Thursday, March 27, 2008

(More) wish you were here

No wonder our Canadian friends continue to flock to Cuba.

Of the two million or so tourists who visited Fidel Castro’s island paradise last year, about 600,000 were from the other side of the Niagara Falls.

They are largely attracted to the island by the relatively cheap air fares and accommodation deals – and by travel articles like this one, published in the Canadian regional paper, The Windsor Star.

As you can see from the article, the writer, Joseph Kula, was quite smitten by the newly developed all-inclusive, luxury resorts at Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa Maria, two “gorgeous little islands” that have been linked to the city of Santa Clara by a 48 kilometre causeway.

He loved the Latin music (from “strategically placed hidden speakers”), the food, the exotic cocktails (they helped “ease inhibitions”), the sand, the surf … you get the picture.

Being luxury resorts, Joseph also enjoyed having his own private butler whose job was to "pick me up in her golf cart or to take me to one of two beaches, one of several specialty restaurants or to the main hub on this far-flung tropical retreat for an evening of top-quality entertainment”.

But lest you think he is just another pampered tourist, our writer booked himself an excursion to Santa Clara to learn about “the real Cuba”, where he ended up being taken to a cigar factory, local craft shops, the local plaza and … the Che Guevara memorial.

It doesn’t get better than that, does it?


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