Cuba, South & Central America
A trip to Cuba is sure to provide a unique experience.Tourism in Cuba was only permissible for Cubans until the 1990s, the travel industry in Cuba is in its infancy. Nevertheless, this tiny island's gigantic role in history means that it's definitely worth visiting.
From communist ideals, to ties to the Soviet Union, to the Cold War, to radical revolutionaries, Cuba has made quite a wake in global history. With this rich albeit controversial history comes a lively culture. Visitors to Cuba will enjoy a lively time of dancing, music, and nightlife.
They'll also be transported to another time, as Cuba maintains an aesthetic and infrastructure that's reminiscent of mid-century charm. Tourists will be glad that this influential island is now available for exploration.
Getting in and around Havana
Most travellers will arrive in Cuba by plane. The Jose Marti International Airport is located just outside of Havana. Major airline carriers connect to Cuba from Mexico, South America, Canada and Europe. Note that there are no connecting flights to Cuba from anywhere in the United States as it is illegal for U.S. citizens to travel to Cuba. There are no ferries or boats to Cuba and access via cruise liners is quite limited. Flying to Cuba is the best way to get there.
Once you arrive in Cuba, your options for getting around the island are quite diverse. Buses that travel from city to city are the most popular. Viazul is the most frequently used bus line. While taxis aren't very economical if you're looking to travel long distance, they're a very useful option for getting around town. If you would like to venture to another city, hitch hiking is a very popular and economical travel option. The Amarillo refers to the hitch hiking system that exists in Cuba, in which vehicles are required to stop at rest points along major routes. A trip from one city to the next costs only a few pesos. Contrary to popular conceptions about hitch hiking, it's very safe and government regulated in Cuba.Cuba Car Hire
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Accommodation in Cuba is still very affordable. Travellers can holiday very comfortably at very affordable prices with the help of casas particulares. These are private homes that also run as licensed hospitality businesses. But if you prefer a more traditional stay, there are still quite a few hotels to choose from in Cuba.
Things to do in Havana
Cuba doesn't have much of a tourism industry which means that there aren't many tourist traps. However, that does not mean that there's nothing to do while visiting Cuba. For those travellers willing to dig deep, there are still things to see and do in Cuba.