Traveling to Cuba is easier now, but it’s not exactly simple.
First, it’s still technically illegal to go as a tourist, so on top of buying a ticket, you’ll have to pay $50 for a visa and sign an affidavit saying you’re traveling to do humanitarian work, say, or write an article.
Second, your credit cards won’t work there (neither will your cell), so you’ll need to bring cash. Expect to pay a heavy exchange-rate premium.
Third, hotel-food/lodging quality isn’t what you’re used to. And there’s Wi-Fi, but it’s hard to find, slow, and pricey. You’ll need to buy a card to use it.
Despite those drawbacks, Cuba is still a magical destination. Skip renting a car; hire a driver to take you around. Be sure to visit Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, and the stunning beaches of Varadero. Be ready to step back in time, drink a lot of rum, and practice patience.
Lee Abbamonte is the youngest American to visit every country in the world, an entrepreneur, TV personality, and columnist for Men’s Fitness. Follow him on Twitter.