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Americans need to book trip through agent

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Americans need to book trip through agent

I want to take my family to Cuba in July for 2 weeks. We have a pretty good idea where we want to go. Starting from San Diego we will probably fly to Cancun then Havana. I think we want to pay for as much as possible in advance so we won't have to carry too much cash. I think we need a travel agent in Canada to set it up. Suggestions?

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1. Re: Americans need to book trip through agent

Mexico City is a waaaaay better gateway (offering Aeromexico, Interjet and Cubana) than Cancun (with only crappy last choice Cubana.)

You can book directly with some of those airlines or try here spankyproject.org/Spanky_Project/Book_Your_T…

Have fun.

Cheers,

Terry

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2. Re: Americans need to book trip through agent

Note Interjet and Cubana accept US credit cards online ( Aeromexioc at the airport)t. As does the Spanky link to CTN booking site (flights, cars and hotels) provided by Terry.

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3. Re: Americans need to book trip through agent

spankyproject.org/Spanky_Project/Book_Your_T…

is a good, safe and reliable choice to book your trip.

If you'd like to share a bit about your family and expectations, let us know and we can help.

You'll have a great vacation!

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4. Re: Americans need to book trip through agent

I tried Spanky and it didn't work. I want more than just plane flight. I am thinking to arrange for a couple hotels in country and maybe some private ground transport.

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5. Re: Americans need to book trip through agent

If not Spanky then try these guys, best advice on this forum for years and doing this travel help for a year now:

http://www.yourowncuba.com

Edited: 09 December 2013, 02:28
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6. Re: Americans need to book trip through agent

#4 As per previous Spanky or the direct site http://www.cubatravelnetwork.com/

doesn't just do flights also flights, hotels, cars, transfers, excursions etc

I just did a dummy booking and it worked perfectly

In addition as well as the site in #5 other great ones that do all of the above plus casa rentals and guided tours of e.g. Havana

www.cubaccommodation.com/contact_us.asp…

http://pototocuba.com/Pototow/

Edited: 09 December 2013, 03:31
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7. Re: Americans need to book trip through agent

Here's my basic Cut & Paste for first timers who are exploring options for independent travel in Cuba, starting with Havana...

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FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANT: Buy a Guide Book from Time Out, Rough Guide, Lonely Planet, Moon, etc. Any Cuban guide book holds 1,000 times more info than any thread on an Internet Travel Discussion Forum so it's a CRUCIAL investment to start your research so you can come back and ask specific questions.

Further thoughts:

1.) If you're an experienced traveller in developing countries and you've stayed in inexpensive hostels/hotels elsewhere then Cuba will hold no surprises. Travelling independently in Cuba will be easy.

2.) Cuba is no longer an exotic destination. There are loads of excellent guide books like the ones mentioned above and there are several Internet forums/blogs (like this one) that make it an easy place to research.

3.) The whole country is very safe and non-threatening. Crime/scams are minimal compared to most other Latin destinations. tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147270-c140774/Cuba:…

4.) Cuba has a very defined Gringo Trail with decent transport and accommodation options, if you're still nervous it's easy to have a local guide/resolver/travel agent give you a nice comfort zone by setting you up with a semi-arranged itinerary so you're not completely on your own. See websites @ #7 below.

5.) Money Exchange: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147270-c109329/Cuba:…

6.) Purchase this app for Havana: https:/…

7.) For casa particulars (Cuban version of a Bed & Breakfast), local guides and other local services and info have a look here:

i.) http://www.cuba-junky.com/

ii.) http://www.yourowncuba.com/

iii.) http://pototocuba.com/Pototow/

iv.) http://www.jorge-cubaholidays.com/

v.) http://www.cubaccommodation.com/

vi.) http://www.havanacasaparticular.com/

vii.) http://www.destinohabana.com/

viii.) http://cubacasas.net/

The list goes on and on...

8.) Some Havana hotels: http://www.habaguanexhotels.com/

9.) Havana Restaurants: cubaabsolutely.com/Havana_Guide/where_to_eat…

10.) Itinerary: The usual recommendation for first timers is Havana (big crazy city) and Trinidad (small, quiet colonial town with beaches nearby) and Vinales (village with rural life.) You can juggle a decent combination depending on your interests and how many days you have.

11.) Internet: Cuba is in the Dark Ages. Here's the deal with WiFi, tripadvisor.com/Travel-g147270-c202146/Cuba:…

12.) Transport Options:

i.) yourowncuba.com/cuba-tours-services-transfer…

ii.) http://taxivinalescuba.com/

iii.) cubanacan.cu/ofertasPDF/CONECTANDOCUBA.pdf

iv.) umbrellatravel.com/cuba-hotels/transfer/tran…

v.) http://www.viazul.com/

For a first time visitor a guide book is by FAR your most important (and cheapest/easiest) investment to start your research.

Have fun.

Cheers,

Terry

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8. Re: Americans need to book trip through agent

Here are the details of a great guy in Havana who comes very highly recommended by the scores of travellers from this forum (and many Americans) who have used his services for their Cuba travel:- jorgeguide2004@gmail.com

Jorge can organise a whole host of things from Itinerary planning; hotel & casa accommodation; car/car driver hire; guiding services; show/restaurant reservations; airport/accommodation/travel transfers etc. He is wholly professional, reliable and dependable and an asset to any Cuba traveller.

Just message Jorge and tell him what you want and he will get back to you in no times at all and probably give you his own suggestions and advice too.

You can read more on Jorge here:- tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g147270-i91-k506…

or:- tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g147270-i91-k702…

or his website:- www.Jorge-cubaholidays.com

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9. Re: Americans need to book trip through agent

Martian24,

Thank you!

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10. Re: Americans need to book trip through agent

You're welcome, Snite.

Have a good one.

Cheers,

Terry