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Thinking Cuba? Tickets not so easy yet!

Many Americans (myself included) are thinking much more seriously now about visiting Cuba with the relaxed process. But don't expect it to be smooth yet—veteran traveler Brian Kelly, who runs ThePointsGuy (an extremely useful site for frequent flier mile addicts) tested out some options, and found that both travel agences and airlines aren't quite ready. 


There's some confusion about rules, and the airlines haven't ramped up non-stop flights from the U.S. beyond the charters that have already been flying, and those have been flying pretty full for a long time. Kelly ended up flying by way of Grand Cayman Island and Grand Cayman Airways, after flying American to GC. And award tickets? Don't even ask...yet. 


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I've also heard that there are concerns not enough hotel rooms exist in Cuba for the expected flood of American tourists.  Besides flights, it's important to have a room reservation at hand.


I truly hope the flood of tourist money will be of benefit to the Cuban people whose plight I have great empathy for.

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Perhaps TG Guru GarryRF can add something on this...he's been there often. My impression is that the lack of facilities may be overstated, because Canadians, Brits and others have been going there in large numbers. Of course, if you double that without building, there will be a problem, but I don't think the numbers will go up that fast until the hotels and airlines start offering the kind of attractive packages they do for other areas of the Caribbean. It may be a self-solving problem.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

Many Americans travel to the Capital - Havana.

Its a big - overgrown and mostly poor city.

Not really a flavour of the real Cuba and its people.

Wherever you go on the Island they do 2-3 day  trips to Havana.

The stores are mostly empty and food is strictly rationed to the locals.

So you'll be better going to one of the hundreds of All Inclusive Hotels that line the coast. Inclusive vacations fly from Toronto to Resorts all around the Island.

Very much like Dominican Republic - without the crime and drugs.

I've been to Cuba from the UK about 18 times. Spread between three areas.

So what's the attraction ! Beautiful and mostly empty beaches. Bargain prices.

I pay up to $1500 US for a 14 day all inclusive package from the UK. Flights-Hotel-Food-Drink and evening entertainment. Water sports and minibar.

Which will be much more expensive when Americans go !

Warm and friendly people who speak excellent English.

Any questions ? 



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Most interesting Garry. I still have Cuba on my list as 'yet to be visited'. I'm not a great beach lover - a few days are fine - is there really a lot to be seen in the country as a whole if you take away the Ché-related hyped locations? Is it really worth making the effort right now before things change as they surely will? Unfortunately I still have a load of other places that are tugging at my sleeve for early visits...

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."  Henry Miller

Most city centres have been laid out in the Spanish style with an open park.

This is lunchtime when all the school children and workers eat their packed lunches.

No radio - music - skateboards - headphones - just peace and tranquillity !



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Mac. Cuba has already changed since my first visit 15 years ago.

Buses and cars are everywhere now thanks to those intrepid Chinese salesmen.

Living standards are rising rapidly thanks to the tourist dollar.

Fields of Sugar Cane are now rare. Castro has decided that Cuba's future lies in tourism.

Bicycles prevail in most Towns and a horse and buggy are common.

When I first went to Cuba it was painfully poor.

It's like going back in time to a 3rd world country. But with safety and very civil, well educated people. There's plenty of fishing - watersports - cycling - dolphin parks - beautiful gardens and towns to fill your day. Mountains and cities to explore. Even get a horse and buggy taxi to take you out and about. Maybe $50US for the day. Visit some wonderful Catholic Church's. It soon becomes obvious that Cuba isn't Communist. Its a Military dictatorship with Socialist aims.

But perfect for a winter visit.






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Maybe the answer to the number of Hotels needed to accommodate the new visitors from the US is all in the timing.


Brits - Canadians - Germans love Cuba in the winter.

It's the dry season with no hurricane threat.

Warm in the daytime, 75-85f or 24 -29c.

Cool enough for a sweater at night.


 Americans can have the summer !!!


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