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If you've had your heart set on vacationing to Cuba, your dreams might just come true next year. The United States and Cuba agreed to restore commercial flights between the two countries for the first time in more than half a century — huge news!

The U.S. law still bars travel to Cuba for tourism alone, but considering all the progress we've been making lately it's only a matter of time before that changes too. Let's not forget that it was only a year ago when President Barack Obama and Cuban head of state Rául Castro met to reestablish diplomatic relations between Cuba and the States for the first time in more than 50 years. According to the state department:

"This arrangement will continue to allow charter operations and establish scheduled air service, which will facilitate an increase in authorized travel, enhance traveler choices, and promote people-to-people links between the two countries."

This is serious progress. Let's not forget that just a few days ago, the U.S. and Cuba had agreed to reestablish mail service between the two countries. Opening commercial flights is just another step toward normalizing relations and another step closer to Cuba allowing American travel for tourism.

Traveling to the island is still a controversial subject, especially for the Cuban community here in the U.S. But there's also a number of people excited about visiting the island nation, which comes as no surprise considering the amount of celebs who have vacationed there, including Jay-Z and Beyoncé. We rounded up a list of the stars who have recently made Cuba their tourist spot.

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Bey and Jay's Cuba 2013 vacay stirred a lot of controversy and triggered a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee to consider a bill restricting travel to the communist Caribbean island to academic visits only. Who knew an anniversary celebration trip would become such a political problem?


RiRi made a trip to Havana, Cuba, this spring for her Vanity Fair photo shoot. But aside from working, the singer enjoyed some of the island's cuisine as well as danced to classic Cuban salsa.

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It was surprising to hear that Usher got secretly hitched, but straight-up shocking when we heard where! According to reports, the R&B singer and his then-girlfriend Grace Miguel eloped and honeymooned in Havana, Cuba. His new wife even posted pictures on her personal IG.

Katy Perry

The pop singer enjoyed a short vacation in Havana this October following her 151-show Prismatic World Tour. She documented most of it on Instagram, and it looks like she had a blast.

Joan Smalls

Puerto Rican supermodel Joan Smalls took a trip to Havana this summer, but wasn't just vacationing there. She was there for a photo shoot and also shared personal footage for W magazine's September 2015 issue.

Mick Jagger

On a break in Cuba!

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Jagger was recently in Cuba not only vacationing but supposedly scouting out a possible venue for a Rolling Stones concert for a Latin American tour planned for 2016. Either way, as a British citizen, he's free to visit for whatever reason he wants!