Finance Trump just said he will ban tourism to Cuba — here are 19 gorgeous photos of what it's like there

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Now open to tourists, outsiders are finally able to experience the culture of Cuba.

Cubans are known for their love of classic cars. play

Cubans are known for their love of classic cars.

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President Donald Trump announced plans to follow through on his campaign pledge to restate the importance of the 56-year-old trade embargo with Cuba, and ban tourist travel to the country, according to Politico.

In 2016, former President Barack Obama had lifted restrictions on tourists who wanted to take home the souvenir of a Cuban cigar — a prized item to the island.

Commercial flights are currently freely going in and out, and it's becoming a viable vacation destination for those who can qualify to travel there.

Here's a look at daily life on the once-restricted island, which will enter its tourist high season in December.

From Havana's National Museum of Fine Arts to the smaller art markets in the streets, tourists can find beautiful and colorful art all across the city.

From Havana's National Museum of Fine Arts to the smaller art markets in the streets, tourists can find beautiful and colorful art all across the city. play

From Havana's National Museum of Fine Arts to the smaller art markets in the streets, tourists can find beautiful and colorful art all across the city.

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Soccer games are played everywhere, even in the street.

Soccer games are played everywhere, even in the street. play

Soccer games are played everywhere, even in the street.

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Cubans are known for their love of vintage cars.

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Even taxi drivers cruise around in these elaborate vehicles.

Even taxi drivers cruise around in these elaborate vehicles. play

Even taxi drivers cruise around in these elaborate vehicles.

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On average, June is Havana's most rainy month.

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Inside the H. Upmann cigar factory in Havana, Yiliana Benitez rolls a famous Cuban cigar. In Cuba, cigar rolling is considered an art form that's passed down through generations.

Inside the H. Upmann cigar factory in Havana, Yiliana Benitez rolls a famous Cuban cigar. In Cuba, cigar rolling is considered an art form that's passed down through generations. play

Inside the H. Upmann cigar factory in Havana, Yiliana Benitez rolls a famous Cuban cigar. In Cuba, cigar rolling is considered an art form that's passed down through generations.

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In March, all of the cowboys of Cuba flock to Havana for the International Livestock Fair.

In March, all of the cowboys of Cuba flock to Havana for the International Livestock Fair. play

In March, all of the cowboys of Cuba flock to Havana for the International Livestock Fair.

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In 2015, the 12th Havana Biennial took place, drawing artists and curators from all over the world. Here, they take a tour of the city's streets.

In 2015, the 12th Havana Biennial took place, drawing artists and curators from all over the world. Here, they take a tour of the city's streets. play

In 2015, the 12th Havana Biennial took place, drawing artists and curators from all over the world. Here, they take a tour of the city's streets.

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Cuba's El Capitolio was built between 1926 and 1929. It still stands today.

Cuba's El Capitolio was built between 1926 and 1929. It still stands today. play

Cuba's El Capitolio was built between 1926 and 1929. It still stands today.

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La Estatua de la República is found inside the Capitol building.

La Estatua de la República is found inside the Capitol building. play

La Estatua de la República is found inside the Capitol building.

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Cuba has a rich history of dance, including styles like danzón, mambo, and salsa.

Cuba has a rich history of dance, including styles like danzón, mambo, and salsa. play

Cuba has a rich history of dance, including styles like danzón, mambo, and salsa.

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Salsa dance instructor Ariel Domninguez gives a lesson of Cuban-style salsa to a student.

Salsa dance instructor Ariel Domninguez gives a lesson of Cuban-style salsa to a student. play

Salsa dance instructor Ariel Domninguez gives a lesson of Cuban-style salsa to a student.

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More salsa classes take place on the beach in Varadero.

More salsa classes take place on the beach in Varadero. play

More salsa classes take place on the beach in Varadero.

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The beaches of Varadero have beautifully clear waters.

The beaches of Varadero have beautifully clear waters. play

The beaches of Varadero have beautifully clear waters.



On average, the water is a comfortable 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

On average, the water is a comfortable 75 degrees Fahrenheit. play

On average, the water is a comfortable 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

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If you don't want to swim, rent a sailboat to explore the waters.

If you don't want to swim, rent a sailboat to explore the waters. play

If you don't want to swim, rent a sailboat to explore the waters.

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Cuba is known for its high-performing education system, and its schools are considered the best in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Cuba is known for its high-performing education system, and its schools are considered the best in Latin America and the Caribbean. play

Cuba is known for its high-performing education system, and its schools are considered the best in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Source: The World Bank



Cuban soldiers lead a ceremony in remembrance of student leaders killed during the fight against Spanish colonial rule.

Cuban soldiers lead a ceremony in remembrance of student leaders killed during the fight against Spanish colonial rule. play

Cuban soldiers lead a ceremony in remembrance of student leaders killed during the fight against Spanish colonial rule.

(Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)


When it comes to shipping to the US from Cuba, strict guidelines are still in place. Plan ahead.

When it comes to shipping to the US from Cuba, strict guidelines are still in place. Plan ahead. play

When it comes to shipping to the US from Cuba, strict guidelines are still in place. Plan ahead.

(Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters)