Originally Posted by tomfl
True different folks will have different impressions of the same experience.
I am not sure what a typical Caribbean island is. Cuba is part of the Greater Antilles and not really much different in geography than the others, except for the environmental disaster in Haiti
caused by over population. Jamaica
has some great water
falls and rafting rides. Diving
on the Silver Banks with whale out of the DT is one of the most interesting experiences I have had anywhere.
Also not sure how pristine the whole place is. There is a reason the BDF has more boats on the Cay Sal banks than the rest of the Bahamas
. The Cuban fishermen are miners that harvest everything. They have cleaned out huge areas close to the island and tried to do the same thing in Cay Sal till the Bahamas put a stop to it.
Again I am not trying to dis Cuba and would definitely like to go back. But to me it is just another place, not an attraction head
and shoulders above the rest of the Greater Antilles.
are known to be some of the healthiest, like Chuck says. The Cuban government
simply has more control over their shoreline than does the Bahamas. The Bahamas resource management is in sharp contrast to the Cuban approach, and I can't speak with the authority that Chuck does on the historical picture as far as Cubans fishing in my native country. In the Bahamas, we've lifted our skirt to anyone with money
, and there are marine
disasters all over the place. Cuba does not give industry nearly the leeway, but again, I'm not saying the Cuban system is "right". It simply has taken much better care of the marine environment
. That's not opinion, that's just a matter of fact, and a product of circumstance too.
I have no desire to convince others that Cuba is a special place, it is just that to me. I've spent a lot of time there for work, and I am never in a big hurry to get home. I'll be back there next week for a couple of weeks. One thing I LOVE about Cuba, is it is so close. It is a far from perfect place, and after all the time I've spent there over the last few years, it is very hard to wrap my mind around it completely. That's having access to much more than a typical visitor, but I also spend time in the same places a tourist might too.
I think it will be a very attractive destination
for US cruisers one day, but unlikely they will jsut open their waters and say "make yourself at home". They can look at Florida
and Bahamas and learn a lot from us.
And Tomfl, what I mean by typical Caribbean island, is one that has not had the political situation that Cuba has. The political situation there has made it unique. If you spend a few weeks there you will see the differences. For one, I feel safer nearly anywhere in Cuba after dark than nearly anywhere in Miami
As far as natural beauty? You decide: