A Trip To Havana

Old May 25, 17, 1:45 am
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Fantastic pics of Cuban daily life, DanielW!
And of course the grinning gringo with cigar on the horse... priceless
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Old May 25, 17, 6:38 am
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Great trip report! Can you clarify what, if any, pre-clearance do you have to get from the government before you go visit? Can anybody book a flight and go as a tourist now? I thought in years past you needed clearance from perhaps the Dept. of Treasury, but I may be mistaken.
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Old May 25, 17, 8:02 am
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Fantastic pictures once again! Looks like Vinales is a decent place to go, I had read mixed reviews on whether it's worth going out there or not. I'll have to add it to the list for next time. You should have considered Trinidad as well, or maybe for your next time in Cuba. Pretty easy to get to from Cienfuegos.

Also, the Jetblue plane in FLL is actually an A321.
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Old May 25, 17, 8:09 am
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Originally Posted by CurbedEnthusiasm View Post
Great trip report! Can you clarify what, if any, pre-clearance do you have to get from the government before you go visit? Can anybody book a flight and go as a tourist now? I thought in years past you needed clearance from perhaps the Dept. of Treasury, but I may be mistaken.
I went in Feb as a US citizen. When you book the flight the airline will have you select one of twelve reasons to go. For my trip, I went with people to people/educational. They say to maintain a full schedule of meaningful interactions with the Cuban people and to maintain documents for five years, but decipher that however you wish.
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Great TR - love the pictures! Thanks so much!
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Thanks for such an informative and entertaining TR, Daniel! I feel like I've been there now, minus the rum and cigar buzz
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Fantastic photos! (as always...:-))
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Thanks for another wonderful trip report from you.

Somehow you manage to capture the spirit of a city/country more than any official guide I have ever read!
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Old May 26, 17, 12:49 am
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Thanks for the report, and excellent photography!
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Old May 26, 17, 2:34 am
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Cuban people is fantastically photogenic. Great photos as usual!
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Old May 26, 17, 8:59 am
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Originally Posted by kpc View Post
Amazing photography....brings back fond memories of my trip to Habana in 2014!
Thank you, kpc, sounds like you had a great time in Cuba too.
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Fantastic pics of Cuban daily life, DanielW!
And of course the grinning gringo with cigar on the horse... priceless
Many thanks, JohnRain, ye, I felt very cool chomping the cigar while wearing the cowboy hat and astride a horse.
Originally Posted by CurbedEnthusiasm View Post
Great trip report! Can you clarify what, if any, pre-clearance do you have to get from the government before you go visit? Can anybody book a flight and go as a tourist now? I thought in years past you needed clearance from perhaps the Dept. of Treasury, but I may be mistaken.
Cheers, CurbedEnthusiasm. From what I can gather, as long as you suit one of the 12 categories, pre-clearance is not required:
Individuals who meet the regulatory conditions of the general license they seek to travel under do not need to apply for an additional license from OFAC to travel to Cuba
https://cu.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen...eling-to-cuba/
I have read that they have never prosecuted any US citizen for visiting Cuba as a tourist, so don't think it is really enforced at the moment.
Originally Posted by ChiefNWA View Post
Fantastic pictures once again! Looks like Vinales is a decent place to go, I had read mixed reviews on whether it's worth going out there or not. I'll have to add it to the list for next time. You should have considered Trinidad as well, or maybe for your next time in Cuba. Pretty easy to get to from Cienfuegos.
Also, the Jetblue plane in FLL is actually an A321.
Many thanks, ChiefNWA. I had low expectations for Vinales, and was just happy to go for a cruise in a classic car and see the countryside. It was a very enjoyable day though, and really glad I went.
Oops about the A321, I must have been too sleepy to notice the extra seats.
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Great TR - love the pictures! Thanks so much!
Thanks, gaobest.
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Thanks for such an informative and entertaining TR, Daniel! I feel like I've been there now, minus the rum and cigar buzz
Cheers, BostonRobin, hopefully I've tempted you to visit too.
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Fantastic photos! (as always...:-))
Thanks, broenor, a very interesting and photogenic place to spend a few days.
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Thanks for the report, and excellent photography!
Thank you, alanslegal, so many beautiful sights and people to point the camera at.
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Cuban people is fantastically photogenic. Great photos as usual!
Cheers, blueferrari, yes, a great place to take some portraits and and do some street photoraphy.
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Old May 26, 17, 6:39 pm
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Nice to see that you had good companions during the classic car tour of Havana
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Old May 27, 17, 11:34 pm
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Nice to see that you had good companions during the classic car tour of Havana
They were two girls from the East Coast but now living in NYC, and had come down to Cuba for the weekend. There was another couple from the US in the other car who had come down for the weekend too. Havana seemed to be a good option for a quick getaway from the US.
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