Republic of Cuba (CU).
Tropical; moderated by trade
winds; dry season (November to
April); rainy season (May to
coordinates: 21 30 N, 80
Pico Turquino 2,005 m.
Caribbean, island between the
Caribbean Sea and the North
Atlantic Ocean, 150 km south of
Key West, Florida.
Size: 1000 km x
374 km (110,860 sq km).
flat to rolling plains, with
rugged hills and mountains in the
is the largest island in the
Caribbean, only 144 km (90 miles)
from the shores of the United
States. It is one of the most
beautiful Caribbean islands and
very interesting, too. Most
Cubans are good educated and very
friendly. Alike any other areas
in the world there are pros and
cons. Since Cuba has a communist
dictatorship, some strange
behaviour is common. Travellers
should be aware that they are not
in a democratic country.
All inclusive resorts, hotels of
all categories, casas
Swimming, snorkeling, scuba
Driving: On the
left site. A valid driver's
license is required. A seat belt
law is in effect which applies to
every person in the vehicle
volts AC, 60 cycles, but most
hotels and resorts have 220
volts. US two prongs thin plug
are used in Cuba, English and
European plugs are very hard to
nationals must have a valid
passport and a Tourist Card
("Tarjeta del Turista"), if
coming for touristic purposes. US
citizens must be licensed by the
Department of Treasury in order
to travel to Cuba, but travel to
the country is strictly
controlled and only select
categories of travellers are
licensable. Many US citizens
fligh from Mexico to Cuba, since
there is no passport stamping in
international country code is 53.
There are two different cell
phone networks (TDMA and GSM).
Cuba currently have roaming
agreements with several
Daylight saving time: +1 hour,
begins last Sunday in March; ends
last Sunday in October.
Cost of living:
Depending where you stay and how
you travel, but generally
moderate. Havanna is ranked
number 197 of the most expensive
places in the world (Barbados
108, Tampa Fla 235).
Major credit cards are excepted
only in some banks, tourist
hotels and tourist shops.
peso (CUP) and Convertible peso
(CUC). Convertible pesos per US
dollar - 0.9259 (2007). Cuba has
two currencies in circulation:
the Cuban peso (CUP) and the
convertible peso (CUC);
enterprises must exchange CUP and
CUC at a 1:1 ratio.
restaurants add a 10 % to 15 %
charge in lieu of tipping, so
check your bill carefully. Hotels
also often add a 10 % service
charge to your bill. Taxi drivers
expect a 10 % to 15 % tip.
Bartenders & Waitresses:
15-20% of the bill. Dive/Fishing
Boat Captain and Crew: $10-$20.
Bell Captain & Bellman: $1-$2
per bag. Hotel Courtesy Shuttle
Drivers: at least $1 or more per
person or $4-$5 per party.
Maids/Housekeepers: $1 or $2 per
day is adequate, usually left at
the end of your stay. Valet
(Havana) José Martí International Airport (HAV). The airport is
situated 15km (9 miles) southwest of Havana. Avoid illegal taxis. From
Havana, take Avenida Rancho Boyeros until Avenida Van Troy. (The
airport is named after the Cuban national hero Jose Marti. He
was a poet, an essayist, a journalist, a revolutionary
philosopher, a translator, a professor, a publisher, and a political
(Cuban Convertible pesos) in
The shortest connecting flight
time from New York is 5 hours and
40 minutes. Miami: 0.5 hours.
Atlanta: 1.5 hours. Newark: 3
hours. London: 10 hours.
Frankfurt: 10,5 hours.
Airline: Cayman Airways;
operates 3 Boeing 737-200's, 2
Boeing 737-300 jets, and 2 Twin
Otter aircraft from its base in
Grand Cayman with service to:
Cayman Brac and Little Cayman;
Miami, New York, Tampa, Orlando,
Houston and Chicago in the United
States; Havana, Cuba; Kingston
and Montego Bay,
From the Malecon in Havanna
ferries are leaving to Jamaica,
Cancun in Mexico and Key West in
Mulatto 51 %, white 37 %, black
11 %, Chinese 1 %.
Based on Spanish civil law and
influenced by American legal
concepts, with large elements of
Communist legal theory; has not
accepted compulsory ICJ
Literacy: 99.8 %
Status: British Overseas
Nominally 85 % Roman Catholic
prior to CASTRO assuming power;
Protestants, Jehovah's Witnesses,
Jews, and Santeria are also
Sugar, tobacco, citrus, coffee,
rice, potatoes, beans; livestock.
GDP per capita:
US$ 5,050 (2011 est.).
Sugar, petroleum, tobacco,
construction, nickel, steel,
cement, agricultural machinery,
nickel, iron ore, chromium,
copper, salt, timber, silica,
petroleum, arable land.
rate: 1.9 % (2007 est.).