Update: Starting January 16th the U.S. government will relax the restrictions on travel to Cuba. This means Americans will be able to visit the island without a license for approved reasons (listed below). You still can't travel there strictly for leisure. That can only be changed by Congress.
Guess what? You can't go on vacation in Cuba. Yeah, that's a new one isn't it?
After our fearless leader, President Obama, made his announcement about "normalizing relations" with the dictator-run country I'm sure your Facebook feed was filled with your friends sharing their dream vacations to Cuba (because awesome!). Well, I hate to break it to all your friends...but I wouldn't count on spending spring break there lounging on the beach.
A U.S. citizen looking to tour Cuba is going to be out of luck. It's still banned. Despite the President's best efforts, legalizing that is in the hands of Congress. That's not to say you can't go to Cuba. You just need to fit into certain categories. Categories that come straight from the White House:
If you fit into any one of those categories, or want to fit into any one of those categories, then you are more than welcome to swim go to Cuba. To add, you won't find many flights or cruises to Havana. Probably because of the categories listed above. But, if an airline or cruise company is interested in going to the island, well, it takes more than a month to figure out all the logistics. The only airline I can think of that currently has chartered flights there is JetBlue.
Personally, I have no desire to go to Cuba.
Yes, they have good cigars (I've heard). Yes, they have antique cars, antique buildings, antique streets, I could probably go on. But there's a reason everything is old. There may even be a reason Cubans risk their lives to get to the beaches of Florida. Maybe one day I'll decide to go. Who knows? Right now, I'd rather spend my hard earned money for a vacation in Costa Rica, for example.
You can spend your money however you want. I certainly won't stop you from trying to shake hands with the Castro family. Just don't expect to book your flight anytime soon. And don't expect me to be next in line when you do.
Is Cuba a place you'd like to go visit during a vacation?