How Cuba has changed between presidential visits

When President Calvin Coolidge visited in 1928, Cuba had recently celebrated its first 25 years as an independent nation. Tourism was on the rise and there was plenty of investment in hotels and restaurants that might have been particularly appealing to Americans wanting a public drink while their own nation observed Prohibition.

Some 88 years later, Barack Obama became the second sitting U.S. president to visit. With the easing of American travel and economic embargoes, perhaps it will be another boom time for Cuba, which in some ways (notably the cars on the street) has seemed to have been trapped in time for decades.

Here’s a look at how some key sites have changed from the 1920s to 2016.

The Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception and Plaza de la Catedral (or Cathedral Plaza). Cars and buggies are no longer allowed on the plaza, but plenty of pedestrians pay visits daily.

Palm trees continue to line the roads in Havana. Although U.S. tourism technically is still forbidden under the embargo, American citizens can legally enter Cuba using one of 12 travel exceptions regulated by the U.S. State Department.

The Malecón, the long roadway stretching along the coastline and seawall. Havana's Malecón seawall is the heart of the city.

A bathing beach in Havana. More flights are expected from the United States, China and elsewhere, and more cruise ships will be sailing into Havana's only commercial port.

The Paseo del Prado in Old Havana, a street where residents and tourists can enjoy music, shopping and food.

Produced by Patrick Oppmann, Marilia Brocchetto, Rachel Clarke, Clint Alwahab and Sean O'Key