What’s Doing in Havana

By Paul Riegler on 17 July 2017
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Still somewhat frozen in time, Cuba’s capital city, Havana, is nonetheless in a state of flux. President Obama made history in 2016 when he became the first U.S. leader to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. Other travelers want to follow in his footsteps.

While it became easier to visit the island nation thanks to new travel rules that went into effect at the start of 2015, the current administration is attempting to roll back these changes.

As this is being written, it’s still possible for American citizens to visit Cuba under the 12 categories of legal travel, among them educational activities, public performances and athletic competitions, religious activities, humanitarian projects, and journalistic pursuits.

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Regardless of what happens, Havana is ready to welcome and embrace visitors from around the world and those visitors will find it a vibrant, exotic, and mysterious place.

PREPARING FOR A TRIP TO HAVANA

When preparing to pack, think Miami. There’s a reason so many Cuban émigrés live there. The dry season is between December and April but the rainy season is May through November. Expect lows of 60° F (15° C) in the winter and highs of 90° F (32° C) or higher in the summer.

Prepare as well for Facebook, e-mail, and social media deprivation as high-speed Internet is not widely available. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless all have roaming services in Cuba, however, although these are generally expensive (T-Mobile charges $2 per minute for voice calls and $0.50 for a text message, for example, although calls made over Wi-Fi are free).

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