We ended our Cuba tour at the Caribbean seas in an all-inclusive hotel in Varadero. It had been an interesting time in Cuba. Although the package tour didn't really allow me to mingle in Cuban society, I have seen some of the results of the political regime. The internet was only available for tourists and not for Cubans. Tourists had to pay with a different currency. The roads were almost empty. And poverty was all around. It felt like I had been back in time, wandering the colonial streets and watching the old American cars on the roads.
The situation in Cuba is changing however. And it wouldn't surprise me if Cuba will be a hotspot for the mainstream tourists when the political connections with the USA are tied. Cuba has all ingredients to be the new tourist paradise.