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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #135 on: April 17, 2016, 12:53:45 PM »
I am going the week after Pesach.

Something Fishy would love to see your report.

We plan on spending 2 days in Havana - booking through Airbnb and another day and half in Trinidad. I also plan to scuba dive in the Bay of Pigs.

I plan on renting a car there. Is that wise? Trinidad is far and I like to have my own wheels so I can control the schedule. In Trinidad itself there are slim pickings on Airbnb. As per  Lonely planet there's no reason not to just book something when I get there. Is that crazy? I am going with friends and not my wife and kids so that does make things easier  :)

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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #136 on: April 17, 2016, 01:49:50 PM »
Something Fishy would love to see your report.

So would I :))... No way that it'll be done by then.

I plan on renting a car there. Is that wise?

NO!

Do not rent a car in Cuba. Other than the obvious - the terrilbe, unmarked roads, the old, beaten up and problem-prone cars - if you get in to any kind of accident, even a minor fender-bender, you cannot leave the country until it's resolved. And with Cuban bureaucracy, that often takes months. And if your determined to be a flight risk, you get free lodging for the duration in the local jail.

So, hire a driver or take the bus.
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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #137 on: April 17, 2016, 01:55:06 PM »
For anyone going, I have around 50 CUC left over. You'll save 13% vs. getting it in Cuba.

Please PM if you want it (no reason you shouldn't, if you're going ;D).
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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #138 on: April 17, 2016, 11:48:05 PM »
So would I :))... No way that it'll be done by then.

NO!

Do not rent a car in Cuba. Other than the obvious - the terrilbe, unmarked roads, the old, beaten up and problem-prone cars - if you get in to any kind of accident, even a minor fender-bender, you cannot leave the country until it's resolved. And with Cuban bureaucracy, that often takes months. And if your determined to be a flight risk, you get free lodging for the duration in the local jail.

So, hire a driver or take the bus.
So glad you are warning me about the car rental. I am definitely going to cancel my reservation. Wow. Do you know of any reasonable drivers for getting around?


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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #139 on: April 18, 2016, 12:04:42 AM »
So glad you are warning me about the car rental. I am definitely going to cancel my reservation. Wow. Do you know of any reasonable drivers for getting around?

I need to find his info, I'll post it in a bit.

In the meantime, what's your routing?
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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #140 on: April 18, 2016, 12:08:51 AM »
I need to find his info, I'll post it in a bit.

In the meantime, what's your routing?
Flying on United EWR to Nassau and then connecting 3 hours later on Cubana to Havana. I know Cubana doesn't have a great reputation but it's a short flight and hoping all will work out. Return is through Cancun. Cubana to Cancun and then Dynamic airways to JFK. Total ticket cost was 610 so not to crazy.

I didn't want to go in through Mexico as I was told I'd have to clear Mexican customs and I didn't want issues with my food. This way I just have the Cubans to worry about.

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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #141 on: April 18, 2016, 12:30:54 AM »
Flying on United EWR to Nassau and then connecting 3 hours later on Cubana to Havana. I know Cubana doesn't have a great reputation but it's a short flight and hoping all will work out. Return is through Cancun. Cubana to Cancun and then Dynamic airways to JFK. Total ticket cost was 610 so not to crazy.

I didn't want to go in through Mexico as I was told I'd have to clear Mexican customs and I didn't want issues with my food. This way I just have the Cubans to worry about.

Wish I could've gotten a chance to fly Cubana, but they aren't exactly in *A yet ;D...

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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #142 on: April 18, 2016, 12:42:33 AM »
So glad you are warning me about the car rental. I am definitely going to cancel my reservation. Wow. Do you know of any reasonable drivers for getting around?

Email Elvis at noe72@nauta.cu. We hired him to take us to Vinales for the day and were very happy. Very fun guy.

Plus he drives a smashing '53 Dodge:



You won't find too many cars that use a dipstick and a hole in the trunk to gauge fuel, but have a dash-mounted TV .

Now as far as Trinidad, are you sure you want to do that? Personally, I would recommend Vinales instead. Aside from being closer to Havana, it's radically different as well. Trinidad is lovely, but is still quite similar to Havana. Old cars, colorful buildings, and the like. Sure there's more of a country feel and the cobblestones add a unique charm, but it's not a world apart. Vinales on the other hand is 180 degrees from Havana. Rural, more oxen and donkeys than cars, stunning little towns and farmhouses, and astonishing natural beauty (see above picture).

Trinidad is a different flavor of Havana; Vinales is a completely different world.

Think about it.
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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #143 on: April 18, 2016, 11:04:36 AM »
Definitely going to give Vinales some thought. Looks really cool. I don't see how I'd get in the scuba diving that way however the trip isn't about the diving!

I didn't do any work on the affidavit. I was under the impression I can self license my "support for the Cuban people" trip. What do I need to do beforehand?

I am game for a ride in that car  :) Hard to beat - I sent him an email.



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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #144 on: May 07, 2016, 10:12:29 PM »
Definitely going to give Vinales some thought. Looks really cool. I don't see how I'd get in the scuba diving that way however the trip isn't about the diving!

I didn't do any work on the affidavit. I was under the impression I can self license my "support for the Cuban people" trip. What do I need to do beforehand?

I am game for a ride in that car  :) Hard to beat - I sent him an email.

When are you going, because would love some tips? SOmething Fishy helped allot but I'm still so lost. I am looking to go in a few weeks hopefully If I can figure out logistics and stuff as I am horrible at it!

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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #145 on: May 10, 2016, 12:56:31 PM »
Would 3.5 days be enough in cuba , just to see the sights and possibly some beach (and of course meet the Jewish community) or do I need more time? I was thinking of possibly going via a one day stopover in Panama and still want to be back before Shabbos?

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Re: cuba master thread
« Reply #146 on: May 10, 2016, 01:11:19 PM »
Would 3.5 days be enough in cuba , just to see the sights and possibly some beach (and of course meet the Jewish community) or do I need more time? I was thinking of possibly going via a one day stopover in Panama and still want to be back before Shabbos?

That was exactly my schedule, totally doable. I hope to go back for longer in the fall/early winter, but 3.5 days on the ground is definitely enough to see the sights.

You may want to be careful about the beach (see my post here).
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« Reply #147 on: May 10, 2016, 02:11:58 PM »
That was exactly my schedule, totally doable. I hope to go back for longer in the fall/early winter, but 3.5 days on the ground is definitely enough to see the sights.

You may want to be careful about the beach (see my post here).
+1 we had 3 days and felt it was adequate as well. That being said I would totally go back.

I wouldn't bother with the beaches there unless you have a lot of time as you can go to the beach anywhere. My opinion would be not to spend Shabbos there and just skip the beach. It's really hot there now so you may be better off not being there Shabbos in any case.

Regarding getting there you can route through the Bahamas, Mexico or the Cayman islands. Check the national carrier for each of those countries and see when they fly etc. Interjet also flies from Cancun. Your best bet will likely be Cancun.

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« Reply #148 on: May 10, 2016, 02:39:00 PM »
Don't forget the Air China flight from YUL, I saw some really good rates this week.
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« Reply #149 on: May 10, 2016, 02:55:29 PM »

Regarding getting there you can route through the Bahamas, Mexico or the Cayman islands. Check the national carrier for each of those countries and see when they fly etc. Interjet also flies from Cancun. Your best bet will likely be Cancun.
Is there a reason why not to fly directly there from either NY (very limited flights) or Miami? is that because of cost? or afraid of not getting pre check?

Problem is that any routing options I find, I now want to go there as well  ;)....Copa had with stop in Panama now I wondering if 1 day in Panama is enough..lol...Thru Cayman Islands....Yikes I will need a few day stopover and im trying to do everything within 1 week to avoid shabbos
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