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I read it, sorta. I need one of them thar Star Trekky translators.

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It doesn't say that cruising to Cuba is OK. It says that "authorized" travel to Cuba by boat is OK.

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Yeah, kinda looks like you have to read between the lines a bit. Think I'll just stay in this part of the world for now.

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Unless Cuba has changed THEIR rules, I can't see Cuba as a fun destination for Americans, yet.
Sure, if you want to lay on the beach in front of your hotel and the only Cubans you want to interact with are those serving your meals, chauffeuring you around on a government approved tour or cleaning your room, then I bet Cuba IS the place to go.
But, last I heard you could only go to APPROVED marinas, no anchoring allowed. You couldn't socialize with locals and you were watched like it was the USSR. Even going into an 'unapproved' restaurant or bar could lead to some pretty serious problems.
It's going to take a bit more than an easing of the American regulations to make Cuba an appealing destination for most cruisers, I think.

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.... and if 'authorized' you can only stay for 14 days max. What about 'weather windows'?
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Unless Cuba has changed THEIR rules, I can't see Cuba as a fun destination for Americans, yet.
Sure, if you want to lay on the beach in front of your hotel and the only Cubans you want to interact with are those serving your meals, chauffeuring you around on a government approved tour or cleaning your room, then I bet Cuba IS the place to go.
But, last I heard you could only go to APPROVED marinas, no anchoring allowed. You couldn't socialize with locals and you were watched like it was the USSR. Even going into an 'unapproved' restaurant or bar could lead to some pretty serious problems.
It's going to take a bit more than an easing of the American regulations to make Cuba an appealing destination for most cruisers, I think.
This is completely incorrect.. Your information may have been correct in the late 90s.

Yes there are still regulations about checking in and checking out at each of the cities. You are also not allowed to land a dinghy unless at an approved city (not marina). You are free to anchor at any of the approved places.

You are also free to travel and interact with anyone you want.

I was there this April to complete the purchase of my boat. I'm Canadian and bought a boat from a German in Cuba. The boat was imported in Cuba and I was required to have extensive interaction with the government. During the course of my purchase, I travelled all over Cuba via bus, taxi and rental car (just for fun). We talked with everyone, ate whereever we wanted and stayed at many Casa Particulars. No we did not have a guide, nor were we restricted where we could go. In fact we got lost so many times I can't count. Cuba has many towns that don't show up on any map. Once my purchase was completed, I provisioned my boat and sailed away (with a proper dispatchio).

I will be back with my family as there is no place in the world like Cuba!
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This is completely incorrect.. Your information may have been correct in the late 90s.

Yes there are still regulations about checking in and checking out at each of the cities. You are also not allowed to land a dinghy unless at an approved city (not marina). You are free to anchor at any of the approved places.

You are also free to travel and interact with anyone you want.
That was my experience as well, over the course of several weeks about a dozen years ago... Rented a car for 5 days when in the marina at Puerto Vita, and was free to go anywhere I pleased...





Hell, the ONLY 'issue' I ever had, was when I inadvertently pointed my camera in the general direction of the "United States Special Interests Section" building along the Malecon in downtown Havana, that attracted the attention of some nearby police pretty quickly...

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Can't have anyone getting the impression we've had an embassy there all along, after all...

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Jon, I just looked at your profile to see if there was any clue about your country of citizenship. I see that your post (above) was edited, possibly to keep you out of trouble with "Da Man." But if the dates are accurate, the statute of limitations must have passed...


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FWIW I'm pretty sure Canadians will have a lot more freedom in Cuba than Americans. That's not changing overnight. Also if you do manage to wash up their shores don't expect to find any Big Macs or steak dinners. Beef is always in short supply (lots of rum and cigars though). That being said it's a very beautiful country and a diamond in the rough.
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