Cuba news and springtime festivals tempt me to finally make the trip.
It’s been on my bucket list for a long time and now I see it’s becoming increasingly easier as well as more affordable to travel to Cuba from the U.S.
AIRFARE just got more affordable
This month, Jet Blue announced flights to Havana for as low as $54 from Orlando or Ft. Lauderdale and from $99 from New York’s JFK International Airport.
- Over the next few months, Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, Spirit, and United will begin service to Havana from 10 U.S. cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Orlando, New York, and Tampa. Both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines received clearance to fly direct to Havana.
- Some travel companies, like Cuba Travel Network, are rolling out new premium services into all itineraries starting in early December, 2016.
- Think the unthinkable: working cell phones, Cuban pesos on arrival, local phrasebooks — everything a traveler might not necessarily expect to need in Cuba
- Everyone is welcome. There are new itineraries aimed at LGBT travelers, travelers interested in focusing on Rum & Cigars, Art & Architecture, etc.
- Spring is a festive period for Cuba with the yearly Habanos Festival annually (February to March)
- Organized by the official state cigar company, Habanos, S.A., festival events include factory visits, dinners, lectures, tastings, & rare cigar auctions
- Havana hosts the Celebration of Classic Cars featuring parades, lectures, mechanical workshops, etc. (March)
- Cuba is often cited as one of the few countries in the Western Hemisphere that have significantly prevented widespread dissemination
Can you get off the off the beaten path?
Yes. Now some tours offer adventurous jeep expeditions all over the island, from Havana to Santiago de Cuba.