Why Cuba and major reasons to visit Cuba relative to other sun destinations
are many other wonderful and culturally rich Caribbean
destinations that are very worthwhile visiting, the following
points are presented and described to assist you in considering
the merits of Cuba.
very near to eastern Canada and takes only 3.5 hours (a
movie and a half) from Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
temperature is extremely warm and is typically 35 degrees
warmer than Canada in the winter. For example it is not at
all uncommon to leave Ottawa in January and February at -15
degrees Celsius and land in Varadero at +28 degrees Celsius
all within a 3 hour flight.
difficult to quantify statistically, it is generally
understood that Cuba is extremely safe vis a vis other
Caribbean destinations such as Mexico, Jamaica and a number
of South American states.
tax and low tipping (I believe the tourist tip rate is about
5% but that is personal).
and Canadians are very well known and appreciated largely
due to our normally polite/respectful nature, being the
largest tourist population by a long shot (almost 1,000,000
Canadian visitors /year), our long standing 50 year
political support/accommodation or neutrality of Cubaís
unique political system.
like a number of other Caribbean/South American states have
developed a number of major tourist set-aside regions that
are targeted and designed to allow tourist to in part,
seclude themselves and their families from the rest of Cuba.
Cuba can be very, very affordable especially if youíre on a
low budget and not too fussy a tourist. However there are
also a large number of excellent 4 and 5 star All Inclusive
hotels as well.
many Cubans are very, very friendly, curious, open minded,
happy and non-judgmental. In fact, in my experience
travelling Mexico, I found Cubans to be quite a bit
different from Mexicans. In my experience Mexicans are more
like me, that is more reserved and/or shy.
offers a very unique environment, history and culture
Thousands of very old, but still running 50ís vintage
socialist state that is very interesting to experience,
consider and contemplate (characterized by low wages,
social/family housing, rationing coupons of some sort,
universal health and education etc.)
Wonderful and large variety but often crumbling
colonial, colonial, art deco and Russian architecture
(but improvements are ongoing)
Unique transportation systems with shared taxies only
costing $1 to get from Guanabo to Havana. A public bus
costs 5 cents.
and probably most importantly, now is the time to discover
and experience the hidden parts of Cuba and Cubans before
millions of Americans overwhelm Cuban cities, towns,
culture, people, transportation, governance, media and its
truly unique personality.