The hotels were mostly private enterprises that cut the government in on the action and you were supposes to stay at least three nights in hotels but if you could give the customs guy the name of one he was satisfied. There were street hucksters- don't buy cigars from them.
The only problem with the country I could see is the prosecution of dissenters but you'd have to be determinedly vocal to get arrested, going by how some of the people we met in Havana talked in public. I'm guessing that the society will liberalize when the last veteran of the revolution dies or retires from government, kinda like what happened in the USSR when the last WWII vets died.
He who knows the least obeys the best.
We don't have political prisoners? That depends on your perspective.
Political Prisoners in the USA | Alliance for Global Justice
Vivien Lesnik Weisman: Jeremy Hammond, American Political Prisoner
We Must Open Our Eyes to America
"The number of prisoners held on political charges in Cuba doubled to 90 in the past 10 months despite the government’s preference for short-term detentions to control dissent, a Havana human rights group reported Tuesday.
About 30 of the new prisoners are leaders and members of the Cuban Patriotic Union (UNPACU), a dissident group that has achieved a surprisingly active presence in the eastern part of the island since it was founded in mid-2011.
The number of jailings is evidence that police “are ready to repress with the utmost force in order to paralyze the visible advances of UNPACU,” founder José Daniel Ferrér Gárcia said by phone from his home in the eastern town of Palmarito de Cauto.
Read more here: Cuban human rights group: Number of political prisoners has doubled - Cuba - MiamiHerald.com
My comment was not meant as any kind of a denial of human rights abuses in Cuba. And jailed whistle blowers are political prisoners and though we have whistle blower protections, they are weak which is why Obama campaigned on this promise to expand them but instead has relaxed them and imprisoned more than his predecessors.