HUFFINGTON POST
12/17/2014 04:04 pm ET Updated Jan 04, 2015

These Photos From Cuba Show What American Tourists Have Been Missing

As U.S. and Cuban governments announced a renewal of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, many in America may have already started dreaming of a trip to the island nation. A long-standing tourist destination for the rest of the world, the unique sights of Cuba are beautiful and fascinating, while simultaneously inextricable from the country's contentious political history.

While President Obama has already made it easier to travel to Cuba, his previous measures and today's announcements have stopped short of completely lifting the U.S. ban on visiting the country. Until all restrictions are gone, however, most Americans will still have to view Cuba from afar.

These photos show one side of what they're missing.

Taxi! #cars #Havana #cuba #vintage #pink #instapic #tapfordetails

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#Habana #cuba

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#havana #cuba

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Cuban highway from the 50's? #havanna #cuba #wanderlust #9monthsnomad

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Through the glass. #Cuba #Viñales #oldcars #Chryslers #cadillacs

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Havana #cuba #havana #habana #lahabana #ciudad #capitolio #campidoglio #sky #travel #picohtheday #photooftheday

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Time for some change. Lift the embargo!!! View of the Capitol photo by @claudiapizza123

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