Travel to Cuba, interesting tips you must know about

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Cuba’s republic is an island country in the insular Caribbean, it is situated to the south of the United States (Florida) and to the east of Mexico, to the west of Haiti and to the north of Jamaica.

Cuba, the small lost island of the Caribbean, but big with its history and its culture! A revolutionary country, amazing landscapes, a rich culture of music and art, although it is still forgotten.
Traveling to Cuba isn’t like any trip to other countries. Tourists have been visiting Cuba for years, but Americans have recently joined the fray, thanks to the revival of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba in 2014.

It’s been heard that Americans traveling to Cuba is illegal, and that’s true, but it doesn’t mean they can’t visit Cuba. They just have to fit the “tourist” travel under a general license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
In addition to the Office of Foreign, there are also two most familiar and applicable general license categories for a trip to Cuba, which are People to People (P2P) and Support for the Cuban People (SCP).
Furthermore, once they got the license to enter Cuba, they have to make sure of the documentation to support their spending time while visiting Cuba.

Here below we are going to present the twelfth categories of a legal travel to Cuba

1- Educational activities (schools, students, teachers)
2- Support for the Cuban people
3- Humanitarian projects
4- Professional research and professional meetings
5- Religious activities
6- Public performances
7- Journalistic activity
8- Family visits
9- Private organization’s activities or educational institutes
10- Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials.
11- Certain authorized export transactions
12- Official business of the United States. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations

Despite the general license categories, Americans still need a visa, which is the Cuban government’s requirement for all tourists.

Travel insurance The most important thing for a trip to Cuba after a Visa is travel insurance, which is obligatory and must comply with Cuban laws. You can’t visit Cuba without travel insurance, the travel insurance includes the reimbursement of medical expenses, guarantees any health problem as it ensures any stolen or lost luggage.

Visiting Cuba means Havana

“A wonderful city of the modern world,” the capital city of Cuba has a unique charm, each street; each place, and every monument mark the colonial era. Wandering in the Havana is just amazing, no words can describe the city of Havana, with its colorful buildings; beautiful American cars and its musical dancing of salsa all make Havana a unique city to visit while traveling to Cuba.
Cuba is definitely a fascinating country and different from most places. If you’re planning a trip to Cuba, take on board these Cuba travel tips:

1- Stay in a Casa particular
If you want to know Cuba, you need to know Cubans. There’s no easier way of doing this on a two-week trip to Cuba than to stay in the Cuban version of a B&B. A casa particular, which is like a homestay or guesthouse, you’ll feel more like a lodger than a hotel guest, sharing the owners’ living space with a Cuban, given the national penchant for chat, and engaging with them in next to no time. It’s mostly the socialist Airbnb.

2- Transportation in Cuba
To visit Cuba, you have many options to choose; Bus, shared taxi, vintage taxi or rent a car. The most obvious option is the American-style classic cars that you ‘ll find in all streets, with beautiful colors and different models creating a living car museum; those cars are source of pride for their owners.

3- No internet in Cuba
Cuba is the most badly connected country in the world, with the state restrictions, and when getting access, an awful connection speeds and no mobile wideband other than Wifi.
Even you get closer to a five stars hotel don’t expect to be able to connect with the phone, unless you search out the public Wifi or wait for the queue at the net cafés.
So it would be better to do all researchers and get every information you need about Cuba travel before you leave your country, and the best Cuba travel tip is to get a guide book.

Originally published on Live Positively.

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