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joeandholls
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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: Anonymous]
      #1620231 - 12/17/14 08:46 PM (66.189.101.16)

Gonna' be a game changer....might take a bit, but in 5 years the whole deal as far as market share for Caribbean basin travelers will change.

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denverd0n
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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: joeandholls]
      #1620278 - 12/18/14 09:53 AM (131.247.65.4)

At this point it is pretty much just a symbolic gesture. We will have an embassy there. They will have an embassy here. The real changes will require Congress to act, and they haven't exactly been giving Obama his way lately. Don't expect anything meaningful to happen until after the 2016 elections at least.

Still, as symbolic gestures go, this is a good one. Should have been done years ago, but better late than never.


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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: denverd0n]
      #1620322 - 12/18/14 01:42 PM (184.182.182.178)

Gonna book a bareboat cruise there if at all possible!

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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: Twanger]
      #1620330 - 12/18/14 02:42 PM (71.101.36.77)

So long as you could adequately provision the boat, that seems a great way to go, until the tourist infrastructure is in place. Kneafsey said that provisioning might be a problem though.

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tradewinds
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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1620345 - 12/18/14 04:52 PM (71.15.50.217)

$79 flights would be nice!

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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: tradewinds]
      #1620357 - 12/18/14 05:46 PM (108.96.181.110)

Problem is, as I understand it, there are not enough hotel rooms, by far, or restaurants or cabs, etc., to handle any big influx of Americans..

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kneafseym
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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1620408 - 12/18/14 11:14 PM (99.12.86.52)

For years many people have been opening their homes. But I think for most American travelers that isn't the way to go. Hotel National in Havana is still very nice and has always been expensive.

The other issue with Bareboating is there isn't many places to go. Marinas are very limited and not a lot of anchorages, on the South Coast the Bay of Pigs is off limits which makes many passages long.

Getting around is pretty easy there are tourist buses that go everywhere. Plus many people will to drive you in an "illegal taxi", as they need money. There are also decent airports as many have been setup for the direct Canadian and Europe flights.

Strange enough if you love antiques I would go shopping there are many old homes with well maintained furnishings. They would probably trade out for some water heaters and toilet seats.


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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: Anonymous]
      #1621452 - 12/28/14 10:08 AM (76.1.244.66)

Former President Bill Clinton has been rumored to have quoted,when asked about Cuba, "I did NOT have relations with that country!". Then he lit a cigar

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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba [Re: HillsideView]
      #1633815 - 02/23/15 11:52 AM (142.177.245.234)

You would be surprised the number of resorts in Cuba. Varedero, Cayo Coco ,Santa Lucia , my favourite Guardalavaca and more. They range from basic to 5 star. The beaches are beautiful and its the people that keep bringing you back.

With it soon being open for American tourism the prices will go up and more resorts will be built. An example of prices , I can go to Cuba for a week to an AI for the price of my airfare alone to Tortola.

Be gentle with them ...they are proud people.

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Re: USA to have full diplomatic relations with Cuba
      #1634283 - 02/25/15 08:05 AM (107.72.162.116)

Hotels will be built when they open Cuba to the U.S. and within two years the landscape will change.
The good part is Cuba's the largest Caribbean island with diverse topography.


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