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November 7-11, 2018 - Havana, Cuba
MagiCuba will feature performances by the world's greatest magicians.
MagiCuba is approved by the Cuban Ministry of Culture and
organized together with the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba.

Travel to MagiCuba
by U.S. Citizens is fully authorized by the U.S. Government!

PLEASE NOTE: The MagiCuba Conference registration for magicians includes tickets to all MagiCuba Festival performances.
All MagiCuba performers, venues, activities and prices are subject to change without notice.


MagiCuba Tickets & Shows
I look forward to personally welcoming the world's greatest magicians to one of the world's most magical cities.
Francisco Gonzales, President
Association of Scenic Artists
Cuban Association of Writers and Artists (UNEAC)
Cuba Ministry of Culture
Travel With Your Favorite Magicians To Havana.
November 7-11, 2018
Hotel Nacional de Cuba

At the heart of MagiCuba is a very special magic conference to be held at the world-renowned Hotel Nacional de Cuba.

The MagiCuba Conference will be a completely immersive magic, cultural and entertainment experience. Rather than traveling to see your favorite magicians, you will be traveling WITH your favorite magicians as we go on this Cuban adventure together. There has never before been anything quite like it. And it is unlikely to happen again. MagiCuba also offers great value for money for anyone seeking a once-in-a-lifetime magical holiday. And, of course, for our American attendees, it represents one of the few legal ways to visit Cuba.
NOTE TO TRAVELERS FROM THE USA: Americans are authorized to attend the MagiCuba conference under a general license by the US Department of the Treasury. For further details on Cuba sanctions regulations, please visit this Department of Treasury webpage.
Your MagiCuba Conference Registration Includes:
  • The MagiCuba Premium Welcome Kit With Magic, Collectibles & Gifts
  • Welcome Reception Featuring The Cuban Magicians
  • Walking Tour Of Havana Vieja (Old Havana) With Pop-Up Magic Performances
  • Knock-Out Magic Sessions, Talks & Lectures
  • Magic & Mojitos: Daily Bar & Close-Up Performances
  • Tickets To All MagiCuba Festival Shows
  • Autograph Swap And Group Photo With Featured Performers
  • The Secret Party (Late Night Closing Event)
  • Magic, Rum & Cigar Dinner*
  • Circo Nacional de Cuba VIP Experience*
  • Choice Of Many Cultural Tours & Experiences
*Additional charges may apply

Daily Program
(Subject to change without notice.)
Hotel/Airport Transfers – All Day

10:00 AM
Conference & Concierge Desk Open
10:00 AM Festival Opening at "Cerveceria"
06:00 PM Welcome Reception at Hotel Nacional
08:00 PM The Magic, Rum & Cigar Dinner*
10:30 PM Night Club Cabaret
11:30 PM Night Club Cabaret
12:00 AM Magic Nightcap

*Extra Charge Event

09:00 AM Conference & Concierge Desk Open
09:00 AM MagiCuba Orientation
10:00 AM Magic Walking Tours of Habana Vieja
12:00 PM Lunch in Havana Vieja*
03:00 PM MagiCuba Session #1
04:00 PM Magic & Mojitos
06:00 PM Dinner (hosted by featured entertainers)*
09:00 PM MagiCuba International All-Star Show
09:00 PM Mindreader Asi Wind (English)
10:30 PM MagiCuba Night Club Cabaret
11:30 PM MagiCuba Night Club Cabaret
12:00 AM Magic Nightcap

*Included in All-Inclusive Travel Package
09:00 AM Conference & Concierge Desk Open
09:00 AM MagiCuba Session #2
10:00 AM MagiCuba Session #3
11:00 AM MagiCuba Session #4
12:00 PM MagiCuba Session #5
01:00 PM Lunch*
02:00 PM MagiCuba Session #6
03:00 PM MagiCuba Session #7
04:00 PM Magic & Mojitos
06:00 PM Dinner (hosted by featured entertainers)*
09:00 PM MagiCuba International All-Star Show
09:00 PM Mindreader Asi Wind (Spanish)
11:00 PM MagiCuba Night Club Cabaret
12:00 AM MagiCuba Night Club Cabaret
12:00 AM Magic Nightcap at Hotel Nacional

*Included in All-Inclusive Travel Package
09:00 AM Conference & Concierge Desk Open
09:00 AM MagiCuba Session #8
10:00 AM MagiCuba Session #9
11:00 AM MagiCuba Session #10
01:00 PM Circo Nacional de Cuba VIP Experience*
04:00 PM Magic & Mojitos
06:00 PM Dinner (hosted by featured entertainers)*
09:00 PM MagiCuba International All-Star Show
09:00 PM The Mac King Comedy Magic Show
10:30 PM MagiCuba Night Club Cabaret
11:30 PM MagiCuba Night Club Cabaret
12:00 AM Magic Nightcap at Hotel Nacional

*Included in All-Inclusive Travel Package

Airport/Hotel Transfers – All Day

Hotel Nacional de Cuba – Home of the MagiCuba Conference
The magnificent and storied 457-room Hotel Nacional de Cuba first opened on December 30, 1930. It was constructed atop the former Santa Clara Battery (circa 1797), a section of which has been preserved in the hotel's gardens, including two enormous coastal guns.

It was also the site of a coup led by Fulgencio Batista in the overthrow of Gerardo Machadoin in 1933. It was the location in 1946 of the Havana Conference, the infamous mob summit run by Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. Lansky's casino at the Nacional once generated as much cash as the biggest casinos in Las Vegas. And during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara set up their headquarters at the property and constructed an extensive series of tunnels, which are now open to the public on guided tours.

In its glory days, the hotel was host to movie stars and mobsters; politicians and pop-singers. Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Buster Keaton, Rocky Marciano, Errol Flynn, John Wayne
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The magnificent and storied 457-room Hotel Nacional de Cuba first opened on December 30, 1930. It was constructed atop the former Santa Clara Battery (circa 1797), a section of which has been preserved in the hotel's gardens, including two enormous coastal guns.

It was also the site of a coup led by Fulgencio Batista in the overthrow of Gerardo Machadoin in 1933. It was the location in 1946 of the Havana Conference, the infamous mob summit run by Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky. Lansky's casino at the Nacional once generated as much cash as the biggest casinos in Las Vegas. And during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara set up their headquarters at the property and constructed an extensive series of tunnels, which are now open to the public on guided tours.

In its glory days, the hotel was host to movie stars and mobsters; politicians and pop-singers. Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner, Buster Keaton, Rocky Marciano, Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Marlena Dietrich, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Ernest Hemingway and Nat King Cole all stayed here.

The common spaces, including the grand lobby, the immense terrace and the ocean-view gardens, are impressive. Rooms are a bit dated (and sometimes musty), and there are occasional AC and plumbing problems common to most hotels on the island, but they're still among the nicest in Havana. And the Nacional makes up for it with lots of pre-revolutionary charm.
Hotel NH Capri La Habana
The Hotel Capri first opened its doors in November 1957. With its 250 rooms and a rooftop swimming pool, it was once among the largest hotel/casinos in Havana. The hotel was originally owned by mobsters Santo Trafficante, Jr Charles Turin (alias: Charley "The Blade"), and Santino Masselli (alias: "Sonny the Butcher"). Hollywood tough-guy actor George Raft was hired to be the public front for the hotel's club during his gangster days in Cuba and, as the story goes, he kept the revolutionaries from busting up the joint by offering them a free buffet. The hotel reopened in January 2014, following major renovations, as the Hotel NH Capri La Habana. The Capri is just a few minutes-walk to the Hotel Nacional, where MagiCuba will be headquartered.
Tryp Habana Libre
The hotel was originally opened as the Havana Hilton, with Conrad Hilton himself in attendance. When it was built, it was Latin America's tallest and largest hotel with 630 guest rooms. Following Fidel Castro's entry into Havana on January 8 1959, the hotel became his headquarters (his suite, 2224, is now a museum with all the original furniture and artwork from 1958). Castro gave his first press conference in the hotel's ballroom on January 19, 1959. The following year, the hotel was renamed the Hotel Habana Libre (Hotel Free Havana). In 1996 it was renamed the Hotel Tryp Habana Libre after extensive renovations. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute walk to the Hotel Nacional, where MagiCuba will be headquartered.
Hotel Vedado - St. John's (Just Added!)
BUDGET OPTION. Located just a few minutes walk to the Hotel Nacional -- our MagiCuba conference headquarters -- The Hotel Vedado - St. John's is actually two hotels in one and provides basic and relatively cheerful accommodations in the lively Vedado district of Havana. The Famous Malecon (seawall) is just steps away, as are many shops, clubs, galleries and nightclubs. The daily breakfast buffet is consistently rated highly by guests. And the lobby includes a currency exchange, a bar and Internet access. The hotel opened in 1952, and has certainly seen better days. But we recently inspected the hotel and have been promised by its international management group that many rooms will be freshly renovated in time for MagiCuba.
MagiCuba Conference Registration
Easy installment payment plans are available. Contact us for details.
Conference Registration
Magician $499*
Non-Magician $399*

Includes all access to the MagiCuba Festival and Conference. It does not include accommodations, air tickets, meals or transportation.

*Use Code: CUBA18 for $100 savings if you register by August 31. (Are you a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians? Save $150! Use Code: IBM)
All-Inclusive Travel Package
Starting at just $777
(per person based on double occupancy)

Package includes fully escorted travel, concierge services, four (4) nights at your choice of hotel (breakfast included), all hosted lunches and dinners with your favorite magicians, airport greetings and transfers, transportation to all MagiCuba venues, tours and activities. It also includes the VIP Cuban Circus event as a bonus.
These packages do not include air tickets.
Cuba Visa or Tourist Card
Cuba Tourist Card $60
Cuba Visa (U.S. Citizens) $95

All travelers will require a Cuba Visa or Tourist Card to enter Cuba unless you are from one of these countries.
A special Cuba Travel Visa will be issued for U.S. Travelers, which is required for all persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, including citizens, residents and all those embarking from the U.S. MagiCuba will also provide a certificate of compliance with the latest U.S. regulations for travel to Cuba.
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Make your MagiCuba experience even more magical with these extra activities
The Magic, Rum & Cigar Dinner - Nov 7
Join us for an intimate evening of Magic with a rum tasting and a four-course dinner, with cigars, an exclusive MagiCuba cigar case and a chance to win a MagiCuba humidor with Limited Edition hand-rolled cigars by a master Cuban tercedor. The evening will feature live music, magic and a gambling demonstration. $175

Note: Exclusively Limited to 50 persons.
Just select "The Magic, Rum & Cigar Dinner" at check-out.
Circo Nacional de Cuba VIP Experience - Nov 10
Join us for a day at the circus – MagiCuba-style. Your VIP experience includes a special daytime performance of the Cuba Circus in Havana featuring some of our talented international performers, as well as a special presentation, lunch and "meet & greet" with the fabulous entertainers from the Circo Nacional de Cuba. $50

NOTE: this event is free if you have purchased an All-Inclusive Package.
Just select "Circo Nacional de Cuba VIP Experience" at check-out.

Cultural Experiences
MagiCuba is filled with magic and culture. But there's always more to see! Your MagiCuba concierge will assist you with booking and participating in any of the following experiences. These are among the most popular experiences. But if you don't find what you're looking for here, let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
Behind the Scenes Cigar Factory Tour
Tour one of Havana's famous factories and learn about the Cuban cigar-making process. Must be in the morning. 1 Hour. Transportation to/from factory to be paid locally.
Just select Behind the Scenes Cigar Factory Tour at check-out.
Cigar Buying Tour
Visit the best and most interesting places to purchase cigars with an expert guide who will teach you the finer points of how to select quality cigars and how to detect fakes. And, of course, try a few cigars along the way. Includes one free hand-rolled cigar. 2 hours. Transportation to/from shops to be paid locally.
Just select Cigar Buying Tour at check-out.
35 (per person, based on a minimum of 5 persons)
Cigar Buying Tour with Guide
Visit the best and most interesting places to purchase cigars with an expert guide who will teach you the finer points of how to select quality cigars and how to detect fakes. And, of course, try a few cigars along the way. Includes one free hand-rolled cigar. 2 hours
Just select Cigar Buying Tour at check-out.
Behind the Scenes Art Tour
Visit Havana's finest galleries and museums, 1.5 hours. Transportation to/from locations to be paid locally.
Just select Behind the Scenes Art Tour at check-out.
40 (per person, based on a minimum of 5 persons)
Music Tour
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Visits to Cuba's Top Museums and Cultural Institutions
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Classic Car Tour of Havana
Hop into a 1950's classic car and take in the scenery with a local guide. 2 hours.
Just select Classic Car Tour of Havana at check-out.
55 (per person, based on up to 3 persons per car)
The Best of Havana Sightseeing Tour
A group tour in a luxury coach to all the key sites in the magical city of Havana. 2 hour
Just add The Best of Havana Sightseeing Tour at check-out.
Rum & Cigar Tasting
A local expert will explain the qualities and traits of fine Cuban rum and cigars. 1.5 hours. Transportation to/from location to be paid locally.
Just select Rum & Cigar Tasting at check-out.
45 (per person, based on a minimum of 5 persons)
Salsa Dancing Lessons
Learn how to shake it Cuban style with Cuban expert instructors. 1.5 hours. Transportation to/from location to be paid locally.
Just select Salsa Dancing Lessons at check-out.
Bicycle along the Malecon with Guide
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Historic Architectural Tour
Havana is a feast for the eyes. An expert guide will lead you an exploration of the city and explain its many architectural influences. 2 hours. Transportation to be paid locally.
Just select Historic Architectural Tour at check-out.
Mafia Tour in Classic Car
Visit the Havana sites associated with Cuba's dubious past while cruising in the back of a 1950's classic car. 2 hours.
Just select Mafia Tour in Classic Car at check-out.
55 (per person, based on a minimum of up to 3 persons)
Private Art Tour in Artist Homes
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An Evening at the Tropicana
Visit the world-famous Tropicana Cabaret, known as 'paradise under the stars' with an immense outdoor, tropical setting as spectacular as the nightly shows. Price includes: show, welcome drink, rum, softdrink, assorted snacks. Show begins at 10:00pm (plan to arrive at 9:30); dress smart. Transportation to/from Tropicana to be paid locally.
Just select An Evening at the Tropicana at check-out.
An Evening at the Parisien
The Cabaret Parisien offers perfomances representing a fusion of Indo American, Latino and African cultures. Show begins at 10:00pm (plan to arrive at 9:30); dress code. Note: The Parisen is located adjacent to the Hotel Nacional.
Just select An Evening at the Parisien at check-out.
Buena Vista Social Club
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Fabrica del Art
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An Evening at Casa de la Musica
Casa de la Musica is an absolute must if you have any interest in salsa and has been a mainstay for the best salsa bands for decades. You will be accompanied by a guide to organize your entry past the omnipresent line on busy evenings. Transportation to be paid locally.
Just add An Evening at Casa de la Musica at check-out.
Cuba Excursions
Cuba has so much to offer outside Havana. If you would like to arrive to Cuba before MagiCuba or stay after the the last card trick, just let us know and we will create a custom excursion just for you. Here are a few examples of whats on offer. Just tick the boxes or leave us a note if you would like to learn more or receive a price quote.
Deep Sea Fishing
Ernest Hemingway immortalized the romance of deep-sea fishing in Cuba in The Old Man and The Sea so follow Papa's footsteps to the North West coast, his favourite fishing destination. Bill fishing in Cuba retains the power and magic of Hemingway's days and you can expect to find bonefish, tarpon, jack, crevalle, snapper, barracuda and snook. On a full-day charter in season there's a good chance of a 300-400lb specimen. But beware – these muscular mercurial creatures can swim up to fifty miles per hour!
Trinidad de Cuba
In vibrant but touristic Trinidad, stay in Mansión Alameda, redesigned by Jonathan and Kendra Ashton of Havana's Casa Concordia fame. Dine at Restaurante La Redaccion, the culinary result of an Irish gourmet chef marrying a Cuban. Spend the day exploring the less-visited Sancti Spíritus, another of Velasquez's charming colonial capitals. Its Museo de Arte Colonial and slowly burgeoning artisanal shops are less busy; its sleepy, enchanting river enlivened by a few tiny local bars
Tobacco Plantations
Find out where your beloved cigars come from. Take a ride to the rustic province of Pinar der Rio, and have an organic farm-to-table lunch with a campesino farmer under a mango tree on his country finca. Later, he may roll a cigar for you. That night, ride though the tobacco fields by the light of the moon.
In 1492, Christopher Columbus stepped onto Cuban soil in eastern Baracoa where the Cuchillas del Toa hills meet the glistening Caribbean Sea. He fashioned a crude cross from a mangrove tree to christen this new Spanish outpost. Enchanting and still isolated, Baracoa has just 80,000 close-knit residents.

Yacht Charter
Charter magnificent yachts manned by experienced captain and crew, or luxuriate on a 60-meter custom-built Benetti with a Michelin-starred chef, starlit cinema, spa and private nightclub. If you prefer to sail your own vessel, it is a six-hour fair weather journey from Quay West to Cuba, taking you through the Gulf Stream, across the shadows of container ships accessing the Panama Canal and in sight of the mountains of Matanzas. As you approach Havana from El Morro castle we will be waiting to take care of all your requisite paperwork and customs formalities.

Scuba in Los Jardines de la Reina
In the untainted waters of Los Jardines de la Reina hammerhead sharks greet you with curiosity, staring stock still before pelting off into deep blue. Quicksilver shoals of tarpon dart past, giant rays drift and at night the coral outshines the stars with an epic fluorescence. At the end of the day you can relax in the comfort of your boat or private charter and consult with your group's dedicated scientist-guide.

The "Un Truco" Challenge
Every magician – professional, amateur and enthusiast alike – has one great trick up his sleeve – figuratively, if not literally. And we want you to share it at MagiCuba.

A MagiCuba filmmaker will be capturing many of the magical moments of MagiCuba. Register to participate in the "Un Truco" (One Trick) Challenge and we will allow you to perform your effect on film at some time during the event. The best performances will win prizes & awards (and you may end up in the official MagiCuba documentary for extra bragging rights)
Become a MagiCuba Ambassador
A chief mission of MagiCuba is to introduce magicians from around the world to the Cuban people and to integrate with the Cuban magic community. And we need your help. Please perform for as many locals as possible during your travels around Havana. You'll find Cubans to be among the warmest, most receptive audiences you will ever meet.

MagiCuba buttons: "Pídeme que realice un milagro" (Ask me to perform a miracle) will be distributed (along with a few key magic phrases for those who don't speak Spanish) to everyone who agrees to become a MagiCuba Ambassador

NOTE: MagiCuba is not encouraging you to perform street magic in Cuba or in any manner intended to gather a crowd in public spaces. This is forbidden without prior authorization. But we enthusiastically encourage close-up or "parlor" magic in hotels, cafes, restaurants, bars, shops or wherever and whenever the mood strikes.
Welcome to La Habana

For visitors, the real star of MagiCuba may be Havana itself. It's a city virtually trapped in time, with its vintage American cars, pastel facades and uniformed school children playing outside in traffic-free avenues – rather than glued to their i-devices.

No one could have invented today's Havana. It took 500 years of tumultuous history, a few zealous revolutionaries, a hard-partying Ernest Hemingway, over 50 years of neglect, a marriage and divorce with the USSR and a smoldering love/hate relationship with its frenemy to the North – Los Estados Unidos – to chisel an eclectic cityscape of imposing coastal fortifications encircling Spanish-Moorish colonial mansions, Baroque cathedrals, Art Deco "edificios" and a proud, one-of-a-kind Cuban nation.
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Welcome to Habana
Revolutionary banners hang near decrepit neon nightclub signs that, at once, serve as a reminder of a city at its most decadent and a nation devout to socialism. Images of Che Guevara seem to peek from around every corner and adorn the t-shirts and trinkets of tourists who gather at the grand hotels, that not so long ago were off-limits to Cuban citizens.

The Cubans are a happy people. The whole island seems to sway to a Latin beat. And the sweet, earthy aroma of cigars lingers in every lounge, where bottles of Havana Club pack the shelves of mahogany bars with names like Floridita or Sloppy Joe's, and no Mojito or Daiquiri tastes as good anywhere else in the world – at least, according to Hemingway. And who are we to argue?

Today there are signs of a new, more inquisitive Cuba everywhere, with the latest smart phones, sprouting wi-fi hotspots, a sprinkling of trendy restaurants & bars and a burgeoning class of private entrepreneurs, or "Cuantrapropistas". It's as if Havana is just opening its eyes, like some municipal Rip Van Winkle, to discover it has been asleep for over half a century and the world has passed him by.

But if you hurry, there's still time to catch a show at the Tropicana and a Cuba Libre on the grand terrace of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, much the way you might have when Cuba was the playground of movie stars and mobsters; politicians and pop-singers, and think, "boy, that Hemingway must have had one hell of a time".
Our Partners & Sponsors
If you are interested in becoming a partner or sponsor, please feel free to write us.
Bill Herz, John Rose and Jon Stetson hard at work in Havana
In partnership with the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, Rose, a global marketing agency led by its founder and MagiCuba creator, John Rose, together with master mentalist Jon Stetson and in close cooperation with Bill Herz of Magicorp, the world's largest talent agency specializing in Magic, brings you the first international festival and conference of magic in Havana.
Here we try to anticipate your most common questions. But if you don't find an answer to your specific query here, please contact us.

There will also be an orientation session during the first morning of MagiCuba. And, remember, your MagiCuba team members are residents and will take care of your like you are guests in our Cuban homes. So at any time, just ask one of us if you need any special assistance.
How do I obtain a visa to Cuba?
MagiCuba will provide a Cuban "Tourist Card" when you book your full registration & accommodation package. Other travelers may generally purchase a visa via their airline (in advance or at the airport), but we recommend you contact your airline for details. Travelers from certain countries (see list here) can travel to Cuba without a visa.
Is it legal for Americans to attend MagiCuba?
Yes! MagiCuba is a completely legal way for Americans to travel to Cuba. Americans traveling under one of 12 US general license categories, which encompasses travel to events such as MagiCuba, are allowed to travel to Cuba. Travel to MagiCuba is fully authorized by the the U.S. Department of the Treasury and OFAC under general license CFR § 515.567, which covers travel-related transactions and other transactions that are directly incident to organization of and participation in "public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions." You must travel with an organization that is subject to U.S. jurisdiction and that sponsors such exchanges to promote people-to-people contact, be accompanied by a person subject to U.S. jurisdiction who is a representative of the sponsoring organization and maintain a full-time conference schedule. Individual people-to-people nonacademic educational travel is no longer authorized and you may be requested to produce evidence of such upon your return to the United States. MagiCuba will supply you a confirmation document to satisfy any requests by US Customs & Immiogration. Remember: regular tourism is still forbidden for Americans. See details here.
How do I get to Havana?
Book your flight directly though your airline or via an booking site. If your preferred booking site does not provide travel to Cuba, we recommend Kayak.
How do I get from the airport to my hotel
If you have booked an all-inclusive MagiCuba package, your airport transfer to/from your hotel and virtually all your transportation around Havana will be provided. But there are plenty of taxis available. The standard fare from the airport to your hotel is 25 CUC (approximately $25 USD).
Do I need travel insurance?
It is required to have proof of medical or travel insurance to enter Cuba. They could deny you entry without it. And it's just good common sense to have it in case of emergencies. Note: some US insurers do not extend coverage to Cuba.
Do I need any special vaccinations?
No special vaccinations are required for Cuba, but if you are concerned, you should check with your doctor or visit here for advice. There is a small risk of Zika Virus in Cuba contracted from mosquito bites. It is recommended to travel with insect repellents containing DEET.
Do I need to print documents before I travel?
Internet is not always available. So print and take any travel documents, confirmations, reservations, insurance, or other information you need before leaving.
Will my credit cards work in Cuba or do I need to bring cash?
Cuba is still almost exclusively a cash economy, so you should take enough cash with you to last your whole trip, plus extra for emergencies. It is recommended that you take Euros versus other currencies for better exchange rates. An additional 10% fee is imposed on US Dollars. Hotels and some stores (including cigar shops) and restaurants will accept international credit and debit cards, and there are ATM machines. But with few exceptions, American credit cards, debit cards and travelers checks are not accepted in Cuba. You can avoid carrying lots of extra cash by booing an all-inclusive MagiCuba package which will insure that most of your essential expenses for lodging, meals and transportation have been prepaid. But, of course, there are always those souvenirs, hand-rolled cigars and rum that want to follow your home.
What currency is used in Cuba?
Cuba has two currencies: The National Peso (CUP), and the Convertible Peso (CUC). You will primarily use the CUC, and you may exchange your currency at the airport upon arrival, at your hotel or at a bank exchange desk.
How are the hotels?
Please see the description of the hotels reserved for MagiCuba. Most people find them clean, relatively charming and absolutely authentic. But, of course, you need to be a certain type of traveler to appreciate Cuba. If you are especially demanding or fussy about your accommodations, Cuba may not be the place for you. It should come as no surprise that not everything goes perfectly to plan in a country virtually isolated from the modern world for nearly sixty years. But if you are adventurous, and don't sweat the small stuff, this may just be the most enjoyable trip you have ever experienced.
Can I arrive early or stay later in Cuba?
Yes! Please contact us for special rates for extra days at our MagiCuba Havana Hotels or if you would like to book a tailored excursion to several exotic Cuban destinations.
How's the food?
Due to trade restrictions, food in Cuba has in the past been nothing to brag about, and most restaurants are state-run. But there are a growing number of great restaurants – primarily the new privately owned and operated businesses – that serve extraordinary cuisine. When you travel with MagiCuba we will bring you to the best restaurants in Havana (and at the same time support the growing private Cuban economy). You'll pay a bit more than in the dated and dour state restaurants, but it is well worth it.
Can I drink the water?
We don't recommend it. Safe bottled water is readily available.
What is the power supply in Cuba?
Although the power supply in Cuba is mainly 110 volts and use the US-style plugs, most of the modern hotels have dual voltage with at least some sockets in the room are 220 volts.
Will my phone work in Cuba?
Maybe. Check with your phone company before you travel to confirm roaming and charges for calls, texts and data. But it can be very expensive and we suggest you turn off data roaming before you get off the plane.
Will I have access to Internet in Cuba?
Yes! The hotels selected by MagiCuba offer Internet for free, or at a small additional charge. And the national provider (ETECSA) has installed WiFi hot spots across Havana and in other major cities, which can be used with the purchase of relatively inexpensive WiFi cards. In any event, don't expect the WiFi to be reliable or especially speedy. But it's Cuba. Unplug and enjoy!
How do I find my way around Cuba?
MagiCuba will guide you throughout your stay and will provide a map of Havana. But Havana is relatively easy to navigate. Most streets are numbered, there is relatively little traffic and there are many taxis, which you can flag down on most streets unless otherwise indicated. But with no data plan for mobile phones, we recommend you use offline maps or preload your Google Maps and use your phone's GPS to show your location if you plan to travel on your own. You should download these before leaving for Cuba.
Is Havana safe?
Havana is a very safe city. Violent crimes are uncommon. But as in all big cities, you should be on your guard and diligent about protecting your personal items such as purses, wallets, phones and cameras. Cubans are the friendliest people in the world, so don't be afraid to chat openly with them. But also watch out for scams. Some unscrupulous Cubans will want to be your "friend" and will offer you places to drink, eat, buy cigars, etc. only to expect money for the "recommendation". Don't be afraid to say no to them.
Can I bring Cuban products back to the U.S.
Americans can now import up to $400 worth of goods from Cuba, including up to fifty cigars and two liters of Cuban rum. Tip: We recommend you only purchase cigars from official stores to ensure they are of the best quality. Buying cigars on the street may be fiscally appealing, and they may even be legit (it seems every Cuban has a friend who works in a cigar factory), but buyer beware.
Do I need to learn Spanish?
You will have little trouble communicating in Havana while traveling with MagiCuba. But Locals always appreciate when tourists make an effort to communicate something in Spanish. MagiCuba will include a brief phrase guide with your welcome kit. But if you are wondering how to say: "Please pick a card" it is: "Por favor escoja una tarjeta."
What is the custom for tipping in Cuba?
Based on the philosophy that a few dollars probably means more to them than to you, please be generous and tip from 10-20% in restaurants and for other services where tips are generally expected. However, do check your bills in restaurants carefully. And if you are unsure if a tip is included, don't be shy to ask.
How should I dress when I'm in Cuba?
Though Cuba is a relatively casual Caribbean island destination, Havana is more like a European city. Dress for comfort during the hot days in light pants or shorts and a cotton or linen shirt or light dress -- with practical, worn-in shoes for walking around Havana. You will want to dress a bit more elegantly at night. Most venues don't have a clearly defined dress code, and you don't need to bring a suit or a formal dress (though that white linen suit or designer summer dress you've been longing to wear won't look out of place), but something "nice" to wear is highly recommended. You can certainly get way with long pants (Mandatory at some venues) and a collared shirt or a smart dress for all MagiCuba activities. Jackets are rarely necessary. But the extra pockets for magic and cigars may come in handy. Dressy shoes can be a nice touch, but only if you have room in your suitcase. There is always a small chance of rain or a cool breeze at night. So you may want to throw a light sweater or travel umbrella into your bag. TIP: There can be a notoriously long wait for checked luggage at Cuban airports upon arrival. So if you can travel light, with a carry-on bag only, you will be sipping Mojitos in Havana all that much sooner.
What else should I bring?
Bring any medicines you require, with prescriptions carefully labeled for inspection. Don't count being able to easily find toiletry items (toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving crème, razors, etc.), though your hotel will likely place shampoos, conditioners and lotions in your room. And it's best to bring the usual headache and tummy medicines, bandages, etc. just in case. A pair of dark sunglasses are essential and a sunhat can be smart if you're sensitive to the sun. Bring sunblock with you, since it's surprisingly difficult to find and rather expensive.
What should I NOT bring?
In addition to your airline's restrictions for dangerous or restricted goods, Cuban airport personnel may impose additional guidelines that may not seem so obvious. Authorities might frown upon books and magazine articles that may be overly critical of the government. If discovered, these publications will probably be taken away from you at the airport. You may bring one each of your electronic devices such as phones, tablets and laptops. But be cautious when bringing multiple devices to avoid raising suspicions that you intend to sell them on the island. Walkie talkies, satellite phones, drones or any kind of handheld dedicated GPS device will be confiscated upon arrival.

Whether it's a magazine, DVD or computer file, you should not bring anything that might be characterized as pornography into Cuba. So you may want to delete any files that can be considered to contain adult content.

The combined total value of anything you intend to leave in Cuba should not be valued at more than USD $1000. For more details, visit here.

What if I have to cancel my travel with MagiCuba?
All payments and deposits to MagiCuba are 100% refundable until March 7, 2018; 90% refundable until June 7, 2018; 50% refundable until August 7, 2018 – after which all payments and deposits are final and non-refundable. However, we will make every attempt to help you transfer your registration to someone else that you designate and we strongly recommend all members of your travel party take out travel insurance through an independent source, in case of unforeseen circumstances.
I'm an American. What if the U.S. Government establishes further restrictions or an outright ban on travel to Cuba?
We closely monitor all activity related to the political situation between the U.S. and Cuba. New policies were recently released and it is highly unlikely that there will be additional or more restrictive policies that would prevent anyone from to attending MagiCuba. Of course, if the US government prohibits you from travelling to Cuba prior to our event, we will refund your registration in full.
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