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In keeping with the music vein, although I have a t-shirt that says (in Spanish)… "Play Guantanamera one more time and I’ll kill you…" … but if this doesn’t get you tapping your toe then you’re simply not human. If you’ve spent some time bumming around Cuba you should absolutely recognize a few of these incredible people.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=blUSVALW_Z4

I’ve helped on several projects with Playing For Change. Great organization.Cheers,

Terry

Wow, it looks like it’s produced by a real pro who knows their way around Cuba. I certainly be following this. How interesting.Thanks for the heads-up, Spunky. ;-)Cheers,

Terry

Nothing has changed yet regarding the use of US credit/debit cards, but I don’t expect it to remain this way much longer.US cash has of course always been readily accepted with the 10% surcharge and this hasn’t changed either. At the bank $100 USD = 87 CUC same as always. (It’s very easy to get $100 USD = 93 or 95 CUC on the street, and for large amounts a 1:1 exchange is possible.)A couple of US Insurance Companies are making noises about including Cuba in their coverage but as far as I know it hasn’t happened yet. This will change any day too.Cheers,

Terry

Nothing has changed for the moment with currency. Who knows what the future holds though.With the Canadian Dollar in the toilet against the US Dollar the exchange is brutal. Today $100 CAD = 74.01 CUC…. and that’s the absolute best rate available, right at the bank…. Ouch….Cheers,

Terry

No clue, but Kawama has a very rabid group of return guests who really treat it as home. I’ve met people who’ve been there dozens of times.Cheers,

Terry

For once I can comment on a resort!I had pals stay there last winter. They are hardcore backpackers, absolutely not picky in any way whatsoever and sorry to say even they were pretty disgusted with the uncleanliness (especially around the food buffet) and lack of even the most basic maintenance. What saved their trip was that they paid some ridiculously cheap last minute rate – I believe it was less than $500 for the week, all taxes in – so at that price it’s pretty hard to complain about anything… even if it was flight only it was still an okay deal.Unfortunately the location is further from "downtown" than you might think… you need to taxi or use the hop-on-hop-off bus to get anywhere.The beach is fabulous though and my pals loved hanging out there for a couple of days, then they dumped the resort and spent the rest of the week in Havana with me and only returned to the resort the night before their flight home.Good luck!Cheers,

Terry

The last sentence sums it all up, “The market is still immature, but there’s a bit more experience now, and sellers are more and more willing to negotiate,” she said.
Real estate prices were so absurd when the market first opened that it was mind boggling. In most cases now they’re come down to the point where they’re simply overpriced. Crazy times.Cheers,

Terry

I think the proper term for the "store" inside the US Special Interests is the MCX. That stands for Marine Corps Exchange which is the "store" on military bases where Marines and their families shop for personal items.The MCX in Havana was nothing more than a few lockers with various Marine Corps paraphernalia and souvenirs available for purchase. I forget who told me about the store, but I’ve almost never met anyone else who even knew it existed.It was fairly tricky to get into. You had to approach the security entrance on the east side (where all the flags are) and first get past the Cuban military police then the American Marines. The guard would call inside and (sometimes) a Marine would come outside and escort me back into the Special Interests and allow me to make the purchases.The coffee mugs with the US Special Interests and Marine Corps logos were fabulous/funny gifts for Cuban pals – especially the ones who were dying to get inside the Special Interests to get Visas to emigrate to the US. The t-shirts with a huge Marine scowling down over the Special Interests with the logo, "Behind The Lines" were hilariously funny US propaganda.Cheers,

Terry

So the US & Cuban embassies are opening up again… times are changing… I’m glad I loaded up on US Special Interest Section t-shirts, ball caps and coffee mugs on the last trip… super collectibles now!Cheers,Terry
If you include domestic destinations then yes they have lots of options for sun/beach vacations.A smaller percentage of Americans have Passports than Canadians (or for that matter any so-called developed country) but it’s still a massive number of Passports – there’s over 120,000,000 active US Passports presently. It absolutely swamps the impact of Canadians travelling.Cheers,

Terry

I can see the passport issue being a deal break for some. They don’t need one now to travel to many places, so an extra cost to go to Cuba may not be worth it for many if that is the only place that is requiring that for now. Where can Americans fly to without a Passport besides Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands?Cheers,Terry
Anything is possible of course. They’re about 220 km apart. I have no clue what a taxi will cost but since your pal is a captive client with little option for negotiation I’d assume they’d get nailed pretty hard on the fare… maybe 150 – 175 CUC?… I don’t know…Cheers,

Terry

I voted "no freaking way."I’ve been in June twice and it was hell. Can’t even imagine July or August. Even a beach vacation (which I don’t do) is beyond my comprehension.Cheers,

Terry

I was going to mention in my first reply that I couldn’t imagine in a million years that the Cuban government would request this. They couldn’t care less how broke the exiting Cuban is, almost any Cuban abroad is a goldmine in terms of remittances back to Cuba, the government loves that investment…Cheers,

Terry

I am planning to use Fertours2Cuba… I got quoted about $200 CUC for 6 adults. If that’s round trip from Varadero in a minivan and the guide/driver for the entire day in Havana including everything except meals/booze/admissions than I think it’s a very fair deal. His ratings on Trip Advisor are slightly troublesome in that they’re almost all one-hit-wonders, but still, they appear to be real…Cheers,Terry

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