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Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

Brampton, Canada
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Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

I heard that criminal activity in Havana is steadily on the rise for the last two years.

For example – many people suggest - it’s dangerous to use unofficial taxi as there is a high risk to get robbed.

How dangerous is Havana on the scale from 1 to 10?

Edited: 09 August 2012, 00:04
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1. Re: Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

It could well range anywhere from 1 to 10 depending on in which part of the city you were getting a cab, whether it was daytime or late-night, and especially whether you had any sense about you. Remember that most robbery is a crime of opportunity – in Havana or in Brampton.

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2. Re: Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

Crime is always opportunistic by nature. Nevertheless – it’s always high risk or low risk areas. I am asking about unofficial taxi at Havana airport. Day or night?

Edited: 09 August 2012, 00:20
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3. Re: Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

For a city its size (2,000,000+) and for being located in a developing country Havana is by any measure one of the safest cities on the planet.

That said, of you're an idiot you can get into trouble anywhere and Havana is no exception.

Cheers,

Terry

PS Nothing special about illegal taxis, everyone uses them all the time, no big deal. Use the same common sense and street smarts you would anywhere. You're not going to find any at the Airport though so your question is moot.

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4. Re: Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

One question ontherim... why the interest in "unofficial" taxis at the airport? Is your Spanish that good and your budget that tight?

Cheers,

Terry

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5. Re: Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

"Is your Spanish that good and your budget that tight?"

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Neither. Just to explore the options.

Why pay $80 when you can pay $50-60 if the comfort is not priority.

Idiocy is one thing – no choice/ no luck is another.

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6. Re: Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

Where are you going for $80?

Cheers,

Terry

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7. Re: Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

Ditto - effectively no unofficial taxis at airport.Unless you are confusing particular(private) with government.

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9. Re: Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

last time we took taxi from airport to guanabo, it was after midnight. anunofficial dispatcher got us a cab from the arrivals level, a very beat up lada.very unofficial..we were stopped by police because a headlight was missing..moderate multa and 20minutes thumb twirling..It gets kind of dark and lonely back there..I was glad our $$$ were in travelers cheques, but no problem..botttom line, cheaper but not wortth the hassle.

I gather that the arrival level game is to short circuit the official taxis.

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10. Re: Unofficial taxi in Havana ... Is it dangerous?

Most of the licensed private taxis charge same rates than official governmental ones. Sometimes as they are not regulated by Gov. fixed fares, they charge more. Most of the illegal taxis drivers know also official rates and savings are rarely substantial. Knowledge of current affairs within the country and command of Spanish could define who could really save on these matters. A first time visitor lacking these prerequisites could enjoy the illusion that would be able to save based upon information obtained in this Forum by regular travelers but reality upon landing will demonstrate in seconds how mistaken such approach was.

I will NEVER suggest ANYONE to use illegal taxis for ANY destinations outside and/or in the outskirts of Havana. It could turn to be a nightmare and although rarely known by the public infrequent incidents DO happen; and nobody should challenge luck when in an unknown country IMHO.