• 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.
Everything you need to know before you set off.
Travel offers; book through Rough Guides
Planning your trip to Cuba
Everything you need to plan where to go and what to do.
The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.
18 brilliant pictures of life in Cuba
It has been a big year for Cuba. After US-Cuba relations were improved in summer 2015, an influx of tourists started to head to the country – the first half …09 Dec 2016 • Rough Guides Editors insert_drive_file Article
12 tips for backpacking Cuba
Cuba’s captivating, colourful streets and carnaval feel make it appealing for travellers year-round. The country's popularity is skyrocketing, and visit…10 May 2016 • Freya Godfrey insert_drive_file Article
Delving into the Daiquiri: Havana’s favourite drink
Cuba’s cocktails chart the country’s ambivalent relationship with its neighbour to the north, America. This is most obviously demonstrated by the Cuba Libre…24 Feb 2016 • Henry Jeffreys insert_drive_file Article