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JOIN STI ON a brand new, hand selected, tour! This vacation was designed and highly recommended by our president, Tammy Weiler, who has traveled throughout Cuba.  GET AN IN- DEPTH, FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE WITH ICONIC AND UNIQUE CUBA! Only 15 members will be allowed to participate in our intimate tour.  Immerse yourself in the culture, history and people with our bilingual guide showing your the rising star of Cuba. Stay in a local home with 4-star accommodations. Where else will you find an experience as unique as this?

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Singles Travel International proudly partners with Cuba Candela to present a comprehensive, ALL SINGLES tour of this once forbidden destination. Travel legally on our unique adventure to experience the Iconic Caribbean Island, which sits just 90 miles off our shores and shares such an amazing and extraordinary history with the United States.

This isn’t just any trip…you’ll meet Cubans in an intimate environment (15 members only). The idea of our “Locally Grown” itinerary involves meeting those who shape today’s Cuba and have been shaped by the country’s historical past. Rather than give you the typical tourist experience, we really want you to disconnect and immerse yourself in the warmth and energy that makes Cuba so special. With a smaller group, we won’t stand out as a tour group and instead, will blend with the locals for that Intimate Cuban Experience that we are all seeking.  While we sip Mojitos, Dance Salsa and Cruise Down the Malećon in a Vintage American Convertible; we will learn about Cuba’s Unique History and way of life. Our stay in Private Homes and Guesthouses will really provide us with a more local experience that a hotel stay just can’t duplicate.  It’s the warmest welcome you could imagine from a country you will never forget. We encourage you to visit this previously“off limits” island, and the beautiful people who call it home, before it changes and becomes more of a tourist destination.

CUBA IS NOT THE USA AND TRAVELERS MUST BE SENSITIVE TO CULTURAL, ECONOMIC AND INFRASTRUCTURAL DIFFERENCES. ASK YOURSELF: IF THE AGENDA CHANGES FOR REASONS BEYOND MY CONTROL, AM I WILLING TO ACCEPT A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE AND TAKE THE BEST FROM IT? IF YOU ANSWERED YES, THEN WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? LET’S GO!

Inclusive Features of Our Tour:

  • Intimate Group of 15 allows us to get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, & get to know the locals.
  • 4 Nights Accommodations in a Four-Star, Private Home or Guesthouse.
  • Breakfasts (4), lunches (2) and dinners (2) at some of Cuba’s Best Restaurants.
  • Services of an English-speaking Guide and Tour Manager throughout our tour*
  • A full-time schedule of daily activities and cultural exchanges, including discussions with locals, visits with artists, musical performances, and more!
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing & entrance fees per itinerary; Havana & Viñales
  • Visit to Hemingway House, Horseback Riding Tobacco Farm (think Cuban Cigar!) and Salsa Lessons!
  • All transfers & sightseeing per the itinerary in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Exclusive Ride in a Vintage Convertible
  • Optional 3 Night Package in Trinidad to extend your vacation
    • Private Home or Guest House Accommodations
    • Salsa Dancing with Live Cuban Music
    • City Tour
    • Coffee Farm
    • Valley of Ingenios – Sugar Cane Mill
    • Beach Sunset w/Mojitos
    • Breakfasts (3), Lunches (3) and Dinners (3)
  • Round-trip Airport Transportation in Havana
  • All Taxes and Gratuities (except tip for Local host)
  • Bottled water during excursions
  • Cuban Visa Fee ($95) and Compliance with all U.S. travel regulations: OFAC licensed operator
  • Private and Secure Chat Reserved Exclusively for Members on Your Vacation
  • Great Times with other Singles with a curious for the unique and different!

*Our professional local, expert, guide and US Tour Manager will greet the group and coordinate our “Locally Grown” tour.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.

Itinerary

Sun, Dec 29:  Havana, Cuba – Group Transfer (Arrive by 1 PM), Old Havana Tour, Welcome Dinner
Mon, Dec 30:  Havana, Cuba – Museo De Bellas Artes and Salsa Lesson
Tue, Dec 31:  Viñales, Cuba – Horseback Riding and Family Tobacco Farm
Wed, Jan 1:  Havana, Cuba – Hemingway House, Cojimar, and Farewell Rooftop Dinner
Thu, Jan 2:  Havana, Cuba – Hotel Nacional and Transfer to Airport for flights, or Extend Your Cuban Experience with our Optional 3 Nights in Trinidad Package!  
Fri, Jan 3:  Trinidad, Cuba – Free Time, Dinner and Cuban Music
Sat, Jan 4:  Trinidad, Cuba – Valley of Ingenios, Beach Sunset and Farewell Dinner w/Salsa Dancing
Sun, Jan 5:  Depart for Havana Airport and Flights Home
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Tour Begins in Havana on Sunday, December 29, 2019
Tour Ends in Havana on Thursday, January 2, 2020

Add our Optional 3 Night Extension to Trinidad & Bay of Pigs – January 2-5, 2020

Sunday, December 29: Old Havana, Local Cuban Music and Mojitos! (D)

Flights arrive at Havana José Martí International Airport (HAV) and our private car(s) will be there to pick us up at 2 p.m. Our driver(s) will be waiting for us outside, after we retrieve our bags, and we will head straight to Old Havana to kick start our Cuban Vacation!

Habana Vieja (Old Havana) is like taking a step back in time. The vibrant colors and iconic history are everywhere you look. Here, we will get our first glimpse of real Cuban Life as our local guide discusses our curiosities about the island and shows us a few of the highlights such as Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral and a local store where Cubans use their ration card.

After spending a couple hours exploring Old Havana, our group will enjoy a Welcome Mojito on a Private Terrace! Take the opportunity to meet other singles while swaying to Cuban Classics, played by local musicians, and watching the beautiful sunset.

Around 6:30 p.m., our driver will take us to check in to our private home or guesthouse accommodations, where we drop off our bags and freshen up before dinner.

Be ready to leave, by 8:30 p.m., to dine at one of Havana’s best, private restaurants for an authentic Cuban Dinner with new friends!

Monday, December 30: Museo De Bellas Artes, Salsa Lesson and Cultural Immersion (B, L, D)

This morning, we will start our day with a delicious local breakfast, at our accommodation, before we depart for the museum at 10:00 a.m.

The Museo De Bellas Artes is full of Historic Cuban Art not found anywhere else in the world. The museum, itself, with it’s stunning architecture, as well as it’s contents dating back to colonial times, is important to the meaningful history of Cuba and it’s people.

Once we have explored one of the finest art collections in the Caribbean, our group will break for lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Centro Habana.

Another Vibrant Neighborhood of Havana, Centro Habana provides a perfect slice of real cuban life. With its bustling streets and crumbling buildings, the neighborhood has distinct personality and an Old World Charm unique to Cuba. The location of many real “local spots”, it is the perfect place to witness the culture that makes Havana such an Iconic Destination.

We wouldn’t be able to say we fully immersed ourselves if we did not Dance The Salsa, so next on our adventure is to do just that. What better way to learn this passionate dance than from a local dance instructor?

After working up a sweat, and a hunger, we will head back to our accommodations to freshen up for dinner.

Dinner will be at another one of Havana’s best restaurants, chosen by our host, before we join some locals, at a nearby spot, to show off our new Salsa moves!

Tuesday, December 31: Viñales Excursion, Horseback Riding and Family Tobacco Farm (B, L)

After another full breakfast, we will depart for our 3 hour journey to Viñales, a small, stunning Cuban Town, nestled among limestone cliffs and tobacco farms. Our scenic car ride is a tour in itself, as we pass the vibrantly colored casas in blue, red, orange, pink, yellow and green, against the steep-sided hills. The breathtaking beauty has earned the Valley of Viñales a World Heritage Destination.

We will arrive to lunch at a 100% Organic Farm, amongst beautiful scenery, and delicious farm-to-table food. This may be your best meal in Cuba!

Against the gorgeous backdrop of Viñales, we will tour tobacco country on Horseback, like true Cuban Farmers! During our stop at a family owned, working tobacco farm, we will learn the special technique and secret recipe for rolling cigars with a twist. You will also have the rare opportunity to purchase an authentic, Cuban puros either for yourself or as a gift. We will, then, continue in to the lush valley to our special, tranquil viewing point, for more stunning views, before we head back to Havana.

After a long, adventurous day, the rest of the evening will be at your leisure. Ask our local host for dinner recommendations in the area.

Wednesday, January 1: Spirit of Hemingway, Cojimar, Convertible Car Tour and La Guarida (B, L, D)

Full, local breakfast at our accommodations will be followed by a group trip to Hemingway House!

Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba for over 20 years and, today, we will get to see his sprawling mansion where he wrote a few of his most famous novels, including: The Old Man and The Sea, A Moveable Feast and Islands in the Stream . The interior of Finca Vigía, or Lookout Farm, has been virtually untouched since the day he left, in 1960.

With another piece of history crossed off our list, we will continue to the small fishing village of Cojimar, where Hemingway spent a lot of his time and drew inspiration for The Old Man and The Sea. Here, we will have lunch at one of the best local restaurants, as we try to channel Hemingway’s Spirit.

Our stomachs and hearts full, we will hop in to our Vintage Classic American Convertibles for a cruise through Havana’s neighborhoods before we arrive back at our accommodations to freshen up for our last night in Havana.

We will end our Cuban Experience on a high note with an, exclusive, rooftop dinner, as we prepare to say goodbye to this iconic Island and it’s vibrant lifestyle and people.

Thursday, January 2: Hotel Nacional and Farewell (B)

Enjoy our last authentic, local breakfast before we have to say goodbye and depart for the airport.

On our way out, we will stop and visit one of Havana’s Architectural Symbols that just can’t be missed; Hotel Nacional. Erected in 1930, the Art Deco- Neoclassical Hotel was built to resemble the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

Our driver(s) will drop us off at the airport around 11:00 a.m.

Please schedule your flight to arrive in Havana (HAV) before 1:00 p.m. on December 29, 2019 and depart after 2 p.m. from Havana on January 2, 2020.


OPTIONAL 3 NIGHTS IN TRINIDAD PACKAGE (with Private Home or Guesthouse Accomodations) – January 2-5, 2020

Thursday, January 2, 2020: Transfer to Trinidad, Walking Tour in Cienfuegos, Dinner and Salsa (B, L, D)

After breakfast, in Havana, we will depart for beautiful Trinidad. Along the way, we will stop in Cienfuegos, known as Cuba’s “pearl of the south.” Enjoy lunch and a short walking tour, of the French inspired city, before we continue on to Trinidad. It will feel as if we have gone back to the 1800s when we arrive at the quaint, historic town, which boasts a secret waterfall hike and stunning beaches just minutes from the town center. Once we have checked in to our accommodations, we will have a few hours of free time to explore or freshen up before dinner, at a local restaurant, followed by a night of dancing in the Town Square.

Friday, January 3, 2020: Free Time, Dinner and Cuban Music (B, L, D)

This morning enjoy breakfast at your leisure before we tour the cobblestone streets of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit with private shopkeepers. After we have become more familiar with the city, we will break for lunch at a local restaurant, before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. Have a coffee at Café Don Pepe or a Mojito at La Canchanchara; two of our local favorites. Make sure to climb the Bell Tower and admire the colonial buildings that surround the Town Square. Don’t forget your camera, you will want to remember these views! Return to your accommodations to freshen up, in the evening, before we head to a local restaurant for dinner and live Afro-Cuban Music!

Saturday, January 4, 2020: Valle De Los Ingenios, Coffee Farm and Salsa Dancing in a Cave (B, L, D)

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic ride to Valle De Los Ingenios. Along the way, we will stop at a local coffee farm and learn how the locals plant, grow, harvest and roast coffee beans. Crush your own beans and taste Cuba’s freshest farm to table coffee before we continue to the Valley of Ingenios. This is where some of Cuba’s most thriving sugar cane mills ran in the 18th century. We will have the opportunity to tour the sugarcane estate, slave quarters, and old community centers. Enjoy Lunch at a local restaurant before we head back to Trinidad for the beautiful sunset and mojitos on the beach. Freshen up, back at our accommodations, before our farewell dinner, followed by salsa dancing in a cave!

Sunday, January 5, 2020: Departure to Havana Airport (B)

Enjoy breakfast before our very early departure (6:00 AM) for Havana Airport. Please schedule flights home to depart after 1:00 PM.

Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Cuba Candela without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.

FAQs

Once you make your online reservation you will receive a final invoice from us confirming your reservation details.  Our STI reservation specialists are available to review your reservation and recommend additional services. Depend on them for assistance with airfare, proper protection, pre and post tour services, etc.  Contact us with your travel requests.  

REVIEW the important information on the FAQ tab for this trip.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel Insurance is MANDATORY for travel to Cuba and available through Travel Guard. In addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The contact number for Cuba travel insurance, at Travel Guard, is 866-375-2546.  Call us if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

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PASSPORT MANDATORY
A passport is required for US citizens and be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit their website.

UPLOAD a COLOR copy of your passport to us within 7 days of your reservation (within 24 hours if reserved after August 26, 2019). Note that a passport is mandatory and must be valid for 6 months form your return date.

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Non US Citizens are responsible for verifying their own required documentation for this tour.

CUBA TRAVEL AFFIDAVIT:

Please fill out the Cuba Travel Affidavit, available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, as soon as possible. We will be traveling under the Support for the Cuban People License and that is the option that needs to be checked off on the affidavit. Please complete and UPLOAD HERE, by November 30, 2019.

What’s Next?

Carefully review the FAQ tab for your vacation and Visit our Help Center. Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date. Please note that this will REPLACE the Cuba Affidavit.

Questions and comments after you have reserved your vacation are addressed promptly when you send a message to us at service@singlestravelintl.com.

Travel to Cuba is fully legal, however, tourism is strictly prohibited. Your travel must fall into one of twelve (12) categories authorized by the US Treasury Department. If your purpose for travel falls into one of the categories, you are automatically approved to travel by general license. Our Travel Partner is fully licensed to provide travel services in Cuba.

A Unique Opportunity for Face-to-Face Discussion: During every activity we’ve arranged you’ll have a chance to talk with a local in a small group of three or four travelers. Your Tour Manager will always be nearby to facilitate discussion or help translate, but as with many unique cultural experiences, you will get out of it what you put in, even when you must use body language! We encourage you to participate fully to get the most from your trip.

STI has found the sweet spot between solo travel and large organized group tours. With Cuba’s unique history and culture, we really want to dive in with locals to be able to provide a more intimate experience. Traveling with a smaller group allows for the best opportunity to get the most out of your visit.

Casual tours really provide the best and more intimate way to see a destination. Immersing yourself into a local culture, unlike any place you’ve ever been, is the secret to a truly rewarding vacation. Singles Travel International is here to show you the best destinations and provide the most unique local experiences.

*Please note that accommodations are basic, centrally located and 3 star. Locally Grown tours focus on active tours, local food and wine, and simpler accommodations. Leave the ball gowns and high heels at home and set out on a local adventure where you can see it all without busting your Bucket List budget. We can see and do all for less!

The tour starts in Havana, Cuba on December 29, 2019 and ends in Havana, Cuba on January 2, 2020. Therefore, the tour is 4 nights/5 days. Create the ultimate Cuban Experience by adding our Optional 3 Night Extension to Trinidad & Bay of Pigs.

Our private car(s) will be waiting for us upon arrival at the airport and will be with us for the entire trip. Retrieve your bags and proceed outside to meet the group. The driver(s) will be waiting with our name on a sign.

Please schedule your flight to arrive in Havana (HAV), before 1:00 p.m. on December 29, 2019 and depart after 2:00 p.m. from Havana (HAV) on January 2, 2020. If taking advantage of our 3 Night Extension Package in Trinidad, Schedule flights home, after 1:00 PM, on January 5, 2020.

Post your flight arrival info on the STI chat for this tour and you may find another guest on your same flights!

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment is due in our office by August 26, 2019. A reminder will be emailed to you 14 days prior to due date and you will need to contact us with your credit card details. If you make a reservation after August 26, 2019, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

Please remember the tip for the local guide is not included in our package price. We recommend $20/day, per guide, per person.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

*After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $175.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.

*Between August 26 and September 27, 2019 – $350 penalty applies.

*Between September 28 and October 29, 2019 – 50% penalty applies.

*Between October 30 and November 25, 2019 – 75% penalty applies.

*After November 26, 2019 – any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of  tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours are priced as land only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

If you plan to arrange your own flights, please schedule to arrive in Havana (HAV), before 1:00 p.m. on December 29, 2019 and depart after 2:00 p.m. from Havana (HAV) on January 2, 2020.

If you plan to add our 3 night package, in Trinidad, please schedule flights home to depart after 1:00 PM, on January 5.

You are responsible for beverages (except when included in accommodations events), some lunches and dinners, shopping and gratuities to local guide ($20 per day).

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In 25 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you join our tour, our local guide is waiting to meet you. The object of your vacation is trying something new, seeing new places and making new friends. The bonds that develop on our tours are by far the strongest and longest lasting.

Our “Baby Boomer” vacations cater to singles in their 50s and 60s but you will often meet singles ranging anywhere from 45-75. We generally have a ratio of 60/40, women to men. As a travel club, matchmaking is not our focus. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee ratios or ages.

We recommend that you meet the members of the STI Community online where you may view and interact with members via “Who’s Going” on every trip page. This is the best way to find out exactly who will be on your vacation.

Selection: Restaurants don’t always have as much selection as in the US, menu choices are limited, but always another option for vegetarians or those that cannot eat what has been set up on the menu. Most restaurants do offer at least two choices for the main course, which the guide may communicate and take orders for in advance. Ordering in advance can speed up the service for larger group.

Beverages: Most included restaurants on this tour will provide you with one welcome drink (usually a cocktail, such as a mojito, Cuba Libre, etc) and an additional national drink during your meal (examples can be beer, soft drink, water or juice). Coffee may not always be included after the meal, as some restaurants are not equipped to serve coffee to large parties. Check with the local guide to figure out what options you have for each meal, as not all restaurants are the same.

**WATER**

It is best to drink bottled water while in Cuba. You will find that both still and sparkling water are available. Water is purified in the restaurants, and it is ok to drink beverages with ice wherever we take you on the tour. It is also not necessary to use bottled water to brush your teeth, as the tap water has also been purified. STI Includes a bottle of water for each member on a daily basis. More may be purchased as you go and a good way to get small change for bathrooms use and shopping.

The rainy season in Cuba typically runs from May to November and the dry season is between December and April. Keep in mind that it may however rain at any time, so it is wise to always have rain gear when traveling to Cuba. The temperatures in Cuba can range from the 60’s in the winter (though not very common) to the 90’s in the summer months. Wear comfortable, cool clothing. It is common to have AC in restaurants, hotels, and other indoor facilities, so layering can also be wise. Do keep in mind that not all places have AC in Cuba, so sometimes it may also be quite hot.

A passport and Visa is required for travel to Cuba. Be sure to confirm that your passport is current and will be valid at least six months after your departure. If you do not have one or need a new one, contact the State Department Passport Office in your area immediately or visit there website.

We recommend that you also make copies of your passport, driver’s license, photo identification card and/or birth certificate in case of loss, and carry them with you on your trip separate from your passport.

Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for required documentation. Please check with your local consulate for any needed passports or visas for entry into each country on our itinerary.

CUBA TRAVEL AFFIDAVIT:

Please fill out the Cuba Travel Affidavit, available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, as soon as possible. We will be traveling under the Support for the Cuban People License and that is the option that needs to be checked off on the affidavit. Please complete and UPLOAD HERE, by November 30, 2019.

CUBA TRAVEL AFFIDAVIT REQUIRED:

Please fill out the Cuba Travel Affidavit, available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, as soon as possible. We will be traveling under the Support for the Cuban People License and that is the option that needs to be checked off on the affidavit. Please complete and UPLOAD HERE, by November 30, 2019.

OFAC requires that travelers to Cuba keep a travel journal during their visit. This will serve as documentation that, under the requirements of the OFAC, you have visited Cuba for educational purposes. We will provide a detailed day by day itinerary with final documents so clients may use as a base for their journal. We recommend you keep your journal on file for five years, in case a U.S. official asks for proof of the educational nature of your journey.

Passengers are required to fully participate in daily activities. This is not a trip for passengers who want a relaxing trip. There is little to no free time. There is some down time in the evenings when dinner is not included.

The itinerary is subject to change and, if so, features will be substituted.

On tour, only ONE standard size suitcase for check in (50 lbs.), measuring 30x21x11 is permitted. In addition, you may have ONE carry on (20 lbs), including a purse or laptop, but measuring less than 25 inches.

Bring along summer clothing and we recommend that that you pack slacks and a sweater or jacket as temperatures might be chilly. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.

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Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes.
– A pair of shoes for restaurants (loafers, sandals, etc).
– Collapsible umbrella (which can double as a sunshade parasol) and/or lightweight raingear.
– Ladies will want to bring a nicer warm wrap, and gentlemen a nicer jacket, for evening wear.
– Sunglasses, sun block, sun hat or visor.
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials.
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, money or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of batteries.

Please do NOT pack the following:

  • Narcotics
  • Anti-Cuba literature
  • Aerial drones
  • Walkie-talkies
  • Satellite phones
  • Hand-held GPS equipment
  • Irons
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Pornographic material

Travel Insurance is MANDATORY for travel to Cuba and available through Travel Guard. In addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The contact number for Cuba travel insurance, at Travel Guard, is 866-375-2546.  Call us if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

There are two types of currencies in Cuba. The first is the Cuban Peso, used primarily by the locals for basic staples. The second is the CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso), which is the currency mostly used by tourists. It is important to make sure you are getting back the right change in the right currency when making purchases.

**Exchange:** You can exchange USD for CUC at any airport, hotel, exchange bureau in town centers and some banks. The current fee for exchanging is 13%, i.e. for 100 USD you will get 87 CUC. The fee is the same no matter where you exchange your currency. You will need your passport to exchange money.

**Credit Cards & Traveler’s Checks:** US-issued credit cards, debit cards, and ATM cards do not work in Cuba. Only credit cards issued in other countries may be issued (other than US). You must have cash in order to make any purchases in Cuba or pay for any services. Most places will not take USD, so you must exchange currency upon arriving. Tips however can be given in any currency. Traveler’s Checks may also be difficult to cash while in Cuba.

No inoculations are required for travel from North America to Cuba. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician can access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website, cdc.gov. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Your “Final Vacation Details & Meetup Information” including transportation and how to meet up with the group will be available on the YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS button on the left navigation bar on the trip site, 21 days prior to trip start date.

**CALLS AND INTERNET IN CUBA**

Cell Phones: US cell phones do not work in Cuba, even if you have an international plan.

Calling Home:  It is expensive to call home, sometimes more than 2.50 CUC per minute, and connection charges may also apply.

Internet: Wi-Fi is very limited throughout Cuba and because of the limited technology in Cuba, it is not uncommon to have internet outages.

Communication with the US: Though internet is the best way to communicate with family back at home, you may want to warn them of the difficulty in communications between Cuba and the US. Not only can it be costly, but internet may be experiencing difficulties, or you may have problems getting a line to the US from Cuba, since they are often rerouted through third countries.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

Singles Travel International will relay emergency messages to our local operator, as soon as possible, given limited communication.

Per US regulations, you are allowed to bring back art (such as paintings, ceramics, handicrafts) or informational/educational items (such as books, music, or printed materials). You may have to pay a small fee to Cuban Customs ($3 per item), but not always applied.

Rum, cigars and other souvenirs ARE ALLOWED and may be purchased while in Cuba for personal consumption only.  Cigars are unlimited.

Upon returning to the US, you will have to go through immigration and customs. Often travelers returning from Cuba are asked additional questions.

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What Our Members Are Saying

Fantastico Cuba Trip! Just returned from one of the most interesting places I've ever visited with STI. Everything was so well organized and our group of 22 experienced true Cuban culture. The food was fantastic from the pork, beef (even filet mignon), red snapper, pasta and gigantic lobster. I can't say enough about the accommodations, particularly in Cienfuegos with a terrace just steps away from my room with a spectacular view of the Caribbean.  The tour leader, Daniel, bus driver and local tour guide were gracious and so knowledgeable about the current and past Cuban history. The people were so happy to see us, especially the school children. If Cuba isn't on your bucket list it should be. You won't be disappointed! Gracias, Jeanne L

Fotolia_58389435_Subscription_Monthly_M_04    Jeanne L.
    Seminole, FL

This was going to be my “test run” to determine if it would work for me for future travel – it took me all of two hours and 45 minutes after I got to Boston to come to a conclusion… The first half hour was spent sitting outside of the airport waiting for the shuttle bus – wondering if I’d made the right decision and would have a good time. Then, I had the two hour bus ride to Hyannis to REALLY think about it – and wondering just what the heck I’d gotten myself into now. Then 15 minutes after I got to the hotel I had my answer – this is DEFINITELY the group I want to travel with!!! The first group of women I ran into told me to drop my bags in my room and we were heading out to lunch! See, I usually have these bright ideas that I can put myself in a group and make friends easily – then, I find out (once again) that I’m a bit too shy and end up sitting by myself. But it didn’t stop there – everyone I met was very friendly and interested in learning more about me and sharing their experiences with me. By the next day I had a whole crew of new friends! And by Sunday, I was hating to leave them. So…. I got home and booked my next trip with STI to Crete in May ’10! I CANNOT WAIT!!! Your service during the long weekend made this all come together. Yes, we couldn’t get to Martha’s Vineyard because of the weather but you seamlessly made the changes and I didn’t hear one complaint on the change in plans. Sure, it would’ve been different if we’d made it to Martha’s Vineyard but better – I just don’t know… A true sign of a travel professional, in my opinion. I’m telling everyone I know about this great way for singles to travel (and I’ve had a couple of married friends already looking a bit jealous!). Thanks again for a great vacation, Tammy! You’ll definitely be seeing more of me in the future!

Fotolia_58389435_Subscription_Monthly_M_04    Kathleen K, Kernersville, NC