The Takeaway: Cuba

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The Takeaway: Cuba

Welcome to The Takeaway, a series highlighting the best goods a destination has to offer. Every week, we’ll showcase seven gifts every traveler should consider in terms of quality and value.

Visiting Cuba as a U.S. citizen isn’t easy, but it’s worth the challenge. American travelers aside, Cuba’s tourism industry has steadily grown for two decades.

If you can get there, Cuba has plenty of goods to bring back to anyone who may live through you vicariously during your trip. Cuba is obviously famous for rum and top-notch cigars, but the island nation also has a strong handicrafts scene. Lesser known treasures include environmentally-friendly Cuban honey, handmade toys and antique books.

In October 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Public Affairs removed monetary limits on personal goods brought back from Cuba, including tobacco and alcohol. However, there are still restrictions on the quantity of tobacco products). One U.S. dollar currently exchanges to 26.5000 Cuban pesos.

Cigar photo by Alex Brown, CC BY 2.0 Coffee photo by Y’amal, CC BY 2.0 Honey photo by Lindsey Bieda, CC BY-SA 2.0

Sarra Sedghi is Paste Food’s and Paste Science’s assistant editor.