How to Travel to Cuba as an American
1. Its still forbidden unless . . . .
Tourism travel to Cuba is still forbidden under the U.S. embargo, so you have to choose one of 12 exceptions as regulated by the U.S. Treasury Department (check its factsheet). Under the new rules, you don’t need preapproval from Treasury, but you should be prepared to say which one applies to you.
2. Avoid tourist traps
Ask your driver or other locals for the best new spots in town or do some web-research before heading to Cuba.
3. Slow your roll
You’re on Cuban time now. Many things get delayed from buses to airlines. Service at restaurants is extremely slow.
4. Cubans love seeing Americans in their country
Pro: This confirms that the embargo will be lifted soon and prosperity is in their future. Con: Growing up in South Florida (a huge population of Cubans) that were extremely harsh to non-Cubans (i.e. my blonde self) and again in Cuba, the Cubans from my perception see as a money source. My husband and I did everything we could to help (prob half of our budget went to generous gifts and tipping) but after some time, the confrontation for money from us 2 blondes walking thru Cuba was over the top and left us with a bad taste in our mouth.
Here’s the rest of the tips . . . 37 Things You Need to Know Before You Visit Cuba
P.S. I strongly recommend reading into the Cuban American relations before arriving, the more you know, the better you will be prepared.
P.P.S. Check out these amazing Cuban Antique Cars!
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