Cuba has long been a popular destination for Canadians. There’s something unique about the island, its history, and its politics. Recently, President Obama and President Raúl Castro announced that the United States and Cuba would begin the process of normalizing relations.
An end to the Cuban Embargo?
While the ins and outs of the embargo are complex, and changes will take a while to come into full effect, here are a few things travelers (both new and old) can expect when making their way to this unforgettable Caribbean island:
The US has agreed to lift some travel restrictions on American’s traveling to Cuba. While there are still many barriers in place, the two countries will in all likelihood continue to negotiate throughout the year.
As things currently stand, American’s can’t up and head south for a beach holiday just yet. When over 300 million American’s are able to make the trip alongside Canadian’s however, expect to see beaches and other tourist hotspots full of excited first timers. While this will be great for many, if you’re an experienced Cuba vacationer, you’ll have your work cut out trying to find less populated areas.
Cuba in the 21st Century
While there may be an influx of new tourists to Cuba, what changes will the country see from within? Well that is mostly dependent on when further trade restrictions between the United States are lifted. The politics behind lifting the embargo appear to still be divided on some levels within the United States. When this does happen you can expect to see American goods make their way to Cuba.
Will this harm the unique Cuban charm or revitalize the island? Depending on whom you ask, you’ll likely hear a different opinion. On one hand, seasoned Cuba vacationers may be put off by an overabundance of new tourists. On the other hand, the potential end of the embargo could inject new life into the Cuban experience.
One of the most noticeable differences might be the importation of newer cars. In addition, we’ve heard complaints from our clients in the past about the food at various Cuban resorts. Could the ability to bring in more experienced chefs and different ingredients result in more palatable food? One can only hope.
As the embargo negotiations continue, we’ll bring you more stories on the process and effects of the politics. Whether it’s which beaches to avoid now that throngs of visitors have taken over, to how the (possible) end of the embargo is affecting the peso. We’ll begin to see Cuba change on a variety of levels, and as it does, stay tuned for more updates.
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