Cuba is a place like no where else in the world and that’s because it’s literally been shut off from the rest of the world for 50 years. The island was overtaken by Fidel Castro in the 1950’s, who began harvesting nuclear missiles and turning it into a communist country. The result was a strained relationship with many other nations, including the United States who prohibited trade with Cuba while Castro restricted outside tourists from stepping foot on Cuban soil.
Now here’s the cool part about all of this – for the past 50 years, without outside companies and products coming in, Cuba hasn’t changed much. Everyone on the island still drives classic cars from the 50’s as well as the buildings and architecture are equally as time warped. The people seem to be retro minded too … they actually wave and smile at you. Things are cheap, especially rum (a 26 ounce bottle costs only 4 bucks) which flows like water. And the laws are pretty old school too. Drink a bottle of the rum and get caught behind the wheel of your Pontiac, and you’ll basically just get a slap on the wrist.
So what’s the hurry to go to Cuba if everyone there is just chillin? Well, last year President Obama announced plans to lift the embargo on Cuba, making trade legal again as well as the two countries agreed to ease up on the tight tourist restrictions. He stated, “We are choosing to cut loose the anchor of the past, because it is entirely necessary to reach a better future – for our national interests, for the American people, and for the Cuban people.”
What this means is that it’s only a matter of time before Cuba catches up with the rest of the world. Once tourism spikes, commercial hotel chains and real estate sharks will be fighting to get a slice of the pie. “Real estate developers from the U.S. have been flying to Cuba very quietly, taking notes, taking photos and putting together their Cuba investment plans,” says Hugo Cancio, a Cuban-American entrepreneur and president of Fuego Media Group. “I don’t blame them. There are a lot of opportunities here.”
This will also mean a hike in prices (buh bye cheap daiquiris) and of course newer cars on the road. All we can hope for is that it won’t effect the people. With all the hustle and bustle, there’s a definite chance they’ll stop smiling and waving .. just like the rest of us in here in 2015. So stop everything. Go to Cuba … before it becomes just like everywhere else in the world.
By: Cheri Cola