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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Dozens of domain name speculators rushed to register hundreds of Cuba related domain names on April 13 and the day after President Obama announced sweeping changes to US Cuba policy as a way to “invest” (speculate really) in the business opportunities that may present themselves under this new US Cuba policy.

The change allows for unlimited travel by Cuban Americans to visit their family in Cuba and the changes allow them to wire more money to relatives in Cuba. President Obama is also encouraging communications companies to establish a presence in Cuba to increase the flow of information among the Cuban people and to the outside world.

Many people have been hand registering Cuba related domains and purchasing them in the secondary market for many years. We have seen spikes in hand registrations when there have been significant Cuba news stories in the past.

Speculators and internet entrepreneurs see the ownership of Cuba domains to be one way to invest in Cuba without even having to step foot in the country. Cuba domains can be sold, parked for revenue or developed into successful online business models. This is one way to prepare for a post-Embargo post-Castro Cuba with limited downside risk since the cost of a hand registered Cuba related domain name is less than $10 at most registrars.

It is not illegal or in violation of any OFAC sanctions to own or develop any Cuba related domain name (with the exception of Cuba’s country code .cu domains). One may have “compliance issues” if a website generates revenue from a Cuba based business and there may be other restrictions with regards to business activity involving Cuban based entities and individuals. If a domain name is simply parked to show revenue or displays Google’s Adsense advertisements then there are no compliance issues. Seek legal advice if you have any questions with regards to your Cuba business model.

City, state, region, country and destination specific domain names are called “geo domains” and are well respected by people in the domain industry. Associated Cities is the trade organization for geodomains and their Geo Domain Expo starts on April 23.

Hand Registered Cuba Related Domains

Here is the list of Cuba related domain names that were registered on April 13 and 14 (courtesy of DomainTools.com Mark Alert). As you will see, some are decent domains and some are worthless in this author’s opinion. There are also some obvious trademark violation domains. The consensus in the domain industry is that the registration of TM violation domains is unethical and unwise.

aeroportocuba.com
aeropuertodecuba.com
att-cuba.com
avioncuba.com
boletosacuba.com
cash-2-cuba.com
cash-to-cuba.com
cayoscuba.com
cheapcubanflights.com
chicacuba.com
chicagotocuba.com
climacuba.com
credito-cuba.com
cuba-adventuretravel.com
cuba-condominiums.com
cuba-connect.com
cuba-mi-corazon.com
cuba247.net
cubaamerica.com
cubaatlast.com
cubabeachtrip.com
cubabiztravel.com
cubabiztravel.net
cubabiztravel.org
cubacommunication.org
cubacommunications.org
cubadivevacation.com
cubadivingvacation.com
cubaeasyrent.com
cubafunpackage.com
cubafuntravel.com
cubafuntravel.net
cubafuntravel.org
cubagals.com
cubagogo.com
cubaholidaying.com
cubahotelsvacation.com
cubaislandnation.com
cubaislandtravel.com
cubajetsetter.com
cubajetsetter.net
cubajetsetters.com
cubajetsetters.net
cubalibrefund.com
cubalibreventures.com
cubalibreventures.net
cubamazing.com
cubamazing.info
cubamazing.net
cubamexcocina.com
cubamost.com
cubamust.com
cuban-casino.com
cuban-trips.com
cubanadeviaje.com
cubanamericanfund.com
cubanamericantravels.com
cubanaqua.com
cubanbiketours.com
cubancoupons.com
cubandeepseafishing.com
cubandivevacations.com
cubanemployment.com
cubanfootball.com
cubangamefishing.com
cubanhunting.com
cubanmoneytransfer.com
cubanmoneytransfers.com
cubanoexpress.com
cubanoil.net
cubanpackages.com
cubanrealestatedirectory.com
cubanremittance.com
cubansummerhomes.com
cubantravelpackages.com
cubanvacationbargains.com
cubanventurefund.com
cubanwholesalers.com
cubanwireless.org
cubaoil.net
cubaonline-idee.org
cubarealestateguide.com
cubaregulations.com
cubaremittance.com
cubaretailers.com
cubasailingadventures.com
cubasailingadventures.info
cubasailingadventures.net
cubasailingadventures.org
cubatravelrestrictions.com
cubatropicana.com
cubavacationbargains.com
cubavacationtravel.com
cubavalues.com
cubavalues.info
cubavalues.net
cubavalues.org
cubaventurefund.net
cubawifi.org
cubawins.com
cubayoubet.com
cuncuba.com
cuncuba.info
cuncuba.net
dell-cuba.com
demforcuba.net
demforcuba.org
democracyforcuba.net
democracyforcuba.org
dialcuba.com
dineropacuba.com
dineropacuba.net
dollars2cuba.com
dollarstocuba.com
easycash2cuba.com
easycashtocuba.com
easymoney2cuba.com
easymoneytocuba.com
ezcash2cuba.com
ezcashtocuba.com
ezmoney2cuba.com
ezmoneytocuba.com
familyincuba.com
fastcash2cuba.com
fastcashtocuba.com
fastmoney2cuba.com
fastmoneytocuba.com
fish-cuba.com
flycubausa.com
flyusacuba.com
freedomtotraveltocuba.com
friendsincuba.com
ftlauderdaletocuba.com
getcash2cuba.com
getcashtocuba.com
getcubaonline.com
getrealcuba.com
gocheapcuba.com
havanacubatourism.com
holidayingcuba.com
howtocuba.com
hp-cuba.com
icuba.biz
iheartcuba.com
iluvcuba.com
llamarcuba.com
losangelestocuba.com
mappacuba.com
matchcuba.com
microsoft-cuba.com
mobiletocuba.com
money-2-cuba.com
money-to-cuba.com
moneytransfercuba.com
newarktocuba.com
newcubahotels.com
newcubalaws.com
newcubanhotels.com
newyorktocuba.com
nowcuba.com
nytocuba.com
officialcubanvisaapplication.com
officialcubanvisaapplication.net
officialcubanvisas.com
officialcubanvisas.net
perfumecuba.com
plongee-cuba.com
quickcash2cuba.com
quickcashtocuba.com
remit2cuba.com
remittancecuba.com
sanfranciscotocuba.com
scubadivecuba.com
seeyouincuba.com
sejour-plongee-cuba.com
sendcash2cuba.com
shipit2cuba.com
shipittocuba.com
sitesofcuba.com
sprint-cuba.com
stluciacuba.com
t-mobile-cuba.com
talkofcuba.com
telefonoacuba.com
televisioncubana.org
teveoencuba.com
toursacuba.com
transfercash2cuba.com
transfercashtocuba.com
transfermoney2cuba.com
transfermoneytocuba.com
travelcubavacations.com
uscubathaw.com
verizon-cuba.com
vistocuba.com
vuelveacuba.com
wirecash2cuba.com
wirecashtocuba.com
wiremoney2cuba.com
wiremoneytocuba.com

Havana Related Domains

airfarestohavana.com
airfaretohavana.com
bankofhavana.net
havanacubatourism.com
havanahavens.com
havanalifestyle.com
havanavacationpackage.com
havanayachting.com
mobiletohavana.com
myhavanahotel.com
talkofhavana.com
varaderohavana.com

Recent Havana Journal Inc Hand Registered Domains

CubanAmericanVacations.com
CubanFamilyTravel.com
CubanFamilyVacations.com
CubaTravelLicense.com
CubaTravelLicenses.com
CubaWireTransfer.com
CubaWireTransfers.com
FlightToHavana.com
GiftsToCuba.com
MoneyTransfersToCuba.com
TravelLicenses.com
TravelServiceProvider.com

Recent Havana Journal Inc. Purchases from the Secondary Market

CubanAmerican.com
CubanAmericans.com
HavanaRestaurant.com
HavanaReservations.com

Another Way to Invest in Cuba

I don’t want to offer stock tips or investment advice but since this article is about investing in Cuba without having to have a presence in Cuba or even having to visit Cuba, I thought I would mention that there is a closed end mutual fund that invests in businesses that are expected to benefit from better US Cuba trade relations and/or a move to a more free market economy in Cuba. The Herzfeld Caribbean Basin Fund trades like a stock on the NYSE under the symbol CUBA. The stock price shot up over 40% on April 13 but has pulled back a little since then. (Full disclosure: I have a financial interest in this stock.)

HavanaJournal.com Traffic Spike

Unique visitors (one visitor per IP address to a website in a 24 hour period) to HavanaJournal.com range from 1500 to 2500 per day. As you can see from the screen capture below, our traffic spiked on April 13 and 14. Time will tell if people will continue to search for Cuba related information that interests them or if traffic will level off.

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Havana Journal Inc. owns over 2500 Cuba related domain names and most are in development, being used as marketing tools to promote developed websites or are being considered as candidates for development. We are always looking for unique content and business partners.

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on April 15, 2009 by Michael Castello

    I would love to travel to Cuba and develop my Cuban domain names. I grew up in Florida and have always wanted to travel there. Maybe this time it will become a reality. Picked up CayoLargo.com several years ago after a hurricane trashed went through and the seller wanted to unload. That would be one of my first stops ;>


  2. Follow up post #2 added on April 15, 2009 by David J Castello

    The CayoLargo,com acquisition story is funny.  The owner wouldn’t do escrow.com, so I had to go to Little Havana in Miami and have dinner at his house (his wife can cook) to hand him the cheque.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on April 15, 2009 by abh with 244 total posts

    You can take the cuban out of cuba….
    wink


  4. Follow up post #4 added on April 16, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    and a few more from 4/14 and 4/15

    adultcuba.com
    adventuretourscuba.com
    allcubanhotels.com
    america-cubatours.com
    americanincuba.com
    authorizedcubans.com
    cheapcruisescuba.com
    craigslistcuba.com
    crucerosbaratosacuba.com
    cuba-destinations.com
    cuba-real-estate.info
    cuba3danimation.com
    cuba4fun.com
    cuba4less.org
    cubaatt.com
    cubacell.org
    cubacellular.net
    cubacommunication.net
    cubacommunicationnetwork.com
    cubacommunications.net
    cubacomplete.com
    cubacomplete.net
    cubacomputergraphics.com
    cubadatingnetwork.com
    cubadiet.com
    cubaelectrical.com
    cubaescort.net
    cubafamilyfinder.com
    cubafishingchronicles.com
    cubafishingclub.com
    cubafishingforum.com
    cubaflightinfo.com
    cubaforless.org
    cubahotelinfo.com
    cubajoven.com
    cubalegalguide.com
    cubamafia.com
    cubametropcs.com
    cuban-cell-phones.com
    cuban-wireless.com
    cubanarealestate.com
    cubancellphone.net
    cubancellphones.net
    cubancigarsexpress.com
    cubancomplete.com
    cubandatingnetwork.com
    cubanfamilytree.com
    cubanforex.com
    cubanfx.com
    cubanmoneygram.com
    cubannewsnetwork.com
    cubanoshoteles.com
    cubanpsychic.com
    cubansigns.com
    cubansportsnetwork.com
    cubantelevisionnetwork.com
    cubanwireless.net
    cubaobsession.com
    cubaobsession.net
    cubaomuerte.com
    cubaradionetwork.com
    cubartistas.com
    cubasbest.net
    cubasentry.com
    cubasfriends.com
    cubashoreline.com
    cubasinglesnetwork.com
    cubasomostodos.org
    cubasportsnetwork.com
    cubasunsetinn.com
    cubatagged.com
    cubatelevision.net
    cubatelevisionnetwork.com
    cubatogo.net
    cubatravelandtours.com
    cubaunveiled.com
    cubawifi.net
    danscuba.com
    discountcruisescuba.com
    discountcubacruises.com
    endcubanembargo.com
    enviedineroacuba.com
    escapefromcuba.com
    forcubahotels.com
    gofishingincuba.com
    howtovisitcuba.com
    iglesiacristianacuba.org
    incuban.com
    jump-2-cuba.com
    jump-to-cuba.com
    jump2cuba.net
    jumpofftocuba.com
    jumpofftocuba.net
    jumptocuba.com
    jumptocuba.net
    liftcubanembargo.com
    mejoreshotelescubanos.com
    mensguidetocuba.com
    miviajeacuba.com
    mycubafishingtrip.com
    myspacecuba.com
    passportcuba.com
    provincesofcuba.com
    realtorforcuba.com
    remesacubano.com
    remittocuba.com
    roncubaclub.com
    rumcubaclub.com
    sendcubadinero.com
    sendcubamoney.com
    sendmoney2cuba.com
    sendmoneycuba.com
    sendmoneytoocuba.com
    shopcubacruises.com
    signsofcuba.com
    taggedcuba.com
    televisioncubana.net
    thecubalist.com
    thecubancater.com
    varadero-cuba-hotels.com
    viajar2cuba.com
    viajardineroacuba.com
    viaje2cuba.com
    vipbachelorcuba.com
    wildoncuba.com
    yachtservicescuba.com
    yachtsigncuba.com
    yourcubarealtor.com


    americaninhavana.com
    bachelorpartyhavana.com
    havanadirectory.net
    havanadirectory.org
    havanaelectrical.com
    havanaelectricalsupply.com
    havanaescort.net
    havanaescorts.net
    havanafasteners.com
    havanamarinaguide.com
    havanaplumbingsupply.com
    havanaproduce.com
    havanapsychic.com
    havanarestaurantguide.com
    havanasalon.com
    hookedonhavana.com
    wildonhavana.com

    As you can see there are some crappy domains in the list but if someone has the idea and drive to develop their domain then they might be able to build something great on any one of these domains.



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  5. Follow up post #5 added on April 17, 2009 by texasfree

    We just purchased a couple of domains ourselves….....more to come!


  6. Follow up post #6 added on April 17, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Mostly more crappy Cuba domains from April 16 but some decent ones in there too. For less than $10 per year, people can have an “investment” in Cuba.

    So long as people are registering domains that they like or intend to develop, that’s fine but the TM violations are a stupid play.

    Cuba domains

    allcuba.net
    amorecubanas.com
    amorecubanas.net
    bancoexteriordecuba.com
    bitchincuba.com
    boattocuba.com
    bravocuba.com
    bucks2cuba.com
    buckstocuba.com
    budgetcubatravel.com
    buttstocuba.com
    cheapcallstocuba.com
    cheapticketstocuba.com
    cheaptripstocuba.com
    cruisingcuba.net
    cruisingincuba.com
    cuba-now.net
    cuba4cougers.com
    cubachilling.com
    cubafishingcharter.com
    cubaforcougers.com
    cubahora.net
    cubamarriott.com
    cuban2cuban.com
    cubanaamore.com
    cubanaamore.net
    cubanamore.com
    cubanamore.net
    cubanamusic.com
    cubanascaliente.com
    cubanascaliente.net
    cubanchains.com
    cubandonations.com
    cubanisimoworld.com
    cubanlicenses.com
    cubanpirates.com
    cubanrelatives.com
    cubansailingvacation.com
    cubansatellites.com
    cubantransactions.com
    cubanwills.com
    cubaonthecheap.com
    cubasailingvacation.com
    cubasailvacation.com
    cubasailvacations.com
    cubasatellites.com
    cubasharkdive.com
    cubasharkdives.com
    cubashines.com
    cubasmark.com
    cubasomostodos.com
    cubaspringbreakfaq.com
    cubatel.us
    cubatouronline.com
    cubatourstravel.com
    cubatravelandlife.com
    cubatv.biz
    dolaresacuba.com
    donate2cuba.com
    donatetocuba.com
    dontgotocuba.com
    dontgotocuba.org
    exports2cuba.com
    eyesoncuba.com
    gaycubatravelforum.com
    generacioncambiocubano.com
    getyourbutttocuba.com
    goto-cuba.com
    guiadecuba.info
    internshipsincuba.com
    iwanttogotocuba.com
    madeincubafestival.com
    micorazoncubano.com
    mtcuba.com
    onthebeachincuba.com
    packagestocuba.com
    rapidscuba.com
    resorts-cuba.com
    restaurantincubators.com
    ridecuba.com
    sailingincuba.com
    sailstocuba.com
    santiagocuba.us
    sarscuba.com
    scubacuba.info
    scubacubatoday.com
    scubadivevaradero.com
    sharkdivecuba.com
    shoppingincuba.com
    singlestravelcuba.com
    takemyasstocuba.com
    tenviocuba.com
    tenviocuba.net
    tenvioscuba.com
    tenvioscuba.net
    timetovisitcuba.com
    tripstocuba.us
    tucuban.com
    upscalecuba.com
    varaderoscuba.com
    varaderoscubadive.com
    vivacubana.com
    vr-cuba.com
    wedincuba.com
    yachtingtocuba.com

    Havana Domains

    budgethavana.com
    buttstohavana.com
    dancetohavana.com
    discounthavana.com
    eyesonhavana.com
    getyourbutttohavana.com
    havanabyboat.com
    havanacoffeeshop.com
    havanadivecenter.com
    havanadivingcenter.com
    havanadivingcenters.com
    havanafterdark.com
    havanahaunts.com
    havanakitchens.com
    havanaonthecheap.com
    havanasailingclub.com
    havanaspringbreakfaq.com
    havanasprint.com
    havanaswimwear.com
    havanatoyota.com
    havanatoyota.net
    havanatravelfaq.com
    havanatravels.us
    havanatrips.us
    havanaverizon.com
    letsgohavana.com
    letstourhavana.com
    resorts-havana.com
    sailstohavana.com
    tourstohavana.com
    upscalehavana.com



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  7. Follow up post #7 added on March 11, 2011 by stardom

    Thanks for article
    CubanInternet.com is currently for sale


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