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Is Cuba Worth Visiting?

Discussion in 'North America' started by Quazi, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. Quazi

    Quazi Member

    Cuba seems to be opening up more and more and I didn't realise there was such a tourist scene there.
    Does any one have any good experiences of Cuba?

    What are the prices like? The food? Are their any laws to be aware of?
  2. Corzhens

    Corzhens Active Member

    I have zero knowledge of Cuba but if I would have a chance, I would probably take a trip there if only for the culture. My husband said that Cuba is like a hermit country under dictatorship (or socialism?) where the culture seems to be preserved because there are only few foreigners. That short statement gave me an impression that Cuba is like North Korea, a hermit country with very strict rules on tourists. By the way, I know that Cuba has the best cigars, the Havana cigar which is the name of its capital.
  3. amelia88

    amelia88 Active Member

    Well, I don't have first hand experience, but second hand through a friend - she went, and got mugged! She did a big trip through central and South America and that was her only negative experience...so I guess based on that I wouldn't highly recommend it! She also said that even without the mugging it was the least favorite place of her 15 or so countries that she visited...so I don't really have any desire to go there!
  4. crimsonghost747

    crimsonghost747 Active Member

    A friend went last winter. He spent half of his time in Havana and the other half in some beach resort. Havana looked interesting and I wouldn't mind visiting, I didn't get the "ok I definitely need to go there" vibe but it still looked like an interesting place to experience. The beach resort... meh. As I said in the bulgaria thread, I'm really not one of those who goes to another country just to stay in a fancy hotel.
  5. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    As you say, with Cuba opening up more, then I do think that if you want to go, then now would be a good time because I can only see it getting more expensive in the future.

    Also now you'll be able to get a true sense of Cuban life still, as it will only get more commercialised the more it starts to accept western culture.
  6. Quazi

    Quazi Member

    This makes a lot of sense.
    Just seeing what can be tied together in one trip while heading to New Mexico.

    @Corzhens I believe it used to be more like you're describing but has moved forward well beyond NKs current setup, thankfully!.

    I love how Havana felt from the old game Driver 2 :p maybe that'll have to do if research shows the place isn't worth visiting :)
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  7. djordjem87

    djordjem87 Member

    I really do not like places that have tourist potential so I guess I would love Cuba. I like to see things, to know the country, the people in it. All the customs and genuine food. It is not about night life and partying all day long. You can do that anywhere, you do not have to travel. I am a bit of an adventurer and those countries like Cuba, Honduras or Nicaragua have so much to offer to me.
    Adventure is out there!
  8. Quazi

    Quazi Member

    I'm the same as you @djordjem87 .
    I want to go somewhere to experience what their life is like, not the tourist show that gets put on and is similar everywhere.

    These untouched places won't remain like this forever so maybe it is worth the risk if i'm heading to the US anyway :)

    It's looking like a big round trip through, Cuba -> British Columbia -> New Mexico (Cuba is the only destination without family so hopefully accomodation isn't too bad)
  9. Novelangel

    Novelangel Member

    Cuba is only opening up because they have nothing and trade with the U.S. is a strong desire of theirs. Not sure if I like the idea, but there's nothing I can do about it. One good thing though... if you are a big fan of golden oldie cars, Cuba is the place to be. I understand that they don't own cars newer than 1958, so they have to keep the old things running. I heard that they not only run well, but they are in mint condition as well. What a trip that would be, to see all of those beautiful old cars looking as shiny and new as if a time warp had occurred.
  10. Quazi

    Quazi Member

    Oh so that's why they have all those old cars.
    Just read up, I think the cut off date for the cars was when they stopped trading with the US.
    It would be a kind of shame for trades to open up again and new cars to start turning up
  11. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    It wouldn't be a shame for the Cuban people though, I'm sure they'd love to be able to own a car that's younger than 68 years old!

    Seriously though, I think if people go to Cuba now, it will seem like the country that time forgot, as it has been stuck in the past due to sanctions imposed on it, and a government that refused to comply with demands, even from its own people.

    That will all change though now, and while that is going to take a few years, there's a chance that some of the countries culture will be lost as it catches up with what it's missed out on.