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Cigar Limits and Other Cuban Travel Tips

A friend of mine made the infographic below for Cheapflights.com. I thought the team did a nice job putting together what American travelers need to know to visit the Caribbean country, since President Obama lifted many restrictions last December.

There are strict limits on how much liquor and cigars Americans can bring back, and not everyone gets a free pass into the country, but things are progressing more towards normal relations, for the first time in 50 years.

Another friend of mine who lives abroad has been to Cuba at least a dozen times and can’t say enough about how warm and wonderful the people are and how special the island nation remains. He says most Cubans are optimistic that better relations with America will lead to more opportunity.

National Geographic does offer cultural trips to Cuba, if you’re thinking about visiting.

If you have been to Cuba, share your tips below.

Cuban travel tips infographic
With these travel tips, get ready for your Cuban adventure.
  • I would like to invite your readers to check my post on Cuba: http://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2014/12/23/cuba-memories-intertwined/

    “Since 1999 I have been working on a photographic project documenting the daily life and changes of Cuba. As a Spaniard, I benefited from the unique bonds both countries have shared for many years. I discovered the warm hearts of Cubans during on one of my early trips, when the island was still struggling with the end of the ¨special period ¨ after the soviets left. As a curious young photographer I drove across the island, reaching far away places like the Guanacabibes Peninsula. Not always shooting, sometimes I was just closely absorbing the culture and their friendship. A bodega called my attention. A woman with a gracefully arranged head wrap was giving out loaves of bread upon checking ration cards at the window. Without a ration card, and looking at bread that could not be bought, I stood there, remembering some of the stories my grandmother Regla had shared with us about the Spanish Civil war. With no words exchanged, she extended her arm and handed me a loaf of bread…”

  • I would like to invite your readers to check my post on Cuba: http://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2014/12/23/cuba-memories-intertwined/

    “Since 1999 I have been working on a photographic project documenting the daily life and changes of Cuba. As a Spaniard, I benefited from the unique bonds both countries have shared for many years. I discovered the warm hearts of Cubans during on one of my early trips, when the island was still struggling with the end of the ¨special period ¨ after the soviets left. As a curious young photographer I drove across the island, reaching far away places like the Guanacabibes Peninsula. Not always shooting, sometimes I was just closely absorbing the culture and their friendship. A bodega called my attention. A woman with a gracefully arranged head wrap was giving out loaves of bread upon checking ration cards at the window. Without a ration card, and looking at bread that could not be bought, I stood there, remembering some of the stories my grandmother Regla had shared with us about the Spanish Civil war. With no words exchanged, she extended her arm and handed me a loaf of bread…”

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