Post # 1
We are looking at Cuba for our honeymoon and just wanted a few insights and tips please.
We are a young couple and love water sports and adventure!
As much as I like to lie in the sun, it is not something we do for a full day so we need something else to interest us.
We are looking to go in august and I hear the weather is hot and humid but this doesn’t bother us.
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Not allowed to travel to Cuba without a special visa since I live in the U.S. (Some get around this by flying into Canada first and then onto Cuba without getting their passport stamped in Cuba.)
Post # 4
I went years ago – was a good holiday. We combined Havana with Varraderro. Nice mix of city and beach
Post # 5
You’ll have to hit up the Canadians for advice, as the US bees are not allowed to travel there, with a few special exceptions!
Post # 6
Not unless you are Beyonce and Jay Z.
People swim, float, boat do what they can to leave Cuba for the US. Just a thought…
Post # 7
EDIT: ok sorry to US people, didn’t know about the no go rule.
Post # 8
@EnglishWifey: i’ve been to cuba many, many times (i think 10+). the water is beautiful in some areas. cayo santa maria had one of the best beaches i’ve ever seen in cuba. this is a newer area for tourists so the resorts are nicer.
varadero is great and very popular. it has a lot of activities to do nearby. you can take the public transportation into town.
i would suggest going to a newer resort with a higher star rating. their hotels can be very modest. go with a large, popular chain resort. the consistency may be more of what you are used to. also, the food selections may be better. make sure that they have a variety of restaurants to choose from. going for a week or 2, you will need it.
i’m sure you’ll have fun. enjoy.
Post # 9
@EnglishWifey: U.S citizens are not allowed to go to Cuba.
I’ve never been but all of my friends have told me that the food is awful.
Post # 10
@EnglishWifey: Those who live in the US are not allowed to go to Cuba. I have a family member who traveled there but he had to go to Costa Rica first and go through some kind of process there. He said Cuba was great though.
Post # 11
@mypinkshoes: OOh thanks for the tips. We are looking at a Sandles resort so this should be a good standard of food etc, well hopefully!
Would you suggest day trips into the city or hiking? Or is this dangerous? Bare in mind we have travelled through Africa through many areas most people would say are unsafe.
Post # 12
I have friends (Americans) who have gone by way of Canada. They they loved it.
Post # 13
I have been to Cuba twice within the last three years. Both times to Varadero with one day trip into Havana. It’s a very unique place as far as the Caribbean goes. When people say be cautious about the food on the resorts, they aren’t kidding. Resorts can also be very modest/run down compared to what you may experience in other Caribbean places. It’s important to research the resort (Tripadvisor is a great resource). I would try to stick with 5* but definitely not less than 4*. My first time there we stayed in a 3.5* and it was an absolute dump. Since Varadero is a tourist town there are lots of activities you can plan if you like to stay busy. From what I’ve heard other tourist areas are the same. Cuba is also a very safe and friendly country, the beaches are beautiful. If you do your research and plan accordingly you will have a great time.
Post # 14
I have been to Cuba 3 times and I love it there.
Choose a newer high star hotel (minimum 4 stars, preferably 4 1/2 or 5). There ito always plenty to do In veradero, and the beaches are wonderful. The food has never been my favourite part of Cuba (many other Caribbean countries have MUCH better food then Cuba), but it’s not TOO bad. I’d highly recommend Cuba, especially for the price.
Post # 15
I’d also take what you read on tripadvisor with a grain of salt.. I find some people just like to complain about everything!
Post # 16
I’ve been to Cuba. The food was terrible. The resort wasn’t stellar either.
I’ve also been to the Dominican and I loved it. The food is amazing and the resorts are much more grand/modern.
The dominican is a richer country that Cuba, and it shows.
If you’re going to a resort, there will always be excursions for you to go on, so it’s not like you’ll just be sitting there not doing anything.
I highly recommend Punta Cana (it’s on the Carribean side of the island) in the DR – you get the white sand, blue water, and it’s much warmer (the water). Peurto Plata is the other “big” destination in the DR, and while I’ve never been there, it’s on the atlantic side of the island, so you get the brown sand and the water is the atlantic ocean, so it’s colder.