Cuba’s Music Scene Heats Up in 2016

Cuba’s Music Scene Heats Up in 2016

Last year, The Dead Daisies, a US-Australian rock band, played in Cuba to an energetic crowd. They spent a week playing two sold out shows, visiting music schools, recording music and taking in the rich local music culture-a first for a band after President Obama announced the re-establishment of US – Cuba relations. All Daisies … Read more

How Many Americans Visited Cuba Last Year?

It’s no secret that American travel to Cuba is booming, but how many US visitors actually traveled to the island last year? According to the Cuban government’s official numbers, 145,000 Americans came to Cuba in 2015, an increase of 79 percent from the previous year, generally coming to the country under one of the 12 … Read more

Copa Launching New Cuba Flights

Copa Launching New Cuba Flights

Launching a new destination in Cuba By Dana Niland Cuba Journal Contributor Copa Airlines has announced it will begin nonstop flights two times a week between Panama City and Holguin, Cuba. The new route will go into effect as of June 21, 2016, the company said. “We are pleased to announce Holguín as our third destination … Read more

Friendly Planet Travel’s Peggy Goldman Talks Cuba

It’s simple: demand for Cuba travel is booming. And while there are still just 12 categories of licensed categories for Americans to travel to the island, those who make the journey need help. That’s where people like Peggy Goldman come in. Goldman, the founder and president of Friendly Planet Travel, who’s quickly becoming one of … Read more

US Travel to Cuba Is Up More Than 50 Percent

American travel to Cuba is surging. Authorized travel by Americans to Cuba has increased by more than 50 percent this year, according to Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the United States Charge d’Affaires to Cuba. The increase has come in light of eased travel restrictions since the US-Cuba rapprochement at the end of 2014. It’s likely that … Read more

An “Eco-Surf and Turf” Trip to Cuba

In response to high demand for travel to Cuba, The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) is hosting an eight-day, seven-night Charter Club trip May 1-8, 2016. The trip will focus on ‘eco-surf and turf’ – a selection of of the island’s marine, cultural, and natural tourism offerings. Activities will include a countryside bed and breakfast … Read more

Direct Flights From Brazil to Cuba?

Brazilian air carrier GOL is looking to add flights to Cuba, the company announced. In its latest monthly report, GOL said it was planning to add several new Latin American destinations, including Havana. Right now, Brazil sends a negligible amount of tourists to Cuba, particularly in comparison to other Latin American countries like Colombia, Venezuela … Read more

Vacation Express Now Selling Cuba Hotel Rooms

Tour operator Vacation Express is now offering hotel rooms in Cuba. US travelers who are eligible to visit Cuba under one of the 12 general licenses for travel to the island can book hotel rooms in Varadero, Cayo Coco, Santiago de Cuba, Holguin and Cayo Santa Maria. Vacation Express is part of the Sunwing Travel … Read more

CheapCaribbean Expanding to Cuba

A major travel player is coming to Cuba. Online travel booking site has announced plans to begin offering eight-day tours to Cuba beginning in early 2016. The nine tours, all of which will be operated by Cuba tour operator Cuba Travel Services, will start at $5,500 per person including accommodations, meals and air/ground transportation. … Read more