I go straight from the Airport to Guanabo?

    3. Is it better if I reserve a casa for the first couple of nights and let them arrange a pickup?

    Cheers!

  13. #791

    Imo

    Quote Originally Posted by NamasteParis  [View Original Post]
    To complete the previous answer:



    4. They mostly use IMO in Cuba. Whatsapp very seldom.

    .
    You are absolutely right. IMO is the new thing in Cuba, you can even video chat / facetime here in the states to Cuba.

  14. #790
    Quote Originally Posted by Peaty  [View Original Post]
    Thanks for the advice, I'll definitely avoid Santiago then! But the Santa Clara I am looking at is more or less centered in Kuba, nowhere near a beach. I don't think it fits the bill either.
    Spend one or 2 days in Santa Clara (nice city), and then head to Cairibean or Remedios (great!)

    Nice beach there.

  15. #789
    Quote Originally Posted by Peaty  [View Original Post]
    Hey,

    For my upcoming first trip to Cuba I have a couple of questions:

    1. can you buy cialis / tadalafil over the counter?

    2. are airbnbs a good idea? I think it might be beneficial because they're probably not as strict about registering chicas. On the other hand, they're probably not well known by chicas and might not have cards I can hand out.

    3. since very recently, it seems you can rent a SIM card for 3 CUC per day and get like 2.5 GB of mobile traffic (3 G, maybe even 4 G around havana) for 20 CUC. Does anyone have experience with that, I. E. Does the internet actually work? This seems like the best / only option to go online anywhere.

    4. is whatsapp big with chicas? Or how do I best stay in contact with them?

    5. how dangerous is it to mess with drugs? Can you trust a chica to score something?

    6. from the reports I've read, you can get the chicas to agree to 30 CUC short time and 50 CUC long time. Is that realistic? Because on the other hand, I read chicas demanding 80 CUC for short time in havana clubs.

    Thanks for any insights!
    To complete the previous answer:

    1. No. Bring it.

    2. On airbnb, you will find only casas particulares. Every casa particular in AirBnb will ask you to register any guest going in. But you have no choice. If first time there, airbnb is a good option.

    3.

    4. They mostly use IMO in Cuba. Whatsapp very seldom.

    5. You don't want to do that man.
    6. Yeah that's the maximum normal price, if you know the game, and speaks spanish fluently. Cuban people are into talking a lot, so discuss, bargain, and bargain. With sense of humour and style, you could even get a "normal" girl for free (or almost). Chicas are not "spoiled" yet (except maybe in Havana), so please preserve this unique environment.

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