Before I left for Cuba, I did a lot of research and asked A LOT of people who had already traveled to Cuba, about their experience. I got mixed reviews, super helpful tips, and some great recommendations. So I figured I’d mix all of that together plus my experience to better assist you if you plan on visiting Cuba 🙂
THE FIRST THING I AM GOING TO RECOMMEND: DOWNLOAD THE APP MAPS.ME
This was a life saver! Thanks Mikey!
This app allows you to search for places and look up directions without the internet
Flights and things flight related:
We flew on JetBlue and it was great (as always). We got the flights about 3 months in advance and they were pretty cheap, but I have heard that they are super expensive now, so plan as early as you can. The one thing that sucked with our return flight is that they cannot refill their food options in Cuba. So whatever they have left from their last flight is what they have. Other than that, it was fine. JetBlue offers free wifi, movies, music and direct TV so you can’t go wrong.
I think Delta does direct flights as well!
I recommend you get to the airport 2-3 hours early. We got lucky and the line for the visa was short as hell, but I have heard that the line can get pretty long, so to play it safe, get there early. You also want enough time to get through security because we all know that line is a headache too.
The visa is $50 and you pay for this at the airport. I am not sure about other airports but at JFK, it was credit/debit only.
Passport: Make sure you have enough pages! I think you need about 2-4 to travel out of the country otherwise you have to renew. Also make sure your passport has 6 months or more left before it expires. Joel had to renew his before we went because it expired two days before the 6 month requirement. The JetBlue agent I booked my flight with told me they are super strict about that 6 month requirement!
Airbnb is my go to when traveling with a group.
This was our place:
It was in Vedado, which is quiet and safe and about a 7-10 minute car ride to Old Havana and many other places
Vedado is a good area and has more spacious rooms than other towns I saw and I saw plenty because I was looking for rooms for months. Old Havana is hit or miss so be very careful if you book something in that area. A lot of the apartments around there are SUPER run down. However it can also be in the touristy area of Old Havana which may be nicer, but you also can’t really confirm the exact location until you book.
Melia Cohiba Hotel
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