• Cuba’s 11,200,000 inhabitants and 110,861 sq km of land make it the largest island in the Caribbean by both population and area

The Eastern province of Granma and one of Cuba’s national newspapers are both named after the boat which carried Fidel Castro and 81 other rebels from Mexico to Cuba to start the revolutionary war in 1956. The boat itself was named after the original owner’s grandmother.

Christmas was abolished as a public holiday in Cuba in 1969 and officially reinstated in 1998.

Cuba has a 99.7 percent adult literacy rate, among the highest in the world.

The world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, is indigenous to Cuba.

Cuba has the only functioning public passenger railway service in the Caribbean. The first steam railway line in Latin America was built on the island in 1837.

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Video: a 1 minute guide to Cuba

Video: a 1 minute guide to Cuba

From the gorgeous countryside of Viñales to the brilliant beaches of Varadero – not to mention the atmospheric, timeworn streets of Havana – Cuba is a begu…

15 Mar 2017 • Rough Guides Editors videocam Video
Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

Go solo: the 20 best places to travel alone

Solo travel can be one of the most rewarding ways to explore the world. Whether you'd rather spend it on a desert island or in a frenetic new city, here are th…

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15 of the most romantic places in Cuba

15 of the most romantic places in Cuba

Cuba and romance go hand-in-hand. The isolated island's whitewashed beaches and balmy climate make for a romantic escape in the traditional sense of the word - …

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