Traveling to Cuba? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Now that Fidel Castro is on his deathbed and his younger brother Raul is taking over, Cuba and the US have eased the travel restrictions which have made it difficult to go there. Or leave. Because Cuba has essentially been forbidden fruit for more than half a century, the desire to visit is stronger than ever. But, what do you need to know before you go? Surprisingly, not all that much…
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Is It Legal To Travel To Cuba?

Essentially, it’s becoming less illegal to travel to Cuba. US regulations governing travel to Cuba have been eased and groups which have permissible reasons under the new rules (essentially economic and cultural) are traveling there, setting up the infrastructure for the eventual and easier tourism trade to Cuba in the near future.
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Who Can Travel To Cuba?

Basically, support crews who will be servicing the expected rising tourist population that will peak in the summer months. Tourism and travel professionals are making up the first wave, paving the road to what promises to be the “It” destination for tourists from America for the next few years, at the very least.
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Is It Expensive To Travel To Cuba?

Currently, the main way the average US citizen can travel to Cuba is in a “Person-To-Person” group with a specific, cultural, economic or educational purpose. Those trips average out to about $4,000 a person, with greater freedom to travel around once you’ve arrived than ever before. Expect that cost to rise significantly if Cuba becomes the next tourism hotspot.
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Can I Take A Cruise To Cuba?

Cruise lines and commercial air carriers are currently formalizing routes and itineraries, so, at the moment, most travel to Cuba is by private air. But, because of the 90-mile distance between Cuba and the US, it’s likely that cruising to Cuba will become the standard for traveling there in the future.
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What Is Phone Service Like In Cuba?

In a word: Improving. Land line service is notoriously expensive and unreliable. But, that’s true in America too as the digital cellular network expands. Cuba is no different and Verizon is one of the first companies granted licensing. But, don’t expect unlimited Talk, Text and Data any time soon without paying through the nose as Cuba’s network is built out.
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Are Credit Cards Good In Cuba?

Yes. If you can find a card reader. It will be some time before a network is built up able to support widespread credit card use. So, in the meantime, take plenty of cash…
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Where Can I Stay In Cuba?

Fidel Castro may be a committed Commie, but not even Stalin could resist a luxurious hotel near a tropical beach. Basically, all elite Socialists are the same: They love pretending to be poor and adore being rich. Cuba has some of the best hotel property on the planet, staffed by the most courteous and discreet staff. Stay anywhere. It’s all good…
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Can I Buy Cuban Cigars?

Those Americans who have already traveled to Cuba under the new rules have been delighted to find that it’s now legal to take home a box of Havanas, so long as they are valued at under $100. Good luck with that…
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Is It Safe To Travel To Cuba?

Is it safe to travel to Topeka? Currently, Cuba is no safer, or any more dangerous than any other tourism destination. Stay away from poorer neighborhoods, be aware of your surroundings and travel in groups. It’s the same for Baltimore…
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