Obama's multiday visit is scheduled to include visits to diplomatic facilities, meetings with high-level Cuban leaders including President Ra´l Castro and taking in a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team.
The visit is the result of years of quiet diplomatic work. According to the BBC, Obama will announce a plan for Google to improve the island nation's internet access, as well as "commercial deals on telecoms and a scheduled airline service, increased cooperation on law enforcement and environmental protection." He also requested meetings with political dissidents.
Cubans responded to the news with a mix of pride and bemusement, the New York Times reported Sunday.
"Everyone wants to know how we Cubans feel about Obama coming," 36-year-old Yamile Suárez told the paper. "I'm frankly just happy that giant pothole finally got filled in, so if I have him to thank for it, thanks, Obama!"
Here's a roundup of the scene in Cuba.
Arrival at José Martí International airport:
Tour of Old Havana and embassy visit:
Meeting with President Raúl Castro:
Visiting the José Marti monument:
The reaction of locals: