Capital: Havana (2,141,652 inhabitants)
Most important cities: Santiago de Cuba (433,099 inhabitants) , Camagüey (306,183 inhabitants) , Holguín (294,002 inhabitants)
Currency: Cuban Peso (CUP) and Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC)
Time zone: UTC -5 (UTC -4 in summer)
Climate: tropical humid
Everyone knows that Cuba is a tropical country, with excellent beaches, a fantastic tropical climate and that it is extremely friendly towards tourists.Recommended
- Havana: cosmopolitan capital with a vibrant nightlife.
- Baracoa: a picturesque coastal city and the first capital of Cuba.
- Pinar del Río: centre of the cigar industry.
- Santa Clara: Home of Ernesto "Che" Guevara's most successful battle during the Revolution. A mausoleum has been erected on the outskirts of the city which contains his remains.
- Santiago de Cuba: coastal city with a rich Caribbean influence.
- Trinidad: World Heritage Site with charming colonial buildings. - Varadero: area of popular beaches, east of Havana, mainly full of tourists.
Cuba is a very safe country, especially for tourists and foreigners. The state is extremely strict with regard to public safety and is intolerant of crime. Remember that prostitution and drugs are strictly prohibited, which can lead to imprisonment or deportation.Culture
In general, Cubans are very friendly and supportive. It is very probable that the tourist will be invited by some local to enjoy a lunch or a dinner in a private house. Remember that the income level of Cubans is low, so you should try to leave a financial contribution for the host. Apart from that, it is a country full of museums, theatres and shows of all kinds.Communications
Mobile coverage is provided by the government, as is Internet access. Connections are usually quite slow, and in some cases, it is necessary to buy prepaid Internet access cards which provide between 1 and 5 hours of connection. Most websites are allowed, but connecting is complicated due to the infrastructure issues mentioned above.Transport
The easiest and most common way to get around in Cuba is by means of buses called "guaguas". There are guaguas provided by the government that transport you to any place on the island. There are also trains, although there aren't that many railroads. It is also not uncommon to hitchhike. Renting a car is not recommended. On the other hand, there are flights between the most important cities on the island.