In general, American citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba. One of the few exceptions is a licensed “people to people” exchange of art and culture, which was the basis of our visit. Our group of 22 people and a full time guide traveled first to the Santa Clara resort city, then to Havana. We met a wonderfully warm people and learned a tremendous amount about their system, history, and culture. The travel restrictions and an embargo put into effect by the United States has placed considerable hardship on the people, with virtually no prospect of changing the socialistic government. Politics and the desire for anti-Castro Florida’s 29 electoral votes keeps the restrictions in place.
There are no ATMs in Cuba. We had to take cash and exchange it for Cuban Pesos and a 13% tax.