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What shouldn't we miss in Havana?

We're a couple going to Havana for just three days in February. We are going by ourselves, not on a tour, so we want to make a list of interesting things to do, good restaurants, sites, and music venues (although we don't like to stay out very late, we love to hear music!). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 31, 2016 - 4 answers

Any experiences with self-directed person-to-person travel to Cuba?

We would like to go to Havana on the person-to-person license, which one does not have to apply for anymore. Apparently you just have to have a self-made itinerary that you can show to the US when coming home. We want to go cheaply, flying independently on one of the new flights from NYC to Havana, and staying at an Air BnB while we are in Havana. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 5, 2016 - 4 answers

How can I listen to more Cuban Spanish content?

I would like to relatively quickly train my ear to understand spoken Spanish better, especially Cuban Spanish. I'm a little past the "News in Slow Spanish" phase of language learning. Are there any podcasts, audiobooks, radio shows, movies produced by Cubans or Cuban emigres that I can listen to? Ideally, with subtitles or a written transcription that I can follow along with? [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew on Oct 24, 2016 - 4 answers

How to help an ESL student who doesn't want to learn?

I've been tutoring a new student from the beautiful land of Cuba. She is 14 and her parents want me to teach her English. I think she is going through the natural process of culture shock and is overwhelmed by the US in general. To complicate things even more, the high school she just started with has thrown her mercilessly into an advanced Speech & Debate class. The poor kid is so frustrated by everything at this point that she's just giving up on learning English. How can I help inspire her to learn? [more inside]
posted by Mistress of the Bunnies on Sep 6, 2016 - 19 answers

Travel to Cuba

My friends and I want to take advantage of new flights Cuba opening up in November. You still have to fit into an approved travel category. How do we go about this without travel agency or agent? Is that even possible just yet?
posted by mrfuga0 on Aug 31, 2016 - 13 answers

Cell service in Cuba, 2016 edition

(previously, 2005). Looks like a trip to Cuba will in fact go down in September. Cursory research indicates that the cell network there is GSM and that there is no US roaming in place (not a shock). Any pointers, tips, useful links? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Aug 1, 2016 - 13 answers

Going to Cuba. Help me avoid landing in a jail cell.

Ok, that was a little dramatic. But seriously, This is my first time on the "sunny island for shady people" so I'm soliciting the wisdom of Metafiler to help me make the most of it. [more inside]
posted by lecorbeau on Jun 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Viva Cuba!

So, we want to get to Cuba before its frozen-in-time vibe is gone. We are thinking about going with Intrepid, which gave us a great look at China. Have you been? Any tips about traveling to and in Cuba?
posted by bearwife on May 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Can I go to Cuba from the US under a license?

I'm thinking about a trip to Cuba. Travel groups seem to cost around $4000 a person including airfare from Florida, nowhere near where I live. This is more than I want to spend. I've been reading for years about illegal travel to Cuba via another country, but it's always scared me off... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2015 - 9 answers

Sat Dec 5 - Tue Dec 8: Southern USA, or Arts Festival, or...?

We've got airmiles to burn and a long weekend at the start of December. Probably looking for info on a city in southern USA or some arts festival in the Americas. [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Oct 5, 2015 - 3 answers

To Cuba and Back, While (Mostly) Following the Rules

This isn't a question about how to be a tourist in Cuba, but rather about how risky it might be to go there for a professional meeting (a sanctioned reason) and then bend the rules a bit. [more inside]
posted by correcaminos on Aug 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Help us plan our trip to Cuba!

My fiance and I are going to Cuba TOMORROW. We've got our flights (departing 6am tomorrow, returning a week later) and hotels booked, but nothing else planned at all. Please give us all your tips on what to do & see. [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Jul 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me contact my brother in Cuba

My brother is missing/not in contact/has gone to Cuba and we can't reach him. This is not a 'he ran off' situation; he is supposed to be in Cuba for work. He is the operations manager of a jazz band who are playing a music festival there. He flew from Mexico into Havana last night -- we think. The last we heard from him was in Mexico. He is traveling on a US passport but not entering from the US. He has done this before. He has a large group of people with him. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad on Dec 13, 2014 - 4 answers

The constellations appeared upside-down in Cuba, why?

A friend of mine from Montreal just spent a week in Cuba, Cayo Coco. She says that when she was outdoors at night the constellations she's familiar with appeared to be upside down. Cassiopeia, for instance, looked like an M instead of a W. No, she wasn't stoned, drunk, tripping. Does anyone have an explanation for this?
posted by mareli on May 10, 2014 - 19 answers

Traveling to Cuba from the US

My father (who emigrated from Cuba 30 years ago) and I are interested in visiting Cuba eventually. What exactly do you have to do to (legally) travel there? [more inside]
posted by myntu on Jul 5, 2013 - 11 answers

How to get to Cuba on short notice (as Americans)?

We're Americans in Mexico and want to get to Cuba but don't have tickets. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by JasonSch on Feb 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Name of an essay about Cuba that involves locomotives?

I read a nonfiction piece awhile back that I can't find via my google-fu. It concerns a guy visiting Cuba who meets with locomotive types in memory of (or for) his father, who was a train buff. The piece was nostalgic and colorful, and focused on the concept of Cuban train engineering effectively being frozen in time. Can anyone help?
posted by eggman on Jan 21, 2013 - 2 answers


Cuba - What shouldn't I miss? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Nov 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Emerging Cuban artists in exile

Can you help me with Cuban musicians and/or artists who are still suffering from being banned/censored in Cuba? I've read that Celia Cruz and many others are no longer banned in Cuba. Are there still artists (either musicians or visual artists) that the country can't abide? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Oct 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Travel to Cuba - last minute worries.

Cuba Travel Filter: I will be going on vacation to Cuba next week. I am finding conflicting information online about a few things, and would love some clarification before I spend the weekend worrying too much. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Oct 5, 2012 - 8 answers

How do American programs get footage of Cuba?

Cuba featured heavily in last night's Covert Affairs. How does a film company feature Cuba without hitting the USA's anti-Cuban financial rules? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Aug 29, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me plan a trip to Cuba!

Cuba vacation! Leaving from Montreal, mid-late October. [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe on Aug 16, 2012 - 1 answer

Does a stand alone translation tool like this exist?

The Google Translate app is awesome on my Droid 3 Android phone, especially the new conversation mode however it does not have an offline mode. I will be traveling where there is no convenient, fast, or affordable internet or cell service, specifically Cuba. Is there app or stand alone alternative that you know of? I especially like the speech to speech aspect of the conversation mode in google translate. English to Spanish and Spanish to English is what I am looking for.
posted by snowjoe on Jul 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Music like The Buena Vista Social Club?

I really love the Cuban jazz featured in the movie and album The Buena Vista Social Club. I want more of this music. Help me make a list. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 15, 2011 - 17 answers

Questions about Cuban Cash

Tips on tipping in Cuba, please! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on May 3, 2011 - 10 answers

How did 9/11 affect Cuba?

How did 9/11 affect Cuba specifically? How would the past ten years of Cuban history be different if 9/11 hadn't happened? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso on Mar 22, 2011 - 4 answers


My "friend" has a question..."Travelling to Cuba to meet fiance's parents- think we've got it figured out. What am I missing?... [more inside]
posted by sarelicar on Mar 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Examples of environmental (in)justice in Mexico, Cuba, and/or northern South America?

Looking for examples of environmental (in)justice in Mexico, Cuba, and/or northern South America. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Feb 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there a spanish-speaking engineer in the house?

A question about (I'm assuming) Cuban engineering/hydropower slang. [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Feb 21, 2011 - 1 answer

US/Canadian Visiting Cuba – Bad idea or not bad idea?

US/Canadian Visiting Cuba – Bad idea or not bad idea? [more inside]
posted by PersonPerson on Jan 15, 2011 - 24 answers

Guides/Tips for a Cuba trip

How can I best find guide(s) and accommodation on a first trip to Cuba? Are there any other things I should be aware of? (I am not a spanish speaker) [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Jan 12, 2011 - 14 answers

What if a bank ignores an account "freeze"?

I read here that Cuba has frozen about $1 billion in foreign businesses' bank accounts and is now offering to dribble the money back to the account holders over five years at a piddling interest rate. But this is all "electronic" money, right (as opposed to physical cash)? What's to stop an account holder and a non-Cuban bank from ignoring the freeze, "transferring" the money electronically, and then simply acting as though the funds were actually transferred? [more inside]
posted by hayvac on Sep 16, 2010 - 23 answers

Tango Clubs in Havana, Cuba?

In Havana, Cuba this weekend for a quick weekend trip. Suggestions for good tango clubs? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Sep 9, 2010 - 2 answers

sending money from USA to a non-cuban in Cuba

How do I send money to a non-relative African citizen in Cuba from USA? [more inside]
posted by Jeebu on Aug 30, 2010 - 11 answers

I know the Castillians lisp, but that's about it.

How different are Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican Spanish? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Aug 27, 2010 - 15 answers

Resources about Cuban Missile Crisis for the high school classroom?

I'm looking for high-school-appropriate resources about the Cuban Missile Crisis--particularly ones that highlight Cuban and Soviet perspectives or more of an IR approach. Any thoughts?
posted by lily_bart on Aug 3, 2010 - 4 answers

US Cuba relations and hurricanes/oil spills

What natural disasters since the Cuban Revolution have affected both the United States and Cuba (i.e. hurricanes Dennis and Katrina)? Also, where would I find the best primary sources regarding either government's response to the disasters? [more inside]
posted by barbudo on Jul 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Please help me help someone else to help someone else.

Sending cash to Cuba from Canada, with limitations-- help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Cuba in Comics

ComicsFilter: How can I find Cuba in comics or graphic novels? [more inside]
posted by Edelweiss on Apr 10, 2010 - 4 answers


We're going to Havana! Help us enjoy the city on the cheap and close to the ground. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Feb 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Winter Getaway

Heading to a Caribbean resort for a week this winter, but can't narrow it down to a specific resort. Need some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by sah on Jan 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Traveling to Cuba, via Bahamas

How does one intrepid traveler explain the double stamp to the feds upon return to US soil from a trip that may or may not include Cuba? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Dec 21, 2009 - 14 answers

Cuba and human rights.

Cuba and human rights. Please ignore this if you think Cuba is a 1. Glorious Worker's Paradise or 2. 3rd largest prison on Earth (after Myammar and N. Korea) I would like to know more about human rights for the average person in Cuba. For instance, if a regular person (NOT a government employee, journalist, or someone w/ connections) could afford it, could they just leave and go to India for 2 weeks on vacation? Buy a computer and get full access to the Web? Visit a relative in Miami? Open a bookstore and import what they want? Start a blog discussing human rights in Cuba? What actually happens if they try sailing a boat to Miami or Mexico?
posted by ebesan on Oct 6, 2009 - 14 answers

Best currency to take for exchange in Cuba?

Best currency to take for exchange in Cuba (Euro v Canadian v Sterling)? [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Jun 12, 2009 - 1 answer

Films that accurately represent life in Cuba around 1998

Please recommend films that accurately represent life in Cuba around 1998, in terms of general mindset, day-to-day life, culture, language, and music. [more inside]
posted by dziga on Mar 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Is it safe to bring a Nikon SLR to Cuba?

Is it safe to bring my Nikon SLR to Cuba? The depressed economy, and presence of hucksters makes me think not... [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR on Feb 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Havana (or bust)

Mrs. Bonobo and I would like to travel to Cuba soon and were wondering if the March break is as busy there as it is in say, Florida or Mexico. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Feb 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Can a US/Canadian dual citizen travel in Cuba without a licence?

Can a US/Canadian dual citizen travel in Cuba without a licence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2009 - 7 answers

No canto por cantar, canto por no llorar/salud y suerte y que la vida les da mas

I've been digging on the cuban hip hop lately. I've seen the doc East of Havana. I listen to las Orishas, and I have the soundtrack/related album to East of Havana by El Cartel. I do like the artists featured there, but I enjoy las Orishas more because it feels a bit more infused with traditional Cuban music. Any recommendations of what else I can listen to? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee on Oct 30, 2008 - 3 answers

Europe Cuba

What is the cheapest way to get to Cuba from continental Europe? Do I have to go via the US? One more tricky question inside: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 - 11 answers

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