CUBA TRAVEL SURGE: Now is the time to visit Cuba before it becomes much more expensive!
Americans can go on larger, commercial tours. You can also travel with smaller, more flexible groups like those I lead. Or you can go by yourselves. I am happy to let you know the advantages of each type of travel.
Greetings! My name is Jim Lewis. Welcome to my website. I am passionate about the country of Cuba and its people. My background includes working as an RN, as well as having experience in the Travel Industry. I encourage you and other fellow Americans to visit Cuba. It is a beautiful, safe, and friendly country. Cubans love interacting with Americans.
Even before President Obama made his historic announcement on December 17, there have been many changes which have been leading to a normalization of relations between our two countries. The embargo will probably remain for several years, because it can only be legally ended by Congress. But in the last month, there has been a significant increase in interest and demand for Americans to travel to Cuba.
If you do not know much about Cuba, be aware that you may read some outrageous and exaggerated claims by exiles about their former country. Many seriously believe they will someday return and claim properties that were abandoned over 50 years ago. In reality, recent polls have shown that a majority of Cuban-Americans in Miami and south Florida want the embargo to end immediately. They are ready to invest in Cuba to help their homeland modernize and thrive. Cuba could have a promising future if this normalization process continues in the right direction.
I’ve provided information that has helped numerous Americans legally visit Cuba. It is more expensive than many travelers expect, but there are ways to visit on a budget. However, if you can afford it, I strongly recommend that your first adventure to Cuba should be with an organized group. Cuba is unique, and there is just too much to see and do. Once you spend 7-10 days with a group and local travel guide, you may want to stay over on your own, or return a few months later as an independent traveler.
I’ve been an RN for 40 years. My nursing license has facilitated my legal travel to Cuba many times since 1999. Most of my visits involved health care research. I’ve also worked in the travel industry, so I have combined these interests to facilitate research expeditions to Cuba. These trips provide a comprehensive and fun introduction to Cuban culture, history, and geography, with an additional emphasis on health care. I’ve facilitated eight such research expeditions to Cuba in the last three years. To read about past trips and stay updated on visiting Cuba, click on CUBA TRAVEL NEWSLETTER. If you want information on upcoming expeditions, click on TOURS, then MY TOURS. My spring trips will be March 14-23 and May 2-11, 2015. Click on OTHER TOURS for a list of American companies providing tours to Cuba. This page also explains the most important things to consider when selecting a tour company, and ways to compare their prices, itineraries and services.
Travel to Cuba is going to get much more expensive in the near future. The best time to visit is NOW! You will not be disappointed.