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As a congressional committee voted last week to open up Cuba to Americans by repealing the ban that has existed since Castro’s revolution, a kind of anticipation for a new reasonably priced vacation destination began to circulate.

But politics is that simple.

Canadians have long ago found the beaches, rum, and 5-star accomodations of Europe and Canadian hotel property owners to their satisfaction.

And in a way have hoped the U.S. policy would never change, recognizing that once Cuba is opened up to tourism from america, prices will likely go up dramatically and the quaint little places around Veradero, Santa Clara and Hoguin will be built up faster and faster until the character of the destination changes.

But it is highly unlikely the House of Representatives will go along with the easing of restrictions easily.

There seems to be a major resistance to change until Cuba becomes some sort of democracy, which would be noble if trade to all other non democratic countries was halted.

Fifty years later, and the Castro name still rings anger through hallways of Congress. Lobby groups keep applying pressure.

So Canadians, Europeans, and even Asians fill the place every winter and as pointed out, may not be all that anxious themselves to see the country get overridden by the huge population base ninety miles away.