Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean, only opened its doors to foreign tourism in the 1990’s. There is a great range of 3 to 5 star hotels available, however, to experience the true feeling of Cuba, a stay in one of the many private houses is a must.
This country is quite amazing, it is the only country that meets the WWF’s definition of sustainable development and, the people and culture are diverse. It is Psychedelic, there is the Salsa, there are Buicks everywhere, old guys are often seen playing dominoes and of course there are those smoking a big fat Cuban cigar. There are white sandy beaches and spectacular National Parks. Going against the grain, Cuba offers a unique travel experience.
Knowledge of the main language spoken in Cuba, Spanish, is not too important, however those who know it will be able to travel further and dig deeper into this amazing country. Those who have a sense of adventure, enjoy hitchhiking, carry a sense of humor and are flexible will get the most out of Cuba.
In 2008 restrictions were loosened, now Cubans are permitted to mix with tourists, making interaction simple and often quite candid.
Something to be aware of is that money scams are everywhere. Keep your money close, only change it at a reputable business and if a charming local offers to swap it – say no.