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Caribbean island Cuba

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In 2014, the U.S. and Cuba shook hands (figuratively speaking) for the first time in decades. Ushering this new chapter in relations, travel restrictions for U.S. citizens wanting to visit this Caribbean island were also relaxed, allowing for guided cultural tours and opportunities for business and education. While these restrictions give you the chance to collect that previously verboten Cuba stamp in your passport, the ‘come one, come all’ sign isn’t flying over Cuba just yet.

 With the U.S. embassy open once again in Cuba after more than five decades, diplomatic relations with the island are looking solid. Known for its vibrant culture, pristine beaches and touches of a time gone by, Cuba will continue to gain in popularity for American visitors who were previously unwilling to risk the trip. Airlines are adding direct flights from major U.S. cities to Cuba, making travel more comfortable and, as relations continue to strengthen, hopefully 2016 will be the year that the remaining restrictions are dropped.