Cubanacan Tarara

Calle 9na Esq 14, Tarara Playas del Este, Havana, Caribbean

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CUbanacan (cuba's state-owned...

by jeroen_serre

CUbanacan (cuba's state-owned travelagency) can offer you a nice voucher-system, which gives you free choice to visit more than 80 hotels in Cuba.

The best hotel i've visited was the commodore-hotel in Havana. A fancy 4 starhotel with friendly people, a brilliant view over the sea and a sexy late night show with the worlds best salsa-dancers!

The best Mohitos on the Island!
When you don't have a voucher and just drop by, you'll pay 100 $ PP.

not to bad. Very dangerous diving instructor, who gives you an empty tank when you are diving to 27 meters...

They best mohitos and a very strange Disco next to it.
Havana-club, where young cuban people are paying 4 dollars for a beer..(twisted for a communistic country..)

If you love Airplanes

by photopilot

Museo Nacional del Aire (National Air Museum)

Avenida 212 y la Coronela, Cubanacan.

A splendid array of military and civilian aircraft, plus models and exhibits recording notable moments in Cuban aviation history.

From Migs to Tupolov, there is lots to see here. It is an outdoor display and you can walk right up and poke about looking into Soviet era fighters etc. There is also a P-51 mustang which was used by the Cuban revolutionaries during the Cuban Revolution.

Havana Tour

by The_Snoop

The first thing to do is get a quick 1 day Cubanacan tour of Havana that takes you round the old town, over to the castle, revolution square, Capitol building and a rum factory. Gives a quick feel for the city and you can pick out things from the coach window that you might not have seen had you just been walking round.

It gives you a feel for where everything is and helps you navigate the city more easily after that.

Rent a car, get vouchers for...

by jeroen_serre

Rent a car, get vouchers for Cubanacan Hotels and travel around in your own tempo and choose your own hotels.

I've been in Cuba for 21 days with a friend and have traveled for over 4000 kilometers. Havana, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Pino del Rio etc.

Stay away from the resort-stuff. It's good for the jetlag, but after 48 hours, you probabely want to see the real Cuba.
Visit the west, where the tabacco grews, go to the south for the bay of pics and a cool dive, visit Trinidad....and stay for a few days, it will give you another perspective of the world. Don't forget to visit Che in santa Clara! Trinidad,

The old colonial city, where no cars drive, is probabely the best kept spanish colonial city in the world. A 40.000 people-population and it still puts you 3 centurys back in time.

Go to a paladades in Trinidad and eat lobster for $5,-

Language
The official language...

by fga

Language
The official language is Spanish, which is spoken in the entire island. It is often peppered with special Cuban phonetics and witty popular metaphors that colour each region. However, at Cubanacan hotels and resorts there are highly skilled personnel capable of communicating in various languages, especially English.

Currency
Tourist facility prices are indicated in U.S. dollars. Dollars have free circulation in Cuba and are used in all tourist installations and resorts.
The national currency is the Cuban peso which contains 100 cents (centavos). There are 50, 20, 10, 5, 3 and 1 peso notes as well as 1 and 3 peso coins in circulation. Other coins are in 40, 20, 5, 2 and 1 cent (centavos) denominations.
No credit cards or traveller checks issued by a U.S. bank are accepted. Visa, Master Card and Thomas Cook traveller check issued from non-U.S. banks are accepted. Consult your travel agency or a Cubanacan office regarding the use of any other type of credit card or traveller check.

TOURISM REGULATIONS
For tourism travel all you need is a valid passport and the corresponding visa or tourist card which will be issued by your travel agent or the Cuban consulate.

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS
Cuba follows the international practices established for this purpose. The following goods may enter Cuba free of taxes:
Personal jewelery
200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams of cut tobacco; or an assortment of all three with a weight not exceeding 250 grams
2 bottles of alcoholic beverages
You must take articles such as cameras, video cameras, radios and tape recorders with you when you leave the country. The following goods may not enter Cuba:
Firearms, except for hunting and with prior authorization
Non-processed vegetable or animal products
Narcotics and psychotrophic drugs
Pornographic material or any other obscene or morally offensive material
Blood based medications
National currency, except that imported by travellers authorized by the proper Cuban autorities
It is forbidden to export the national Cuban currency. When leaving Cuba you may freely exchange up to (ten) Cuban pesos to any exchangeable currency.
You may export duty free all durable goods purchased in the network of stores submitting receipt of payment. You may also take with you up to 200 cigarettes; live or dried specimens of Cuban flora or fauna may only be exported with the corresponding sanitary and export documents.

HEALTH REGULATIONS
Health restrictions only apply to travellers from countries with yellow fever and endemic cholera or countries declared infection zones by the World Health Organization. In those cases a vaccination certificate isssued at least ten days and no more than ten years prior is required.
The import of meat products is only allowed if they are sterilized and canned; products of vegetable origin only if they havbe been industrially processed; pasturized dairy products and ripe cheeses. Also fresh and dried fruit, accompanied by the appropriate Agricultural health certificate.
If you are travelling with animals, plants or any of the above mentioned products which do not meet the requirements, you must contact the Cuban health Authorities upon arrival in order to learn more about the regulations applicable to each case.

CAR RENTAL
Cubanacan, Havanatur Transtur and Panauto's have car rental services at airports, hotels and tourist centres. Cubacar offers a large fleet of vehicles including models by: Mitsubishi, Toyota, Hyundai, Suzuki, etc. The only requirement to renting a car is a valid drivers license and your passport.
Cuban traffic signs follow international codes and driving is done on the right hand side of the road.

PHOTOGRAPHS, VIDEOS & MOVIES
Special regulations apply to taking photgraphs and taping or filming audio-visual materials in museums. It is strictly forbidden to do this in military zones. Regulations are also in force in industrial centres, factories scientific research centres etc. for which previous authorization must be obtained. On the streets, men and women will always respond to your camera wiht a smile, but it is correct to ask them before taking their photos.

Forum Posts

Looking for a Tour Company: Havana/Central Island

by cjg53

Yes, yes, yes I don't particularly like the idea either of a structured tour but, left to my own devices, I'd sleep 'til 3pm and spend the rest of the day sipping rum on a balcony. I'm going to Cuba w/ my 14 year-old son so want to see as much as we can in 10 days but still want to do it with a SMALL, INTELLIGENT tour group. Can anyone recommend such a company which operates during August? My ideal for such a short trip would be to see Havana and a bit of the central island. (My son and I had plans for the past year to travel to Turkey and then on to Athens for the Olympics but his Mom just nixed those plans due to fear of terrorism. Thank God for travel insurance! But yes, we're scrambling for an alternative.)

Any and all help would be appreciated!

Thanks,

CJ Green
Los Angeles, California, USA

Re: Looking for a Tour Company: Havana/Central Island

by AnjaV

Contact our friend in Havana, Pototo, at pototo1956@yahoo.com.mx
He will arrange a private tour for you, he's great, many VTers already enjoyed his services!

Check out his page:
http://www.cuba-junky.com/havana/pototo.htm

Re: Looking for a Tour Company: Havana/Central Island

by boricua12

Hi!!!

Had you asked in Cubans Travel Agencies there? Here in PR, i know a cuban travel agencie that sells tickets to Cuba via Dominican Republc, to small groups, and also they provide a tour guide. There must be agencies, specially at Miami, that must sell this service ( i guess via Mexico or Dominican Republic). Good luck!!!

RE: Looking for a Tour Company: Havana/Central Island

by Kanadian45

We did a tour of old Havana and Vinales through Cubanacan. We booked it at our hotel with their rep.

Gail

Beaches varadero goodbye?

by cubanmarcos

My wife and i have stayed at beaches varadero for the last two years and hoped to stay there and renew our 10yr anniversary this year but to our suprize. cubanacan has taking over this property from beaches and no longer offers it on sihnature or air transat!!! does anyone know how I can find out whats going on there?
thanks in advance mark

RE: Beaches varadero goodbye?

by yvr

Why don't you just hop over to a good travel agency in Vancouver and let them do the work for you, and answer your questions.

RE: Beaches varadero goodbye?

by nospam

The 2006-2007 NOLITOURS brochure features the Beaches Varadero pg22. Nolitours uses Air Transat out of Vancouver. You might want to check further with your travel agent. Congratulations!

Travelling to Cuba

by LauraLuse

Hi everyone!
I am planning a trip to Cuba the end of March and still have not decided on the places which would be must see when there. So far I know for sure I will go to Havana first, then to Vinales, Trinidad, Baracoa, Holguin. What else would be recommended to see? Perhaps I missed someting very important!

I would also love to spend some time on the beach (couple of days)and I am sure that I dont want to go to a big hotel place like Varadero, I would like to find less crowded place and not so touristy....can anyone recommend me something?

Thank you!
Laura

Re: Travelling to Cuba

by florry

Hi Laura,
When you in Havana you can go to the nearest beach santa maria..its very nice..also there is a nice beach near trinidad...you dont need to go to Varadero. Have fun..

Re: Travelling to Cuba

by Bohemedream

Just back from a few weeks in Cuba...Trinidad was amazing, great food, great homestay and the photo ops are everywhere. Havana was great but a bit busy. Loved Vinales valley, too...quaint and small, but fantastic if you love nature. Varadero looked pretty for a beach resort but it was extremely windy when we arrived and we decided not to stay, as we couldn't enjoy the beach. I'm sure it's fun when the sun is shining and the wind stops!! The Viazul buses are clean, modern, cheap and comfortable for transportation. We travelled primarily by Viazul bus and taxi.
We had very good luck with homestays, averaging about 25 CUC per night for 2 of us. I may be returning in March myself, I loved it so much !! If our paths cross it could be fun to travel a bit together !! Please feel free to ask if you have any specific questions you would like answered !! Ciao, Linda

Re: Travelling to Cuba

by Mahieu

Just got back from 3 weeks of Cuba. Amazing country! My favourite parts were Vinales and Baracoa, I see that you are planning to do them as well, great! Visit the surroundings of Baracoa like the Parque Humboldt, Boca de Yumuri or Yunque, for its splendid nature. If you don't have a rental car, these excursions can be easily booked at the Cubatur agency. The guides are really good.
If you want a nice beach, which isn't too touristic, you can go to Cayo Jutias, about one hour from Vinales. Almost nobody around and a beautiful beach. Cubanacan organizes a day excursion from Vinales. I heard that Cayo Levisa is also good, but I didn't go there.
Another place which I liked very much was Camaguey.

Have fun!

Re: Travelling to Cuba

by LauraLuse

Thank you!
Your advices are very helpful!

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Address: Calle 9na Esq 14, Tarara Playas del Este, Havana, Caribbean