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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 03, 2017
checking luggage  (4 Answers)

we are flying into Havana Feb 18th. I have been told by one person not to check luggage as it can take 1-2 hours to get. My other friend went to cuba this summer and said it was really fast to get their luggage. Does anybody have feedback? Does it matter which airline? We were really hoping to bring an extra suite case to check full of school supplies to donate.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 12, 2017
Travelling to Cuba Jan18-26  (9 Answers)

I have 2 nights booked in Havana. Is that enough time. How do I hire a private guide? I then wanted to go to Vinales for 2 nights. I haven't booked anything yet. Then go to Trinidad for 2 nights. Does this sound reasonable? I have heard about bringing small toiletries with me to give to my host, etc. Is this true? or would they be offended. This is my first trip to Cuba. I am so excited. listening to Cuban music as I type. I do not speak Spanish. Will this be a problem? Is there an app for translation? So many questions. I would appreciate any advice. Thank-You

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 02, 2017
Where to exchange currency travelling to Cuba  (9 Answers)

When travelling to Cuba from western Europe where is the best place to exchange currency?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 12, 2016
Place to Stay in Havana  (6 Answers)

Hi all,
I will be in Havana on 30th Dec - 2nd Jan. and have been looking for a casa particular but cannot find an available one. I checked airbnb, sent reservation request on several booking websites and even contacted with several hosts on tripadvisor. Tired of getting 'not available' messages. Do you know any other option to find a casa in Havana? Is there anyone who knows people in Havana for me to contact. I will appreciate any help cause I am so desperate right now.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 08, 2016
Any Info at All!!  (9 Answers)

Hi All!!

I bought my flight from AeroMexico. Traveling on February 6-12. Has anyone traveled with them and how was the experience? Is travel insurance recommended?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 26, 2016
How do I explain to the U.S. Customes upon returning from Cuba Nowadays?  (20 Answers)

U. S. Citizenship, I am planning to go to Cuba, flying out of JFK for a 10-day trip touring in Cuba.

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 14, 2016
What City to spend 2 nights in besides Havana?  (8 Answers)

We are spending 6 nights in Havana and would like to spend 2 nights at another location. Does anyone have any good suggestions? We prefer and area that has a busier night life.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 11, 2016
Where to stay  (2 Answers)

I will be travelling to Cuba for 9 days with 5 other girls the 3rd week in February. I would love to get some feedback/suggestions about our trip. We are planning on maybe renting a place through Air BnB since there are 6 of us but am not sure what area of Havana? We love the nightlife, street dancing, jazz clubs, good food. We also want to stay one other area for 2-3 nights but am not sure what city?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 05, 2016
Transport from Varadero to Havana  (4 Answers)

Will be traveling to Varadero and staying in a resort there for 8 days. Now I want to include trip to Havana with overnight stay. How easy and convenient is the trip to Havana, and do I use bus or train?

Any info apriciated. Leaving day after tomorrow
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 25, 2016
Recommendations - day trip POI's in Zapata Peninsula & Topes de Callantes?

Will be staying near at Casa Particulares in Playa Larga next to Zapata Pen. & in Trinidad near Topes.

Was wondering if anyone can recommend great POI's that u particularly enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) in those two areas and preferable access / tour methods.

I am a backpacker type but don't desire to back back in those areas.

Day horseback ride, hiking, jeep or boat tour etc is what I had in mind.

Anyone have some particular fav recommendations or advice in these two areas?



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 20, 2016
Exchange money  (8 Answers)


Will be in Cuba 16 day starting Nov 1.
Have you been able to use ATMs? What about credit cards? Debit Cards?

Thank you
Joe Whitehouse

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 10, 2016
The best cayo  (1 Answer)

Hi, I would like to know which one is considered the best Cayo? Which one would you recommend?
Thanks in advance :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 10, 2016
contact info  (2 Answers)

Hi all im looking for contact info for Villa Vittorio outskirts of Havana.
Thanks in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 09, 2016
Cuba in late January  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone

I am having a two week break earlier next year, around the end of January, and I have been thinking of visiting Cuba. I am interested in travelling around, getting to know Havana but also other cities. Sticking only to a beach resort is not really on my plans, even though I do like beaches very much and I want to include at least one of the Cayos.

I've been doing some research butt I would like your opinion, is it a good time of the year considering the weather, reasonable prices (hotels, food, transport). Would any particular reason, for example a festivity or something else, be worth it to change and go at another time??

Thanks in advance! :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 21, 2016
Tour from Havana to Vinales and Pinar del Rio  (13 Answers)

I am hoping to take a short tour of around 3 days from Havana to Vinales and Pinar del Rio. I hope to make the arrangements with a Cuban company, either when I get to Havana or preferably before I arrive. I am looking for a tour which includes the transport, the hotel or hotels and entry into the main attractions such as cigar factories and rum distilleries or whatever there is to see.

I was wondering if someone could help me with a few important questions:

1) are there travel agencies, etc, in Havana which can offer these trips? If so, can anyone give me some names or contact details of recommended companies?
2) is it possible to arrange something like this at short notice, or do the agencies normally require several weeks notice?
3) is anything like this also available going in the opposite direction to Trinidad and Santa Clara?

Any help you can give me will be much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 05, 2016
Tourist Visa  (10 Answers)

Do Indian citizens with an Indian passport currently in the USA on a tourist visa need a visa to visit Cuba for tourism purposes? If yes, what are the requirements, how do you go about it and how long does it take? Thank you very much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 28, 2016
Accessing money in Cuba  (19 Answers)

I'm departing for Cuba in a few weeks and I've been reading up on ways to access money and despite reading quite a few posts on various websites and forums I'm still having trouble getting a clear understanding of what I should do. Since I'm going for 10 days I don't really want to take enough cash to cover me as that would mean carrying >$1000 on me. So I have an Australian debit Mastercard from Bankwest which I understand might not work in ATMs but might work if I go inside a bank to withdraw cash. Obviously that would be a better option but I don't want to rely on it if it's not true. Has anyone had any recent experience about this issue?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 25, 2016
Domestic flights in Cuba  (5 Answers)

Dear All,
How can I book some domestic flights in Cuba? I need some info about booking air tickets online, if it is possible.
I want to fly from Cienfuegos to Santiago de Cuba (or from Havana to Santiago), after from Santiago to Cayo Coco and from Cayo Coco to Havana.
How are the planes and the flight conditions? What are the estimated prices?
Any other info will be highly appreciated!
Thank you in advance for any kind reply! Gabriel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 24, 2016
Is there a problem yet with Cassa particular lot is getting overbooked?  (3 Answers)

Last year I went and reserved my first Casa from abroad. From that point on, each Casa just hooked me up with the next as I traveled for two weeks. It was great and very flexible.

Is this still possible or will I have to pre-book all my casas in advance from abroad in order to be sure I'll have a place to sleep?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 18, 2016
Recommendations need for traveling in Cuba for 2 weeks  (5 Answers)

Dear VT’s friends & members,

I need your help to organize a trip in Cuba for 2 weeks, in January 2017.
We’re a group that want to travel around Cuba and to see the most spectacular things: old cities, historical monuments, local customs, restaurants, beaches, culture.
So we need some recommendations about what to see and don’t miss, how to travel around, which places are good for staying more than 1-2 days, where to have accommodation (hotels or local house rent), etc.
1. Is it possible and safe to rent a car and drive in Cuba?
2. Are the roads in good conditions?
3. It is better to take local transport buses between cities or to ask to the local tourist companies?
4. What places do you recommend to don’t miss?
5. Famous locations and monuments in Havana?
Any other info will be highly appreciated!
Thank you in advance for your kind answers.
Best Regards! Gabriel

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 15, 2016
Beach for kids  (1 Answer)

We are a family of four, kids 3 and 6. We are planning a two week trip to Cuba in February. At least one of these weeks we would like to stay at a really nice beach. However we are having trouble finding something that matches our taste. Varadero seems too touristy for us with too many resorts. We would prefer a small hotel close to or by the beach and with a choice of local restaurants at walking distance. We are not looking for an all inclusive. We have looked at Cayo Largo, Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Saetia. Any input would be much appreciated! Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 11, 2016
Sol Palmeras or Sol Cayo Guillermo for my family?  (1 Answer)

This August, I'm planning a vacation for my family (husband, myself and 2 kids 15 and 8) and I'm wondering which hotel would be more suitable for my family? I realize that Sol Palmeras and Sol Cayo Guillermo are totally different in terms of locations and layouts but any suggestions, please? Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 08, 2016
married to cuban  (13 Answers)

bello everybody. I got married to a cuban in greece with all the legal documenta in greece. my husband already left to cuba and I have a one way ticket because we are not sure for the excact date. On the website of the airline was saying clearly that check-in will be denied if there is no return ticket. will it be a problem?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 07, 2016
Handicap / Wheelchair  (14 Answers)

Hey everybody,

my mother has a dream: She would love to visit Havanna/ Cuba. The tricky part is, she is very sick and her handicap ties her to a wheelchair.
A nurse and myself would accompany her, but I am actually concerned, that Havanna might be full of steep stairs... Also I was told that it is quite difficult to find barrierfree hotels and restaurants.
If anyone could offer some information, insights or links I would be thrilled!! We are not in a hurry, but I expect the planning will take a bit longer than usual...

Thanx in advance, happy travels and cheers from Berlin!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 22, 2016
Can I purchase a Cuba Visa in the USA prior to departure?  (6 Answers)

We found a good flight to Havana from MIA and also from JFK. Is it possible to advance purchase our Cuban Visas at either airport and where is the location to do so? Or do we have to force a layover to purchase our visas from a foreign country? Thank you in advance for your advice. I am havng a hard time finding a direct answer to this question online. 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 20, 2016
Bicycle hire  (2 Answers)

Is it possible to hire decent (with 7+ gears) in Cuba? ansd if so where are the main hire places? We are travelling next Spring & could take our own bikes if hiring is difficult.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 18, 2016
Weather in Cuba  (5 Answers)

Could somebody tell me what the weather is like late August please?

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 06, 2016
First time out of Europe - Itinerary and day to day advice please!  (5 Answers)


I am travelling to Cuba with my girlfriend in a few days and as I said in the title, this is our first time travelling outside of the usual vanilla European countries.

This is a post looking for both general and specific advice.

Specifically: We are staying in Vedado, Habana. We arrive on Sat the 11/06 and leave on Wed 29/06.

We have 2 weekends with which to travel the Island, what would you recommend for these 2 weekends?
i) What transport would you use to do it?
ii) How would you arrange accommodation?

How would you spend your evenings in Habana and what must see/experience spots are there in the immediate vicinity?
i) Are there any worthwhile beaches in and around Habana?

What is the best way to communicate with the UK/Europe?
Generally: What do you feel everyone should know/understand/be cautious of before travelling to Cuba/Habana? Is there anything/where you would avoid?

As you can tell I am a complete novice with regards to Cuba and travelling in general so huge thanks to anyone who can help me out with some advice :).


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2016
booking flight from Cancun in advance?  (2 Answers)

I am heading to Cancun and then Cuba this July it best to book my flight from Cancun to Havana ahead of time or a couple of days/day of I plan to head to Cuba?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2016
Varadero day trip to Havana  (2 Answers)

Hi. Bit confused. Been quoted 140 ccp for a day trip to Havana for 3 people. I see the average taxi price one way is 90 ccp so how can this price be right?

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