A Havana hotel has become the first in Cuba to operate under a US brand since the 1959 revolution.
US President Barack Obama recently visited Cuba and here is a look at what he may have seen in Havana.
With white-sand beaches kissed by clear turquoise waters, Varadero is visited by more than a third of foreigners who come to Cuba.
The opening of a new air route caters to the many Chinese who want to visit the Caribbean island nation of Cuba.
The race for Cuba's beach-front is on as major US hotel chains step up their interest in the communist island.
Hire a car and see the real Cuba at your leisure on lightly travelled roads, advises Simon Calder.