HAVANA CUBA 2019
HAVANA CUBA a historical cultural bustling metropolis. whether by private car, hop-on-hop-off bus tour, guided tours or strolling the beaten paths of Old Havana you will be mesmerised with the architectural comparison of both Old and Modern transformity. However, before you travel here are a few must do’s in order to be granted entry in Cuba. Firstly, know the category of travel for which approval will be granted. “SUPPORT FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE”
Here are some of the categories by which approval is granted: FAMILY VISIT; OFFICIAL BUSINESS; JOURNALISTIC ACTIVITES; PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH; PARTICIPATION IN PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS; EDUCATION FOR DEGREE; EDUCATION FO PEOPLE TO PEOPLE; RELIGIOUS ACTIVITICOMPETITION FOR AMATEURS/SENIOR PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES; PUBLIC PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS ETC; SUPPORT FOR THE CUBAN PEOPLE; HUMANITARIAN PROJECTS; ACTIVITIES OF PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS; PROFESSIONAL MEDIA AND ARTISTIC PRODUCTION; ACTIVITIES FOR DOC-AUTHORIZED EXPORTS; ACTIVITIES FOR AIRCRAFT ON TEMPERORY SOJOURN; ACTIVITIES FOR DOC-AUTHORIZED MEDICINE AND FINALLY, RETURNING NATIONALS:
TIPS ON WHAT TO TAKE ON YOUR CUBAN TRIP.
Cuba is a Tropical Country, with high humidity and therefore one should be prepared. Put on your best comfortable walking shoes for there’s going to be plenty of places to see. -Wearing flip-flops is like asking for a sprained ankle—- Clothing should be simple cotton if possible and hat to shade the sun—-Men shorts accepted but you will need long pants for evening wear—- a small backpack highly recommended rather than a purse… toilet paper/wipes, bottled water, sun lotion, hand sanitizers, some snacks are items to be included when packing.
CURRENCY: AVOID the use of the $usd … THERE IS AN EXTRA 10% CHARGE FOR THIS CURRENCY. CANADIAN $ OR EURO MORE ACCEPTABLE WHICH CAN BE CONVERTED INTO CUBAN CURRENCY.
AMERICAN CREDIT CARD/DEBIT CARDS NOT ACCEPTED… BANK NOTES/DRAFTS not accepted
EXAMPLE OF CASH EXCHANGE: $400 USD =$300 EURO=$330 CUBAN CURRENCY
SOME PLACES OF INTEREST:
Take a Tour in one of the Private Car 1954 Belair… $170 Cuban dollars including lunch… can be pre-booked…more personal services offered.
The Opera house– a magnificent building must see. Ernest Hemmingway, famous for mojitos… old Havana architectural remains– Tour Walking and Tasting with Strawberry is a great introduction to the city life- it must be noted the people of Cuba are proud of their heritage and therefore it is important to them to show it off.
NIGHTLIFE: Bueno Vista Social Club highly recommended Taxi fare from Cruise Port $5 ..Dinner can be included
“It is stated that walking the streets of Old Havana is likened unto the French Quarters of New Orleans without the beignets”.
TRANSPORTATION IN CUBA: Private car…. this can be found in the Main Square (the central park) where locals wait to offer the best tours for value. — Hop-on-Hop-Off bus another form of transportation around Havana city $10 per person. Small Gifts for the people recommended
SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN ISLANDS
Welcome to Barbados. Vacationing here in Barbados, you will find a gem that you will truly enjoy, as you will create many memories to take back home with you. Your happiness is our business, therefore to ensure you truly enjoy this gem of the Caribbean we have put together this personal guide of Barbados for you.
This beautiful island of Barbados is known as a Gem the Caribbean found between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the most Easterly of all Caribbean islands having a history of colonial reign for 3 centuries by British ruler-ship (1625 to 1966). The island is approximately 166 square miles with a population of about 275,000. Although relatively smaller than most Caribbean Islands; each coast in Barbados holds its own special attraction.
PLACES OF INTEREST
PLAY GOLF AT ROYAL WESTMORELAND: Are you a golf lover, then Royal Westmoreland is the place to be where the best and most challenging courses in the Caribbean are found. Play from the breathtaking 18 hole Royal Westmoreland offers or the challenging 45 holes at Sandy Lane all in the Parish of St James to the charming 18 holes at Barbados Golf Club in Christ Church. Ask For Full Details
BARBADOS NOT ONLY welcomes you with its swaying palms and endless white sandy beaches but offer a wide selection of attractions to choose from. Take a guided safari tour in a 4×4 jeep to the wild and windswept Eastern shore or plunge into the sparkling blue Caribbean Sea on an underwater adventure.
SHOPPING IN BRIDGETOWN/SIGHTSEEING
The hustle and bustle in the City of Bridgetown keep you on the go. Speightstown and Holetown also have their unique attractions; or a night out in the town at Oistins Bay where the culinary taste of Fresh Fish prepared in local style. Visit some other local attractions, like the famous Harrison Cave, Morgan Lewis Windmill, with the fabulous scenery of the Scotland District, you will be captivated by its breathtaking site; visit the Garrison Savannah for our history buffs, there is so much to see and do, you’ll never get bored!
CULTURAL FESTIVALS YEAR ROUND
The Month of February not only Love month but brings the commencement of Cultural festivals. Holetown Festival start just after valentines followed by AgroFest which showcases locally grown produce, animals children play area food courts and much more.
You can also look forward the Oistins Fish Festival during the Easter season and Holders Season during the month of March. Horse Lovers look out for Gold Cup around the 2nd Saturday in March. During the months of July and August, experience the true culture of the island during the Crop Over Festival. This annual festival celebrates the end of crop season with numerous fetes, shows and cultural displays which culminate in a spectacle of colour, music, and dance on Kadooment day.
Book Early for these Cultural Events Especially Grand Kadooment. Ask A.J. Travel Barbados (246) 237-3150
SOME HOTELS AROUND BARBADOS
SAVANNAH BEACH HOTEL:
Savannah is an excellent choice for a relaxed Caribbean holiday. It has 93 beautifully appointed rooms, all of which are fully air-conditioned with modern amenities. Savannah beach hotel is a Caribbean paradise that simply must be experienced. At Savannah, it’s all included
ALMOND BEACH HOTEL :
It’s your ultimate Barbados holiday! Affordable. Affordable, relaxed and completely carefree. Bask on a beautiful white sandy beach and enjoy your choice of water and land excursions, as well as gourmet dining. Take a real break while kids are entertained. At almond beach resort, it’s all inclusive!
SUGAR CANE CLUB HOTEL & SPA
Discover a harmonious blend of luxury, tranquillity and seclusion at Sugar Cane Club Hotel Spa, overlooking the exotic West Coast of Barbados. This intimate Adult-only boutique hotel offers both all-inclusive and room-only accommodation in an unforgettable ambience.
OTHER HOTELS OF BARBADOS: RADDISON HOTEL; WAVES HOTEL AND SPA; BARBADOS BEACH CLUB (ALL ADULT ONLY); OCEAN 2 BEACH RESORT HOTEL; AND LOTS MORE
Relax in tranquillity at SUGAR BAY HOTEL;
Enjoy the blue sky and crystal clear waters around The HILTON BARBADOS HOTEL;
Harrison Cave in St Thomas another must see with its Stalactites, Stalagmites, streams, lakes and waterfalls. in fact one of the caverns where the light plays on the rocks is nicknamed “The Crystal Room”
Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill… serves a great background for photographs
The Scotland District St Andrew…here the Chalky Mount Pottery Artisans display their wear
Other interests include The Atlantis Submarine, Jet Blade Barbados water sporting activity; Touring the Mount Gay refinery among other sites.
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