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Travel experts and upscale magazines are urging travel to Cuba before it changes.Here are eight tips for visiting Havana.IF YOU NEED IT, BRING ITI forgot to bring my toothbrush to Havana. The fancy hotels sell some things in shops onsite, of course, but Havana just doesn't have many stores.Violent crime in Havana is rare.Havana is not always a logical place.Then visiting Cuba will be a trip back in time.On paper, one U.S. dollar is worth one CUC, but the Cuban government takes a 13 percent fee, so you get 87 cents for your dollar. If you must go online in Havana, hotels sell Internet cards for lobby Wi-Fi for $4 or $5 per 30 minutes.Havana's official, government-owned taxis seemed to be in better condition than privately owned cars – though tourists are routinely overcharged.My best meals were at 304 O'Reilly (the restaurant name is also the street address), which offers trendy, light fare (terrific ceviche, lobster and pasta), and Cafe Ajiaco in Cojimar (Calle 92, No. 267), whose owner showcases what he sees as the best of traditional Cuban cuisine.Otherwise, try the music scene at Casa de la Musica in Central Havana.
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