I had always wanted to visit Cuba and in February of 2010, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity. There are so many visions of what Cuba is like in your head from the way we experience it here in the US…the food..the music…the art, there is a real aura of romance and mystery around this little country that not many people have actually visited. What we found were amazingly kind and generous people, beautiful architecture and scenery, a vibrant art and music scene and terrible food (you’ve been warned).
Now that the Obama administration has eased restrictions on travel to Cuba, things are changing, but change comes slowly. Since our visit in 2010, tourism has increased by 25% to just over 3 million tourists in 2015, just less than the number of tourists to nearby Jamaica, but in comparison, the resources available to Cubans seems much more limited. When we visited Cuba, it was one of the most challenging trips we had been on, not because Cuba is not a beautiful place with super warm welcoming people, but more because of the lack of tourist infrastructure and resources as well as the feeling of political “walking on eggshells”. Here are a few things to know before you go: