What exactly is a People-to-People license? Well, as many of you already know, in order to travel to Cuba from the US an individual must have a license to go. Licenses are either general or specific. People to people licenses fall under the specific category. This means that certain parameters need to be meet in order to qualify. For instance, a people to people program may include 3-4 activities a day which yield meaningful interaction between the visitors and the Cuban people. So in the morning a person or group traveling under a people to people license may go to a local school to learn about the education system in Cuba and have an interaction with the children and the teachers. In other words both parties need to benefit from that visit, not just the traveler. These types of licenses are sometimes granted to organizations rather than individuals.
1. All visitors must hold a valid passport in their name with a corresponding travel visa or travel card.
2. The following are exempt from taxes: objects for personal use, personal jewelry, photographic or video cameras, sports items, fishing tackle, 2 bottles of spirits, one carton of cigarettes, and up to 10 kilos of medications.
3. Items that are prohibited in Cuba are narcotics and firearms, except for duly authorized hunting weapons.
4. In order to export works of art or antiques, the corresponding authorization should be sought from the National Register of Cultural Items of the Heritage Department in the Ministry of Culture.
5. It is advisable that visitors bring cotton and similar type fabric clothing. It is recommended that fine woolen and gabardine clothing be brought for use during the winter months and for air-conditioned environments. During the rainy season, a light water proof jacket is recommended. More formal clothing is required for theaters, concert halls, night clubs and formal venues.
6. Photos and video footage maybe freely taken, except in restricted and designated areas that are of a military nature. Museums have their own specific regulations.
Cuba is a unique destination to visit. If you are planning your next trip, here are the top destinations in Cuba.
Explore the Beauties of Havana
Havana is the soul of the country
- The city remains the most charming city not only in Cuba, but also in the Caribbean. Several factors make Havana the dream place for visitors coming into Cuba.
- It is the place to get the most thrilling experience about Cuba.
- Some of the things that make Havana unique include its bubbling activities such as rumba music, the popular Havana rum, driving classic cars of the 50s.
- if you want to enjoy the Cuban ways of life, visit Havana.
Explore the best of colonial architecture in Holguin
If you want to explore the best colonial architecture in Cuba, try to make Holguin tour part of your tour.
- It is located in the southeastern part of Cuba.
- Other interesting things you could enjoy here include visits to museums and churches as well as galleries.
- This city is known for lots of outdoor activities. You would also get your beach vacation and relaxation here.
- Moreover, the city is close to the most beautiful beaches in Cuba Emerald and Guardalaca beaches.
- You could carry out a nature vacation to Alejandro de Humboldt and Mensura parks. These are close to the city.
Enjoy the beauties of Santiago de Cuba
This is regarded as the cultural hub of Cuba.
- The city is very romantic.
- If you want to explore the great historical past and the rich cultural heritage of Cuba visit this great city.
- It is the second most important city in this country after Havana. Remember the Cuba revolution was proclaimed in this great city.
Be part of the charming Trinidad
Here are some of the great things you could enjoy when you visit this charming city
- It has the most colorful houses,
- The remains of the Spanish colonial domination of the country could be explored here,
- You would enjoy the Baldwin locomotive and access the unique Valley of Sugar Mills.
Explore the Southern City of Cienfuegos
This is the pearl of the south.
- It is the most beautiful town in this part of the county.
- Several factors make it attractive such as most beautiful buildings; it is one of the UNESCO heritages in this country.
- You could explore the 19th century architecture.
Discover the Historic Santa Clara
If you want to explore Cuba’s historical past visit Santa Clara.
- It is located close to Havana and Holgium, the other important destinations in Cuba.
- The last battle of the Cuban revolution was won in this great city.
Become part of food culture of Baracoa
Another important place you could visit in this country is Baracoa.
- Here you would enjoy the spicy food of the Cuban people.
- The weather is conducive and the people have a rich cultural heritage.
Climb to the Highest Pico Turquino Mountain
This is the highest mountain in Cuba.
- You enjoy Cuba wildlife at its best.
- Explore the great rich green forests of Cuba and other interesting things you would enjoy here.
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Six places to visit when in Cuba to avoid the tourist crowds.
- Salon Rosado de La Tropical: A perfect place to enjoy the nightlife outdoors, this large and open-air venue is popular among the young and hip crowd. Locals gather to listen to the newest and up and coming musicians of Havana. It’s also a great spot to listen to hip hop and electronic music.
- Don Cangrejo: This venue offers live music for those interested in a more formal evening. Contemporary musicians that play regularly here include Kelvis Ochoa , David Torrens, & the gang. Friday nights are particularly busy as this is the spot to visit.
- Dos Gardenias: Inspired by the recent comeback of the bolero music movement this place is where visitors have the chance to enjoy the romantic sounds of traditional bolero musicians. The “jam” session begins at midnight which is when the audience can sing along with the bands in the Salón del Bolero or Bolero Room.
- Cafe Teatro Bertolt Brecht: If you want to hear salsa and traditional Cuban music this is probably not the place for you. The music here is contemporary Cuban fusion. Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays are “No Se Lo Digas a Nadie” (Don’t tell anyone!) nights!
- El Sause: Known for their “Live Art” El Sause opens its doors Tuesday through Saturday at 9pm and it hosts a variety of artist such as Diana Fuentes , Kelvis Ochoa, Descemer Well, Polito Ibáñez, Frank Delgado and more.
- Parque Lenin: The perfect place to spend the entire day. This amusement park offers roller coasters, a steam train, horseback riding, a zoo, an aquarium, pools and various restaurants.