Want to enjoy a tropical paradise at a low cost? Consider Cuba. For nearly 60 years, Americans have been unable to visit the Caribbean island only 90 miles from Florida due to an embargo that grew out of Cold War tensions with the Fidel Castro regime. Under President Barack Obama, improved relations with the former adversary are making Cuba an up-and-coming tourist destination.
Cuba commands the curiosity of millions of Americans. What is life like on the island of 11 million people that has been off-limits for more than a half century? What is it like to explore the centuries-old Spanish fortresses, sandy beaches and iconic downtowns of the Havana area?
Thanks to improving relations between the U.S. and Cuba under the leadership of the Obama Administration, visiting the tropical island that is only 90 miles from Florida at its closest point is now a real winter or spring break option. It also means that the population, which subsists on an average personal salary of $20 per month, can benefit through Western tourism dollars and the expansion of the hospitality, food services, transportation, communications and retail industries.
Best of all for tourists, it is a low-cost way to explore the Caribbean. According to Budget Your Trip, visitors can expect to spend about $45 per day on the island, including hotel accommodations averaging $24.62 per night. While some restrictions remain, Americans can go independently if they maintain that their trip is for educational purposes.