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Cuba

Vibrating with energy, vintage in the most colorful of ways and woven together by golden threads of history, Cuba is a magical place that must be experienced to be understood.

Cuba

Take a trip back in time.

A trip to Cuba guarantees a barrage of cultural eclecticism. Cuba is like layers of wallpaper begging to be peeled back, bursting with makers, artists and musicians. With cultural influences from Africa, colonial Spain, Taíno tribes, Jamaica, France and even China, it’s no wonder Cuba has cultivated its own colorful portfolio of dance, architecture, language and religion.

A Cuba vacation is a learning experience. Satisfy your people-to-people requirement with a tour on each day of your trip either booked by yourself, or, through one of our escorted tours. But Cuba is spontaneous in nature and comes with the disclaimer “expect the unexpected.” So we encourage you to embrace the Cuban way of life and go with the flow as you interact with Cuban culture.

Havana nights

Throughout your people-to-people experience, you’ll likely be traveling between towns large and small. Though all quintessentially Cuba, they each tout their own personalities.

Havana, alive with salsa-inspired energy, is as pretty as a postcard. Guitar strumming, sun-kissed locals play their songs while the sun ricochets off the pastel-toned buildings. Salty breezes and an indescribable spirit follows you everywhere you go in this richly historical seaside gem.

Havana 
Travel Tip

Bring plenty of cash with you. Credit cards are not accepted at retail outlets or ATMs.

Spice up your palette.

Cuba’s climate produces a myriad of root vegetables and fruit, and meat is commonplace on the plate. A blend of Taino, Spanish, African and Caribbean spices and techniques, Cuban food is anything but bland.

The restaurants in Cuba fall under two categories: government or state owned and privately owned restaurants or “paladars.” On your people-to-people trip, you’ll experience both. A private restaurant is usually operated out of the owner’s back yard, creating an intimate experience. These owners put great care into their meals, typically spending about a week prior gathering all of their ingredients.

Food of Cuba 
Travel Tip

Ask a lot of questions. A People-to-People program is meant to be an educational experience.

Old-school cool

One of the things that makes Cuba such an aesthetically pleasing masterpiece is its collection of 1950s and 1960s American cars. Look out on a busy street and see a rainbow of automobiles parked along the sidewalks. While the paint may be distressed from the salty winds, these otherwise preserved chrome beauties collide history with straight-up style.

Old Time Cars 
Travel Tip

Keep your documents. Requirements under the license is that each traveler keep records to Cuba for 5 years in case asked by the U.S. government.

Plan your tour to Cuba

You can book your hotel and flight independently using our search tool. You are required to take at least one tour a day on your own. You can browse some of the tours we offer while you’re shopping. Or, try one of our pre-planned itineraries as an escorted tour.

Havana highlights Cuba-5 night itinerary
Highlights include a visit to Cuba’s Rum Museum, Cuban cocktail mixing classes, an Earnest Hemmingway tour and a full day excursion to Vinales Valley—one of Cuba’s National Parks.

The best of Cuba-7 night itinerary
Highlights include a tour of Matanza´s—one of Cuba´s largest and most cultural cities, a tour of a Cuban Sugar Mill and Guarapo Tasting and a walking tour of Old Havana

7-night Cuba  
Travel Tip

Space on escorted tours is limited. For the best availability reserve your spot at least 100 days in advance.

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People-to-People Educational Program

Funjet Vacations is excited to offer two unique people-to-people educational tours to Cuba. These tours offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Cuban culture by interacting and engaging with the people of Cuba including artists, farmers, health-care professionals, children and other locals.

Your professional, English-speaking tour guide will help facilitate many of your interactions with the Cuban people that you encounter throughout your tour.

Frequently asked questions about Cuba

  • What are all of the legal ways to travel to Cuba currently?
    • According to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury, there are 12 authorized categories of travel from the U.S. to Cuba. These include: "family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials; and certain authorized export transactions."
      Learn more about the reasons for travel.

  • What records do I need to keep during my trip to Cuba and how long do I need to keep these records?
    • People traveling to Cuba under the educational activities authorized category must keep all records, receipts, and documentation of their visit. This includes any transactions as well as the full-time schedule of activities. These records must be kept for at least five years.

  • What documents are required to visit Cuba?
    • To visit Cuba, you must have a valid passport and two blank pages for entry and exit stamps. The Cuban government also requires all U.S. citizens traveling to Cuba to obtain a Cuban visa prior to their arrival into Cuba. A Cuban visa is also known as a "tourist card." The Cuban visa is valid for a single entry and allows the holder to stay in Cuba for up to 30 days.

  • Can I access the internet while in Cuba?
    • Internet is not widely available in Cuba and it is restricted. Wi-Fi may be available in some hotels, however the connection will likely be slower than what you are used to in the U.S.

  • Will my mobile phone work in Cuba?
    • Some travelers opt to temporarily rent a mobile phone during their visit to Cuba, as calls on land lines are expensive. However, some U.S. carriers are starting to allow users to call and text through their International rate plans. It's best to check with your carrier to see if your phone with your plan will work in Cuba before your trip.

  • What currency will I need, and do credit cards work?
    • U.S. financial institutions and Cuban vendors are not currently set up to process credit card, debit card and ATM transactions. U.S. dollars must be exchanged on arrival for Cuba: convertible pesos (CUC$). Travel with a sufficient amount of cash to make purchases or pay for services. Traveler's Checks may also be difficult to cash while in Cuba and are not recommended.

  • Are there restrictions on purchasing items as souvenirs?
    • Authorized travelers do not have any spending limits while in Cuba for authorized expenses while on an authorized trip for ordinary travel transactions. Restrictions are in place, however, for the dollar amount of merchandise purchased during a trip to Cuba and brought back into the United States within your accompanied baggage. That merchandise is to not exceed the value of $400 per person total, $100 or less of which can consist of alcohol or tobacco products. All merchandise brought back must be for personal use only.

Funjet Vacations is not responsible for errors or omissions. Cancellation policies apply. See the Funjet Vacations Cuba Bill of Rights

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