Print this trip dossier

Journey Latin America asks you to accept cookies for performance and social media purposes. We use cookies on our website to personalise content, evaluate website traffic and enhance performance. You can delete or restrict cookies via your web browser. To get more information about these cookies and the processing of your personal data see our Cookie Policy. Do you accept these cookies and the processing of personal data involved? Find out more

December 23rd, 2014

An American embassy in central Havana

Mary Anne

By Mary Anne Nelson
Travel Consultants

Are the golden arches of McDonalds going to descend on Havana in the near future? We can’t honestly answer that question quite yet; only speculate. But given that the United States has just announced its intention to open an embassy in Havana in the coming months, the once unthinkable is now a distinct possibility.

As with everything, there are pros and cons, people celebrating and people raging, but our take on this can be summarised in the answers to a few questions:

How will this effect tourism in the island?

We believe the number of visitors will increase manifold, and not just with Americans. Whether this will be wholly positive is debatable: granted, it will give the economy a tremendous boost. There are things we have come to expect when travelling there – an overly relaxed attitude towards schedules, frustratingly few road signs – which would both most likely be improved, but by the same token, the island may become a bit overcrowded. Cubans are known for their friendliness and the island is safe, but if the flood gates were to open to tourists there is the risk this could change.

Will there be a big demand for the relatively small number of hotel rooms?

Probably yes. It all depends on how this pans out – many Americans might believe that there is no need to go there, or better wait until changes take place before doing so. However – and given that already many find ways of getting there anyway – chances are that there will be an increased demand, which in turn will highlight this issue and could create a building craze or bidding war.

Do you need to get out to Cuba before changes take place?

Considering the above, yes. There will be changes and Cuba as we know it- with its paladares, Casas de la Trova, dancing everywhere and those ubiquitous cigars - might come to an end. Or it might not. We don’t know and neither do you, so you’d better go now just in case.

Post a comment

Other holidays you may be interested in

Galápagos Island

Value Galapagos and Peru

Private journey

13 days from £4,402pp


Luxury Cuba: Colonial classics and coast

Private journey

10 days from £2,345pp

Safari Voyager

Expedition cruise: Panama, the Canal and Costa Rica

Private journey

15 days from £6,881pp

Icebergs in Antarctica

Antarctica: Ross Sea and the Far Side

Private journey

37 days from £27,865pp

Other articles you may like

Browse our inspiration area of the site. It's packed with insider travel tips, Top5s, competitions, events, recipes and holiday ideas for Central and South America sure to whet your travel appetite.

Sign up to our newsletter

Sign up to our twice monthly newsletter and be the first to know about our latest news, offer and competitions.

Sign up with...

Your email


Using a social account is fast and means you don't need to remember a password.

We never share your data either - see our terms & conditions

Facebook Connect

Remember, you can unsubscribe at any time.

To see how we take care of your data please review our Privacy Policy

Thanks for subscribing – we’ll be in touch!

You are not subscribed. Some error happened.

Share this Page

Social share page will open in new window

Send a friend


Page Full Path: /sitecore/content/JLA/Home/travel-inspiration/travel/An-American-embassy-in-central-Havana

Page ID: {4888A863-6801-432C-92FB-65251901C1CE}

Page Name: An-American-embassy-in-central-Havana

Page Display Name: An American embassy in central Havana

Page Template Name: T031-PapagaioBlogPost

Page Template ID: {ECC6A232-9784-4CC7-BA26-18421546B8F5}

Parent ID: {DC65CFB2-D81C-4A04-A7F8-0A1B3D88E7EB}

Parent Name: travel

Parent Display Name: Travel

Parent Template Name: T029-PapagaioCategoryListing

Parent Template ID: {4D163066-ED7E-48E6-AF31-34B6C47536CD}