Marieve’s latest article
The relaxing allure of vacation consistently tempts Americans to head off to Europe or the Caribbean islands for a respite away from home. One island nation, however, has not been visited by many Americans for the last sixty years for reasons of tense international relations. Cuba and the United States have been approaching a diplomatic relationship that has already changed the course for travelers as direct flights between the two are already flown and will be increasingly as the air clears up.
Cuba saw a record number of visitors last year, and with Cuba on the brink of an influx of Americans, that number is sure to skyrocket. There is a bit of urgency for travelers that wish to see Cuba in its current state. It offers calm, quaint beaches and modest urban centers lending an uncharted charm to the place. Peaceful dining in family-owned restaurants (paladares are restaurants run by self-employed groups), learning dances and experiencing native culture are just a few of the attractions. Old, pre-embargo American automobiles are driven around the streets making it seem like something out of an anachronistic novel. Cuba has a one-of-a-kind vintage feel, “still in 1959,” but natives and onlookers view it as ephemeral, and inevitably so. Some fear the closer relationship between the U.S. and Cuba will lead to modernization and capitalization, and the remodeling of an original and unique place. The country sits at an important threshold of transition, and a gold mine of opportunity for future change. Entrepreneurs and real estate agents have already visited Cuba to scan for and assess business prospects. Some are more optimistic about the modernization seeing it as a way to bring Cuba up to speed with Western expectations.
For those that seek a less run-in-the-mill vacation experience, it is important to travel soon. Cruiseship companies are expected to launch a series of lines including Cuba in their trips, and the island might be quickly populated with zealous tourists. In short, if you want to see Cuba for Cuba, go now.
from Dr. Marieve Rodriguez’s Travel Blog http://ift.tt/1yrFD3l