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10 of Cuba's best natural attractions

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 23, 2016, 7:15 a.m.
Fields in Viñales National Park

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Unseen wonders

Thanks to the easing of travel restrictions and the start of commercial air service, more Americans will soon be able to go to Cuba. Because the island has been off-limits to U.S. tourists for so long, travelers might not know what to expect. They've probably seen plenty of images of charmingly outdated urban scenes, beaches, tobacco farms and coffee plantations.

In many parts of Cuba, however, nature is the main attraction. The island has an impressive array of national parks, preserves and other protected areas that are only now coming onto the tourism radar, like Viñales National Park, seen here. Remaining travel restrictions still make independent tourism difficult for Americans, but not impossible — as this government document explains. That said, there's a growing list of tour companies that can help with the red tape and put people in touch with the island’s impressive ecotourism scene. Here are 10 destinations in Cuba that let the country's stunning natural beauty shine.