Spring Break 2013 in Cuba

Looks like Cuba is out as a Spring Break 2013 destination for American college students this year. Canadian and European students enjoy!

If you are an Americcan student and travel to Cuba today, you may face fines of up to $65,000. It looked for a while that congress might normalize relations with Cuba, but too many other pressing issues are pending.

Maybe congress may have some time to address Cuba in 2013. Maybe American students could hit the beach in Cuba in 2014.

Cuba is a large island, three-quarters the size of Florida, and aside from crowded hot spots like Havana and Varadero and a handful of colonial cities and resorts, it is largely underdeveloped - making it a sleeping giant as a Spring Break destination.

In 1962 the United States established the travel ban along with a number of other restrictions, including a trade embargo, soon after Fidel Castro's takeover of Cuba.

The recent policy shift by Mr. Obama is an admission that a half-century of American policy aimed at trying to push the Castros out of power has not worked. A bipartisan group of 20 senators is calling for a repeal of America's 47-year-old travel ban to Cuba, saying the proposal will weaken the Castro regime and "make a difference for democracy."

Havana--The exotic capital of Cuba and largest city in the Caribbean is a must-see for every Spring Breaker. For centuries, it has served as the gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. And in 1982, Old Havana, the city’s historic centre, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

lf travel restrictions are lifted later this year, you will want to be in the first wave of visitors before the island becomes "Americanized" by companies like Burger King, Subway, Wendy's, KFC and Walmart.

Today, Americans are free to travel anywhere in the world except Cuba. The president of the Orbitz, Barney Harford, believes so strongly in US travel to Cuba that he whas used its resources and corporate prestige to launch an on-line petition drive.

The straightforward text is addressed to the President, Vice President and Members of the U.S. Senate and House.


Cuba's World Class Beaches

Varadero Beach - For one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, you need look no further than Varadero, the longest beach resort in Cuba. Considered by many as the world's most beautiful beach, Varadero is part of a peninsula that stretches far out into the calm waters of the Atlantic. Its 21-kilometre strip of fine white sand is an ideal vacation spot for Spring Breakers.

Cayo Coco--Made famous by Ernest Hemingway’s “Islands in the Stream” and “The Old Man and the Sea”, is a 22-kilometre strip of beach Covered by thickets of mangroves, palms and other forestation. A variety of excellent resorts—from the comfortable to the luxurious—line the beach. The island is named after the white ibis (coco). A moped ride along a winding path gets you up close and personal with the flora and fauna of this Cuban paradise.

Guardalavaca Beach--Is a 1.5-kilometre ribbon of white sand sandwiched between a coral reef and lush green vegetation. A perennial favourite, this spot has three major resorts (Las Brisas Club Resort, Atlantico hotel and bungalows and Club Guardalavaca) There are countless activities to keep visitors busy including shops, discos, karaoke, a diving school, sailing facilities, horseback riding, vehicle rentals (bicycles, motorcycles, cars) and taxi service.

Emerald Beach or Playa Esmeralda--Five kilometres east of Guardalavaca, Playa Esmeralda is just around the corner from Bahia de Naranjo nature park and aquarium. On this crescent-shaped beach surrounded by lagoons and lush greenery, Sol Melia hotel group operates three luxury resorts: the four-star Sol Rio de Luna and Sol Rio de Mares and five-star Melia Rio de Oro.



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