How and Why You Should Travel to Cuba Right Now

Photo by Valeria Duque for El Camino Travel

Photo by Valeria Duque for El Camino Travel

UPDATE: The policies involving Cuban-American Travel have since been updated since this blog's original publication in August 2017. For the most up-to-date information on traveling to Cuba as an American legally, please see our December 2017 update, "Legal Travel to Cuba using 'Support for the Cuban People'".


The buzzy nightlife, bohemian bars, and brightly-colored architecture of Cuba have been putting a salsa swing in El Camino’s step ever since our first visit. Undoubtedly the most exciting country in the Caribbean, part of Cuba’s allure is getting “off the beaten path.”  While Cuba holds a reputation as the "forbidden fruit" of the travel world, there are many other reasons to visit this beautiful island. Underneath the mystery of Castro’s isla, you will discover the passionate and proud people whose vibrant culture and impressive history will be sure to capture your heart.

 

What about Trump’s restrictions on travel to Cuba? What is the current situation?

Cuba is high on the list of top travel destinations for 2017, but you probably know that new restrictions announced in June will limit your chances to travel to Cuba. So will you have to abandon your trip to Cuba? Not at all. El Camino has it covered. Current rules mean that Americans can now only travel to Cuba as part of a group tour, which means that we are still running our Cuba tours uninterrupted. With tourism on the increase in Cuba, there has never been a better time to beat the crowds and see this beautiful country in all its pristine beauty.

Photo by Amanda Villarosa for El Camino Travel

Photo by Amanda Villarosa for El Camino Travel

 

So Americans CAN still travel to Cuba? 

Absolutely! This year, El Camino is offering two unique group tours allowing you to experience the beauty and authenticity of Cuba, while we worry about all the complicated stuff. We help you get under the skin of this notoriously off-limits nation, allowing you to uncover its nuances, its unerring pristine beauty and its contagiously upbeat energy. We even send you off on your journey with a professional photographer, so that you can immerse yourself in the magic of Cuba, without having to constantly worry about how to capture the moment. Limited spaces remain on our traditional CUBA 2017 tour available from October through to December with additional spaces available on our collaborative tour with cult-favorite brand, The 5TH. This exclusive itinerary by El Camino X The 5TH will see you chasing epic sunsets, getting a taste for local culture, and dancing the night away with new friends while enjoying the diverse artistic tapestry Cuba has to offer.

 

What’s the benefit of a group tour to Cuba? How can I make this work for me as a solo female traveller? 

Used to flying solo? Tend to chose the path less traveled? We understand. That’s why we’ve designed our tours to be as unique, adventurous and exciting as you are. We know that you don’t want to sit on a bus and follow an umbrella-wielding tour guide around the standard tourist areas. Our group tours to Cuba allow you to jump right into the action, making sure you see the must-sees, but also giving you a chance to visit the places only the locals know about. Get closer to the culture as you learn and live alongside locals. Our local guides and homestay experiences give you an authentic taste of the national character. El Camino’s trips are for those with an adventurous spirit. Meet awesome new friends. Don’t get lonely. Experience a new country and the exciting aspects of its culture with others who appreciate the #elcaminotravel style of travel.

Photo by John Philip for El Camino Travel

Photo by John Philip for El Camino Travel