1950's car in Cuba
1950’s car in Cuba

There’s something appealing about visiting a place that has been virtually off-limits to Americans for more than half a century and this is why we are seeing a remarkable hike in demand for travel to Cuba despite the continued U.S. government restrictions limiting approved travel to the island nation via 12 authorized categories.  We find that more Americans are taking advantage of the avenues available to them to legally travel to this once forbidden island that is less than 100 miles from Key West, Florida.  I am continually assisting my clients who have a desire to visit Cuba this year by observing the existing law, and am preparing them for culturally-immersive experiences that you will remember for a lifetime.
There is now regularly scheduled air service to Cuba for the first time in 50 years. Delta Air Lines opened the first U.S. airline ticket office in Havana last November, American Airlines will operate 10 daily flights to six Cuban cities this year, and United Airlines, as well as five other U.S.-based carriers, will have regularly scheduled flights to Cuba.

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Major cruise lines also are sailing to Cuba this year, Royal Caribbean,Norwegian, Fathom and Pearl to list a few. There are also quite a number of tour operators who are offering fantastic and interesting itineraries with everything from a Faith -based theme to Foodie Tours. The feeling is, travel to Cuba BEFORE it changes drastically as that is half of the excitement.
If you are not that familiar with Cuba, here is a little insight into this interesting country. Cuba is a Caribbean island nation under communist rule. It has sugar-white beaches and is dotted with tobacco fields, which play a part in the production of the country’s legendary cigars. The capital, Havana, is lined with pastel houses, 1950s-era cars and Spanish-colonial architecture in the 16th-century core, Old Havana. Salsa music plays in the dance clubs and cabaret shows are performed at the famed Tropicana.

Here are 8 Reasons why you may be interested in traveling to Cuba this year.

  1. The rules are relaxed, but you’ll still face some restrictions. As of now, Americans still aren’t allowed to visit Cuba for a pure leisure vacation, so don’t plan to spend your entire time relaxing on the beaches

 

Buildings in Cuba
Buildings in Cuba

2.  Flights are cheap and easy.  Previously you were able to get to Cuba only on a chartered plane or by connecting from another country, but now several commercial airlines offer service to the island.
3. Hotel booking is complicated. None of the online travel agencies like Orbitz or Expedia currently list hotels in Cuba, so you’ll need to book via a company that specializes in Cuban travel. I have those connections,
4. Cash is king, but it will cost you. The ATM networks in Cuba are sparse and most merchants don’t take credit cards
5.  You’ll need insurance. The Cuban government requires that American travelers have an insurance policy on their trip
6.  Prepare to unplug. Internet connectivity is rare and unreliable in Cuba.
7.  Pack carefully. The availability of basic supplies that you’d find at a convenience store in the U.S. is limited
8.  There’s no longer a limit on souvenirs. As long as you’re keeping the items for personal use and not reselling them, you can stock up on as much rum and cigars as you can carry.
Portions of this article are courtesy of Fiscal Times/ Beth Braverman

So, if you would like to experience something new and different on your vacation this year, contact me at 509-991-8334 or email me at val@internationalhouseoftravel.com and we can get started!  You may also set up a complimentary 30 minute “Let’s Get Acquainted” session with me by simply clicking here:  https://www.timetrade.com/book/VF84J

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