Area: 110,860 sq km
Population: 11 million
Capital city: Havana (pop 2,200,000)
People: 60% Spanish descent, 22% mulatto, 11% African descent, 1% Chinese
Religion: 47% Catholic, 4% Protestant, 2% Santerķa, many Catholics also practice Santerķa
Government: Communist republic
Head of State: Fidel Castro
Currency: 3 different sets:
Major industries: Sugar, minerals, tobacco, agricultural, medicine & tourism
Major trading partners: Western Europe, Latin America, Russia, China, Iran & North Korea
Visas: Virtually all visitors require a Cuban visa or Tourist Card, available from travel agencies, tour operators or a Cuban consulate for a stay of one month. The USA officially prohibits its citizens from traveling to Cuba unless they obtain a special license; travel restrictions are relaxing, however.
Health risks: Cuba is a very healthy country. Hepatitis A is a common problem among travelers drinking tap water in areas with poor sanitation.
Time: USA Eastern Standard Time
Electricity: 110-230V, three phase 60 Hz
Weights & measures: Metric with US and Spanish variations
When to Go There: there isn't a bad time to visit Cuba by land. The hot, rainy season runs from May to October but winter (December to April) is the island's peak tourist season, when planeloads of Canadians and Europeans arrive in pursuit of the southern sun. Cubans take their vacation in July and August, so this is when the local beaches are most crowded. Christmas, Easter and the period around 26 July, when Cubans celebrate the anniversary of the revolution, are also very busy. For sailing, hurricane season is from July - November. The summer brings heavy afternoon thunderstorms.
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