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How to Travel to Cuba from the U.S.

How to Travel to Cuba from the U.S.

One afternoon while watching Anthony Bourdain No Reservations Cuba  episode,  my husband turned to me and said “Why don’t we go to Cuba”?

Being a Cuba-American girl who left the country in 1969 on one of the last flights out,  I had concerns about going back. On the other hand, I have always wondered about Cuba and the family that I have never met.


Celebrating my first birthday in Cuba,
Celebrating my first birthday in Cuba
The streets of Placetas, Cuba filled with people on bikes, cars, tractors, and horse drawn carriages.
The streets of Placetas, Cuba filled with people on bikes, cars, tractors, and horse drawn carriages.
Antique Cars in the streets of Havana, Cuba
Antique Cars in the streets of Havana, Cuba
El Malecon, Havana, Cuba
El Malecon, Havana, Cuba


I started researching travel to Cuba.  How to travel to Cuba from the U.S.  I found this local agency here in Miami called Marazul. American Citizens are not allow to travel to Cuba because of travel restrictions stemming from the embargo.

However, there are ways. Who can travel to Cuba under the current restrictions?

American citizens can travel to Cuba under certain types of trips, such as cultural, educational, and religious.  These type of trips are eligible for travel once you receive the proper licensing.  They offer two types of licenses “General” or “Specific” depending on the type of trip you take.

If you’re interested in traveling to Cuba on a tour, here’s a few agencies that offer trips to Cuba for Americans at a reasonable price.

Insight Cuba
Cuba Explorer
Authentic Cuba Tours
Smithsonian Journeys

In my case, since I was born in Cuba and left before 1970,  I was able to travel with my U.S. Passport but needed to apply for a Cuba passport as well, which I had when I left the country but it had expired.

The application process takes around 45-60 days.  So make sure you allow yourself enough time before your trip to get your license or visa.

Marazul took care of obtaining my Cuban Passport and also booked our flights out of Miami.

Find out about our Travels to Havana Cuba next……

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Kelly Jaspers

    great when you can visit you’re homeland! good luck
    greetings from Holland, check our blog

    • Carmen

      Thanks Kelly, It was quite an experience going back to my homeland after so many years and meeting family that I never knew. I love your fashion blog and all your fashion tips. I’m big into fashion myself and love to attend fashion shows. I’m exactly going to one tomorrow.

  2. Judith Miranda

    Bonitas fotografías!!!

    • Carmen

      Hola Judith,

      Gracias y saludos. Me gusta mucho tu blog de modas.

  3. Vicky Alonso

    I didn’t imagine it would be so difficult travel to Cuba

  4. Carmen

    It’s only difficult if you don’t have any family who lives there. Otherwise, you have to go in a group.

  5. Hi Carmen; for those willing to risk American law – you can fly into Cuba from Canada or Mexico. Passport control in Cuba gets lots of Americans and won’t stamp your passport. Just make sure you have an explanation for the tan if you go by way of Canada 🙂
    Frank (bbqboy)

  6. hi carmen thanks for this kind of blogs.
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