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Cuba - loads of help please

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Cuba - loads of help please

My husbands 40th isn't till next Oct but would love to surprise him with a trip to Cuba following year. I am literally doing my research now to find out about things and might be able to get some help here. Initally I was going to go for South America but seemed more hassle to plan and with World Cup in 2014 flights from London/France will probably be sky high. Hopefully world cup year won't affect Cuban prices. Would be planning on going Spring 2014 for about 10 days from Dublin torn between doing a two holiday centre beach resort/Havana or just stay in Havana hotel. Tips on bars, hotels, good travel agent, prices weather would be appreciated. A lot of people on different forums want to go before Castro dies but for me that is not an option have to wait until 2014 I'm sure it will be ok fingers crossed

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1. Re: Cuba - loads of help please

where would you fly from?

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2. Re: Cuba - loads of help please

Don't worry, no difference going whether Castro is alive or not. It's not like he personally picks up every tourist at the airport and give them a tour...

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lol, yeah I know just some posters freaking out that will be overrun with Mc Donalds estbablishments etc and would lose it's old world charm so to speak once this happens, anyway leaving Dublin so would probably have to fly from London, France Spain not sure have done zero proper research yet just testing the water. Luckilly if we go in Spring would escape the madness over that side of the world for the World Cup and packages should be reasonable.

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4. Re: Cuba - loads of help please

fran74:

That's highly unlikely to happen even in the medium term.

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Another question that springs to mind thinking of doing a 10 day trip should I have my base in Varadero and do a day trip to Havana or vice versa I am not big on resorts but for 10 days I would like the beach and I think 10 days in Havana would be too much. Maybe I could look into a 2 centre holiday trip I guess.

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6. Re: Cuba - loads of help please

For a twin centre holiday: Try the Holiday Place:

theholidayplace.co.uk/cuba

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7. Re: Cuba - loads of help please

I believe there are beach side resorts just outside of Havana along with many just a few hours away.

What are you looking for ? Quiet? Adult only? party place?

Both Varadero and Jibacoa areas are close enough that you can spend 1-2 days in Havana on a tour or exploring on your own. In addition there are many different excusions to keep you busy in the areas.

If you like snorkelling the jibacoa area has a great reef just off the shore, no need to pay someone to take you out but that option is also open to you as there are cannons and other items in the water not too far out. We explored them from a paddle boat, a staff member took us out to the spot and stayed in the boat while we snorkeled.

Check out the reviews of the different areas and hotels.....also read the articles on the right hand side of the Cuba forum for details on Cuba, expectations etc....

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One of the Cuba Guide books would be very helpful, however if you don't want it around the house, you should go to your local library and read them an hour at a time and look at some pictures.

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"some posters freaking out that will be overrun with Mc Donalds estbablishments etc and would lose it's old world charm so to speak once this happens"

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That will take years, probably decades. Tourists who have that vision probably have never been to Cuba.

If that was to happen overnight, who is going to wire to Cuba the 500 billion dollar they would need to catch up for the last five decades? It would probably cost a good many billions alone to just paint all the houses that have not been painted since the revolution.

Fidel is not the only socialist in Cuba. His brother, now president, is also one. And around him are many more. Even in the population, contrary to popular foreign belief, you can find millions of socialists. Cuba doesn't turn into South Florida the day Fidel dies. Nor in the years to follow.

So don't panic and plan with ease. Cuba will be Cuba for many years to come. Fidel or not.

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10. Re: Cuba - loads of help please

Thanks for all the comments between South America and Cuba the latter is winning on ease of planning. I may go for a two centre holiday Varadero/Havana and take a day trip somewhere too. I am planning a 10 day trip so want a mix of culture, beach, and socialising good food, mojitos and dancing!! Wish I was going next year now excited. Will instead focus on my cheapy Ryanair trip to Malta next year whilst doing background research on Cuba :)