Havana: Insider Travel Guide

( CNN) Exotic, mysterious, vibrant, Havana is immersed in time-worn grandeur. But with President Barack Obama announcing a historic overhaul in relations between the United States and Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean and its capital of Havana stand on the precipice of dramatic change.

Old Havana overflows with colonial palaces, convents and cobbled plazas. Detroit dowagers with fins sharp enough to draw blood rattle along the Malecn seafront boulevard. And the Tropicana cabaret — a sensual salsa-charged extravaganza — recalls the pre-revolutionary heyday of sin.

Welcome to communism, Caribbean style. Socialism and sensuality.

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