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Old 06-01-2016, 11:23   #16
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Re: VIDEO: Checking into cuba. 2015, as an American

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I just returned from Canada with a (yes, only one) Cuban cigar for a friend. I declared it at customs; the official made 3 phone calls, then passed me to another customs officer in another area. I pulled out my cigar, and she said, "only one? I thought you had a box. Put it away and go to your gate." It just goes to show the differences between what different agents consider good or bad...
It's legal to bring back less than a box of Cuban cigars into the U.S. I think the limit is $100.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:20   #17
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Natraps, what was your impression of Cuba as a cruising ground? Were you able to sail and anchor where you wanted? How was the language barrier? I am sure the people are friendly. How is the food and prices? Are they gearing up for the yachting crowd? So curious...
Sailing the northern shore is too windy and not nice water in my opinion. The southern part is real nice. If you anchor outside a town you will be hailed by guarda frontera and asked how long you will be there. Anchor in remote locals and you can stay a while. I speak Spanish so it was imperative. No one barely speaks english. Food is so so so cheap exempt in the marinas where it is still cheap.

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Old 06-01-2016, 17:08   #18
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I need you tube hits.You happy. lol

I am a contractor dude, I Haven't taken any money from people, and I make pennies from You Tube.

You Keep on being helpful on the forums though....

Ill keep relaying my experiences to those that are ACTUALLY cruising...
Nice come-back to snarky reply.
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Old 06-01-2016, 20:27   #19
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Re: VIDEO: Checking into cuba. 2015, as an American

Thanks for posting, great info. This is a frontier of sorts. Easy sail much like the Bahamas. I am looking forward to visiting.
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Sailing the northern shore is too windy and not nice water in my opinion. The southern part is real nice. If you anchor outside a town you will be hailed by guarda frontera and asked how long you will be there. Anchor in remote locals and you can stay a while. I speak Spanish so it was imperative. No one barely speaks english. Food is so so so cheap exempt in the marinas where it is still cheap.

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I traveled cuba extensively aobut 15 years ago - most everyone spoke english (they pick up US TV signals quite readily there) and they spoke it well.

I'll be back and visiting by boat in 2017 and looking forward to it. I was disappointed in the diving - the cubans have justed about fished the waters around cuba empty.

Someone did say that the Jardim do Rex national park on the north is the best diving on the island - but unfortunately I didn't get there
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Re: VIDEO: Checking into cuba. 2015, as an American

You may have already stated it, and apologies if I missed it, but how long was your stay in Cuba? Was it all at the Hemmingway Marina? Thanks
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Re: VIDEO: Checking into cuba. 2015, as an American

Could you expand on the agriculture inspection. Did you give up some provisioning?
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Could you expand on the agriculture inspection. Did you give up some provisioning?
Na, they said something about a slightly rotten apple bit that was it...

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You may have already stated it, and apologies if I missed it, but how long was your stay in Cuba? Was it all at the Hemmingway Marina? Thanks
We stayed in marina Hemingway for a month. And also anchored off the nor the ern and southern shore. The video is of checking into Cuba at Cabo DE San Antonio

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Man you are breaking all the "rules". Openly cruising to all sorts of countries with guns, using said guns as a deterent to ward off potential boarders, and now going to Cuba as an AMERICAN......wheeewwwww I don't know how some people on this forum are still breathing after all of these things that will get you dead or in jail I Love It!!!

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----- If there is any substance to my concerns I would be asking the moderators for special permission to take down your posting. -----
What? That would be pretty nervy. Who put you in charge of what I'm allowed to read?
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What? That would be pretty nervy. Who put you in charge of what I'm allowed to read?
I actually said . "I could be wrong and behind the times on the US law. For your sake I hope so especially since you have presented evidence of your check into Cuba. If there is any substance to my concerns I would be asking the moderators for special permission to take down your*posting. I saying all this as a fellow CF'r and a subscriber to your channel. Ive enjoyed your youtube posts and I seriously don't want anything bad to happen. Kind regards, Chaya"

I meant to say "if I was you" I would be asking the moderators. ........

Sorry for my inartful writting. It was said out of concern for the OP for him to not have any legal issues. That's all.
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I actually said . "I could be wrong and behind the times on the US law. For your sake I hope so especially since you have presented evidence of your check into Cuba. If there is any substance to my concerns I would be asking the moderators for special permission to take down your*posting. I saying all this as a fellow CF'r and a subscriber to your channel. Ive enjoyed your youtube posts and I seriously don't want anything bad to happen. Kind regards, Chaya"

I meant to say "if I was you" I would be asking the moderators. ........

Sorry for my inartful writting. It was said out of concern for the OP for him to not have any legal issues. That's all.
Wheeeeeewwww you had me worried walk about. I thought you were going all hollier than thou on us. Glad to hear we can still be friends
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Wheeeeeewwww you had me worried walk about. I thought you were going all hollier than thou on us. Glad to hear we can still be friends
Sooooo funny. Holier than thou. Never. From saints to pirates I make no judgements. Glad to hear we are still friends.
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No problem goingwalkabout, thanks for straightening it out.
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