anybody wanna visit cuba? $332 on AA

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Have you made any plans on what to do when you're there? I REALLY want to go but may wait a few years for it to modernize a bit (meaning: when Marriott opens their first hotel)
 

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Doesn't seem like airfare should be too bad, considering it's not that far from the Keys.
 
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Doesn't seem like airfare should be too bad, considering it's not that far from the Keys.
this is true it is pretty close. other costs too in that
- you may be spot checked for some type of travel insurance, which seems unlikely, and your CC may provide that you purchased the tix with
- a visa is necessary ($50)
- you still need to meet one of the 12 qualifications per US policy (although i don't think anyone checks, a buddy and i will have enough gear we could try to claim journalism but some others might be easier? i expect no one to ask)

other pain points are simply things like availability of funds/banking, internet, etc.

Have you made any plans on what to do when you're there? I REALLY want to go but may wait a few years for it to modernize a bit (meaning: when Marriott opens their first hotel)
airbnb seems to be a boon for the locals. right now we have 3 people, i'll see if my bro wants to go when he gets home. nice having the pricing power of multiple people on airbnb (or anywhere really.) you can see a search of some sample places and locations below:

https://www.airbnb.com/s/Havana--Cuba/homes?adults=3&allow_override[]=&checkin=2017-12-12&checkout=2017-12-19&children=0&guests=3&infants=0&price_max=152&price_min=31&room_types[]=Entire home/apt&source=hdr&s_tag=H6TaqosH

i did a week, both cuz friends are going plus the internet blows. so i'm not bringing my work laptop. the only reason i'll bring my regular laptop is if i think i need it to move video off my video camera ssd.

i think there's a cool outdoor karting place there? and we'll be looking to drop in on any car meets or gatherings we can for sure. lots of cool old buildings and museums there for sure. starting tue we should be able to get out bearings and hopefully figure out some cool solid things to do by the weekend. really looking forward to checking it out!
 
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poking online it seems unlikely. this seems like a cheap hop for you. a buddy said from MIA or FLL it's only 6k southwest miles, which is just a hair above nothing
 

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Yeah, it's a lot easier/cheaper since I'm in Florida. Amy has dragged me on 3 getaways the past month and a half and I am vacationed out. Someday...
 

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1. As an American, you can go to Cuba only if your visit falls under one of 12 government-approved categories.

So no, you still can't go to Cuba just to lounge on the beach, as vacation and leisure travel are still not allowed. But it's certainly a lot easier to go than it was before, when Americans had to get pre-approval from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control to visit the country.

All you have to do is be sure that your visit falls under one of the*12 government-approved categories, such as family visits, journalism, professional research, and support for the Cuban people, to name a few.

Also, as of this month, Americans can now plan their own "people-to-people" trips, which basically means that you can now make your own schedule to spend time with Cuban people (whereas you had to do it through a group before). If you go on one of these trips, you are expected to have a full-time schedule of your activities.
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yeah. i don't think anyone will ask. i have a travel blog so i'll pretend we can get away with that. my buddy will have a lot of camera gear and i'll have a pretty real deal looking vid cam. there is a real government defined definition of that category (and all of them) that we wouldn't actually meet though.
 

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My wife's friend is a flight attendant and went last year, had a blast. She mentioned the main difficulty is the lack of credit card acceptance and had to use cash for pretty much everything. Hopefully the infrastructure to support CC's will be more in place by the time of your trip.
 
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i'm assuming that will be once i get back cuz dat cuban internet is supposed to be pretty awful.
 
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While the Internet is still illegal in private homes, government owned internet cafes offer Internet access.[3] In 2014, Cuba had an Internet penetration rate of 30 percent.[4] In 2015, the Cuban government opened the first public wi-fi hotspots in 35 public locations.
 

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My brother is going there with his husband for Christmas. I'm unsure of how they still feel towards gays but I know its against the law to show affection in public
 

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Just tell them that you're doing research on the Cuban womenz...
 
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my brother pointed out the southwest deal was even better really. and since i don't do anything with them ever, and am AA rich and don't need more of those miles, i ended up canceling and switching us over to flying out of midway to cuba on southwest. little more painful itinerary though (extra stop on the way home.)

with southwest from midway it's as cheap as < 15k miles and $75.
 

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