Any US citizen can come to Cuba…just don’t sit on the beach!
There’s no question about it: Cuba has bewitched Americans. The Island is crawling with American visitors taking advantage of the relaxation of US travel restrictions.
Following the historic joint decision by President Barack Obama and President Raúl Castro on December 17, 2014 to reestablish diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US, many things have happened, and increased travel has been one of them. Gaining permission from the government once required preapproval from OFAC as well as a detailed itinerary of the group you were traveling with. Now Americans wishing to travel to Cuba need only check the right box on a visa form at the airport and can travel solo. The figures speak for themselves: the arrival of American visitors to Cuba showed a growth of 94% in the first quarter of 2016 alone.
So, in keeping with our June US Travel to Cuba issue, Jauretsi gives us her impression in Seeing Cuba through the Eyes of an American as well as her Top 5 Things to Do in Havana. Another group of US travellers tells of their experiences in Cuba and how they have gotten hooked on this “exotic, frozen-in-time” island.
Read about who is the most famous American to have visited Cuba, Americans in Cuba throughout history and how the word “Yuma” came to be synonymous with “American”.
Elsewhere, learn about AM-PM 2016, a project that is driving Cuba’s musical scene; a bit of history on the only open-air cabaret in the world: the famous Tropicana; the newest Master Class Chivas Champion; and a cultural project that embodies the Golden Age of Cuban music: the Tradicionales de los 50.
The official proclamation of Havana as one of the Seven Wonder Cities of the Modern World will take place June 7 at La Punta Fortress at 7:30pm. Then walk down to Plaza Vieja for a riot of cultural activities that will take off at 9pm, and be sure not to miss the closing ceremony on the corner of Prado and Neptuno, across Parque Central, with the performance of one of Cuba’s oldest and most famous popular music bands, the Orquesta Aragón.
Other events include the IV Encuentro de Jóvenes Pianistas (June 2-29) with a Cuban and international lineup, Festival Internacional Boleros de Oro (June 22-26), and AM-PM (América x su Música) 2016 (June 13-19).
And for fishing aficionados, start getting your gear ready for the 66th Hemingway International Bill fishing Tournament (June 13-18) which promises to break attendance record.
The LaHabana.com Team