Some spots are more open to Canadians. We're lucky that way.

Foreign Policy: The List: Top Tourist Spots Americans Canâ..t Visit

Baracoa

Location: Cubaâ..s eastern tip

Why you should go: Baracoa is Cubaâ..s oldest settlement, founded in 1511 by Spanish conquistadors, and is believed to be near where Christopher Columbus first landed in 1492. Important archaeological sites dot the area, and nearby caves provide visitors an opportunity to view pictographs and ceramic remains of Native American tribes that inhabited the island when Europeans first arrived. Large forts, built in the 18th century to repel pirate attacks, provide breathtaking views of the bay and surrounding forests. The area is also full of sandy beaches, lush vegetation, and waterfalls, not to mention a healthy array of musical, artistic, and cultural happenings.

Why you canâ..t: Because it is impossible. For a host of reasonsâ..some of which have the last name Castroâ..U.S. tourist travel to Cuba is thoroughly restricted. Even travel to Cuba through a third country, such as Mexico or Canada, is technically illegal, and violators can face prosecution and a hefty fine of up to $65,000 upon return to the United States. So, although the U.S Guantánamo Bay Naval Base is located in the same province as Baracoa, American travelers who run into problems probably wonâ..t find much sympathy.


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