My Trip to Cuba in 2010

In December 2010 I visited Cuba with my wife and kids. We were really exited to visit our family again. We had visited in December 2009 but left with a feeling we need it to spend more time with them. After so many years apart 7 days the first time was not enough when my immediate family is composed of well over 70 people.

I had my Cuban passport ready from the year before. I’m a naturalized American citizen but Cuba requires me to have a Cuban passport because I left Cuba after 1971, which by the way it’s really expensive.

My wife left Cuba in 1970 so can travel with her American password with a special cuban permit. These are regulations from Cuba not the US. We are visiting our family so under the current US law we are allowed to do so. Our US born kids can travel with a turist visa issued by the travel agency.

Our tickets to Cuba were like $550 each, really expensive considering it took only 40 to 50 minutes from Miami to Havana in a modern Boeing 767 aircraft. The plane was full, I think it was approximate 200 people on that plane. They must be making a killing I told my Wife think about it 200 * $500 = $100,000.00 for a one hour trip.

Going to Cuba

This picture bellow shows you the trip track the plane took from Miami to Havana.


From Miami to Havana Cuba

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The trip was really nice all the flight attendants were very polite. We were offered half a sandwich an a soda. After eating my sandwich I noticed people were already seen Cuba on their window. It was a uneventful fast flight.

We arrived in Havana around 5:30 pm on on December 21, 2010.

Cuba
One Comment
  1. Thank you for your write up, I learned something new for I had no idea that having left Cuba in 1969, I was under no obligation to travel under a Cuban passport, something that I refuse to do as I want the protection of my United States citizenship, if there is such a thing anymore.

    Your story is fascinating, your courage commendable, after having gone through such trauma, leaving alone at an early age through Mexico to obtain visas for my parents, I could not imagine going to Cuba again.

    Imagine returning to a country where I shall not find my parents, they are now deceased, so is my grandmother who I never saw again, and the many memories that will re-open the wounds of the past. Thanks for sharing…

    Esperanza ‘Hope’ Reynolds, Author:
    Destroyed Dreams & Sueños Destruidos

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