Cuba is hot right now. Some critics believe that travel media ignores the country’s poverty, painting an incomplete picture of what you can expect as a visitor. Here are seven tips on how to visit Cuba and guarantee yourself an authentic experience while supporting the local community.
1. Go without a travel agency.
This allows you the freedom to plan your own itinerary and let the island vibes take over. You’re guaranteed more personal interactions with locals and opportunities to choose where you spend money. Think about it — do you really want to be a part of that tourist group paying too much and shuffling into government-run restaurants and museums in their matching khakis and white sneakers?