2.7 million

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A classic 1950s American car drives on the coastal oceanfront Malecon highway past restored buildings on Nov. 30, 2004 in Havana.

The number of tourists that visited Cuba in 2011 – a record for the Caribbean island but likely to be beaten again this year. Reuters reports that an unlikely combination of the Arab Spring, changes in U.S. policy and economic reforms at home are driving a tourist rush to the communist-run state.

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