The Cuban Embargo Is Out; Cigars, Rum & Beaches Are In

 

Pack your suitcase, because it’s time to party. Today, December 17, 2014, President Obama announced that The United States will restore relations with our southern neighbors, Cuba. Since 1961, an embargo has made it illegal for U.S. corporations to do any sort of business with Cuba, and traveling to the country next to impossible. But now, the travel restrictions have been loosened.

Hell. Yes. I’m booking my flight ASAP.

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Cuba is just a mere 90 miles off the American coast. Some of you probably drive 90 miles every day. That means that with a layover in Miami, flights will be short, making for a pretty comfortable trip to a tropical destination.

Getting your currency changed when you’re traveling is a serious pain in the ass, but you won’t have to worry about that when you travel to Cuba. In his address on Wednesday, President Obama also stated that greater banking ties with Cuba will allow Americans to use debit cards while traveling to Cuba. When you’re traveling, that kind of convenience is extremely valuable.

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Additionally, American travelers will be able to import $400 worth of goods when traveling. Do you know how many things Cubans are good at? Coffee, cigars, and rum, just to name a few.

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Let’s take a minute to talk about Cuban food. Everything the Cubans make tastes amazing. Even simple dishes, like Arroz con pollo, AKA rice with chicken, is tasty. And papas rellenas make a delicious snack. You can finally fulfill your life long dream of enjoying a Cuban sandwich on a Cuban beach while drinking Cuban rum and smoking a Cuban cigar.

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Speaking of beaches, Cuba has some amazing ones to check out. They’re home to more than 300 beaches, including white sand, gold sand, and black sand beaches. Oh, and there are plenty of places for you to snorkel and dive in Cuba, so get ready to experience quite an adventure while you’re down there.

For more adventures, try hiking the Blue Ribband, which leads you to a beautiful waterfall. You could also go for some skydiving in Varadero, if you’re into that kind of thing. Fishing and horseback riding are also available if you’re looking for something a bit more relaxing.

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Some fear that Cuba may lose its old-world charm now that its open to American tourism. First of all, let’s try not to do that. Let’s make tourism in Cuba a good thing for their country. Secondly, that’s even more of a reason to go to Cuba as soon as you possibly can. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to go to Cuba to experience some touristy vacation spot that’s been completely ruined. I want something authentic, and the sooner I can get there, the better chance of that happening.

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Basically, Cuba is awesome and we’re really lucky that we now have the chance to travel there. Plan your trip quickly, be respectful, and seriously, take in everything that beautiful Cuba has to offer.