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#409513 - 06/08/11 03:04 PM A CNN insider's guide to Havana, Cuba
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Shasta Darlington is CNN's International Correspondent in Havana. Born in Boulder, Colorado, she has lived in Cuba for five-and-a-half years. Because of U.S. travel restrictions, very few American tourists make it to Cuba -- but for those that do and visitors from other countries, Shasta shares her tips for the Cuban capital.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

The best place to people-watch is the Malecon, Havana's sea wall, according to CNN correspondent, Shasta Darlington

Drinking a Cuban mojito cocktail is a must for visitors, she says

Since restrictions on businesses were relaxed in 2010, many local restaurants have sprung up, spurring a revival in the Havana food scene

Click here for the story and lotsa killer pictures

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#409555 - 06/08/11 11:40 PM Re: A CNN insider's guide to Havana, Cuba [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
I need a clarification, can us citizens visit cuba without problems?
I would like to take a US citizen to visit for a vacation.
Would she be in trouble with the US passport in Cuba?
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#409556 - 06/09/11 12:38 AM Re: A CNN insider's guide to Havana, Cuba [Re: elbert]
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Not legally, but who cares about legalities with respect to this tiny thorn.

At one time in the not too distant past, Cuban immigration would stamp a little card and place it in the passport where it could be removed by the traveler after their departure. Ergo, no evidence. Prior to that, the official stamp was non-descript and changed frequently, alwasy being placed on pg 7.

I also know people who simply asked that their passport not be stamped, accompanied by a smile and few Yanquis.

Obviously all the above lso requires a little white lie upon re-entry into the US when queried as to what countries one visited. wink

I'm curious as well as to Marty's experiecne when he was there not too long ago.

I have not kept on this next item in the past couple of years, but even though the law exists (and, by the way, the law does not prohibit travel - merely the spending of money) at that time, no one had ever been prosecuted or successfully fined for trangression.

I personally know of one situation where a traveler was "caught", thank you very much Canadian airline manifests :), and the traveler received a letter from Treasury citing him for illegal travel and a fine of $10k. He asked to have an appeal and the entire thing went away. There was NO procedure in place for hearing an appeal, despite a provision stating one could be requested.
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#409557 - 06/09/11 01:37 AM Re: A CNN insider's guide to Havana, Cuba [Re: klcman]
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I went with Casey (maybe) see if you can prove it smile
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#409567 - 06/09/11 01:50 PM Re: A CNN insider's guide to Havana, Cuba [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
OMG Casey in Cuba! I bet that was fun.
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