CUBA TRAVEL SURGE: Now is the time to visit Cuba! We guarantee that if you travel with us, you will be fully compliant with President Trump’s new travel guidelines.
OCTOBER 3rd: BRIEF UPDATES ON CURRENT ISSUES—*Acoustic Incidents–U.S. Government has now stated that these are most likely NOT the result of the Cuban Government. Both governments are fully cooperating to research the source. Most incidents happened 8 months ago. The only affected people were Canadian and American diplomats. Except for the US, no other governments have issued Cuba travel advisories. *New Travel Guidelines–After President Trump’s speech in Miami this past summer, many assumed that travel guidelines would be changed. As of today, no changes have been made. The only possible future proposed change would only make it more difficult for single travelers (but other guidelines would still allow this). *Hurricanes–damage from hurricanes was over-reported. Hurricane Irma caused some damage along the north coast in the central part of Cuba, but power was restored relatively quickly). Parts of Havana had some flooding from waves along the Malecón oceanfront walkway. This is a common occurrence and happens every few years. Cuba is now essentially back to normal.
HASSLE-FREE CUBA TRAVEL: You tell us the dates you want to travel, and with whom your fellow travelers will be—we do the rest! We also offer scheduled expeditions.
Hola–we are Carlos, Mercy, and Jim. We are passionate about Cuba and its people. We met in Havana in 2003. Carlos and Mercy were professionals who also worked in the Cuban Travel Sector. They visited every part of Cuba while working as travel agents, tour managers, and multi-lingual travel guides.
We got together on my later trips, and became good friends. Carlos and Mercy helped me attend activities that were not available to most visitors. They helped me establish my own tours, so after a discussion with a representative of O.F.A.C./U.S. Treasury Department, I began taking my own groups in 2012. Carlos and Mercy eventually relocated to the U.S., but last year they returned to their homeland to see their families and observe the remarkable changes happening in modern Cuba. This past November, Carlos and Jim served as co-guides for a group of American health care professionals.
The three of us now have our own travel business—CubaTravelSurge.com. Our focus is to take Americans (and others) to Cuba on unique, reasonably-priced expeditions where they will experience this beautiful country, meet with locals on a people-to-people basis, and help them understand the complicated situation involving Cuba and the United States Government. Our perspective is middle-of-the-road. We work closely with Cuban agencies and pay particular attention to the confusing and ever-changing regulations regarding Americans visiting Cuba.
Click below to hear a brief message from Carlos and Mercy
Our scheduled programs are listed below: For more details, click on “Expeditions/Our Expeditions.”
*Cuba’s Health Care System–10 Days/9 Nights: December 8-17, 2017; February 23-March 4; April 6-15; May 11-20, 2018. (NOTE: Raul Castro is scheduled to step down from the presidency on February 24, an historic day for our February Group to experience.)
*Catholic Culture Expeditions–8 Days/7 Nights; Saturday-to-Saturday, beginning January 27. 2018. (The participants are members of individual parishes. Additional travelers may be added at the discretion of each group’s leader.)
We have also developed custom trips based on the schedules and interests of various groups. For example, you and your group of friends or family can decide what dates you want to visit Cuba. Some travelers can choose to return home early, and others can stay over in Cuba after your main program is completed. We offer a recommended core program which would include the sights and activities that most first-time Cuba visitors would expect to see. In addition, we can arrange individual optional activities, such as opera, ballet, baseball, SCUBA, deep sea fishing, hiking, bird-watching, dancing lessons, cooking classes, religious programs, and many others. All of these activities fall under the new guidelines recently established by President Trump. Your group would have the same Cuban guide, driver, and bus for your entire expedition. We can also arrange conferences, weddings, and family reunions.
Under the new Trump guidelines, the only significant change is that it may be a little more complicated for an individual to visit Cuba. (Keep in mind that two or more travelers qualify as a group.) We believe you should consider making your first-time visit as part of a travel group anyway. There is just too much to see and do, especially if your time is limited. Traveling in a small group will provide enough structure to efficiently see the highlights, while providing enough free time to pursue individual interests. If you would like to organize your own group and select your travel mates, we can offer you a substantial discount. You get to choose the dates.
For more information, click on “Expeditions/Our Expeditions” or click the link below:
Thank you for your interest in visiting Cuba.
Sincerely—Mercy Moreno, Carlos Santiago, and Jim Lewis
MERCY: MecheMesa1028@gmail.com CARLOS: CarlosCubaTravel@gmail.com JIM: JamesLewisRN@hotmail.com
Office (U.S.) : 530 477-6322
CubaTravelSurge.com—Member of ASTA–American Society of Travel Agents #900238079