ViaHero · Updated August 15, 2018
Americans can still travel to Cuba independently, but only under 12 specific travel categories. One of the broadest is “Support for the Cuban People.” Under this category, travelers are required to engage in a full-time schedule of activities that support the Cuban people. Here are 7 examples of incredible Support for the Cuban People activities. Once you've checked them out, feel free to message us with questions you might have.
1. Admire the mosaics at Fusterlandia
Artist Jose Fuster took inspiration from Gaudi and Brancusi and transformed his neighborhood of Jaimanitas into a beautiful work of art. His work covers fountains, bus stops, offices, and more throughout the neighborhood. You can buy his work and the work of other artists when you visit.
2. Stay in
casas particulares and spend time with your hosts
3. Eat meals at
paladares (private restaurants)
A few years ago, the Cuban government allowed citizens to start opening their own private restaurants called
4. Go to a cigar factory
The Viñales Valley is one of the most beautiful areas in Cuba. It’s filled with tobacco plantations and you can even visit some of them to learn how cigars are made, from tobacco plant to ready-to-smoke.
5. Take dancing lessons (or just listen to music)
Want to learn how to salsa? Rumba? Mambo? Instructors often offer introductory classes that can fit into a traveler’s schedule. You’ll probably have the most options in Havana, but you can find classes throughout the island. Our Cuban travel experts can help you find an awesome class.
6. Go birding at La Belén in the Sierra del Chorrillo Mountains
This reserve is just outside of Camagüey and home to species like the Cuban parakeet and zunzún. Get a local guide (our Cuban Heroes can help you find one) to help you spot them and teach you about the area.
7. Check out the museums
The Casa del Cacao in Baracoa is a particular favorite. This small city is now the center of chocolate production in Cuba. Visit the museum at Casa del Cacao to learn all about chocolate production in the area. Finish off your visit with a stop at the cafe for a luscious cup of cold chocolate.
(8.) Have a local plan your trip
Your local Hero (trip planner) will build you a custom itinerary, a longer list of Support the Cuban People Activities, personalized recommendations for things to do in Cuba, personalized maps that work offline, and someone to help you step-by-step through the travel planning process. Get started with your booking on our Cuba travel planners page.