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Old 03-21-2016, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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I would love to see Havana in all it's urban decay shabbiness before it gets rebuilt into some cosmopolitan city .
Not looking for tropical beaches and resorts, can find them all over Caribbean.
I agree. I wouldn't be going for resorts, for beaches, or cosmopolitan amenities. I'd be going for the anthropological experience. A few of my friends have been and I've been quite impressed by the photos and anecdotes.
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:40 AM
 
Location: SW France
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Thanks for all the comments.

I'm looking forward to seeing Havana next January, and as was described earlier, I'll be interested to see this 'time warp' of a place.

We'll also be cruising the small islands of Cuba in a large schooner which should be interesting.
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Thanks for all the comments.

I'm looking forward to seeing Havana next January, and as was described earlier, I'll be interested to see this 'time warp' of a place.

We'll also be cruising the small islands of Cuba in a large schooner which should be interesting.
Very cool and so very jealous....hopefully you will post about
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I lived and worked in Miami. I've already had the Cuban experience.

Raoul and Fidel are both ruthless b-------. Maybe after both of them are dead I would consider a visit.
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Old 03-21-2016, 10:56 AM
 
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I can't wait to go. As a history buff I'd love to go on a historic tour. And of course take in the culture. I can't see the reason to avoid a place because of politics when we do business with all sorts of tyrants and oligarchs all over the world.
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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I'd definitely have to do some research on opinions from recent tourists. I think the perception of Cuba has been increasingly romanticized over the years simply because of the mystery involved.

My guess is that it's very "second world" and would be much more of an adventure type vacation - certainly not "luxury" because they likely won't have good infrastructure for some years to come. I guess if your expectations are right it might be fun.
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Old 03-21-2016, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I can't wait to go. As a history buff I'd love to go on a historic tour. And of course take in the culture. I can't see the reason to avoid a place because of politics when we do business with all sorts of tyrants and oligarchs all over the world.
Exactly!!! Still have loony people going to North Korea and imo Cuba would be much safer.
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Old 03-21-2016, 01:58 PM
 
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I'd definitely have to do some research on opinions from recent tourists. I think the perception of Cuba has been increasingly romanticized over the years simply because of the mystery involved.

My guess is that it's very "second world" and would be much more of an adventure type vacation - certainly not "luxury" because they likely won't have good infrastructure for some years to come. I guess if your expectations are right it might be fun.
A co-workers wife went on one of those trips about 3 weeks ago. She said it was very third world, and nowhere near ready for heavy tourism. Can't drink the water, can't say Fidel's name, can take pictures but cannot post them until after you've left the country. Buildings that would be bulldozed here are actually housing. I'm sure its in fine shape for Europeans and Canadians but I'm going to wait a year or two after the embargo has been lifted to go.
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Old 03-21-2016, 02:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Yes! very much so! I was already checking the net, and inquiring about a private trip.
I would not mind to visit North Korea either.
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Old 03-21-2016, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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With the current thawing in relations between the two Countries, would folks from the US be inclined to visit?

This is a travel, not a political question.
I'd be interested.


I've heard Cuba has some nice beaches, excellent cuisine and a lot of history and culture.


Plus, it's only 90 miles from Miami so I wouldn't mind an extended weekend visit just to check it out.
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