It's important to remember the following:
Recreational Travel is Still Prohibited for United States Citizens
Restrains regarding visits for purely tourist and recreational purposes are still prohibited to the US Citizen. Cuban travel remains more accessible than it has been since the embargo in 1961 because there are additional travel categories that do not require OFAC authorization, but visits must have a purpose beyond beachfront relaxation. Under the new regulations, “Recreational travel, tourist travel, travel in pursuit of a hobby, or research for personal satisfaction only” remain illegal. Therefore, trips to Cuba are required to be non-commercial as well as purposeful; that being said, since specific licenses are no longer required, this requirement can be met without as much paperwork as before.
HOWEVER - Cuba Unbound Is Here for You! We Provide Legal Tours for USA Residents
We have carefully designed immersive and active tours that are people-to-people approved. As an American Citizen, you can feel comfortable when filling our the Visa requirements that you are, in fact, visiting Cuba legally. Our tours qualify you to check one of the 12 reason American Citizens can travel to Cuba. One of the 12 boxes you have to check is called "educational activities" -- our people-to-people tours qualify you as being part of an educational activity!
What is a People-to-People Tour?
Each day has a people-to-people element in the tour. It may be a visit to local elementary school, kayaking with a rowing club, cooking class from a local chef or even a cigar rolling workshop! Traveling through Cuba with a people-to-people emphasis means our itineraries will take participants to places that the typical tourist seldom sees or knows to look for. Rather, our trips take participants to communities, organizations, and places that will not only be educational and enlightening, but culturally enriching for both parties involved.