Cuba – with its gorgeous beaches, verdant countryside and time-worn capital – made it onto the Rough Guide to 2018. And as Trump tightens restrictions on US travel here, this communist country, which has been busy preparing for an influx of visitors, needs tourists more than ever.

If you're planning a trip to this fascinating island, check out these great pictures of life in Cuba for some inspiration.

Havana subathers

Havana sunbathers, Cuba/Picfair

Fishermen at sunset

Fishermen in Cuba/Picfair

Classic car, Havana

Classic car, havana, Cuba/Picfair

Chicken hat

Chicken hat man, Cuba/Picfair

Afro-Cuban dance and drum group, Havana

Aerial of Afro Cuban dancing/Picfair

A colourful slogan painted on a wall in Havana

Cuba mural/Picfair

Bar La Bodeguita Del Medio, Havana

Little restaurant, Cuba/Picfair

A horse and cart taxi in CárdenasMatanzas

Horse and cart, Old timey Cuba/Picfair

The streets of Havana

Havana streets, Cuba/Picfair

A classic car speeds through the streets

Classic car in Cuba/Picfair

Cuban boys playing football in the yard


A classic car cruising through Havana

Classic car cruising through Havana/Picfair

A Cuban man in Trinidad

Cuban man in hat/Picfair

A horse drawn cart on the colourful streets of Trinidad

Horse-drawn cart in colourful streets of Trinidad/Picfair

A Cuban wedding party

A Cuban wedding party/Picfair

The roofs of Trinidad

The roofs of Trinidad, Cuba/Picfair

Salsa partying in Havana

A Cuban salsa band/Picfair