10 Reasons Americans Should Join Us in Cuba, According to this Gay Canadian

Gay, Travel, Havana, Cuba

“If it’s so difficult for Americans to get to Cuba, why bother?” I asked my new travel companion. We’d just met as part of Out Adventures’ Cultural Cuba gay tour.

“Well, it’s kind of like forbidden fruit.”

His answer hit me harder than a double Havana Club on the rocks; the allure of Cuba — despite Trump’s hardened stance on US-Cuba relations, the “sonic attacks”, the hurricanes etc. — is the mystery surrounding the flamboyant destination. The thrill of going somewhere you were told you couldn’t.

As a Canadian who’s enjoyed the splendours of Cuba countless times, here are my top ten reasons Americans should visit this unique destination — despite the hoops they need to jump through. Continue reading “10 Reasons Americans Should Join Us in Cuba, According to this Gay Canadian”

Why we’re still visiting Cuba despite the U.S. travel warning

HavanaLast week, the U.S. State Department released a travel warning advising its citizens not to travel to Cuba. There have been reports that a number of diplomats became ill after suspected sonic attacks against U.S. government officials in Havana. These attacks reportedly occurred in the homes of government officials and in hotels where American diplomats were staying. No tourists were harmed.

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Roaming with Rob: Havana

From revered restaurants to his go-to gay bars, Rob breaks down the best of Havana, Cuba in today’s Roaming with Rob.

As per usual, a number of Rob’s best-bets were left on the editing room floor. For a complete list of his recommendations as well as websites, addresses and phone numbers for those businesses mentioned, please see below.

You can find Out Adventures’ current Cultural Cuba and Cuban New Year’s Eve Fiesta tour dates on our website.

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Americans Visiting Cuba: 5 Things To Know

Trinidad

On June 16, 2017, Donald Trump announced a number of changes to Obama’s relaxed engagement with Cuba.

“Effective immediately, I am cancelling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal with Cuba,” said Trump in Miami, Florida. He stated Americans, “will not be silent in the face of communist oppression any longer,” then signed a document sanctioning Americans from conducting business with Cuban military-owned or -operated organizations amongst other changes.

After the announcement, The Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control, released an online FAQ guide highlighting the restrictions expected to change. We’ve compiled the five biggest takeaways from this document, as they pertain to American passport holders who want to visit Cuba.

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In Focus: Cultural Cuba

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Kristopher Kelly’s photography not only captures the sites of our Cultural Cuba tour, but also the energy. His photos rumble with the rusted mufflers clogging Old Havana, the smell of cigars in Viñales wafts from them, and your mouth waters for the rum in Trinidad – Daiquiri, anyone?

Scroll down to see some of Kelly’s favourite images from his trip to Cuba. And visit Out Adventures’ Cultural Cuba and Cuban New Year Fiesta trip pages to start planning your own Cuban escape.

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