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Travelers flock to Cuba before American invasion
The sense that the detente will unleash an invasion of Yankee tourists to Cuba and change the unique character of one of the world's last remaining bastions of communism is shared by many travelers flocking here.
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In this March 17, 2015 photo a musician carries his bass on a street crowded with tourists, in Havana, Cuba. Where foreigners see charming, historic architecture, bright 1950s-era American cars and vast stretches of white-sand beaches, locals see decaying buildings in need of repair, new vehicles priced beyond their reach and a lack of economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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Tourists pose for a photo while sipping on a cocktail at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar frequented by the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway, in Old Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Tourists trying to dine at high-end private restaurants are often struggling to find an empty table these days, and it's practically impossible to get a room at Havana's best hotels. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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In this March 13, 2015 photo, tourists ride a double-decker bus backdropped by an iron sculpture of Cuban revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara on the facade of the Ministry of Interior in Revolution Square, in Havana, Cuba. Bookings to Cuba jumped 57 percent for one New York tour operator in the weeks after Washington said it would renew ties with Havana. In February, they were up 187 percent; and so far this month, nearly 250 percent. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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In this March 13, 2015 photo, tourists cross traffic lights in Havana, Cuba. Outsiders may romanticize the "time-capsule" nation, but many on the island are ready for change. Where foreigners see charming, historic architecture, bright 1950s-era American cars and vast stretches of white-sand beaches, locals see decaying buildings in need of repair, new vehicles priced beyond their reach and a lack of economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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In this Feb. 25, 2015 photo, tourists look for souvenirs at a shop also selling postcards and books on Cuban revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, in Trinidad, southern Cuba. Already this year, more foreigners are roaming Cuba's cobble stoned streets. The country saw a 16 percent increase in visitors in January compared with a year earlier. (AP Photo/Enric Martí)

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In this Feb. 28, 2015 photo, pedestrian walk along the Malecon as a cruise ship passes by in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Outsiders may romanticize the "time-capsule" nation, but many on the island are ready for change. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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In this March 8, 2015 photo, a tourist gets out of a classic American car in Havana, Cuba. The Washington and Havana December announcement that they would move toward a historic rapprochement appears to have sparked an influx of tourism. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

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In this Feb. 25, 2015 photo, tourists look for souvenirs at a shop in Trinidad, southern Cuba. The sense that detente will unleash an invasion of Yankee tourists and change the unique character of one of the world's last remaining bastions of communism is shared by many travelers flocking here. (AP Photo/Enric Martí)

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Tourists visit the Hamel Alley as a Cuban woman smokes a cigar in the background, in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, March 22, 2015. Tourism to Cuba is up sharply in the months since Washington and Havana announced in December that they would move toward a historic rapprochement. Where foreigners see charming, historic architecture, bright 1950s-era American cars and vast stretches of white-sand beaches, locals see decaying buildings in need of repair, new vehicles priced beyond their reach and a lack of economic opportunity. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

Travelers flock to Cuba before American invasion

The sense that the detente will unleash an invasion of Yankee tourists to Cuba and change the unique character of one of the world's last remaining bastions of communism is shared by many travelers flocking here.

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