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Program #20612RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
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Gary Lawson Jul 21, 2014 at 10:50 PM

How 'free' are travelers on the Cuba trips, to wander away from the official activities?
Virginia Marcotte Jul 22, 2014 at 07:31 AM

A total of 5 people in my group (two couples and me) had personal contacts in Cuba. The brief time I spent with my friends was totally un policed. And the two couples spend much longer with their friends. I wold say that if you speak Spanish you could wander around pretty much on your own. In fact the friends I took a walk with were surprised our group had been told not to take pix of anyone in uniform or our camera would be confiscated. We happened to see someone in uniform and they said, take his picture. , sort of jokingly. I diidm't but he was a traffic cop anyway.
Virginia Marcotte Jul 22, 2014 at 07:32 AM

But I would say, don't be foolish about where you go, just as you would any where.

Gladys Gilliland Jul 14, 2014 at 08:28 PM

I have written this answer to Judson Harper's request for what one can bring home form Cuba twice already with RS password problems. It is getting shorter each time.
Judson, no rum or cigars. I brought home small works of art (wonderful painting done on a cigar box cover), ceramics, jewelry, CDs . by performers who entertained us.
If you are taking things down I would not suggest things for young, but children things like soap, toothpaste, shampoo, sanitizer and auto parts that might fit a 1948-1959 Ford or Chevy. Something like a distributor or other small parts.

Miriam Kelm Jun 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Went in mid-March. Weather was not a problem. A couple of hot days, but we took it easy and I used my little umbrella for shade. Don't worry about dress. Cuban women seem to wear as little as possible on hot days. Crop pants, not short shorts,men in shorts. Not like going to a Muslim country. If you have not read Cuba Real by Yoani Sanchez, do it. Will give a context not to be gotten other ways. Also, check out her blog at She was just in Chicago for a lecture for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. A wonderful person who has received many international honors for her brave work.

Gladys Gilliland May 14, 2014 at 01:43 PM

This will be the third time I have written this, hopefully this time it goes. Dec to May is the best time to visit Cuba with January being my preference. It is a great learning experience, but not for sissies. I'm 85 and there was one other of the same age on the trip. We did as well as the other newly retired folk, but probably it took us a little longer to rest up when we got home. Would not have missed it. Best trip. Road Scholar has made a supreme effort to return my iPhone left on a remote Ranch. It has been a person to person transfer until it made it to Miami. Now UPS has picked up the trip and I should have it in a couple of days. RS have been wonderful during the entire trip.

Barbara Rabon May 14, 2014 at 08:52 AM

What is the best time of year to travel to Cuba when it isn't so hot and humid?
John Cubit May 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

You can get the weather statistics for Cuba online. Cuba is not too far south of south Florida, which is cool in winter, but hot and humid in summer. However, along with the heat and humidity you get longer day-lengths (better for sight-seeing and photography). As far as I was concerned, the weather for our trip in April was fine.

Virginia Marcotte May 07, 2014 at 02:59 PM

To anyone going to Cuba in the future -- I know it may be too hot there to go now, a suggestion for your donation might be condoms. Seriously, I just read in the mag, The Week that they had a condom shortage because they destroyed their inventory because they were mis-labeled as having expired. The shortage spread to an area with a high HIV incidence.

Gladys Gilliland Apr 22, 2014 at 05:49 PM

No, no one wore shorts and Jeans would be so, so hot. Some wore short skirts or loose dresses with tank top like necklines and no sleeves. It was 95 F degrees in the Eastern part with humidity always present. It will be hotter and more humid in May.
I used my iPhone for a camera and it seemed to do well. I won't really know until it returns from Cuba via a RS guide. It fell out of my pocket on The King Ranch, was found and Vincente is holding it for me. GREAT TRIP. Arduous and but wouldn't miss it for the world.
Virginia Marcotte Apr 23, 2014 at 06:31 AM

People did wear shorts on our trip -- me included. I was there in Janauary and I agree jeans would have been too hot but our Cuban guide wore them. As Gladys said, some women wore long, loose skirts and others wore short skirts -- golf skirt length. I had pretty good luck with my IPod, not a phone, Problem was my ineptness, not the IPod. Enjoy it! There is a lot to see and learn!

Kathleen Wright Apr 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Did folks wear shorts or jeans on your tour and if so did they seem appropriately dressed?

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