The sudden spike in tourism in an economy with nowhere near enough infrastructure -- plus the embargo that makes it complicated to make payments from the USA or by credit card -- means that booking a room ahead is frustrating.
With a live orchestra, old-fashioned crooners, acrobats, contortionists and a razzle-dazzle troupe of outlandishly clad dancers with peacock tails, whirling tassels and towering hats of fruit and feathers -- and a bottle of good rum and local cola at each table -- it's a fun evening.
As Internet access comes to Cuba, busy squares in Havana are crowded with people hungry to connect online. These are the big-city young generation waiting patiently for their society to break open. When it does... Look out!
Havana traffic is a mix of classic American cars (from before the Revolution), Russian Ladas (those infamous tin cans on four wheels, from the Soviet ...
Two of the most striking buildings in Havana are the embassies of Russia and the USA. Immediately after Castro's victory in 1960, there was hope of a ...
A first stop for any sightseer in Havana is the fort.
There are plenty of reasons to consider a trip to Cuba and also a vacation in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. But the experiences you'll have in Cuba, if you're a U.S. citizen, are likely very different from what you'll have on the other two islands.
If we're serious about strengthening civil society and helping Cuba's budding private small business sector continue to grow, it's time for the White House to stop forcing "people-to-people" travel to be hindered by third-party brokers.
Since President Barack Obama announced in December 2014 that the United States plans to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, avid travelers have been preparing to visit the small Caribbean nation. But it's not as easy as you might think.
Now is the time to go to Cuba because change is exciting. The Cuban Food Revolution is well underway and visiting them now will give a few lucky people an insider's view of the past, present and future of this fascinating country.
For decades it's been Americans' forbidden fruit, a place where only devil-may-care travelers would slip past international borders, taking care not to have their passport stamped. But times are changing, as I'm sure everyone has heard by now.
As travel restrictions lift and embargoes soften, AD's Mitchell Owens heads to Havana, where the mojitos are sweet, the architecture is astounding, and society is embracing a new era.
Americans rushing to see Havana under the eased travel restrictions are finding rooms few and far between this season. Havana's high-end hotels are said to be booked solid for months. And it's not likely to get much better.
On a recent CODEPINK trip to Cuba with a 150-person delegation, we found the island crawling with Americans taking advantage of the relaxation of U.S. travel restrictions and the historic thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations.
I don't pretend to be an expert on Cuba but I have a patchwork knowledge--the equivalent of snapshots assembled from twenty-some trips, the first in 1...
With relaxed restrictions for American travelers to Cuba making headlines, our Deal Experts are champing at the bit to visit this Caribbean nation that's so close to the U.S., but has been out of reach for so long.