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  1. #11
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    Have you guys checked out the new Cuba forecasts on swellinfo. They can get decent waves in areas around the island.

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    To those above who have been to Cuba, I'd love to hear more. I realize you went through other countries and that it was years ago, but did you have to go through the Cuban govt to get a visa or "license"? Also did you come back to the U.S. through the same place which you went into Cuba (Mexico, Ecuador)?
    I've always had an interest in seeing Cuba and would love to check it out sometime. It seems a little difficult to get into Cuba and back into the U.S. without being scrutinized by U.S. Customs, but doable all the same. I'm also interested in how the Cuban people treat Americans there. Any problems with the law?

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    Well, if you don't get any surf, maybe Castro can teach ya a few cords on the guitar

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    He's really down to earth.

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    My grandfathers twin brother moved to Cuba from Alabama in the 30's. THEY don't speak of him. I'm sure I got some Cuban relatives.

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    All I know is, I could go for a good Cuban sandwich right now!

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    C.I.A. faking surf contests and using fake surfboards..... did they realy try to point break that operation?? hahahaha thats so funny

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    Link was tweaked for me. I'm interested though.

  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by mbs05c View Post
    To those above who have been to Cuba, I'd love to hear more. I realize you went through other countries and that it was years ago, but did you have to go through the Cuban govt to get a visa or "license"? Also did you come back to the U.S. through the same place which you went into Cuba (Mexico, Ecuador)?

    I've always had an interest in seeing Cuba and would love to check it out sometime. It seems a little difficult to get into Cuba and back into the U.S. without being scrutinized by U.S. Customs, but doable all the same. I'm also interested in how the Cuban people treat Americans there. Any problems with the law?
    Bro, I could talk about Cuba for hours. Seriously. I don't know where to start or what to tell you. My main thing would be GO. Go now, go as soon as you can. Besides my longer stint there I went one time more recently for work, searching for a US fugitive we heard was there (I'm a journalist - the story ran front page so it's no secret that I went) We flew in through the Bahamas that time.

    The Cuban government has no trouble with you going there. Just ask them not to stamp your passport when you arrive. They know the drill, believe me. They are happy to have you there and have your money. The US government is the one whose laws you are breaking. I don't have updated numbers, but I do know that in the Bush administration basically no one was getting fined. I'd wager that Obama hasn't gotten any tougher on this.

    the other problem is the Cubans will try to steer you to state-run hotels and try to keep you within the established tourism infrastructure. This is not the real Cuba. You need to try and get away from this scene and stay in some private homes, eat in private homes, etc (you can't walk down the street without someone offering to lead you to someone's living room for dinner). This is the way to go. You don't want your money going to the regime and you want to see the real Cuba. As for the Cuban people, they are oppressively outgoing and friendly and love Americans. They will also see you as a huge walking dollar sign. They won't steal from you, but they will try and get your money. This is hard to explain here. (one example was a guy who I thought was being just a buddy til I realized he got a 20 percent commission from every restaurant I went to after he told the owners he recommended it. It's an entire system they have worked out)

    You can DM me if you want more info. You have to do a lot of reading on what the current situation is, but really, Go.

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    It seems to me that equipment and supplies could easily be imported from Brazil or Venezuela.