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What Canada Says about Travel to Cuba

September 15, 2017 | 26 comments

On September 11, two days before the US government put out a warning against travel to Cuba, Canada also published a travel advisory for its citizens. The Canadian government says the information is still valid today Sept. 15th.




What’s Behind the Ongoing Controversy about “Centrism” in Cuba?

September 14, 2017 | 31 comments

The call to “unity” around the Castro government has become ever more urgent with the gradual but definitive increase of Internet access, especially among the youth, the professional and technocratic strata, and among those with a university education…




Irma, Cuba, the Paris Club and Cuban Customs

September 14, 2017 | 21 comments

Cuba has been badly wounded by Hurricane Irma, which swept across the island’s entire northern coast, destroying homes, laying waste to harvests and tourism infrastructure, severely damaging the national energy system and killing 10 Cubans.




Havana Post-Irma and What’s on the Horizon

September 14, 2017 | 5 comments

Havana has begun to recover. Some areas already have electricity and parks with WIFI connections have begun to fill with people, except for Havana’s Malecon seawall area because all the antennas were removed there in anticipation of the winds and sea surge.




US State Dept. Recommends Canceling Trips to Cuba

September 13, 2017 | 9 comments

The US State Department issued a warning today urging US citizens to avoid traveling to Cuba, severely hit by Hurricane Irma. However in a forum within the Facebook page of Havana Times several US citizens and people from other countries differ and make their suggestions.




After Hurricane Irma Swept through Havana

September 13, 2017 | 4 comments

After Hurricane Irma whipped through the city, I went out onto the street. It’s 4 PM on Sunday. It’s still a bit windy, but the sun is out as if nothing had happened. There isn’t any electricity and all businesses are shut, but people have still started coming out onto the street.




Havana Times Extends Deadline for Photo Contest Submissions

September 13, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Dear readers, we have decided to extend the deadline for submissions to the 2017 Havana Times Cuba Photo Contest from September 15 to October 15 due to the difficulties caused by Hurricane Irma.




Damage Report on Varadero, Cuba Hotels

September 12, 2017 | 136 comments

A travel agent put together an exhaustive report today on the situation of the hotel facilities on the Varadero peninsula. Here we publish our translation of his unofficial report that appeared in Spanish on Trip Advisor.




Havana Airport Reopens for Flights

September 12, 2017 | 1 Comment »

The Jose Marti International Airport in Havana reestablished its operations on Tuesday following the passage of Hurricane Irma. Thousands of tourists are still stranded on the island waiting for international flights to begin.




What Happened in Varadero with Hurricane Irma?

September 12, 2017 | 6 comments

The extent of damage from hurricane Irma in Varadero, Cuba’s leading beach resort, is still a mystery as the authorities make the rounds to quantify the loss. Some 17,000 tourists were at the dozens of different hotels in Varadero when the center of Irma hung close by for several hours late Saturday and early Sunday…