By now, Americans interested in traveling to Cuba know the 12 “legal” reasons under which they would qualify for a visa. Let’s look again at these 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba:
- 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 informational materials; and
- Certain authorized export transactions.
If you are an American, you will most likely be taking what is called a people-to-people tour which falls under the “educational activities” category.
But, wait a minute. There is one glaring and obvious omission here: a category that allows you to spend time at a beach resort.
“What?”. You might ask.
“I cannot go to the beach?”
“I cannot swim and snorkel in those turquoise waters of Varadero?”.
No, you cannot yet book time at any of those Varadero, or other, resorts. Not legally, anyway. Technically, you’d be breaking the law. If one of the reasons you visited Cuba was to go to the beach, then, don’t fret; grab your beach towel and head to those fine white sand beaches; just don’t tell anyone. Hire a car with a driver (do NOT rent a car) or contact us to take you to any beach; but, make it a short stay, inside the span of one day. Besides, no one seems to be keeping close tabs on your activities.
However, considering that a large number of non-American tourists go to Cuba for the beaches and never leave their seaside resort hotel for the duration of their trip, perhaps, these 12 reasons for USA citizens to visit Cuba might be a nice change. What I mean is that it is “forcing” them to see the Cuba that beach-seeking tourists do not see. And that is one heck of a Cuba to see; extremely rich in culture, art, architecture and history.