Since commercial flights resumed travel to Cuba in August 2016, travel to the island has re-opened for Americans wishing to visit.
Despite disappointing airline ticket sales, people are still curious about Cuba. Two airlines – Frontier and Silver Airways – have dropped flights to the island. According to USA TODAY, Frontier said the cost of "exceeded our initial assumptions." But flights from main U.S. hubs like Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Washington and Atlanta fly daily routes to Havana and other Cuban cities.
Due to the economic embargo, tourist travel to Cuba is still illegal. There are two ways to legally travel to Cuba. You can obtain a license through the Department of Treasury or your travel plans must fall into one of 12 reasons authorized by the State Department. Visas are relatively easy to obtain. Many airlines including Spirit, American Airlines and JetBlue offer visa services at the ticket counter.
Once on the ground, it's important to make a money exchange, as U.S. credit and debit cards don’t work on the island. Additionally, U.S. dollars can't be used on the island. You must change your U.S. dollars into Cuban convertible pesos (CUCs) or Cuban pesos (CUPs).
Cuba is an island frozen in in time – and the island isn't quite ready for tourism yet. Taxis are readily available, but costs can add up. Many of the taxis are classic cars, a unique style of car Cuba is well-known for. However, they're large, noisy and produce pollution.
Only 5% of the island is connected to wifi, so prepare to be totally off the grid and immersed in the Cuban culture. AirBnBs are plentiful, however, getting in contact with a host can prove difficult. Many major hotels have access to wifi and wifi cards are readily available.
If you go into Cuba with the understanding that it won't be an "all-inclusive" vacation, you can have a great time.