Waiting for Cuba to open up entirely?

AJC file photo by John Glenn

AJC file photo by John Glen

On Monday President Obama began easing some restrictions on Cuba, such as allowing Cuban Americans unlimited travel to the island to visit family. (The trade embargo remains in place, though.)

Americans without authorization can be fined for visiting and spending money in Cuba — and some recently have been — but the country, with its outdated “yank tank” cars (left) and its frozen-in-time culture would be fascinating to see firsthand.

Assuming you don’t have family to visit there, would you travel to Cuba if the ban were lifted?

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24 comments Add your comment

Dana

April 13th, 2009
3:19 pm

Absolutely. I have no family there, but would love to go!

Ross

April 13th, 2009
3:22 pm

Yes, I would love visit Cuab and I am thrilled that The Obama Administration is easing restrictions.

SCOTT

April 13th, 2009
3:26 pm

Yes, I would love to visit Cuban

Shannon

April 13th, 2009
3:27 pm

Are you serious?!? Let’s just invite all of the communists and socialists to come into our country in take over … oh wait … we just did by electing Obama into office!

Julie

April 13th, 2009
3:33 pm

Serious! I would go! How many people travel to communist China?

Tomhere

April 13th, 2009
3:34 pm

Yes, my wife and I would love to go there. It’s probably one of the few places in the world that hasn’t been infected by McDonalds, Disney, and the other “garbage” that passes for American “culture”.

PMC

April 13th, 2009
3:39 pm

absolutely, I’ve always wanted to go to Cuba.

PMC

April 13th, 2009
3:39 pm

great food, cigars, and rum.

Judith

April 13th, 2009
3:39 pm

Absolutely, I would be fascinated to be able to go to Cuba and see for myself what conditions there are. It has always seems odd to me that I can travel to Korea or China or Iran or Afghanistan, none notable democracies, but I cannot go to Cuba. Especially because one of our complaints about Castro is he will not let his citizens travel freely.

Robertomiguelpatriciosalvadorpena

April 13th, 2009
3:43 pm

Would love to go. But, I am curious about a comparison in the article that says the city of Detroit has as many hotel rooms as the entire country of Cuba. I can’t believe it! You mean to tell me that people actually go to Detroit?

Robertomiguelpatricio

April 13th, 2009
3:48 pm

Faith Dawson

April 13th, 2009
3:52 pm

I myself would like to hear Son music firsthand. And the architecture looks beautiful, too.

Wanda

April 13th, 2009
3:55 pm

Shannon…The Question is…Are YOU Serious? This is just the outdated thinking that has gotten this Country into the state it is in Now. Thanks to the decision making of a Conservative, outdated, ill-informed, C-Student President (Bush). Wow!! Have you had your head Stuck in the Sand? We now have an informed, ultra Modern, Intelligent and Academic President, who makes hard decisions by being fully informed. Hey…Don’t knock Socialism just yet…at lease in a socialist State you don’t have to pay for education and medical coverage….from where I’m sitting, that just keeps looking better and better by the Day.

Charles Michael

April 13th, 2009
3:57 pm

Parents went to Cuba on their honeymoon in 1947. I have a lot fo souveneirs from their trip and would love to visit!
As for that jackass “Shannon”….who the heck is inviting anyone to take over our country? What a jerk!

Kermit

April 13th, 2009
3:58 pm

Shut up, Wanda – the short bus is waiting to take you back to the home.

Wanda

April 13th, 2009
4:01 pm

Kermit…. I bet you’re married to Shannon…What’s the Saying? Bird of a Feather….You finish the rest.

Jose

April 13th, 2009
4:05 pm

NO, US representatives that have visited Cuba recently have not visited any of the thousands of the political prisoners on the island. They are ignoring the fact that the current government has no intentions of allowing any form of free speech or free communication. We will only be injecting US cash into the pockets of a 50 year old dictatorship that has no vested interest on the human rights of it’s population.

Kevin

April 13th, 2009
4:20 pm

Wanda, you say: “at lease (sic) in a socialist State you don’t have to pay for education and medical coverage.”

Are you kidding me? Do you think education and healthcare just fall out of the sky? Taxpayers pay for those services through significantly higher. It’s your kind of “government = no price” thinking that will bankrupt this country. Your ignorance is insulting.

Mytilda

April 13th, 2009
4:22 pm

Great comment, Kevin.

JustHappy

April 13th, 2009
4:40 pm

YES, I would love to visit Cuba. I understand they have excellent Doctors.

Dem Dems!

April 13th, 2009
8:30 pm

Democrats never met a Communist they didn’t like. Nevermind this country is guilty of human rights violations and oppression of its people. Who cares? Certainly not the Democratic Black Caucus who recently visited, hobnobbing with Castro himself while demeaning their home country, the United States. Disgusting. Do us a favor, next time make it a ONE-WAY ticket.

Edward A. Lipsett

April 13th, 2009
9:24 pm

Having lived and worked there (I am Canadian) I find the place endlessly interesting and not at all as the American press propagandises.
yes the economy is inefficent in many areas but for a Latin country pretty good.
And I hate to drag this up, but if one is poor and sick, best to be a Cuban than an American.
I learned many lessons there and on was to note that the American press can uniformly trash a country with out regard to the facts. And yes there are lots of Americans there defying there own Govts. wishes.

Mickey

April 14th, 2009
8:49 am

I can’t wait to go. I’ve been wanting to visit for years. I hope that all restrictions are lifted. If we can visit and trade with the Soviet Union and China, why not Cuba? Oh, I forgot. Black people live in Cuba!

KJ

April 14th, 2009
9:16 pm

Hasn’t anyone heard the old saying about keeping your friends close and enemies closer? What people fail to realize is that after time almost all communist regimes have fallen once the western influences have traveled through and discovered what was really going on inside those countries, socially, emotionally and politically. I think that U.S. travelers being allowed inside Cuba will help way more than allowing Cuba to fester without exposure to the mainstream U.S.

I’ll go. I’d like to be as educated as I can be about the country, and see people’s reactions, listen to stories, and try to understand what is really going on within Cuba, as opposed to relying on what our government (or anyone else’s) wants me to think about it.

Don’t you think that the people of Cuba would have things a little easier over time, since their government will have to be a little more careful in how they treat their citizens when plenty of U.S. eyes and ears are there?