For the past 50 years, Cuba has been our mysterious Cold War enemy to the South, a forbidden place that few Americans were allowed to visit. But thanks to a recent announcement by the Obama Administration that signaled a normalizing of relations with the island, that's about to change. It may take some time, but it should eventually become much easier for Americans to get in.
Sure, right now you can visit Cuba legally, but the purpose of your trip must fit into one of 12 categories -- usually as part of a medical, religious, educational, or cultural program. And while an official license is no longer required to travel with a group, you still can't go for the explicit purpose of smoking stogies and sipping mojitos on the beach.