Cuba, the ‘Pearl of the Antilles’, is the largest island in the Caribbean and a land of friendly people, colonial towns, unspoil beaches and picturesque countryside. For nearly four centuries, Cuba was the main gateway to Spain’s vast American empire, and cities such as Havana, Santiago, Camaguey, Baracoa and Trinidad are sentinals of a bygone era. The richness of Cuba’s culutre is reflected in its many museums, mostly located in the capital, Havana. The capital itself, home of the salsa, mambo and cha-cha, is the artistic centre of Cuba. Meet the vivacious and passionate people and feel the rhythm of Cuban music. Cuba offers and adventure like no other.
Cubans have two basic origins, Spanish and African. On the one hand, the Galicians and Asturians arrived, maybe they could influence in the abilities for business, but also others from many different Iberian regions come to the island such as the Andalusians.
Havana is Cuba’s capital and it’s the largest city in the Caribbean. It is Cuba’s political, cultural and economic hub. Havana was founded in 1519 and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Havana has an eclectic mixture of architectural styles, from neo-classical, art nouveau to colonial and art deco. The city offers all kinds of attractions, hotels, restaurants, universities, modern hospitals, theatres, cinemas, zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens, museums and an incredible nightlife.
El Floridita, this bar is located between Obispo and Monserrat streets, you will find the ideal site for a dinner on a grand scale. El Floridita offers in its menu a wide range of shellfish and fish and more than 400 recipes of cocktails or maybe try The Great Hemingway Dish a very well seasoned combination of fish, lobster and shrimps.
110,860 sq km (42,805 sq miles)
Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Camaguey
Pico Turquino (2,005 meters)
Roman Catholic (60%), Protestant (5%), Santería (2 %), other (33%)
Office hours are Mon-Fri 0830-1230 and 1330-1630. Some offices also open on alternate Saturdays from 0800-1700.
Tropical, moderated by trade winds; dry season (November-April); rainy season (May-October).
Etecsa phone cards for both internal and external calls are readily available from shops and kiosks. Some calls must be made through the international operator, and may be subject to delays. Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies.
Cuba offers spectacular beaches of white sands and turquoise waters, lush green hills, dramatic rainforests and waterfalls and imposing mountain ranges. Its lively and multi cultural cities are steeped in history, both political and artistic. Visitors will see decadent colonial palaces and grand cathedrals adjacent to run down districts inhabited by regular Cubans. At night, they can experience a fiesta of salsa rhythms, uninhibited dancing, hearty food and sparkling cocktails in the restaurants, clubs and open courtyards. The current in Cuba is 110v, 60Hz. The flat two pin plug is the same as used in U.S.
Roads are in poor condition so driving has risks. So the lack of traffic makes Cuba a popular choice for cycling tours. In all major cities, taxis are easy to find. Buses connect most towns across the island.