Cuba is an island that assaults the senses. The visitor is greeted with strains of exotic rhythms such as salsa and rumba emanating from every corner, and an aquamarine sea laps the white, palm-fringed beaches all around the island. Cuba’s sensual and contagious rhythms have influenced musicians the world over, its cigars are legendary and the exotic cocktails are to die for.
Cuba, with its mix of Spanish and African roots, is the largest, least commercialized, and most exciting island in the Caribbean. It is also one of the world's last bastions of communism with a fascinating modern history. Cuba's relative political isolation has prevented it from being overrun by tourists, and locals are sincerely friendly to those who do venture in.
From Cuban Adventures
Why I Love This Spot!
Cuba was like a forbidden fruit—so close, but unattainable, until now. I love most of all traveling to a country, newly discovered with unexplored territory. Much the way we did with Croatia (when it was Yugoslavia) or Vietnam—and even Iceland, in a way. Perhaps it’s like traveling to the moon, or Galapagos. I mostly love discovering and sharing Cuba.
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In 1963 the borders were closed, and it remained that way for over 50 years.
I lived there as a young child. In 1963 the borders were closed, and it remained that way for over 50 years. At the earliest hints that Cuba might reopen to Americans, I began laying the groundwork and building relationships. In 2015, just 3 months after it was legal, I returned to the forbidden land—Cuba.