Americans flooding Cuba
Posted: 15 June 2006 07:06 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I know it will be an enormous economic boost to Cuba and benefit some close friends but I wish that, if the embargo is lifted after Fidel retires, Cuba were not over-run by American tourists. Cuba is unique in Latin America and the Caribbean and I’m convinced that most of the reason is that the visitors come from Canada and Europe. Cuba is a moral, law-abiding country with no strip clubs or street prostitution. The people are polite and the hustling is low-key and unaggressive. All that will change if Americans show up in droves. I’d sure hate to see Trinidad turn into Cancun or Santiago become like Acapulco.
Selfish on my part, I know. Maybe I should just be glad I’ve seen it before the change.

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Posted: 16 July 2006 10:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yeah , when the Frat boys start going down for spring break ; it is all over

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Posted: 08 August 2006 07:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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UUGGHH!!!

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Posted: 10 July 2007 07:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I know this is an old post but we just expanded the Havana Journal forums and added a post Castro post Embargo category and moved this thread into it. We will probably get some more comments.

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Posted: 23 August 2007 09:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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no street prostitution? law abiding?  don’t get me wrong… the crime may not be all that high, but the black market in Cuba is huge and street prostitution is definately a problem there, because they have plenty of it.

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Posted: 24 August 2007 05:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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When I went to varadero in Jan I had a gal with me, but when I went in March alone, what a difference.  Each night, I usually walked about 30 blocks from my hotel to a night spot on Cale 62 - on an average I’d get a “hey, you want a chico”  about 4 x a night.  Very low key though, and no repeat attempt or pressure if you said no.  So prostitution is definitely a whole lot less than in most places I’ve been to, incl here, but it is there.
Also this spring some of the spring break crowd moved from Cancun to Varadero (some Canadians don’t like going to Mexico just now because of several mysterious deaths of Canadians there).  I don’t have any first hand knowledge but in another forum this got some coverage - one group got a free trip to the airport and out on the next plane; another group got relocated to a lesser hotel.  Assume if it continues, some hotels will become gathering points and people wanting quiet will learn to avoid those hotels and spring break time.  Also time will tell how tolerant Cuban police will be.
As for the changes expected when masses of Americans come, it definitely is cause for concern - and let’s be fair - we’re not talking just Americans - resort towns in Spain and otehr European countries have their little Germanys and little Britains ...
Don’t think most Americans will like the unique atmosphere that Cuba is and what many of us like it for - expect McDonald’s, Burger Kings, KFCs etc in no time.  Don’t expect a return of the wild life Americans came for under Batista though.

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Posted: 03 September 2009 10:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Cuba got oil, it is cattle country. Farmland in Cuba unbelievable, It make Iowa farmland look sick. There is already miles and miles interstate hwy. in Cuba just like in the U.S. Cuba got the richest nickel ore in the world and iron ore to. I seen a sugaur cane field 20 miles long, level as a pool table, not a creek, or a fence, or a side road for 20 miles. Just suguar cane. For those of you who dont know you it can look at Cuba satellite photos on google earth.com We gotta go down there and help those people get their country goin. They do not need low lifes like Donald Trump building casinos and hotels. They deserve real jobs in real industries and it can happen, I wanna go help em someday.

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Posted: 12 November 2011 10:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I do care for our American friends but don’t want them in Cuba. It’s selfish and self centered but it’s one of the last great places that are Yankee free.

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Posted: 13 December 2011 01:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I been researching Cuba since March 1993 - the changes in the past few years have been massive and a lot more are in the works. China is helping Cuba to restructure their economy to market. Any Questions???
Gordon ” Cubaking ” Robinson
Port Alberni B.C.
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