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Old 24-01-2013, 10:09   #16
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Re: key west to Cuba as U.S. citizen

I think the easiest way the the US to destroy Cubasa we know it, is to allow American tourism...

Think about it... First the American Tourists show up throwing money around, then McDonald's Restaurant, then the Hilton Chain and don't forget Costco or Home Depot... Cuba would never be the same!

Of the topic a little is the fact that the Cuban American population is the biggest political supporters of the "Travel Ban" on Cuba, but they also got the laws changed last year to allow Cuban Americans to travel to Cuba to visit family.

Maybe I should look for long lost relatives in Cuba and apply for a VISA :-)
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Old 24-01-2013, 11:04   #17
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Re: key west to Cuba as U.S. citizen

I have been there and loved it, its an incredible country with lovely people despite its President and worth the trip. The US rules are draconian though and are well reported under other threads, and beware, because under an edict by George W, US coastguards were given the right (?) to stop "any vessel susceptible of entering Cuban waters". That is regardless of nationality or registry, wether that stands up in international law you can debate, but if as I have, you have been asked the question at sea, then might is right is the law!
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Old 24-01-2013, 11:07   #18
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Can't possibly see or understand for the life of me what in the world is so attractive about Cuba...
People want what they can't have. It's the allure of the forbidden fruit. Been tripping people up since the time of Adam and Eve.

I agree with you though. If the laws ever get changed I will probably make a trip to Cuba, just to say that I did. In the meantime, just not worth the risks.
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Re: key west to Cuba as U.S. citizen

This question is asked at least 1-2 times every month and there are actually hundreds of comments, replies and reports from actual travelers in previous threads.

Short summary, the US government does not allow travel to Cuba for tourists. If you have family or can get a permit for scientific, humanitarian or other authorized purposes but those are almost impossible to get.

Lot's of people go anyway. If you go by boat it is better to not go direct from the US but definitley DO NOT sail from Cuba back to Key West. Have not heard of it happening recently but you are technically liable for large fines and confiscation of your boat.

If you want more go to the top of this page and click on the "search" option and type in Cuba. Be prepared to spend a few hours reading.
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Re: key west to Cuba as U.S. citizen

I would just like to get my pic taken smoking a Romeo y Julieta Churchill in front of the factory it came from. Might even round up a couple of frisky little Cubana boatbunnies, too.
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Re: key west to Cuba as U.S. citizen

In case you have trouble using the search function you can just click on this link and it will take you to a recent thread that also links to 5-6 additional threads where this has been discussed in great depth.

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I think the easiest way the the US to destroy Cubasa we know it, is to allow American tourism...

Think about it... First the American Tourists show up throwing money around, then McDonald's Restaurant, then the Hilton Chain and don't forget Costco or Home Depot... Cuba would never be the same!

Of the topic a little is the fact that the Cuban American population is the biggest political supporters of the "Travel Ban" on Cuba, but they also got the laws changed last year to allow Cuban Americans to travel to Cuba to visit family.

Maybe ould look for long lost relatives in Cuba and apply for a VISA :-)
Ha there was a brand new Hilton built till Castro came down out of the hills and claimed it as his headquartes Somewhere around 1958 I think
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Can't possibly see or understand for the life of me what in the world is so attractive about Cuba as a country or island that would make anyone want to go. Seriously! Especially when there are dozens of other places not that far off with the same or better without the hassles!
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Re: key west to Cuba as U.S. citizen

If you really want to risk it, go, but I would wait for the current cholera epidemic to subside first.
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Say, can we bring our guns into Cuba?
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If you really want to risk it, go, but I would wait for the current cholera epidemic to subside first.
Really??? I am going next month, haven't heard about it. (by plane not boat)
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Here's a link:

After a century without the disease, Cuba fights to contain cholera - World News
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Can't possibly see or understand for the life of me what in the world is so attractive about Cuba as a country or island that would make anyone want to go. Seriously! Especially when there are dozens of other places not that far off with the same or better without the hassles!

Really? Plan a trip to Jamaica. Seems like a logical stop to me. Jus sayin'...
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Re: key west to Cuba as U.S. citizen

I suppose it's a bit like drugs or anything else "taboo". It attracts a certain personality type simply and solely because it it is taboo.

Ah.... but I can still legally visit Zimbabwe, where Robert Mugabe makes 'ol Fidel look like a benevolent choirboy.

Go figure......
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