Traveling to Cuba as an American can be challenging. We're here to help.
At BPH Cuba Travel Consulting, we work with our clients to plan fully-customized programs that offer a unique view of Cuba and all it has to offer. Whether your interest is art, music, politics, or simply finding the best jazz club in town, we'll work with you to plan a trip that fits your budget and complies with current U.S. travel regulations.
Schedule a consultation today and let us help you plan an experience you'll never forget.
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We've never run the same trip twice.
Given the challenges of working in Cuba today, many of our competitors offer the same trip, over and over, visiting only those places that can easily accommodate large groups traveling by tour bus.
We believe the magic of Cuba is found in its living rooms, its back alleys, its jazz clubs. Our programs are customized exclusively for small groups because we want you to return home with new friends, great stories, and an experience that is all your own.
Learn more about our programming below, or contact us now to start brainstorming together.
Learn the rules.
Understanding the US/Cuban Travel Regulations
There are several license categories under which an American can legally travel to Cuba, and we'll work with you to figure out which one makes the most sense for your trip. For a full list of license categories, please visit our FAQ.
Unless you have a specific reason for travel (journalists working on a story, students pursuing an academic program, etc.) we usually recommend two general license categories for most travelers:
Educational Activities (People-to-People)
This general license category is used by American travelers who wish to visit Cuba in an effort to engage with the Cuban people in a program of cultural exchange. NOTE: As of November 2018, this license category is no longer available to individual travelers. In order to use this license, your program must be sponsored by BPH Cuba and you must be accompanied by a one of our representatives for the duration of the trip. In addition to the sponsorship requirement, your itinerary must reflect a "full-time schedule of meaningful interactions between the traveler and individuals in Cuba" and comply with the other guidelines set out in §515.565(b) of the Code of Federal Regulations.
If this license category makes sense for your trip, we'll work with you to make sure you understand all the relevant rules and will assist you in designing a program consistent with this license category.
Support for the Cuban People
Unlike the people-to-people license, this category does not require a traveler be sponsored by an organization, nor are they required to travel with a representative. For that reason, it's becoming popular among individuals seeking a more self-directed experience. However, U.S. travelers using this license category are required to engage in a full-time schedule of activities that "enhance contact with the Cuban people, support civil society in Cuba, or promote the Cuban people's independence from Cuban authorities" and also "result in meaningful interaction with individuals in Cuba." Additionally, your program must comply with the other guidelines set out in §515.574(a) of the Code of Federal Regulations.
We'll work with you to draft an itinerary that meets these guidelines, either through programming that we offer or self-directed touring that you pursue on your own.
For a full overview of the license categories and requirements, please visit our FAQ.
If you have a specific question, we're here to help! Drop us a line.
Meet our team.
We've learned what's possible when Cubans and Americans work together.
BPH Cuba was founded by Brady Hiatt in June of 2015, in response to the opportunities afforded by the new regulations governing travel to Cuba for Americans. Prior to the launch of this firm, Brady worked in the field of Cuba travel for more than three years, assisting large organizations like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Princeton University, the Microsoft Alumni Association, and more than 40 other organizations acquire licenses and plan programs to Cuba. A graduate of Georgetown University and Phillips Exeter Academy, Brady has previously worked in the field of international development for a Washington, D.C.-based firm.
Brady is joined by Deborah Orta Cedeño, an experienced guide and lifelong resident of Havana. A graduate of the University of Havana's Foreign Language School, Deborah manages trip programming and logistics, and coordinates activities on the ground in Cuba. Deborah has also worked as an interpreter for three years at the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, a Havana-based NGO dedicated to supporting young Cuban artists.
BPH Cuba was built upon the conviction that there is now a better way to offer unique travel opportunities to Cuba for Americans, and the best approach is one that's high in content and low in overhead. We will work hard to ensure that your program is not only unparalleled in its level of service and access, but also offered at a price previously unavailable to American consumers.
Plan your trip.
Our programs are designed with you in mind.
We're happy to build a trip around a specific theme or interest, but if you prefer to select from a full listing of available activities, please complete the form by selecting the button below. We will be happy to provide a quote based on your selections!
Of course, if you would prefer to speak over the phone please contact us below for more information.
NOTE: It is not necessary to fill in this form completely. Just let us know what you'd like to include and we'll do the rest! Please visit our [list of activities] for more information about each of the activities below.