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CUBA – SOME CONTACTS AND TIPS

Below is some information you may find useful following my travels in Cuba.

  • Avianca.com great airline – good prices – super planes – excellent pilots! – helpful staff
  • Captivatingcuba.com very helpful – spent a lot of time and trouble organising my whole trip – lovely, friendly and helpful reps in Cuba. They will advise on and sort out the best possible itinerary for you (just a bit of a shame no-one contacted me when I got back to see if I’d had a good time – still they are obviously deservedly busy!)
  • Travel insurance by Staysure.co.uk – check with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for tips on Foreign Travel Insurance and ‘Help for British Nationals overseas’ – a guidance document
  • Also: ‘Cuba travel advice – GOV.UK’
  • Make sure you get a VISA – either from the Cuban Embassy or your travel agency will probably sort it for you; you will have to have booked your first night’s accommodation so’s you can put in a contact address
  • Take out a big chunk of money BEFORE going as you will be charged each time you want any more – and cash machines are few and far between. Havana’s OK though
  • Watch the change they give you. don’t get palmed off with pesos when you’ve paid in CUCs – there’s a big value difference!
  • The Mercure Sevilla hotel in Havana was fine. OK, in need of a some refurbishment here and there but overall a good, central place to stay, nice staff and the continuous entertainment in the impressive lounge/lobby area keeps you swaying and smiling.
  • When going to Vinales – try to book a room at Casa Campo. Ask for Mileidys Feito or her husband Abel. Lovely people – fabulous food and the location is idylic. Google Casa de Campo Mileydis (Vinales, Cuba) – Guesthouse Reviews … www.tripadvisor.co.uk › … › Pinar del Rio Province › Vinales › Vinales B&Bs / Inns
  • When in Trinidad try to book in to HOSTAL CASA AYALA. Casa Colonial Siglo XV111 have a look at: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g285731-d2098705-Reviews-Casa_Ayala_Trinidad-Trinidad_Sancti_Spiritus_Province_Cuba.html Lovely family run place. All are very friendly and so willing to please. feels like you are part of the family except they wait on you hand and foot. Ayala himself is a great chap with a good sense of humour and his wife is an extremely sweet and charming lady. Easy walking distance to the central square and all the fun of the party
  • Don’t buy cigars off street touts – go on a horse ride to see excellent cigars being ‘home-made’ at a fraction of the shops prices
  • Think twice about ordering wine – there’s not a great variety as far as I could tell and its expensive. make up for it in cheap but great cocktails