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Your Flight from The U.S. to Cuba Arrived, But Now What?

Your Flight from The U.S. to Cuba Arrived, But Now What?

The easing of restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014, has generated a great deal of interest of the part of Americans in visiting an island that during three decades of Cold War between the U.S. and Cuba’s staunch ally, the Soviet Union, was essentially off-limits.

After the U.S.S.R. crumbled in 1991, Cuba turned to tourism to bolster its economy and Americans began to travel there again on “people-to-people” cultural exchange tours, and such tours continue today.

But a major factor limiting travel from the U.S. to Cuba has been the lack of regularly scheduled air service, forcing Americans to either go on a group tour or try to snag an empty seat on a charter flight.

(NA Parish Flickr Photo)

That is about to change.

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Visualizing Cuba, Three Ways

Visualizing Cuba, Three Ways

On December 17, 2014, President Obama of the United States and President Raul Castro of Cuba simultaneously announced easing of restrictions on travel between the two countries.

That set out a landslide of articles in the general and travel news media touting Cuba as “the” place for Americans to head on vacation.

And President Obama himself visited Cuba earlier this year.

(White House Photo)

Cuba, a glamorous tropical magnet for tourists from the U.S. in the days before the Castro-led revolution of the late 1950s installed a Communist government friendly to the Soviet Union, but hostile to America, is beginning to reprise that role.

What did Cuba look like “back in the day,” what does it look like now, and how might it look in the future to Americans, Cubans, and Cuban-Americans?

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