As the largest and most unique of all the Caribbean islands, thousands of tourists flock to Cuba every year. Eager to be seduced by the sizzling charms of heady Havana, Cuba’s colonial past and gorgeous crumbling aesthetic makes it one of the most desirable locations to visit. Unsurprisingly, it’s become the second most visited island, only behind the Dominican Republic, with a record number of 4 million international visitors heading there last year. Here’s a few of the reasons why Cuba has become so popular:
Obama Lifted Travel Restrictions
When Barack Obama lifted the historic travel restrictions imposed on Cuba, it opened the doors for American tourists to finally visit the island. With commercial flights from the US now allowed to enter Cuba for the first time in 50 years, it’s had a huge influence on the number of visitors to the island with American people flocking there in their thousands. The novelty of being able to freely travel to Cuba again looks unlikely to wear off anytime soon, with summer 2017 on the way.
The growth of American tourism has also inadvertently encouraged more international tourism with the rest of the world concerned that an American influence might start to change the historic Cuba we know and love. As an island without a McDonalds or Starbucks in sight, Cuba makes a refreshing change when it comes to looking for a luxury holiday destination and its revolutionary spirit and historic charms attract visitors from across the glove. As a result of the gentrification of the Caribbean thanks to an influx of cruise liners and discount holiday deals, the fact that Cuba remains so different to the rest of the islands sets it apart from all the others.
It’s complex history also attracts a wide range of tourists who love learning all about the country’s unique past. The crumbling architecture and preserved pastel coloured buildings make it a prime holiday destination for architecture enthusiasts who may also be worried about the effects of the embargo being lifted.
With so much to offer and Cuba having escaped any gentrification for over 50 years, it’s easy to see why it has become such a popular island overnight. You can head there with Cuba Holidays for an amazing break today to experience the allure of the beautiful island for yourself.