By Kendall Mason
Cuba has remained a mystery to Americans since the 1960’s. An embargo on trade effectively banned travel to the island, stopping people from exploring the country’s beauty and culture. Now that nearly 60 years have passed, travel to Cuba is possible again. You can explore crystal clear, Carribean waters, hike through mesmerizing parks, marvel at local art, savor the delicious food, and so much more.
While there are travel restrictions and policies in place that must be kept in mind, Cuba is finally open for exploration, relaxation, and making unforgettable memories. With so much to do, see, and enjoy, it’s a trip that you cannot miss on this Cuban travel package.
Travel to Cuba became possible during the Obama administration after being banned through a trade embargo put in place by JFK in 1962/1963. It’s been a long road to get to where we are today, and there are still a number of rules and requirements that you need to keep in mind when traveling to Cuba.
First off, you’ll be traveling under the “Support for the Cuban People” category of permitted travel. It is one of eleven categories of permissible travel, and it states that American citizens can go to Cuba in order to stimulate the economy, specifically the private sector. It encourages tourists to avoid spending any money with the Cuban government, and it lists a number of other restricted entities. Don’t worry, your trip will be planned to avoid these establishments completely.
While we’re on the subject of money, you should know that your credit and debit card will not work in Cuba. Cash is the way to go. Some other things you need to bring? Your valid passport, a travel visa or Cuban tourist card, non U.S. medical insurance (you can often buy this with your plane ticket), return travel documents, and a certification of travel form.
Add these things to your packing list; you don’t want to get to the airport and realize you’ve forgotten your passport! While it may sound like a lot, your travel advisors will help you and ensure that everything is perfect before your trip.
You may not know the countless activities that Cuba has to offer, which makes sense when the country has been closed to you for nearly sixty years. Don’t worry, I’m going to suggest some of the best to you, and there’s something for everyone on this guided Havana sightseeing trip.
Regardless of how you like to spend your time, Cuba has something for you. Let’s start with a staple of the Caribbean: the beaches. Crystal clear water, white sand, and plenty of fun activities will be all around you. Try Varadero Beach for relaxation; take a long walk, dip into the warm water, or just lay around in the sun. Santa Maria del Mar is the beach for partying and fun, and Playa Guanabo is best for those who want to have some fun, explore, and stay away from big crowds.
There’s so much more than beaches, so don’t feel discouraged if sun and sand isn’t your favorite. Cuba offers beautiful, natural attractions if you want to explore the outdoors without going to the beach. Explore a national park, go on a hike, and see some wildlife! Alejandro de Humboldt National Park offers the chance to take in Cuba’s natural beauty with unique geography, plentiful wildlife, and more. It is just one of many national parks; whether you are interested in birding, experiencing natural wonders like waterfalls, or just hiking through the wilderness, there is something for you.
Art, Culture, History and More
Stunning natural wonders are not the only thing that Cuba has to offer. The island has a rich history that has led to beautiful works of art and culture. Interested in seeing some? Cuba’s museums may be for you. Try the Museo de la Revolución to learn about the revolution of 1959 or the Museo de Bellas Artes to enjoy fine and contemporary art. The Havana Rum Museum gives the chance to learn about the history of rum in Cuba. Visit any of these museums, or any of the others that the island has to offer, and learn something about the amazing country that you’re visiting!
You can experience Cuba’s culture firsthand, as well as, through a Havana sightseeing trip. On this tour you will walk through old Havana, learning about the history and culture as you go. You’ll have the chance to see astonishing sites like El Paseo del Prado, El Bosque, Plaza de Revolución, and more. Don’t forget about other attractions, such as Ernest Hemingway’s apartment, a UNESCO world heritage site, and the birthplace of the mojito. By the end, you’ll have a better understanding of the culture that is surrounding you.
No matter what you choose, Cuba has something for you. Experience its natural beauty, taste local food and drinks, and learn something about the island. What’s stopping you? Spend your next vacation in Cuba!
We hope you will join us on a Havana sightseeing trip.