How do I obtain a Visa?
Airports in the United States that connect to Cuba should have them available for $50 USD depending on your airline, or less outside the US. DOUBLE CHECK WITH YOUR AIRLINE! I’ve checked some airlines and provided the evidence below, but I don’t want you to go there and get stuck (and the airline won’t care what is written here).
What can I bring back?
Each person subject to U.S. jurisdiction and authorized to travel to Cuba may import into the U.S. up to $400 worth of merchandise including no more than $100 in alcohol and tobacco products. However, the State Department warns that goods of Cuban origin such as rum and cigars are routinely confiscated at U.S. ports of entry.
What fishing tackle should I bring? Can I rent tackle?
Recommended fly fishing gear for the La Salinas Flats is a nine foot, eight or nine weight rod, with a mid or tip-flex action will handle the majority of the fishing. Fly lines should be floating, with a weight forward taper, matched to the weight of the rod. The leaders should be 15/40 lbs.
Recommended fly fishing gear for Rio Hatiguanico is a nine foot, ten or twelve weight rod, with a mid – heavy action will handle the large catches. Fly lines should be sinking, with a weight forward taper, matched to the weight of the rod. The leaders should be 40/80 lbs.
Also acceptable is light/medium spinning gear (12 lbs/20 lbs). Should you prefer renting your gear we offer Orvis and Sage fly fishing combos with Rio line and included 2 flies.
Can I use American credit cards?
Not at this time. U.S. credit or debit cards, personal checks, and traveler’s checks cannot be used in Cuba so visitors should be prepared to pay for all transactions in cash, keeping in mind that the Cuban government does not allow use of the U.S. dollar.
Can I make calls?
Most cell phone service for American is not available, however, you may purchase a calling card from many of the Hotels and Lodges.
What is the healthcare system in Cuba like?
Medical care in Cuba typically does not meet U.S. standards. While medical professionals are generally competent, many health facilities face shortages of medical supplies and bed space. Many medications are unavailable, so travelers to Cuba should bring with them any prescribed medicine in its original container and in amounts commensurate with personal use. Travelers may also wish to consider bringing small additional amounts of prescribed medicines and over-the-counter remedies in the event that a return to the United States is delayed for unforeseen reasons. A copy of the prescription and a letter from the prescribing physician explaining the need for prescription drugs may facilitate their entry into the country.