How to Travel to Cuba Havana is just 90 miles from Key West yet; one would think the island is on another continent. Firstly, if you choose to travel independently, all arrangements must be made through an agent located abroad since Americans are not allowed to transfer money to Cuba. This particular portion of US law has many people confused because many foreign agents are located in Cuba and offer billing for their services outside of Cuba. However, the treasury department is extremely clear in this regard as it considers any agent located in Cuba, whether purportedly foreign managed or not, as a National of Cuba. Therefore, the first thing to check when booking travel with an agent abroad is: Do they have a physical presence in Cuba? Can you find a Cuban address or Cuban phone numbers on their website? Both or either should be a big red flag, since dealing with them could cause serious and irreparable inconvenience and possible fines. Many of these companies, eager to make a buck, will happily bill your travel services through a third country, however, because Cuban banks cannot charge American credit cards anyway, Cuban domiciled agents have to bill through third countries anyway and this is […]
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William Vivanco was born on October 6. 1975 in Santiago de Cuba and is a popular music star, composer and musician. Vivanco learned to play guitar by frequenting the Jazz Club inSantiago de Cuba called Casa de la Trova located on the city’s bustling Calle Heredia. As he says, he started “stealing chords” from back then. He later made ends meet as astreet busker, offering melodies in the streets of his city. Healso performed with a professional children’s choir. He […]
The first edition of Havana World Music ( HWM ) was held in February 2014. Cuba's first ever music festival featuring international artists is already being planned for the 2015 edition. The festival takes place at the old baseball field Jose Antonio Echevarria (old Vedado tennis Club), between the Pier and the downtown main street called Calzada . The whole event was conceived under a nonprofit scenario, led by young Cuban singer and composer Eme Alfonso, the 1st Havana World […]
CubaDisco 2014 Havanatur is pleased to announce CubaDisco 2014. Each year Cubadisco is dedicated to a country and a musical genre and also pays tribute to artists and personalities with a distinguished creative work within the Cuban Music industry. Specialized conferences, expositions, colloquiums, concerts and CD launching take place during the event, as well as a wide musical program at different theaters and salons of Havana, with the participation of many Cuban and foreign groups and singers. The shows […]
Cuban Reggaeton Stars Cuban Reggaeton is an urban form of music which started in Havana in the late 90s which has its roots in Latin and Caribbean music. Its sound originates from the Reggae en Espanol from central America and countries like Colombia and Panama. The genre was invented, shaped and made known in Puerto Rico in the early 1990s where it got its name. Popular songs have been: La mordidita by Candyman y la Familia Chupa chupa by […]
Paulito FG is known as a great musician, an all round artist who has build up his career with profound intelligence, incontestable amount of talent and artistic devotion in each performance. Paulo Alfonso Fernandez Gallo, was born in HavanaCuba, at the age of 19,Paulito FGstarted clarinet classes in the conservatorium Ignacio Cervantes. The exceptional sound of his voice impressed those around him and won him a reference to Benny More music records producers, beginning, thus, his career as a professional […]