With US diplomatic relations restored and a thawing of Cold War-era antipathy, Cuba is changing fast. The Caribbean island retains many of its post-revolution charms, not least Havana's colorful but crumbling architecture and its classic 1950s cars. But there are plenty of opportunities for a modern beach break, with five-star resorts cropping up all along its northern shores and new cafes and hip hotspots seemingly opening daily. Those who want more will find the interior of the island still steeped in the past, with the chance to indulge a taste for strong coffee and cigars. For wildlife lovers, Cuba has lush, unspoiled forests and swamps that are home to a wide variety of species.