Cuba has not only a vibrant history, but also many intriguing facts that amazes people once they discover them. Cuba is loved by tourist the world over, upon learning more about the country; it may just be the perfect place for your next vacation! Many people are probably familiar with Cuba’s natural beaches of crystal-clear waters and delicate white sand. They may even know about Cuba’s three mountain ranges but this is not all as you shall find out on our list of things to know about Cuba.
10. Health Care System
So we come to the first fact on our list of things to know about Cube. Cuba actually possesses one of the best health care systems anywhere in the world! The typical life expectancy is equal to any other progressive nation. In addition, medical technology is one of Cuba’s most leading exports. Schooling, health care, and food, are all promptly available without cost to any Cuban citizen. Moreover, Cuba boast the utmost doctor-to-populace percentage of any country in the world. There is such an abundance of doctors in Cuba, that many are frequently appointed overseas to countries in need of medical professionals. Cuba has the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world. There are so many doctors in Cuba, that doctors are often sent abroad to countries with a great need of medical professionals.
9. Cuba only has old cars
So this next fact is rather interesting and if you happen to be a fan of the movie series FAST AND THE FURIOUS, this particular piece of information will blow your brains out. So, it happens that Cuba is full of US cars from the 1950s. The reason for this rather peculiar phenomenon is because they’re the only cars Cuban citizens can legally own. Only pre 1959 cars that were seized from their original owners can be privately owned and worked on. All newer cars are owned by the government period! How marvelous eh?
8. Internet is not allowed to everyone – surprisingly
We move onto the next fact on our list of things to know about Cuba. The internet in Cuba is one of the most regulated in the world and a special permit is required to use it. Not only is it expensive to use, but it’s also closely monitored so be aware of what you email home to your friends! Think of this this fact and then think of all the rumors of guerrilla armies and other co-ordinated stuff like that and you wont be able to help but wonder.
7. Cuban Currency Cuba has two different currencies
The locals use the Cuban Peso while tourists will need to use the Cuban Convertible Peso. By law, tourists are unable to use the Cuban Peso or shop in stores where it is accepted – so make sure you have the right currency before departing if you are planning a vacation there lest you would like to have a face off with the Cuban police or the Cuban Army. Shivers!!
We move onto the next fact on our list of things to know about Cuba. It’s illegal for a man or woman to be seen in public, dressed in garments that are designed to be worn by the opposite sex – so if you’re a guy who likes to ‘dress up’ on a weekend, maybe leave your favorite pink flowery dress at home. By the by, this list is sounding more and more like a list of do’s and don’ts in Cuba!
5. Departure Tax
When leaving the country tourists have to pay a $25 departure tax in cash. There are no exceptions to this and it can cause problems if you don’t have the money on you so make sure you save a little extra cash in your wallet. Come to think of it, countries that have a really active level of tourism should start implementing this tax and it can actually turn out to be a good source of revenue like all other humble taxes!
We move onto the next fact on our list of things to know about Cuba. Restaurants that are not owned by the state are prohibited from offering lobster on their menu. So be aware if you were planning on tucking into this tasty crustacean (you know like the one from The Little Mermaid, In harmony, Harmony, if you know what we mean) on your trip here.
As we move onto the next fact in our list of things to know about Cuba we have to tell you, actually we are pretty excited to tell you that Cuba has over 200 bays and 250 beaches to explore, making it a haven for tourists who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the world. There are no plants or animals in Cuba that are poisonous or lethal to humans. Now isn’t that just superb!
2. The Capital Havana
Havana, along with Rio de Janeiro is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America. Havana is proud of its universities, theaters, and museums. To the east of the town stretches a long chain of beautiful beaches, is often visited by tourists. The old part of Havana, declared by UNESCO in 1982, the property of mankind. Its ancient fortresses, palaces and rich manor houses, churches and monasteries, narrow and picturesque streets give this area a unique charm of Havana.
1. The Smallest Bird
Last but not the least fact on our list of things to know about Cuba is that the smallest bird in the world (Peewee) is living in Cuba – the bee hummingbird. It weighs only 1.6 grams. In the inland waters of Liberty Island you can sometimes find endemic Cuban crocodiles, which are the only hazardous to human representatives of the animal world in this country. There are not poisonous snakes in Cuba.