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How is Cuba travel legal?

With so many headlines talking about a “Cuba ban” and the discontinuation of cruises to Cuba, many Americans are – quite understandably – feeling confused about whether or not they can still travel to the island legally. 

In fact, there are still 12 legal categories for travel to Cuba. Most of these are very specific and wouldn’t apply to everyday citizens (visiting a close family member who is a Cuban national, educational travel as part of an official school program, etc.) but there is one broad category that allows regular US citizens to travel there: “support for the Cuban people.” 

There are two main components to the “support for the Cuban people” category. The first is making sure that your tourism dollars are not spent at government-run hotels, restaurants, and other blacklisted institutions, since the US does not want the Cuban government to profit off of US travelers. With over 20 years of experience in Cuba travel, we have consistently remained current with the regulations. We at CIT are well versed in exactly which places are legal for Americans, and we tailor our packages and itineraries so that your tourist dollars are going directly to the Cuban people.

The second part requires you to maintain a daily itinerary during which you are engaging in a meaningful way with the Cuban people. This means meeting Cuban artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, maybe taking a dance class, experiencing a cooking demonstration, etc. 

“But I’ve never been to Cuba. How am I supposed to plan all that in advance?” you might ask. That’s where CIT comes in! We have decades of experience in Cuba and have connections for everything and anything that you might want to see

The goal of our signature tours is to provide you with a broad introduction to Cuban culture and have you enjoy meaningful interactions with real Cuban people so that you can experience Cuba authentically. You might enjoy a private concert in a musician’s home, while his mom makes you a classic cafe cubano; or visit an antique car specialist at his workshop and take a ride in a classic car; or meet a 4th generation tobacco farmer and see, smell, and touch the leaves that go into making the world’s best cigars. 

Even if what you want to see isn’t already included in our regular tours, just ask! We take special requests seriously and always work hard to accommodate them. Want to meet a baseball player? Done. Want to take a Jewish tour of Havana? No problem. Want to meet a fashion designer? You got it.

Call or email us and tell us what your dream Cuba trip looks like! 

“Our trip to Cuba was truly outstanding!” – Scott family testimonial

The Scott family recently came back from their tour and sent us this lovely email:

Dear Teresa,

Our Cuba trip was truly outstanding!  Overall, there is nothing but praise we have for Teresa, Donna and Ebony from Cultural Island Travel.  We were introduced to a friendly, happy country with wonderful people, food and culture.  From the beginning of the trip planning, with the organization that the CIT team showed, it was clear that we were dealing with consummate professionals.  The completeness of the background information, education on the country and the smooth visa process showed that there was nothing to be concerned about. 

From the arrival in country to our heartfelt departure, the family enjoyed every minute of our experiences.  Ebony O’Reilly was instructional, helpful, engaging and made every day more enjoyable than the day before.  Ebony went our of her way to extend herself to our family.  She arranged special times with restaurants, musicians, friends and a birthday party!  We truly bonded with Ebony.  Thanks to her very much (and Ari).  If and when we return we will definitely request Ebony as our guide.

Ebony and Candice

The casa particular lodging arrangements in Havana worked out very well.  Liliana was very helpful and supported our requests without a problem. The living spaces and bedrooms were clean, well maintained and there were no issues.  Next trip we might want to stay closer to evening activities.  It was hard to get around in the evening after dinner.

Our drivers, Julio 1 and Julio 2, were also terrific.  Senor Julio even went back to Fusterlandia to pick up a package that was left behind.  They were very accommodating and generous with their time and patience.

Our visit to Trinidad was also very memorable and our favorite stop.  The location for our stay really made us feel very much a part of the community and celebrate the beauty of Trinidad, it’s people, and the museum-quality of the area.  Our tour guide was very enjoyable, knowledgeable and fun!  We loved going to the beach and relaxing on the Caribbean with the entire family and Ebony.  That was a real cap to our time in Trinidad.

Happy times in Fusterlandia

Memorable excursions to Revolution Square, the tunnels in the harbor, visit to fantastic Fusterlandia, the Old Havana tour, rides in 50’s convertible cars, private jazz and vocal concerts, the Compas Dance group and the cigar factory tour certainly made the cultural part of our trip really very special.  Spending more time along the malecon, relaxing in the Central Park area and visiting more museums would be on our next trip.  As well as partaking in more of the nightlife!

Your team did a fantastic job and we truly appreciate the efforts of everyone involved.

The Scott Family, Cuban Music & Art Tour

Memories of Cuba

One of our clients sent photos from her trip and we couldn’t be happier to see the smiles on their faces!

Thank you so much to Teresa at Cultural Island Travel and our wonderful tour guide Ebony for making our trip to Cuba so memorable!!

Liza

Summer sizzles in Cuba!

Book your last minute summer Cuba vacation package. Inclusive Hotel packages, discount deals, last minute cheap Havana vacations and we can help with flights. We have space on all our tours! 

Cuba – Beauty Lost in Time

Fall in Love with Cuba like we have! Old Havana UNESCO World Heritage site, the colonial architecture, The cathedral plaza square, Plaza de La Cathedral Habana Vieja, Havana! 

Hemingway’s Cuba

Ernest Hemingway loved everything about Cuba and found his home there.

“I love this country and I feel like home,” he wrote. “And wherever a man feels like home, apart from the place he was born in, that’s the place he was destined to be.” Cuba, he believed, nurtured his craft: “I always had good luck while writing in Cuba.”

 

 

Meet some of our team here at CIT!

Our team reflects the stellar quality of our tours and is happy to help you navigate the enigma of Cuba travel from start to finish. Ask us about our custom tours and allow us to craft a journey for you and your group around your particular interests and budget. 

Beautiful Punta Perdiz in Bay of Pigs

In Cuba they call the Bay of Pigs, “Playa Giron”. Call us and ask how we can add this beautiful destination to any of our tours! 

Why Cultural Island Travel?

We have taken famous actors and performers to Cuba while ensuring their privacy. We also specialize in luxury trips, film shoots, concert productions, VIP travel, Private Flights, Cigar trips, authentic Photography trips, Cooking Classes and Food Oriented Trips, Family Reunions, Bachelor and Bachelorette parties. Call us today to discuss at 1-800-494-1945

 

The heat is on…where else but in Cuba!

Now is the time to visit Cuba! Call us about our slashed summer prices for summer travel and let yourself go… just go! Cuba will remain in your heart forever! ❤