With the lifting of the U.S.-Cuban embargo and the prospect of re-establishing relations with Cuba, the prospect of opening up Cuba to U.S. tourists is a good possibility.
Right now, the only 2 ways that U.S. citizens can travel legally to Cuba is through education or humanitarian reasons but the lifting of the embargo is giving Cubans hope that Americans will flock to their pristine beaches that have enticed Canadians and Europeans for years. Some tour operators already have tours to Cuba in place but these aren’t the kind of relaxing beach vacations that many vacationers are interested in. They are listed as “people to people” groups organized through a couple of licensed tour operators.
So when the rules are listed and Americans can freely travel to Cuba for vacations, what will they find?
- some wonderfully pristine beaches. The most famous beach resort destination is Varadero- 13 miles of pristine white sand beach
- scuba diving at sites like Maria La Gorda
- sport fishing- you can re-live the days of Ernest Hemingway and reel in some marlin or big fish
- The nightlife and entertainment of Havana’s Vedado district- known for jazz
- outdoor pursuits like hiking and rock climbing, bird watching, waterfalls and caves to explore
- some well known resorts with names that we would recognize like Paradisus, Melia and Iberostar
- Cuban cigars and rum
When Cuba opens to U.S. tourists, would you be interested in traveling there?
Let us know. We’re pretty sure that within 2 years cruise ships and flights to Cuba will be as common as those to St. Thomas and Jamaica.
We asked one of our friends is they would be interested in visiting Cuba and her answer was no. My Vacation Lady is open to the idea of visiting Cuba as some of our Canadian colleagues talk so highly of the island.
Right now it’s a mute point but let’s talk again in a few months and see what progress has been made in the US-Cuban tourist industry.