Sure, we know a bit about what’s gone on there in terms of the political history, but very few Americans have been there.
Recently though, the borders have opened up, and US citizens are now welcome in the Caribbean country.
And if you haven’t made the trip yet, we think you should (and not just because of the cool Havana opening scene in Fast and Furious 8!).
Cuba can be an amazing and unique experience. Here are five reasons why you should visit sooner rather than later…
1. The Cigars
The Cuban cigar is indeed legendary, and the best Cuban cigars are found in Cuba! Even if you don’t smoke at all, it’s worth it to try at least one Cuban cigar while you’re there.
It’s a true part of the Cuban experience!
Just make sure you get a real Cuban cigar because there are plenty of fake ones going around the streets of Havana. You can find the real ones in local shops around the city.
2. The Beaches
Varadero beach is one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see. It’s filled with white sands and calm, beautiful blue water. But it’s only one of Cuba’s fantastic beaches.
For about $25, you can take a vintage car taxi over to one of the beaches right outside of Havana and enjoy even more white sand beaches, along with some beachside pina coladas! Just make sure you bring your sun block!
3. The History
Cuba has quite a rich history. You can check out the museums around Havana and marvel at the Cuban side of significant historical events. You can also see El Capitulo (the “White House” of Cuba), as well as plenty of other famous landmarks.
4. The Vintage Cars
The majority of Cuban cars are vintage, from all the way back in the 1950s! So, when you’re walking around, you’ll feel a bit like you’ve gone back in time.
People replace the car parts with new parts and leave the outer vintage frame. So the cars run well, even though they’re a bit louder than usual. You’ll see these vintage cars all around the city, and you can even hop in them (because many of them are taxis)!
5. The Lifestyle
The lifestyle is quite a bit different in Cuba.
There’s almost no wifi - you have to line up for an hour to buy $2/hour wifi cards, and you can only access wifi in certain particular hotel lobbies. This alone makes for an enjoyable experience because you can no longer count on Google Maps or Uber to get around!
Aside from that, there’s the communism, which is interesting to see in person. The government gives people rations of food and supplies every month, while the average salary is less than $40/month! Still, the Cuban people are typically all smiles!
Cuba is a fascinating country to any true adventurer. When you visit, you’ll see a way of life that is different from just about any other country, but that’s what makes it fun and exciting.
Have you been to Cuba, and if so, what were your favorite experiences? Let us know in the comments below!