Cuba | hot new Caribbean destination

Cuba is the hot new Caribbean destination. Just this week, my agency sent out an email blast from luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent announcing a fall and winter tour — Cuba: the Forbidden Isle Revealed. An 11-day, 10-night tour, the itinerary includes the opportunity to "walk the cobblestone streets of Old Havana, savor the unspoiled beauty of Trinidad, meet families in culture-rich Mantanzas, and experience Hemingway's Cuba with a visit to Finca Vigia, his seaside home." Two clients emailed back, expressing an interest, and I phoned A&K this morning to inquire about available dates and costs.

All tours had immediately sold out, probably an experience unparalleled in A&K's years of selling luxury tours, but this is evidence of a huge demand for travel to Cuba, just 90 miles south of Key West. Once the U.S. Government lifts restrictions on travel to Cuba, the potential for Cuban tourism is unlimited. One hopes that development will be intelligently planned so that the character of the island is not lost. It would be sad if Cuba were to become just another Miami Beach or Waikiki.

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