CNN list 7 things Americans should know before visiting Cuba

Posted: 21-Jul-15 10:35

Things have changed between the USA and Cuba and Americans are now allowed to visit this Caribbean nation. These are some of the things that an American traveller should know before embarking on a voyage to Cuba.

CNN list 7 things Americans should know before visiting Cuba

Now that the diplomatic relationship between the USA and Cuba has changed and the travel restrictions have been lifted, more Americans than ever are opting to visit this Caribbean nation. Here are some important things that you should know before you plan your trip:

  1. How to Visit Cuba Legally

    Since President Obama expanded the categories of travel for Cuba, US citizens can legally visit this island for approved reasons. The permitted reasons include volunteering, participating in an athletic event, working on a humanitarian project, conducting research, attending classes or other reasons.

  2. How to Plan a Visit that Helps the Cuban People

    When you are planning a visit, how can you made sure that your tourism money benefits the people of Cuba rather than going right to the government? First of all, try to stay in a "Casa Particular" which is a hotel that is based in a private home - rather than staying in a government run hotel. Also, try to eat in the locally owned restaurants, so that your money goes to the people of Cuba.

  3. What's Not Allowed?

    Americans are not allowed to visit Cuba for the purposes of tourism. You must be able to show that your visit helps the Cuban people or has some sort of educational component to it.

  4. Is it Easier to Get to Cuba Now?

    Previously, US travellers had to get to Cuba illegally by flying through a third country, which was an unpredictable and unofficial way to do things. However, now there are multiple daily flights from destinations such as Houston, New York, Tampa, Orlando and Miami.

  5. What to Expect in Cuba

    Cuba doesn't have the infrastructure yet to support a lot of visitors and there are not a lot of good hotels. There is also very poor WiFi coverage, so don't expect to stay connected during your visit.

  6. Can I Bring Back Cuban Cigars?

    Under the new regulations, US visitors can legally bring $100 worth of cigars home with them.

  7. Is This the Best Time to Go?

    Many people are travelling to Cuba now, as they want a chance to see the country before it changes under the influx of American tourists. This will still probably take a while to happen, but still this is a great opportunity to see a beautiful Caribbean island with a fascinating history and culture.


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