A Country of Indefinable Magic , Music and Excitement .
[su_heading]About Cuba[/su_heading]Arguably the most fascinating and cultural of all the islands. Cuba is full of exciting contrasts. Proud of its Spanish background and its more recent history. It has all the laid back ambiance associated with the region, but with a style that has the warmth and flair of Latin America. And of course the music, a salsa of African and Spanish influence. The beaches are good, particularly in the manicured resort of Varadero, with its mainly all inclusive resorts.[su_youtube_advanced url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJDHGaaA-4M” width=”800″ rel=”no” theme=”light”]
[su_heading]Why Cuba?[/su_heading]Havana has to be the most exciting and enthralling cities in the world, with a faded crumbling opulence, lively markets and cobble stoned streets. It is also one of the safest, with falling down a pot hole in the dark probably the biggest danger! Travel around the island, the scenery is varied and dramatic and each region has its own very special personality with the world heritage town of Trinidad and Santa Clara probably the highlights.[su_box title=”Important Note” style=”glass” box_color=”#bc5aee”]We suggest you obtain your tourist card on arrival – cost is approx £18 per person. Also you will need to produce evidence of medical insurance, and if you cannot show this you will be required to purchase a local policy. Credit card payment on island usually incurs supplement, approx 10%. Cards drawn on USA banks are not currently accepted but check with your card company as things are changing fast ..[/su_box]
Important note – With the lifting of the US travel embargo , the island is now saturated with demand and the few truly international hotels are finding it difficult to cope . Prices are increasing week by week and at the moment the hotel owners hold all the short term cards . Early booking is essential , particularly in the months December to April , and higher than usual non refundable deposits are now being requested . It is not palatable , but is the reality . Things will change once the influx of planned hotels actually open but that could be several years down the line ( written DK May 2016 )
The most popular months are November to May when the days are usually bright and sunny. In the months of June to October you have more humidity, heavier showers and the occasional tropical storm/cyclone.[su_box title=”CHIC Hotels in Cuba” style=”glass” box_color=”#774794″]
[su_heading]Quick Facts[/su_heading][su_row] [su_column size=”1/3″]
The Republic of Cuba encompasses more than 4,000 islands and cays; the main island is the largest in the West Indies.
Cuba was discovered five centuries ago by Christopher Columbus.
Cuba’s natural resources include sugar, tobacco, fish, citrus fruits, coffee, beans, rice and potatoes.
Protected natural areas take up nearly 22 percent of Cuban territory, providing habitats for crocodiles, flamingos, orchids, and more.
Cuba is 110,860 square kilometers (42,803 square miles), with over 11 million inhabitants. It is the largest Caribbean island .
Government vehicles in Cuba are legally required to pick up any hitchhikers.
Only two countries in the world are not allowed to sell Coca-Cola officially: North Korea and Cuba.
Rolex has a discreet ” mechanics ” shop in Havana , we think the only one outside of Switzerland . No many Cubans can afford the real thing but it is the time piece of choice with many politicians whose lifestyle demands to the second accuracy !
Cubans were prohibited from owning cell phones until 2008.
JFK bought 1,200 cuban cigars just hours before signing the embargo against Cuba.
South Korean soap operas are popular in Cuba.
Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world: 99.8%. And medical care is the envy of many neighbouring islands in the region .
When Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, he immediately ordered all game sets of Monopoly to be destroyed.
A drink of rum and coke is called a “Cuba Libre” (Free Cuba) in Latin America except in Cuba, where it is called a “mentirita” (little lie).
The Cuban government and Communist Party of Cuba control almost all media in Cuba.