I would highly recommend visiting the iconic country of Cuba before Castro kicks the bucket. Are you American and think you cannot visit? Think again! No one enforces that ancient guideline anymore -- not even the TSA. Check the records: 0 people prosecuted ever. There was an attempt to fine one individual once, but the case was dropped. Here's a quick history lesson: the American embargo on Cuba began in the early when 1960's, when it became illegal for US residents and corporations to travel to or conduct business with the communist region. The government didn't want American money to go towards the supportof communism. However as the regulations were renewable, in 1977 President Carter choose not renew them and soon the ban on Americans spending US dollars in Cuba was lifted. Of course leave it to good ol' Reagan to reinstate the embargo in 1982. Since them, Americans have been discouraged from spending money in this communist country. But like I was saying, this is no longer enforced. You just have to fly through a gateway country first.