Although the travel ban to Cuba remains in place, Cuban souvenirs, music and items with a cultural twist are just a click away.
The Cuban government, playing to the tastes of the massive ex-pat community and the merely curious, recently launched an online mall at www.mallcubano.com, offering everything Cuban (except cigars).
Music, movies, paintings, books, CDs, handicrafts, apparel and accessories are available. All items are priced in U.S. dollars and range from $3 for a wooden handheld fan to $41 for a linen guayabera shirt.
To pay, customers must register and then log in to complete the purchase. Payment is via credit card, and shipping options include postal mail (estimated delivery time, 45 days) and CubaPost (seven days).
Shipping charges are high, $16.58 by mail or $43.15 by CubaPost on an $8 shower curtain with a design by Cuban artist Ernesto Garcia Pena.
— Gay Nagle Myers