Cuba! Your Questions Answered!
First and Foremost! Thank you for your support! As requested, I've answered some of top questions I've received! Here goes! You'll be set to go after this!
If you can find a direct flight to Cuba, go play the lottery right now! Otherwise, any short layover will do. I've seen airliners like Spirit and Delta service Cuba, some with short layovers in Florida. No visa? No problem! The airliners will process your visa through their internal broker! The turnaround time is about a week. Easy peasy!
Where to stay!
Cuba is still a communist country! Most hotels are operated by the government! After extensive research, I've determined Airbnb's are just fine, we preferred immersing ourselves in the Cuban culture and everyday life! Best decision ever! We stayed in the cutest house in the suburbs of Miramar, which is a short 10 minute commute to Old Havana. Our Airbnb had an on demand butler, cleaning and security service. Each morning we woke up to breakfast or lunch prepared by our amazing butler Mario, also know as, Uncle Mario! If you are traveling with a smaller group, I highly recommend staying closer to the city center of Havana.
What to do!
You can't go to Cuba without taking an old school car tour of Havana! It was a wonderful 2-hour tour fully equipped with an AMAZING tour guide! The car was absolutely stunning! Link here!
At the end of our tour, there was a great selection of cute outdoor shops and restaurants near Plaza de la Catedral! We made sure to stop by La Bodeguita Del Medio to experience the original Mojito! The rest of the day we explored Havana on foot, it was a totally mesmerizing experience! The locals were so warm and welcoming! I even heard a few flattering and majorly misdirected outbursts of "We love you Beyonce!" LOL :-)
Varadero! OPTIONAL But WORTH IT!
If you have enough time! It's totally worth it to stay 2-3 days in Varadero, this gem is a beach resort town with clear water and white sand! We stayed at the Royalton Hicacos Resort and Spa, this was a great resort to check sand and tans off of your to As our tour guide stated, "there is no sand in Havana! Only rocks and dirt!" LOL Varadero was a 3 hours bus ride or 2 hour taxi ride from Havana. Viazul is a bus service that can get you to and from Varadero, it's about $10 per person. I highly recommend booking online in advance. On the other hand, a private taxi will cut the commute time but it will cost you between $150 - $200. Be sure to plan enough time to make it back to the airport if you leaving the next day. I recommending giving yourself a 4-5 hour window to make your flight!
I hope this helps! Post your comments below!