The recent trend of high profile Americans visiting recently don’t get much bigger than the star couple Beyonce and Jay-Z in Cuba. Dining at the La Guarida paladar restaurant in Old Havana with their mothers, they later wandered around the old town and colonial old city causing quite a stir with Cuban school children.
While Jay-Z is not a popular music star in Cuba, Beyonce is well known and she saw many of her CD´s being bootlegged in Cuba´s capital. Music stores selling western music are totally absent on the communist island. Beyonce and Jay-Z are visiting the island on a cultural exchange visa also know as a people-to-people visa.
There trip was organized ahead of time but was kept secret. The motive for the trip was their 5th wedding anniversary. The couple was married in Paris 4th April 2008 and decided that this year would be the big island south of Florida.
There trip will take them to Cayo Santa Maria, a remote island recently opened to tourism offering 5 star hotels on Cuba´s pristine white sand beaches.
Both Jay Z and Beyonce have visited the Cristo (Christ) statue which overlooks the bay of Havana and also visited the cathedral square and bodegita del medio bar.
Staff at the privately owned La Guarida restaurant said that Beyonce was interested in past stars like Jack Nicholson who have been to the restaurant and browsed photos of other American personalities who have dined there.
We are told the trip organized by Havanatur and an American agency Insight is said to have been the most anticipated trip for some time for the couple who have travelled the world but never to Cuba.
As numbers of Americans visiting Cuba increases, the embargo and travel ban seem to be eroding into a distant distraction seldom respected, even by travelers of this caliber.