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Category: Cuba

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US Airlines are now flying to Havana for the first time in 50 years

On Monday, American Airlines was the first commercial flight to land in Havana in more than five decades. American Airlines Flight 17 was the first to touch down at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport after a quick jump from Miami. Other...

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Travel restrictions lifted on Cuban Rum and Cigars

Photo Location: Parque Central – Havana, Cuba © Thrifty Traveler   Good news for travelers to Cuba! The Obama administration on Friday further lifted restrictions on Cuba, announcing that US travelers can now bring back more Cuban cigars and rum. The actual limit...

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Historic JetBlue Flight Touches Down In Cuba

Earlier today, for the first time in more than 50 years, a commercial flight from the United States landed on the island of Cuba. JetBlue flight #387 touched down around 11AM after departing Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and landing...

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US DOT Selects Airlines for Routes to Cuba this Fall

Photo: Old Havana (Havana Vieja), © Thrifty Traveler The US Department of Transportation announced this morning that six airlines have received approval to fly to Cuba as soon as this fall. This does not yet include routes to Havana, which will...

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Starwood signs first Cuba Hotel deal since 1959 Revolution

Wooo! We’ll soon be able to book Cuban hotels with SPG points! Last weekend, Starwood Hotels became the first US hotel chain to be permitted to operate a Cuban hotel since the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Starwood received special permission from the...

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US and Cuba Sign Deal on Commercial Flights

The United States and Cuban government signed an agreement this morning to resume commercial flights, the first in 50 years. This sets in motion a bidding process for US Airlines to start operating up to 110 flights a day this...

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Tips for Booking Airbnb Cuba

  As of April 2015, Airbnb is now offered in Cuba, so finding a place to stay is easier than ever. Airbnb is a perfect fit for Cuba since the government has allowed residents to rent out their homes, known...

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Brief History of Cuba

Before traveling anywhere it’s always good to read up on the history of your destination. This is especially true for Cuba as its current state of economic depression can be traced to very recent history. In 1898, Spain ceded control...