Travel restrictions to Cuba have been loosening up over the last year for American travels. There are less restrictions in traveling to Cuba. Americans can technically travel to Cuba. However, tourism cannot be listed as the reason for going. It would have to go under
family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials; and certain authorized export transactions.
So technically, an American can’t go to Cuba for touristic reasons. However, there are other reasons an American can go to Cuba.
However, booking a flight to Cuba is not hard. If tourism is ever listed as a legitimate reason for Americans to travel to Cuba, this is the scenario that COULD take place. Air travel and cruise ship travel will take off. In particular, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta,USA will become even busier than it is now, and it’s the world’s busiest airport. Atlanta is two hours flight from 80% of the U.S. population. It takes about two hours to fly from Atlanta to Havana. Geography is on Atlanta’s side, as having a large airport will facilitate more flights to Cuba. More people out of the Atlanta area, with its, population of 5.5 million people, is just one factor to consider. People flying from locales such as Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Seattle, will want to fly to Cuba. Changing flights in Atlanta can be considered a factor because Atlanta is a major established air travel hub.
If Cuba becomes a major tourist destination for Americans again, there would likely become a major boom in tourism for Cuba. Cuba’s geography is to its advantage. 90 miles from Miami, Florida,USA, Cuba is close by. There is the possibility for ferry travel from Miami to Havana. There are nearby places that attract visitors with its cruise ships. Bahamas, Jamaica, Mexico, are among them. Cuba has coast line on the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Something to consider. Cuba can be served by cruise ships on both sides. And then Cuba’s own physical geography has much to consider. Cuba is more than just coastline. Cuba is a mountainous island, so this is good opportunity for hikers and adventure types. Pinar del Rio province is home to the mogotes of Vinales Valley. Mogotes are limestone hills.
Cuba has alot to discover. It leaves even more to imagine if it becomes a major tourist destination for Americans.