Cuba is a fascinating mix of cultures and eras, unique in the world.
Cuba is home to exceptionally friendly people, exotic flora, tropical climate and a vibrant nightlife. If you like the Latin beat, then this is the place to visit, where hot salsa music can be heard everywhere. All this, plus the warm welcome from the Cuban people, make this island – the largest in the Caribbean – very attractive to millions of tourists every year.
Located 90 miles off the coast of Key West, Florida, Cuba is the largest Caribbean island nation.The island is divided into 15 provinces and one special municipality, Isla de la Juventud.Cuba’s population is richly diverse, with 11.2 million residents. Despite its Native roots, the most profound effects on Cuban culture are the result of European, African and North American influences.
Cuban customs laws prohibit any imports of pornographic material, narcotics, live animals and firearms, although the latter can be authorized by the organization in charge of this tourist modality when used for hunting purposes. Any possession, consumption of and traffic in narcotics and other substances is penalized, except for that of personal use if accompanied by the relevant letter with the doctor’s prescription.
Cuba’s system of primary health care covers the entire country and is considered to be unique in Latin America. Health services are free for all Cubans. The infant mortality rate is5,3 per housand live births and life expectancy at birth is 75,2 years.
Cuba has a semi-subtropical climate, divided into two seasons: wet (May-October) and dry (November- April). However, regional variations and trade winds account for fluctuations. Cuba’s average temperature is 77 °F. Compared to most countries, Cuba experiences little variation, although July and August can be hot and humid. Nearly two-thirds of all rainfall occurs during the wet season. Hurricane season is from June-November. Cuba has an advanced disaster preparedness system and civil defense network for evacuations.
Religion does not generally play a large part in a Cuban’s daily life. Years ago, before the Revolution, people used to practice Catholicism. Churches were scattered throughout the country, some of which were very beautiful and ornate. Nowadays, it is a different story, with only 80,000 devout Catholics on the island.With ever-growing numbers of people coming from different locations and following different beliefs, Cuba has become a country with a large array of religions.