Things to do in Cuba
January 15th, 2015, Posted by travelwith2ofus
According to a report in the New Your Times. The United States Government will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba.
New regulations that will take effect on Friday, January, 16th will ease the decade long restrictions on travel, business and remittances.
American travelers will be able to travel to Cuba for any of twelve reasons listed, without first having to obtain a special license from the US government.
No license will be required for travel agents and airlines to provide service to Cuba.
Benefits to travelers will include the use of credit cards and US currency. They will also be allowed to bring back up to $400 in souvenirs, including up to $100 in alcohol or tobacco.
1. Family visits
2. Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
3. Journalistic activity
4. Professional research and professional meetings
Full list at The Agent Central
Now that travel to Cuba is on the horizon. You are probably wondering what are some fun things you can do there.
1. If you are going Cuba to enjoy the sea, sun and some cocktails, then there are a couple lovely beaches you should visit.
Two of the beaches are Playa Sirena, which is on the western side of the island. It is very calm and the shore is beautifully white. You will be covered for food and drinks as there is a bar and a restaurant on the island. You can also do some kayaking and probably sail on a catamaran.
Another is Playa Paraiso. It is a beautiful secluded beach with white sand and amazing turquoise waters. Like Playa Sirena the waters are very calm. As a word of caution, note that there are not much shade from trees, but beach umbrellas are available. There is a restaurant and a bar so you are covered for nourishment.
If you don't want to go on your own, you can ask your hotel concierge to help you pick out a good tour to either beach.
For more information on the beaches mentioned you can check out the Caya Largo website.
Swim with Dolphins
2. If you love dolphins and you want to swim with them, then there are a couple of places you can get this done.
The Delfinario (or Dolphinarium) is one such place. It is located in Varadero (A resort town in the province of Matanzas, Cuba) and is about 90 miles from Havana.
There are two daily shows one at 11:00 am and the other at 3:30 pm. The shows are about 40 minutes long. You can also swim with the dolphins for an additional fee after the show is done.
You can contact the Delfinario (or Dolphinarium) at Phone: + (53 45) 66 8031.
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, every day.
Swimming with dolphins: between 9:30am-11:30am and 2:30pm-4:00pm
You can make the trip by yourself and pay the entrance fee or book a trip from a tour operator representative at your hotel.
Tour of colonial Trinidad
3. Trinidad, Cuba is a UNESCO world heritage site and is located in central Cuba about four hours drive from Havana, and is known as a colonial city.
It is noted for its beautiful 18th and 19th century architecture and according to a description on UNESCO's website, "its buildings ranges in expression from modest, vernacular variants to elaborate, luxurious edifices."
There are many tours that take you to Trinidad and you can book a trip from an operator representative at your hotel.
One of the highlights of Trinidad is the Plaza Mayor, which is the historical center of the town.
Other places of interest in Trinidad are Museo Historico, Museum of Colonial Architecture and the Mayor church museums.
4. If, like, most visitors to Cuba you are staying in Havana then there are a lot of things that you can do.
Some of the places of interest are The Malecon. One of the most popular places in Havana for both Cubans and visitors. It is an 8km long walkway and seawall along the Havana coastline.
Museums. There are many of them and some you should definitely visit are Simon Bolivar House, which exhibits the collections of the life, work and artifacts of Simon Bolivar.
The Car Museum displays the history of cars in Cuba from 1905.
Nightlife. There are many bars, cafe, night clubs and restaurants in Havana. You can get live music, nightclubs and clubs with live music. There are also comedy clubs, theaters and cinemas.
5. The Bellamar Caves (Cuevas de Bellamar) is one of Cuba's oldest attractions. It is located in Matanzas about fifty-seven miles east of Havana, depending on the route you take.
There is a visitors complex which includes a playground for children and two restaurant serving local traditional Cuban food.
You have to walk down more than 150 steps to get to the main chambers. But it is well worth the effort.
You can contact contact the Bellamar Caves (Cuevas de Bellamar) at Phone: + (53 45) 26 16 83.
Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, every day.
You book a tour from an operator representative at your hotel.
6. If you are an adrenaline junkie, then we got you covered as well. Yes, you can actually skydive in Cuba.
The Varadero Skydiving Club can assist you with this extreme activity.
They offer tandem jumps (for individuals without skydive certification), solo jumps for certified skydivers and skydiving courses for people willing to get certified.
Before you dive you will be taught the theory of flying, exiting the plane, free fall procedures, parachute opening and maneuvering, emergency procedures and landing.
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For more information on what you can do in Cuba visit the Cuba Tourist Board.