Cuba & Costa Rica Blog
About this blog
Written by Cuba and Costa Rica expert Christopher P. Baker, this blog will update readers on life in these two diverse and exciting countries.
- Last blog post on Costa Rica and Cuba
- First-ever group motorcycle tours of Cuba successful
- Cuba’s Mariel port readying for Panama Canal expansion
- Musings on wildlife encounters on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula
- Cuba’s Steam Trains puffing their last gasp
- My top five thrilling activities in Costa Rica
- Cuba’s fun February festivals include Harleys, Books, Cigars
- Five top volcano viewing experiences in Costa Rica
- New road along Costa Rica / Nicaraguan border mired
- Cuba’s Hotel Campoamor at Cojímar to be restored?
- Cuban revolutionary Celia Sánchez honored in new book
- Christmas challenge for Costa Rica’s sexually abused girls
- Costa Rica opens Chinatown in downtown San José
- David Soul films Hemingway’s car restoration in Cuba
- National Geographic Expeditions receives license for Cuba tours
Cuba on the Cusp
Travelers visiting Cuba today do so at a fascinating historical moment. The recent Democratic takeover of Congress has emboldened anti-embargo forces. In January 2007, a bipartisan bill was introduced to end existing travel restrictions to Cuba. While President Bush has promised to veto any such legislation, a Democratic victory in the 2008 presidential elections may virtually guarantee change. Senator Barack Obama has already promised to end some restrictions on travel to Cuba. And then there's Fidel. With Cuba's octogenarian leader incapacitated by a potentially fatal illness, his brother Raúl (Cuba's de facto new head of state) has already extended an olive branch to Uncle Sam. Possibility hangs in the air like intoxicating aromas of añejo rum. After more than a decade of traveling to – and reporting on – Cuba, I'm suddenly feeling quite giddy.