The Huffington Post publishes top ten Cuban spots on Americans' bucket list

Posted: 20-Oct-16 12:42

Ever since direct air service between the US and Cuba was officially re-established on 31st August, US citizens are flocking to the island. The more competitive prices and convenient flight arrangements now make Cuba an even more attractive destination. The Huffington Post joined in on the thrill by releasing the top ten places all Americans are looking forward to see.

The Huffington Post publishes top ten Cuban spots on Americans' bucket list

Off limits for over fifty years due to strong political differences, Cuba remained an impossible dream for many Americans who wished to visit the country.

After President Obama announced his intention of restoring diplomatic bonds with the Cuban government in December 2014, travel restrictions were loosened and 12 categories of legal travel to the island were established. US citizens who fall within any of these categories, which include family visits, educational activities and people-to-people travel, are now authorised to visit.

Even with this progress, getting to Cuba was still slightly expensive and complex, as only charter flights operated between the two countries. With JetBlue’s first flight to Santa Clara on 31st August, commercial air service kicked off, an important step which means easier and more comfortable travel with direct flights as well as cheaper fares. With JetBlue prices start at only $99 each way, whilst other carriers like American Airlines who began operating commercial flights on 7th September, also offer competitive prices.

For the first time in over half a century, reaching Cuba is a very accessible possibility for Americans. After considering how many US citizens would be eager to visit with these new conveniences, The Huffington Post published the ten spots in Cuba that would most likely be on the top of their bucket list.

Varadero

Deemed one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Varadero is renowned for its powdery white sand and clear blue waters. An all-inclusive experience in one of its many hotels is a great option for unwinding and enjoying the Caribbean beach life.

Vinales

Set amidst impressive hills called “mogotes”, Vinales is a charming country town with plenty of verdant nature and impressive wildlife. This valley also offers the finest cigar plantations in the country.

Finca Vigia

Recently restored, Finca Vigia was Ernest Hemingway’s home in Cuba. Situated on the outskirts of Havana, this estate was where the author wrote his novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.

Havana

The island’s vibrant capital is buzzing with unique and remarkable experiences to be lived out at every corner; from animated nightlife to impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the old town, the city amazes all its visitors with its contrasts and charm.

The Malecon

Havana’s famous seawall, the Malecon is the top reunion point for “habaneros” who get together to chat, sing and laugh as they sit observing the waves crashing in the shoreline.

Plaza de Armas

In close proximity to the Malecon, this beautiful plaza in Old Havana is presided by a statue of Cespedes, one of Cuba’s national heroes. A great ambiance always surrounds Plaza de Armas which holds a daily flea market with books and random local articles.

Miramar

The capital’s most luxurious neighbourhood, Miramar is home to trendy night clubs, high-end boutiques and many foreign embassies.
The Russian Embassy
The Russian Embassy towers above the rest, an impressive construction that resembles a large robot, a skyscraper which once house Soviet troops.

Trinidad

Time stands still in Trinidad, a beautiful town where the colonial history of sugar trade comes to life. The stunning and well-preserved colonial buildings as well as the Valley of the Sugar Mills deserve a visit.

Maria la Gorda

Colourful marine life and stunning coral reefs await at Maria la Gorda. Scuba diving in these pristine waters will provide an unforgettable moment.


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