9 Interesting Facts About Cuba to Know Before You Go
Since 2016, Cuba has received over 4 million foreign visitors every year.
The beautiful Caribbean island makes for a fantastic holiday destination for every kind of traveler. However, there’s more to it than just gorgeous beaches and islands. With its rich history and curious cultural tropes, it’s truly a fascinating place.
If you’re planning a trip, here are 9 interesting facts about Cuba you should definitely know!
1. The Daiquiri Was Invented in a Bar at Havana
That’s right, this delicious rum cocktail was created in a bar called “El Floridita” in the Cuban capital. What’s even more interesting is that the bartender Constantino Ribalaigua Vert perfected the drink especially for Ernest Hemmingway.
2. Baseball Is the Official Sport of Cuba
Volleyball, boxing, and basketball are extremely popular in Cuba. However, nothing compares to the Cubans’ love for baseball!
3. The Land of Two Currencies
Cuba has a dual economy system which allows them to have two currencies. One’s the Cuban peso, and the other is the Cuban convertible peso. However, recent policy changes suggest that the two currencies may soon be unified.
4. It’s the Land of the Literate
Cuba happens to have a fantastic literacy rate of 99.75%. It’s actually one of the few countries where women are statistically more literate than men.
5. There Used to Be a Ban on Cellphones
Until 2008, Cuban citizens were not allowed to have their cellphones. Luckily this ban was lifted when Raul Castro came into power.
6. It’s Home to the Queen of Salsa
Perhaps the most famous Cuban singer, Celia Cruz, is renowned worldwide as the “Queen of Salsa”. She was even awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1994, by former U.S president Bill Clinton.
7. Havana Is Home to Four Fortresses!
If you’re ever in Cuba be sure to visit old Havana and its four beautiful fortresses. In 1982, it was added to the list of UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage. Cycling tours are a popular way of getting the most out of your sightseeing experience.
8. The 17th Largest Island in the World
The Republic of Cuba’s largest island “Cuba” covers an area of 40,852 sq mi. It’s the 17th largest island in the world.
9. It Was Late to the Christmas Party
In 1969, Cuba’s communist leader Fidel Castro abolished Christmas as a paid holiday. It was only in 1997, that this was reversed, allowing Christmas to be recognized as an official holiday again.
Learn More Facts About Cuba in Cuba!
Want to learn more facts about Cuba? Well, the best way to do that is to experience the culture of Cuba first-hand! Schedule a solo trip or a vacation with people you love to the beautiful Caribbean island and get ready for the time of your life.
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