Cuba – Who can Go? Places to See?
As a major snowstorm blankets the U.S. eastern seaboard, let’s focus on a nearby sunspot that is gradually becoming accessible to Americans. (Canadian residents have long been able to travel to Cuba for vacations but Canadian companies doing business in the U.S. have held off due to the embargo.)
On December 17, 2014, this changed when The White House introduced new guidelines for U.S. residents to travel to Cuba.
7,000 flights have been grounded by one of the biggest blizzards in U.S. history. When things clear up, Cuba may be the place for some corporate groups to find relief from frosty weather. It has only snowed in Cuba one time in history, in February, 1977.
Cuba: Who Can Go
While travel for the purposes of tourism is still prohibited, travel to Cuba is permitted under 12 specific conditions. For U.S. residents, the categories of interest to event professionals include:
- official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organization
- journalistic activity
- professional research and professional meetings
- educational activities
- religious activities
- public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
- humanitarian projects
- activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
Full Whte House FACT SHEET: Charting a New Course on Cuba.
6 Places to See in Cuba
Cuba has a vibrant culture as clearly demonstrated by the Afro-Cuban music, dance (e.g. salsa, classical ballet from the renowned dance school in Havana) and art.
Places in Cuba of particular interest to Americans include:
- Hotel Ambos Mundos: American Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning writer Ernest Hemmingway lived in Cuba from 1838 – 1959. He lived for a time in room 511 at Hotel Ambos Mundos. His room has been preserved.
- Finca La Vigia: Ernest Hemmingway rented and eventually purchased Finca La Vigia, a farm on the outskirts of Havana.
- Pollo Pio Pio: Cuba’s answer to KFC, specializes in fried chicken.
- Copelia: For a special treat, Copelia serves up scrmptious ice cream delights since 1966.
- The Tropicana: This nightclub under the stars in the midst of a lush forest, dates back to 1939. The Tropicana pulsates with the Afro-Cuban, rumba, mambo, and salsa rhythms of a live band. Dancers in stunning costumes provide unforgettable performances.
- Cuevos Los Pirates in Varadero, Disco Ayala in Trinidad, Cuba, Cave Nightclub Caya Coco: These are nightclubs in unique settings….caves.
Photo Credits: Jaume Escofet, Cuba Tourism