The history between the United States and Cuba isn’t the best, to be honest. A socialist paradise so close to the borders of the Free World and the so-called beacon of democracy? No way! Let’s try to assassinate Fidel Castro over and over again. Ups! None of our 600 assassination attempts were a success. Cuba is still a socialist country with a unique view of the world — pretty much opposite to ours.
Still, those times are well behind us. Fidel is no more — he died of old age. And ever since 2014, diplomatic relations between the two countries are a thing once again. Many American tourists fill hotels over Havana and other places across this beautiful country, hoping to see what makes Cuba such a paradise. In the following paragraphs, we’ll list some facts about Cuba’s tourism.
Let’s Talk About Cuba First
Before we get into our five reasons to visit Cuba, let’s first talk about the place, shall we? Cuba is a country in the Caribbean, and its capital is Havana. Cuba’s main island is the biggest in the region, with lots of nature and lovely colonial architecture. Interestingly enough, the country is half the size of Great Britain, with more than 40,000 square miles of land. This makes it the 17th largest island on our planet.
But for most tourists, geography isn’t really that important. They don’t care what products Cuba exports the most (tobacco, sugar, and nickel) — they want to go sightseeing. This dreamlike island is, luckily, nothing short of amazing sights. Moreover, Cuba has nine UNESCO world heritage sites. All these places allow the country to draw thousands upon thousands of tourists from all over the globe.
Cuba Made a Law to Protect Its Tourists
For most of the 20th century, the only tourists in Cuba were from other socialists and communist countries. However, when communism fell in the late 1980s and early 1990s in Eastern Europe, Havana and other places faced a crisis. No tourists were coming in, at least not in the same numbers as before. This situation brought about Cuba’s unique Ministry of Tourism in 1994, which is the source of numerous laws that protect visitors.
The whole idea of this ministry was to diminish Cuba’s reliance on sugar export and focus more on bringing in people from all over the world to come and see the country. In Havana and other parts of the country, locals have a unique relationship with their visitors. They see them as precious sources of revenue, so they protect them on every corner. This brings us closer to our second reason that makes Cuba a good place to visit.
Cuba Has Good Reputation Against Crimes
It’s no secret that Cuba is one of the safest countries in the world. Moreover, if you compare it to the United States, well, things don’t look so good for the “beacon of democracy.” But things aren’t that simple. We still don’t recommend that you walk around Havana at night, displaying how wealthier you are than the locals. So, no expensive phones, jewelry, or any other valuables. But, that’s something that goes for every country in the world.
When it comes to official statistics, Cuba isn’t very kind about publishing them. Still, the United Nations suggests that the murder rate is pretty low for South America and the Caribbean especially. The rate is under 5 per 100,000 people. On the other hand, the country isn’t exactly the richest in the world. It’s actually rather poor for Western standards, so there is an existing black market that generates petty crimes from time to time.
Cuba Promotes Socialism
Cuba is one of the last places in Latin America and the world that promotes socialism. It’s like going back in time and being in the mid 20th century with socialist practices and imagery around you. Interestingly enough, Cuban people still gather for various anniversaries and have public rallies and parades. Okay, they’re not like that one parade on Moscow’s Red Square, but they’re quite something to witness.
On every other corner, you will see statues that celebrate the likes of Che Guevara, Lenin, Karl Marx, and, of course, Fidel Castro. Unlike in capitalist countries like the U.S., you won’t see ads that promote useless products. You’ll see political propaganda calling upon Cuban people to gather and work together for a better future. And if you come in contact with local Cubans more, you’ll understand how firmly they stand together.
Cuba Has Beautiful Beaches and Friendly Locals
Any trip to Cuba must include visiting the beaches and hanging out with locals. The country has numerous places that allow you to witness pure natural beauty. You can hike and camp as well, with quite a few mountainous regions. The beaches are where the real deal is in Cuba. They all have clear water and fine sand covering the surface, making for a perfect summer vacation, as long as you have a tasty cocktail by your side.
When it comes to the locals, they’re great fun. The people are smart and well-educated, but loving and welcoming of everyone. No matter if you come from the United States or some other country that is their ally, the locals will treat you the same. They love life and express it through great music and dancing. So, be sure to pack your dancing shoes if you’re planning a trip to Cuba any time soon.
Cuba Can Be Your Detox From the Internet
Most people who travel to Cuba but don’t inform themselves about the place beforehand have one major remark. Namely, they find it bad that there’s no free Wi-Fi anywhere. Well, there is in some places, but it’s not the same speed that you’re used to back at home. But we think this can be a great thing for anyone. No matter your age, getting off the grid can be the change you needed but didn’t know.
This is especially true nowadays when our lives revolve around social media so much. It can help you experience life in Cuba in a more natural way. With a glass of rum, some Cuban food, and Cuban cigars, you’ll find it easy to detox from the likes of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. No internet will help immerse you even more into the lifestyle of locals and their everyday lives. After all, old cars and smartphones don’t mix well, do they?