Even though the trade embargo is still in effect, and there are travel restrictions for United States citizens, still more than 100,000 Americans visit the island country each year and it is one of the fastest-growing vacation destinations in the entire world.
As one of the largest of the Caribbean islands, the island nation of Cuba has beautiful and wide, Sandy white beaches complemented by majestic palm trees, fresh clean blue-green water, and a mysterious and fascinating history steeped in Latin American culture. The people of Cuba have quickly embraced the tourist industry and it’s exploding interest in their country, certainly welcoming economic benefits that derive from the millions of tourists annually.
First to renew their ties with the Cuban travel industry were the Canadians. As early as the 1970’s, agencies in Canada began promoting Cuba as an idyllic vacation spot. Traveling through Canada remains the simplest and most secure way to visit Cuba today. Anyone interested in traveling to Cuba would be wise to get appropriate advice on the matter as far the risks and legality issues. It would also be wise to contact the Canadian travel agency that is well versed in the travel industry in Cuba to set up your vacation, as they understand the country and its nuances better than most other agencies.
The country has improved its tourism industry greatly. There was a time when visitors flew in old and rusty, Russian military planes. Today’s tourists fly in standard commercial flights from some of the largest carriers flying the latest Lockheed and Airbus craft. Upon arrival, there will be modern buses to transport passengers from the airports to resorts and other attractions, like the tobacco plantations, all around the island.
Today’s Cuba has places of interest for just about any vacationer’s liking. Certainly, there is plenty to keep the beach crowd happy, but there is also a lot in the way of history and intrigue. For cigar smokers, this is heaven on earth; Cuba makes the world’s best cigars, and they can smoke one while talking to the master that created it.
Lodging ranges from quite Spartan and government-run quarters to world class resorts owned by European hotel chains. Try some of the local fare in the restaurants, but there are also foreign chefs recruited from all over Europe to work in the resorts, so there is sure to be something on the menu to delight your palate.