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Interesting Facts about Cuba

  • Cuba is the largest of all islands in the Caribbean.
  • From the air the island of Cuba resembles a crocodile or alligator and therefore, Cuba is often referred to in Spanish as “El Cocodrilo”.
  • Cuba has a population of 11 million people.
  • In a traditional Cuban meal the food is not served in courses, instead all the food is served at the same time on one plate.
  • The literacy rate in Cuba is 99.8% – one of the highest in the world.
  • Cuba is known for its music, bands play everywhere in the capital Havana.  The main musical form is called son, which is a combination of upbeat rhythms with classical guitar.  Son-style of music has also been the basis of many other musical styles such as:  mambo, cha-cha-cha and salsa music.
  • Cuban’s Medical Tourism sector caters to thousands of European, Latin American, Canadian, and American consumers every year.
  • No one can legally own a car today in Cuba.  Legal ownership of cars was discontinued by the government after 1959.  Today, all the cars are owned by the Cuban government.
  • Sugar from sugar cane is the main crop grown in Cuba, followed by tobacco which is used in the making of hand-crafted cigars that are famous for being the finest cigars in the world.
  • The world’s smallest frog and smallest hummingbird are found in Cuba.
  • Baseball is Cuba’s favorite sport.
  • Cuba has a dual currency system, whereby most wages and prices are set in Cuban Pesos (CUP), while the tourist economy operates with Convertible Pesos (CUC) set at par with the US dollar.
  • Cuba has the highest doctor-to-patient ratio in the world.  Due to this, many Cuban doctors are sent to countries where medical aid is required.
  • Cuba has tripled its market share of Caribbean tourism.  In 2003 1.9 million tourists visited Cuba with 2.7 international tourists visiting in 2011.
  • Recipes in Cuba are passed down from generation to generation.  They typically do not write down their recipes.
  • Cubans were not allowed to own cell phones until 2008.
  • Cuba has 250 museums.
  • Voting is Cuba is legally mandatory.
  • 90% of Cubans own their homes and pay no property taxes or mortgage interest.  Mortgage payments may not exceed 10% of a household’s combined income.
  • January is the coolest month, while August is the warmest.
  • It is tradition in Cuba to burn dolls at New Year’s Eve to symbolize the forgetting of bad times and look forward to a fresh start with the New Year.
  • In 2012 “Cubaenergia Company” announced the opening of Cuba’s first Solar Power Plant.  There was also a mention of 10 additional plants to be built in the future.
  • If you were employed in Cuba, you would get an average salary of 20 U.S. dollars per month.
  • In 1902, Cuba gained complete independence from the U.S., which held its temporary control from 1898 to 1902.
  • Americans visiting the island can bring home a total of $100 worth of cigars and rum.
  • The game of dominoes is extremely popular in Cuba.
  • As of 2013 Cuba has 9 sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list, 7 of these cultural sites and 2 of them natural.
  • On August 14, 2015 The U.S. Embassy reopened in Havana.