Cigars and old cars, Rumba and rum: the icons of Cuba are as legendary as it gets. And with the government embracing tourism full-on, there’s plenty of opportunities to experience this Caribbean island with larger-than-life lore. Those seeking a simple white-sand getaway can grab a lounge chair at the resorts of Varadero. Nature lovers can ride horses through lush fields and into limestone caverns in rural Vinales, and divers can take the plunge into the shipwrecks and reefs of Punta Frances. History buffs will soak in the plantation remains, colonial architecture and revolutionary monuments, and tobacco aficionados will frolic like kids in a candy store. And no one will want to miss Havana, where crumbling buildings meet a cultural vibrancy: where little boys play baseball in the street, live music filters down cobbled alleys, and coco taxis zoom past crashing waves along the Malecon. Toss back a mojito or two, and you’ll see why Cubans are so fiercely proud of the country and culture. So grab your Che shirt, and plenty of toiletries, and dive headfirst into this little island that could.