In Cuba over the past two decades, diverse and apparently contradictory
aspects of tourism have emerged along with state-led development and
market-driven initiatives. This ethnographic account examines the complex
ways in which Cubans and international visitors experience tourism
as an economic and cultural force. Despite the unintended consequences
of tourism, which has produced growing social inequality and illicit trade,
tourism has met surprising success in appealing to desires for both prerevolutionary
pleasures and enduring revolutionary culture and politics.