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The hotlist: 7 destinations to visit in 2017

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Cuba

The travel restrictions for Americans in Cuba have not been completely lifted, but they are being eased — in fact luxury yachts Highlander and Axioma are now available to charter in Cuba for the first time. A vacation to Havana is like stepping back in time, but visiting by superyacht means you can enjoy all the luxuries of life on board that can’t be found on land.

*Best for: *History buffs

What to do and see: An afternoon exploring Earnest Hemingway’s former home should be high on the priority list, second only to a tour of the Havana Club rum factory and museum. Old Havana is home to a number of historical hotspots, including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Plaza de Armas, Plaza Vieja, Plaza San Francisco de Asis and Plaza de la Catedral. A trip to see the canon ceremony at La Cabaña fortress is also well worth the effort.

When to go: Visit Cuba from December to May for blue skies and plenty of sunshine — the wet season starts in June and there is a risk of hurricanes from August to October.

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