Cuba is a place unlike any other -- there aren't many places where you'll find old plantations, lush valleys, rich history and literary relics, all with the backdrop of a stunning Caribbean island.
President Obama delivered comments on U.S.-Cuba relations this week, stating the need for diplomatic ties that would usher in a "new chapter" for the two countries.
And naturally, travelers everywhere erupted with wanderlust (Beyonce included, we're sure).
While we're not likely to see any U.S. cruise ships hitting Cuba soon -- tourist travel remains off-limits, though you can visit on a licensed trip -- we can't help but imagine that we'll be visiting Cuba with a whole new level of accessibility in the coming years.
Herewith, 10 places we're etching into our Cuban bucket list.
This string of beach resorts has some of the most powdery sand we've ever seen -- and blue water to boot. Apparently this is how the West Indies does beaches.
This leafy valley and its slow-paced rural town are among the places you can thank for those robust Cuban cigars. Horse-drawn wagons cruise near sugarcane plantations and banana trees.
Ernest Hemingway's home near Havana is where he wrote "For Whom The Bell Tolls" (and apparently honed his interior decorating skills). Visitors can tour his recently-restored estate.
The capital is a visual smorgasbord of colors, cars and cigars -- from free demos at artist workshops to drinks at Hemingway's old haunts, you're going to need a few days here.
This sprawling, broad boulevard is THE hangout spot on Havana's shoreline... and sometimes, you can't help but jump in.
Plaza de Armas
One of Old Havana's five distinct plazas, this palm-treed paradise has a daily flea market with all kinds of local trinkets.
The "exclusive" district of Havana boasts foreign embassies, luxury shops and some sumptuous architecture (never mind that many buildings are almost collapsing). Check out the tiny model of Havana -- all the rich people are doing it.
The Russian Embassy
One of Miramar's most intriguing buildings is this ominous skyscraper, which once housed Soviet troops.
Best described as a "time warp," this sugar town offers travelers local home-stays where they can, quite literally, live in the past.
Maria la Gorda
Calm, clear waters make this a famous diving spot nationwide. Let the International Diving Center suit you up!