Cuba is a Caribbean island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It lies 150 km south of Key West, Florida between the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas, to the west of Haiti.

Before the 1959 communist revolution, Cuba was a popular tourist destination for United States citizens. Since the revolution, Cuba has been shunned by the United States and travel between the two neighbors has to be via a third country, unless one is traveling under a license from the US government, in which case direct flights from the US to Cuba can be arranged. These restrictions mean that much of Cuba's tourist and general infrastructure has been virtually frozen in the state it was in in the late 1950's as Cubans have been forced to make do.

However the charms that attracted tourists to Cuba up to the 1950's have not gone away. If anything, the time of isolation has made Cuba an even more interesting and challenging destination to visit for the adventurous traveller.