I have been listening today to news reports that certain Florida politicians are very angry that Beyonce and Jay-Z went to visit Cuba. That’s ridiculous. I bet they had all the visas they needed.

Good for them.

As readers may recall, I visited Cuba in February. I had a great trip, visited artists and museums, and saw a poor and very beautiful country.

I came away convinced that the embargo keeps the Castro regime in power.

If we ended the embargo, the country would flourish. The regime would wither away in response to free trade in ideas, people, culture, and commerce.

I was fortunate to discover a travel agent who has approval from the US Treasury Department to plan trips for Americans. She arranged all the necessary visas and permits from the US government and the Cuban government. She selected all accommodations and meals. It was an unforgettable trip.

My group of four people flew directly from Miami to Havana. We flew on a charter flight for about 120 people. We couldn’t help but notice an American Airlines flight at the Havna airport, also a charter. It flies every day.

The embargo is a farce. Visit Cuba before McDonald’s and Starbucks open there.

I would go back in a heartbeat, with all the visas in place.

My agent was a wonderful Cuban-American named Miriam Castillo of Bespoke Travel in NYC. Here is a good description of the trip, which appeared in Forbes.

The most fun: All those fabulous cars from the 1940s and 1950s, in gorgeous condition.

If you want to go to Cuba, call Miriam Castillo at 212-352-8012. There are no more no stops from JFK to Havana. You have to fly from Miami.