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Sol Melia Cuba offers more than 10,000 hotel rooms in Cuba

Posted in Cuba Travel > Cuba Hotels

Sol Meliá released an announcement of its company’s commitment to tourism development in Cuba, where the company now operates 25 hotels with a total of 10,444 rooms. Gabriel Garcia Llabrés, Marketing and Sales Manager at Sol Meliá Cuba noted that the company is proud to have pioneered the management… Read More

Carnival in Santiago de Cuba

Posted in Cuba Travel > Cuba Vacation

Santiago de Cuba City was founded in 1515 by Diego Velázquez. From the beginning, it was a cosmopolitan city with an outstanding cultural life, since it was, for many years, the capital city of the Island, and even the center of the Spanish power in the Caribbean. The early existence of the Cabildos… Read More

2010 Moon Handbook - Cuba travel guide released

Posted in Cuba Travel > Cuba Travel

        I read anything Cuba related that Christopher Baker writes. I have read several previous versions of Moon’s Cuba handbook and Christopher’s Havana specific Moon handbook I’ve read his Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba… Read More

PBS NewsHour Ray Suarez reporting from Havana Cuba

Posted in Cuba Travel > Cuba Travel

Ray Suarez of PBS NewsHour is in Cuba and will be posting articles to his Cuba blog all week sharing his thoughts on Cuba’s national health care system, current economic reforms and the possibility of better US Cuba relations. His latest blog post, In Cuba, Biotech Eyed for Potential Economic Boost… Read More

Massachusetts softball team returns to Havana

Posted in Cuba Travel > Cuba Travel

by Abel Gonzalez Alayon | Cuban News Agency Forty US senior softball players are currently in Havana playing a series of baseball games against their Cuban counterparts for a second time in two years. “The first trip was very exciting. Cuba is a mystery for Americans” said centerfielder Mike Frank… Read More

Universities send letter to Obama urging academic travel to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Travel > Legal Travel to Cuba

On behalf of twenty-eight U.S. colleges and universities, NAFSA, the Association of International Educators and AIEA, the Association of International Education Administrators sent a letter to President Obama urging him to remove restrictions on academic travel to Cuba. The letter reads… Dear Mr.… Read More

Cuba EduTourism conference in Havana in November

Posted in Cuba Travel > Cuba Travel

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The Canadian not for profit group CETA has announced two additional speakers to join a group of impressive presenters for the upcoming International Conference on Sustainable EduTourism, being held in Havana Cuba, November 7-9. CETA President, Lana Wood says “We are… Read More

Obama to announce easing of Cuba travel restrictions soon - sources

Posted in Cuba Travel > Legal Travel to Cuba

By JUAN O. TAMAYO | McClatchy Newspapers The Obama administration will soon ease some restrictions on U.S. travel to Cuba and other sanctions following Havana’s promise to free political prisoners, according to growing but unconfirmed reports. Two persons close to the administration told El Nuevo… Read More

Calendar of legal travel to Cuba tours

Posted in Cuba Travel > Legal Travel to Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Here is a long list of OFAC licensed travel service providers who are offering cultural trips to Cuba. It is legal for Americans to travel to Cuba with any of these organizations but some may have restrictions for participation and there may be a variety of travel, health… Read More

Update regarding Cuba health and travel insurance

Posted in Cuba Travel > Legal Travel to Cuba

Lisa Bachelor | guardian.co.uk Travelers to Cuba have been warned they need travel insurance in place before they arrive Tourists arriving in Cuba as of May 1 will be required to have travel insurance in place before they can enter the country – but confusion reigns over exactly which policies are… Read More

Current status and future of Cuban marinas

Posted in Cuba Travel > Legal Travel to Cuba

Peter Swanson | All At Sea The 60th Ernest Hemingway International Billfishing Tournament happens this month at the Hemingway Marina in Havana, Cuba, but this milestone event will be sparsely attended, if at all, by the late author’s own countrymen. With any luck, however, measures that prohibit… Read More

Common Ground resumes specialty trips to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Travel > Legal Travel to Cuba

Common Ground Education and Travel Services is resuming its professional research trips to Cuba with a roster of exciting specialty programs. Starting in the Summer 2010, you can again travel to Cuba with Common Ground’s well respected professional research trips to Cuba.  Who qualifies for… Read More

Cuba health and medical insurance update

Posted in Cuba Travel > Legal Travel to Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal The Cuban government announced in March that all travelers arriving in Cuba from May 1 and beyond would be required to purchase Cuba health insurance. In early April the list of approved Cuba health and medical insurance providers was released. Today we found more information… Read More

List of approved Cuba health insurance providers

Posted in Cuba Travel > Legal Travel to Cuba

As of this posting, this is the tentatively approved list of Cuba health insurance providers that is now mandatory for all visitors to Cuba starting May 1. Belgium ELVIA-BRUSELAS EUROP ASSISTANCE EUROCROSS INTER ASSISTANCE MONDIAL ASSISTANCE Brasil ASSIST-CARD CORIS EUROCENTER MONDIAL BRASIL WORLDWIDE… Read More

Miami to Havana cruise business will take years to develop

Posted in Cuba Travel > US Tourism to Cuba

Jane Sutton | Reuters U.S. cruise companies are eager to add Cuba to their itineraries; but even if U.S. policy allowed that, Cuba’s ports would need years of rebuilding to accommodate the ships, industry officials said on Wednesday. “Our business has grown so much that these ports in Cuba… Read More

Frommer’s Cuba day by day is the travel guide to bring to Cuba

Posted in Cuba Travel > Legal Travel to Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Guide author Claire Boobbyer has done a fantastic job introducing visitors to Cuba with this new pocket sized (4” x 7”) full color Cuba travel guide. The inside cover is a thoughtfully designed triple panel fold out of Habana Vieja and Centro Habana on one side… Read More

Cuba to require all visitors to purchase health insurance starting May 1

Posted in Cuba Travel > Legal Travel to Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Starting on May 1, 2010, the Cuban government will require all visitors entering Cuba to purchase Cuba health insurance from government approved vendors. Only foreign insurance companies approved by the Cuban government will be able to sell this mandated Cuba medical insurance.… Read More

Cuba conference calendar

Posted in Cuba Travel > US Tourism to Cuba

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal Here are the upcoming Cuba conferences that we know about. Feel free to submit your Cuba conference, seminar or event. March 9, 2010 Conference to Demand the Elimination of Restrictions on Academic and People-to-People Travel to Cuba in Washington DC The Center for International… Read More

Sightseeing in Old Havana - Habana Vieja

Posted in Cuba Travel > Cuba Travel

By Ben Ross | Independent.ie (Ireland) Salsa, socialism and sophistication share the faded magnificence of the Cuban capital. Ben Ross prescribes a revolutionary city break. Why go now? If President Barack Obama carries out his pre-election promise to liberalize relations with the only communist country… Read More

New MOON Havana guide by Christopher Baker

Posted in Cuba Travel > Cuba Vacation

Press Release Moon Spotlight Havana First Edition By Christopher P. Baker Cuba has long been an inaccessible travel destination for Americans. But as U.S. restrictions on travel to Cuba begin to loosen, those with family members in Cuba are finally able to visit this fascinating Caribbean nation. Moon… Read More

Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara and Camaguey - an individual journey inside Cuba

Posted in Cuba Travel > Cuba Travel

Lydia Bell | Telegraph.co.uk An old man, with a warm smile decorated by a single tooth, is our hitchhiker of choice for the morning. His wiry grandson helps him haul a bulky package into our rented car. The package emits a loud grunt. “El Puerco,” the old man announces, “es para mis… Read More

Havana Beaches of the West - Playas del Oeste

Posted in Cuba Travel > Cuba Travel

Rob Sequin | Havana Journal To the west of the city of Havana is the Almendares river which divides the municipalities of Plaza de la Revolucion (containing Vedado) and Playa (containing Miramar). The article will describe what you will see as you drive West on First Avenue from Havana. When you arrive… Read More

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