Cuba Vacation Information:
The Republic of Cuba is an island located in the Caribbean, the capital city is Habana and the largest city of the country, Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city and the former capital city of Cuba. Cuba is the largest Caribbean island and is home to approximately 11.5 million Cubans, the official language is Spanish.
Cuba has always been a popular touristic destination, even before the Cuban revolution of 1959. Today, many Europeans, Canadians and even Americans visit the island looking to get away and relax in the beautiful beaches that Cuba has been blessed with. Popular destinations in Cuba are Varadero and Holguin that offer 3-5 star modern accommodation in luxurious resorts.
Cuba's national carrier Cubana de Aviacion connects Mexico, South America, Central America, Canada and Europe. A tourist visa card is necessary for visitors from most nations, the card which contains important information, can be purchased at the Airport in Cuba on arrival.
Some of the best beaches in Cuba, Playa Paraiso and Playa Sirena are located in the area of Cayo Largo del Sur. Varadero, is Cuba's premier beach resort and ranking very high with the best in the Caribbean, Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo tiny cays off the coast, separated from the land offers unspoiled beaches, and is an excellent site for diving and watersports. Guardalavaca is what many believe the prettiest resort area; here you can explore the archaeological area of ancient Cuba, long stretches of coastline with white sand and clear turquoise waters.
Cuba Year Round Temperatures
Things to See and Do in Cuba:
- Number one enjoy the many beautiful beaches, Cuba offers great snorkeling, and diving.
- Take a day Tour of the Capital Havana, the old Historic Centre is an UNESCO site.
- Shop Cuba's famous Cigars and Rum.
- Cuba's national sport is baseball, catch a game.
- Enjoy the Nightlife in Varadero.
- Take a Colonial City Tour at one of their Historical Colonial Cities: Santiago, Trinidad, or Holguin.
Cuba Quick Facts:
- Cuba is situated between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
- Famous for its beaches Cuba has 6,000 km of white sand beaches.
- You need a valid passport to enter the Country.
- You need to be 21 years old to drive in the Island.
- Credit Cards and travelers cheques can not be accepted if issued by an American Bank.
- ATM machines are not widely available.
- Internet services are not very reliable, WiFi not widely available.
- Long distance charges are one of the highest in the Caribbean.
- All travelers to Cuba need to have Travel Medical Insurance.
- You need to pay $25 convertible pesos in exact cash per person upon departure for the Cuban Departure Tax.
- Capital: Havana only 2 hours drive from Varadero.
- Currency: Cuban Convertible Peso, only available in Cuba.
- Electricity: 110 Volts.
- Language: Spanish
- Independence: October 10, 1868
- International dialling code: +53
- Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: Travel Report of Cuba