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Premium Email Subscriber Jul 03, 2015 at 08:04 PM

The flight from Miami to Havana was interesting. They weigh all the luggage and then decide if there is a problem. Your 40 pound limit is averaged in with everyone else's. The idea seems to be to allow for the weight of everything going to cuba, like car parts and TV's. Nobody cares what your luggage weighs on the way home. I guess we were close to the limit, since the guy weighing and tagging everything refused to weigh my carryon, and told me just to get on the plane. Carryons and purses are fine, altho I did not have a purse. Our guide was quite helpful in alleviating problems.

Bettijean Sanders Jul 03, 2015 at 04:57 PM

And, another question for the summer Traveller's: did you need a shawl or light sweater in the evenings? Going on July 7th from Texas and it is hard to imagine that we would need any layers!
Blanche Luczyk Jul 03, 2015 at 05:48 PM

I would also like an answer to your question. Thanks
Cindy Jennings Jul 03, 2015 at 07:27 PM

Hello! I was there Jan 27-Feb 4. It was very warm and humid. So expect MORE in July. Unless you are one of those who is "always chilly" the most I would recommend would be- perhaps a lightweight scarf to throw over your shoulders after dark. Otherwise take your lightest clothing. I mostly wore short sleeves and sleeveless. Also, and I'm used to humidity a bit, if you plan to wash out clothes know that it takes longer to dry out in the humidity. Shorts, cool tops, skirts, and maybe a change for dinner into a summery dress- if you like that kind of thing. I think dresses are cooler sometimes. No real need to dress up but after a busy day I enjoyed showering and putting on different clothes. Have a great time, both of you, I'm sure you will.
Blanche Luczyk Jul 03, 2015 at 11:23 PM

thanks for your imput!!!

Blanche Luczyk Jul 03, 2015 at 03:47 PM

Hi, I am looking for travelers who are going to Cuba on July 15th.
Blanche Luczyk Jul 03, 2015 at 04:16 PM

Has anyone heard about the restaurant called La Guarida in Old Havana? I was told I must go there.
Bettijean Sanders Jul 03, 2015 at 04:54 PM

Hi Blanche, we may cross paths in Miami. Getting back from Cuba the afternoon of the 15th and spending the night at the Doubletree. Will check out the restaurant you mention. Thanks for the tip!
Blanche Luczyk Jul 03, 2015 at 05:47 PM

I think we leave for Cuba in the morning of the 15th. Have a wonderful trip!!

Bettijean Sanders Jul 02, 2015 at 07:19 PM

And, yet another question. What experiences have you had with purchasing art? Are prices reasonable? Thank You!
Premium Email Subscriber Jul 02, 2015 at 08:11 PM

The art is incredibly reasonable, and you generally get to meet the artist. Save room to bring back lots.
Bettijean Sanders Jul 03, 2015 at 04:54 PM

Thanks so much for the info. It is great news!

Bettijean Sanders Jul 02, 2015 at 02:39 PM

More questions as the July 9 trip rapidly approaches!
1. Anyone from USA use Euros or Canadian $ for exchange? Do you think it saved any money?
2. am carrying lots of supplements and two meds in a pouch without bottles. Any issues bringing meds witthout a Doctor's note?
Walter Weeks Jul 02, 2015 at 03:17 PM

Very little, how does the Euros going down effect?
Walter Weeks Jul 02, 2015 at 03:18 PM

No trouble at in April
Bettijean Sanders Jul 02, 2015 at 03:21 PM

Thanks Walter!
Barbara R Carter Jul 02, 2015 at 04:14 PM

I used Canadian $$ last trip, but was told very firmly by the lady in the bank at the hotel that American $ have the best exchange rate. She worked it out for me mathematically so I would believe her. I will only take American $$ on any future trips....besides...Cuba needs the $$ to buy from the US. I also had meds with no doctors' notes with no problem.
Rena Sonshine Jul 02, 2015 at 04:16 PM

(1) I already had Euros and the exchange to CUCs was only 3%, not 13% ($USD penalty of 10%) in April. On the return home, Cadeca at the airport would only give me $USD for my CUCs, but surprisingly it was an even exchange, no fees. So depending on what the Euro costs (or if you have them already, anticipate 3%. If I had the presence, I would have checked at the Cadeca at the Nacional to see whether they would sell me back Euros. The hotel in Cienfuegos had no Euros to sell either although they would take US$ for CUC. (2) I separated my many pills in plastic bags by prescription, and stuck the prescription label on the plastic bag. I'm sure a photocopy of the label would do just as well. No one blinked.
Natalie Maynor Jul 02, 2015 at 04:34 PM

I used Euros and Japanese yen because I had them and wanted to get rid of some of them. I don't know whether using them did or didn't save me money. (This was in 2011.)
Bettijean Sanders Jul 02, 2015 at 07:17 PM

Thank you all for your generous and quick sharing of information! BJ

Mary Williams Jul 02, 2015 at 10:12 AM

I'm curious about booking flights home from Miami--I can't find anything that gives detail on when we might leave Cuba or arrive in Miami. Suggestions?
Tom Jennings Jul 02, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Unless you are in a hurry to get home, I would suggest spending the nite in Miami. Or, don't book flight home until after 7:00p.m.
Barbara R Carter Jul 02, 2015 at 04:15 PM

I also suggest staying overnight in Miami.

Premium Email Subscriber Jun 25, 2015 at 11:13 AM

In case there is any doubt, I absolutely loved the trip, and have spent my time since April plotting a return. I have never seen more art and music everywhere. The people you meet are extremely friendly, and all seem to want a friend in the US they can communicate with. I am trying to learn Spanish so that the trip will be even better next time, if that is possible.

Premium Email Subscriber Jun 25, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Also, there is internet available at the hotel in Havana. It is reasonably priced and reasonably fast. When you buy 10 hours, it is actually the time you buy, not the day. You can continue to use it for the whole time you are there, until you use the entire 10 hours.
LaVance Davis Jun 25, 2015 at 10:54 AM

Thank you. your comments are very helpful

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