Appreciate there are no direct flights from the US to Cuba, however looking for the best option to transfer. We are flying in from New Zealand to LAX and our travel agent is talking about flying from there via Panama, however this doesn't appear to be very efficient, taking over 11 hours from LA. We're hoping to spend time in both Havana and Varadero and only have a week, so don't want to waste time unnecessarily. Our return flight out of LAX to NZ is at 2230 and we were hoping to fly from Cuba to connect, but we cannot make this work via Panama. Your advice appreciated.