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Old 05-26-2011
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When we asks about the problems with USA, they said " We dont have a problem with USA...
I think you're missing the point. Cuba is happy to have Americans come visit. It is the U.S. Dept. of State that has a problem with it. If a U.S. citizen is caught spending money in Cuba, and the government decides to prosecute, the fines are steep and the jail time is long.

Is it really worth the risk? Personally, I don't think so. Especially because the dialogue has been opened and--even though it didn't fly this time around--I think it is only a matter of time before we will be allowed to go without any meaningful restrictions. My guess is two presidential election cycles at most.

I can wait that long in order to avoid even the least little risk of a $250,000 fine and 10 years in federal prison.
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This isn't sailing related, but it is about Cuba and water - underwater...

I was in Cuba in March and got to do some diving.

The diving isn't the best that I've ever done (Pacific Northwest holds that distinction), but I did get up close and personal with some bull sharks.

All of the stills and most of the video is mine. Some of the underwater video was shot and edited by Yordanis Mendez 5 (the videographer from the dive shop).

I hope you enjoy.

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This isn't sailing related, but it is about Cuba and water - underwater...

I was in Cuba in March and got to do some diving.

The diving isn't the best that I've ever done (Pacific Northwest holds that distinction), but I did get up close and personal with some bull sharks.

All of the stills and most of the video is mine. Some of the underwater video was shot and edited by Yordanis Mendez 5 (the videographer from the dive shop).

I hope you enjoy.

I got PADI certified in Cuba, and it was the most beautiful diving I have ever done. But then I have never been to the Pacific. Nice video by the way.
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I got PADI certified in Cuba, and it was the most beautiful diving I have ever done. But then I have never been to the Pacific. Nice video by the way.
Thanks for the props on the video.

For Caribbean diving, try Bonaire/Curacao or the Bay Islands of Honduras (Roatan, Utila).

The reefs are more bountiful on the North sided of Cuba, but they are still pretty worn out by the standards of other Islands (Cayman, etc.). The south side of Cuba was great for big animals as it gets pretty deep (a few thousand feet), but pretty sparse close to shore. 'course that was 20 years ago.

I heard that the diving around the Southwest area (by the Bay of Pigs) is pretty nice.
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Thanks for the props on the video.

For Caribbean diving, try Bonaire/Curacao or the Bay Islands of Honduras (Roatan, Utila).

The reefs are more bountiful on the North sided of Cuba, but they are still pretty worn out by the standards of other Islands (Cayman, etc.). The south side of Cuba was great for big animals as it gets pretty deep (a few thousand feet), but pretty sparse close to shore. 'course that was 20 years ago.

I heard that the diving around the Southwest area (by the Bay of Pigs) is pretty nice.
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Has anyone suggested just going LEGALLY?????


It's legal for a journalist to go to cuba. So pick a story, go to Cuba and write or photograph it. Just do it legally and through the state department up front, with official permission.

I think maybe ppl are over-thinking the problem. It really is like a seatbelt law, just wear the damned belt.
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Good news ! Tampa International Airport now has flights coming and going to Cuba. There has to be an easing of the travel rules to Cuba then. At least I would think so.
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Good news ! Tampa International Airport now has flights coming and going to Cuba. There has to be an easing of the travel rules to Cuba then. At least I would think so.
Interesting. Do you know how frequently and on what model plane?

BTW: Most folks don't realize that there are several fllights a day to Havana out of Miami -- and have been for years. Almost always full, too...
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There was some easing earlier this year, but it is still contained to specific purposes that must be approved.
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Here is the link if it works
If not just google flights to Cuba Tampa Bay Florida

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