We are pleased to offer you an exceptional opportunity to enjoy yourself on a remarkable 7-day combination golf tournament and visit to Havana. We have combined the unique opportunity to engage with Cuban golf counterparts in a friendly amateur competition and exchange - with some highlights of Havana where you will explore the capital city's timeless streets, architecture and famous landmarks. This program ventures from Cuba’s coastline and golf courses across impossibly verdant landscapes to the cultural city of Havana. You will savor some of the best local cuisine at top private restaurants for support of the Cuban people and experience some of the best in culture that Cuba has to offer. We hope that you will join us on this once-in-a-lifetime Cuba golf tour experience brought to you by Carlson Maritime Travel.
By participating in this tour, you will be giving a $200.00 per person donation to the
We hope that you will join us in supporting this worthy cause.





The Varadero Golf Club and Cuba Standard invite you to participate in the 10th edition of the international elite Golf event. The "CUBA GOLF GRAND TOURNAMENT" combines players over 18 years of age with a certified handicap of 24 or under for men, and 30 or under for ladies. There will be one practice round and two competition rounds with three prizes per category.
All participants registered for the event will have the opportunity to bring one companion who will enjoy the cultural and social activities of the program.
The Golf Club has a 72-par course located in the northern coast of the Hicacos Peninsula with challenging difficulties for any category of palyer. It was designed by architect Les Furber with the incomparable style of Robert Trent John.
The Golf Club offers a unique environment at its famous Xanadu Mansion club house and its Bar Mirador where visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the light green tone of the golf course and the turquoise blue of the surrounding sea.


DAY 1- Oct. 24th (L,D)
Non-stop flight from Tampa (or your homegateway) to Havana. Panoramic tour of Havana including Revolutionary Square, the U.S. Embassy, the Malecon, Morro Castle and more. A stop at the Nacional Hotel to change money, have a drink, enjoy the grounds.
Transfer to Varadero. Check-in at the Melia Las Americas Lunch, meet with the course manager and our Cuban golf counter parts, explore the golf course and club house. This evening we will enjoy our welcome dinner and meet our Cuban golf hosts.
DAY 2- Oct 25th (B,L,D)
7:00am- Registration at the Pro Shop, receive your welcome packet and practice on the driving range. Practice Round with your Cuban teammates all categories.
7:00pm- Welcome cocktail at XANADU MANSION's Bar Mirador. Orientation on tournament, information, game rules.
Dinner and drinks at your all-inclusive property.

DAY 3- Oct 26th (B,L,D)
7:00am- Practice on the Driving Range
7:30am- 1st Competition round- all categories
Snack food and drink service throughout the course
7:00pm-Lecture from Golf Course professional during rum tasting, Cuban cigars at Bar Mirador
DAY 4- Oct 27th (B,L,D)
7:00am-Practice on the driving range with Cuban golf team members
7:30am- Final Competition Round- all categories
Snack food and drink service throughout the course
Skills competition: distance to the pin (Men 8th hole)-(Ladies 3rd hole)
6:00pm- Prizes and award ceremony at the putting green of Varadero Golf Club.
7:00pm- Gala dinner at Xanadu Mansion club house
DAY 5 – Oct 28th (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. 6:30am-9:30am. Check-out - transfer to Havana about 2.5 hours, stopping along the way in Mantanzas for a short drink and view the city.
Upon arrival in Havana, we will stop at REVOLUTIONARY SQUARE where Castro delivers his speeches, see the Jose Marti Memorial and images of Cienfuegos and Che on the building facades. Lunch will be at MEDITERRANEO, one of the most excellent paladars in Havana. After lunch we visit ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S home and finca and see his beloved boat, El Pilar at the sea-side village of Cojimar.
Now it's time for some real history and culture. We stop at the Revolutionary Museum housed in the former palace of all the presidents of Cuba, the an architectural walking tour. Hotel check-in at the RIVIERA HOTEL located on the famous Malecon. Dinner this evening at SAN CRISTOBAL, another wonderful paladar and one where President Obama dined with his family while visiting Cuba.
Day 6 – Oct 29th (B,L,D)
Breakfast at the hotel 6:30am-9:30am
This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour of Old Havana and the four squares. History, architecture, culture and cuisine await us in Havana. Lunch is at CAFE DE ORIENTE-one of the best government-run restaurants in Havana. Afternoon at the SAN JOSE MARKET. Dinner these evening at the wonderful LA FORESTA paladar- one of the very best in Havana.
DAY 7 – Oct 30th (B,L)
Breakfast at the hotel. 6:30am-9:30am
After breakfast we will check-out and begin our day with a visit to the famous community project of JOSE FUSTER. Fuster is one of the worlds most famous ceramists and is touted as the Cuban Gaudi. He has turned a sleepy poverty stricken village into a colorful and whimsical wonderland.
We will stop for lunch at ELITE, another excellent private restaurant that is surprisingly new, modern and delicious.
Transfer to airport.


Please call us for flights from your gateway city.

Baggage Charges: 2 bags fly free on Southwest plus one carry-on and one personal item. Max 50lbs each. GOLF CLUBS are also free if they are one of your two pieces of luggage and are 50lbs or under!

Travel Insurance/Cancellation Insurance: We are offering additional medical evacuation, cancellation, baggage delay, trip interruption insurance for your trip in the amount of $171.00 per person. This is optional, but strongly recommended. Medical insurance while in Cuba IS INCLUDED IN YOUR TRIP.

Document Requirements: All travel to Cuba is currently regulated by the office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and each traveler must have documentation showing
that their travel is authorized according to OFAC's Comprehensive Guidelines. You will be provided with proper documentation for legal travel to Cuba.

A valid passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months after travel is completed is required for travel to Cuba. A Cuban Visa (Tourist Card) is required for travel to Cuba. Your visa is in addition to your tour price at $85.00 pp and will be provided to you.

Medications: We recommend that you bring an adequate supply of the prescription medicines you use regularly to last throughout the program and pack them in your carry-on bag.

Inoculations: We strongly suggest that you contact your personal physician for recommendations regarding your individual health requirements.

Cuban Medical Insurance is included in your program. This policy covers major medical emergencies. The policy is in effect throughout the country. Additional cancellation and medi-vac insurance is highly recommended.

Cuba's Climate & Weather:
 Cuba is subtropical with a mean temperature of 87-94 degrees. The wet season runs from May to October, and the dry season from November through April. The average high temperature in Cuba's hottest month of July is 94 degrees Fahrenheit. Be prepared for hot weather and a chance for brief periods of rain with temperatures averaging 75-90F. You may want to take sunscreen, definitely sunglasses and mosquito repellent. Havana weather forecasts are available on the Internet at all news bureaus sites such as 

Clothing and Packing Tips: Golf attire required for all golfers. 
During your daytime excursions, dress is casual with casual slacks, jeans, shorts and skirts being acceptable. Remember to bring comfortable, well-broken-in walking shoes. During the evening smart-casual attire, such as a button down-shirt with Khaki/casual slacks for men and a dress or blouse with skirt or pants for women is appropriate. Cuba is a casual destination.
Language: Spanish is the official language in Cuba, although some people you encounter will speak English. Learning and using even a few basic words will be much appreciated by the locals.

Time: Cuba is on the same time as EST.

Currency & Credit Cards: The U.S. dollar is not accepted in Cuba, you will have to exchange dollars into Cuban Convertible Pesos (a.k.a. the CUC – "kook"). There are exchange locations at your hotels and a standard 13% exchange fee is imposed on all exchanges. For example: US$100 = CUC$87 Your unused CUCs can be exchanged for U.S. Dollars at face value (without a fee) upon departure. We recommend that you do not exchange all your U.S. Dollars at once. Please exchange as you need throughout the week.

Credit cards: issued by U.S. banks are still NOT accepted in Cuba at this time unless you have a Stonegate credit card. Traveler's checks cannot be used.
Personal expenses such as telephone, mini-bar, room service and laundry services are not included in the program and will have to be settled with the hotel prior to departure. Meals and beverages (including wines and liquors) not indicated in your itinerary are considered personal expenses as well. Please adjust the amount of cash you bring accordingly. Remember, no credit cards are accepted at this time. Cash is king!

Tipping: Gratuites to our guide and driver are included in your package. ($150.00 pp)

Shopping and What Can Be Brought Back to the U.S:

The U.S. regulations now allows the importation of “Cuban products” such as rum, cigars or other consumer products in amounts for personal consumption. You must obtain a receipt for all artwork!

Electrical Current: The standard electric current in Cuba is 220 volt, 50 cycles. North American appliances such as razors and hair dryers are made to operate on 110 volt, 60 cycle current and will burn out if a current converter is not used. An electrical current converter and a European-style "two prong"plug adapter should be purchased prior to departure. Research through the manufacturer any devices you own that you might have a question about.

Communications: It is not possible to use calling cards or U.S. issued cellular phones for calls from Cuba, unless you have Verizon, AT&T or Sprint as your carrier. Please note that calls to the U.S. from your hotel room approximately $3 CUC per minute. We ask you to bear in mind the phone service in Cuba is sometimes unreliable. Your hotels will have internet access for a fee. A wi-fi card can be purchased at the front desk for use on laptops and IPADS.

To join this tour, click on this link to download required registration forms. Fill out, sign and send back with deposit and copy of passport.

Or click on email below and we will email the forms.

Or call us at: 727.945.1930 to discuss.






Carlson Maritime Travel is an authorized OFAC compliant travel service provider. Those traveling under general or specific license will be provided with the proper travel documents, visas and required legal documentation to participate in legal travel to Cuba.


623 E. Tarpon Ave
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Ph: 727.945.1930 Fax: 727.945.1919


Your tour includes a $200.00 per person donation to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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