Never heard of boat trips. People do fly regularly between Grand Cayman and Cuba. Cayman Airways flies. I am not sure what you mean by a "safe" trip. Citizens of the U.S. are the group that has a problem with Cuba. Europeans, Canadians, etc., travel on holiday to Cuba all the time. We were supposed to go on our last trip, but something came up. Looking forward to doing it in the future. You can make arrangements with a travel agency in GC -- Americans do it regularly. You can also learn about Cuba on that forum. Hope this helps.
Retrip, thanks for the info. I heard from someone that since the U.S. has issues with Cuba, it's not a good idea to travel to Cuba.
as far as I know (and I'm not american), it's illegal for americans to travel to Cuba. The travel agencies here advertise round trip airfare + 2 nights in a hotel for $400 and they also mention that they can arrange it so that US citizen's passports don't get stamped when entering/exiting cuba. Not sure that that arrangement makes it more legit but it is available. As for safety in Cuba, if that's what you mean, Cuba, when I went there, was pretty safe and likely no one will know you are american, canadian etc... if you are worried about that.
It is illegal for US Citizens to travel to Cuba, but lots do it via third countries. Cuba does not stamp your passport so it is difficult for US immigration to know you have been there.
Go to the Lonely Planet forum on Cuba for good information. Lots of US citizens discussing this issue.
As for safety, Cuba, even Havana is one of the safest cities in the world. Crime does occur, but it is very rare compared to Europe or US. The people are very friendly and a day in Havana is a really worthwhile experience. It is a World Heritage Centre.
If you are seriously interested drop me a message and I can point you in the direction of a very reliable guide in Havana, who will make any arrangements you need.
My family and I were in Cuba last July and had a great vacation and while we are in Grand Cayman this year I may hop over to Havana for the day, while my wife and son dive.
Thanks Tim. I will call upon you for expert advice. I am planning this trip somewhere between February and March of 2009. I have absolutely too much going on this year to go.
I'm wondering what progress you've made on your planning. I'm also planning to go from cayman. Either end of march or last week of year this year. I've just started researching and am not sure how much time to even spend. Was originally planning 1 week. Curious what your itinerary was going to be. Thanks.
Just remember, you cannot use any charge cards, atm cards, etc in Cuba.
You also should not bring laptop, blackberry, etc. It is very easy to arrange the trip in the Cayman Islands!
In addition instead of leaving your guide etc a cash tip, it is nice to bring vitamins, aspirin, school supplies or any of the many items not readily available.