For Americans, Cuba has long been a forbidden fruit -- an alluring tropical paradise so close, but shut off due to their government. Now through specific programs -- educational, charitable, and academic, U.S. citizens are beginning to experience the incredible culture and beauty of the Pearl of the Caribbean.


Do you want mountains? Colonial architecture to fuel a photographer's dream? Pristine beaches? Tunes you've got to get up and dance to? Cuba has it all. One of our Island Runaways (Laura) traveled there for an academic research project, and fell in love with the place. Let's get ready to explore this incredible country in upcoming posts.



























                                                                                       (Photo credit: Havana Woman, David Steele, from Flickr)

February 11, 2015

Why do people “run away” to islands? In some cases, it’s simply for a vacation. Other people are running away from a set of circumstances back home, while still others go for a new bus...

January 21, 2015

Our Cuba Island Expert, Gilberto Lucero, is back with another intriguing adventure in Havana. He's previously written of a secret paladar (restaurant) that he discovered and an eccentr...

November 18, 2014

Some years ago, I went to Cuba on an academic research trip. To do so, I had to obtain permission from the U.S. government, because ordinarily, Americans are not allowed to travel to t...

November 6, 2014

 by Island Expert William H. Strickland


If you ever find yourself on one of the many “People to People” programs visiting Cuba, your tour will surely include a visit to the iconic Flor...

October 23, 2014

by "Island Expert" Gilberto Lucero


Living in Cuba can be difficult, not because you miss Starbucks, chicken by the bucket, or the newest summer blockbuster. After all, Cuban beauty is...

October 2, 2014

Seduced by Cuba’s Surprises

by “Island Expert” Gilberto Lucero



Much has been written about Cuba: its dictatorship, its economy, its music, the way buildings crumble beautifully to crea...

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