Travelers can find interesting facts about Cuba on the Brookings Institution website or on NationFacts.net. On July 20, 2015, the United States announced the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, along with the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana.Continue Reading
Interesting economic facts about Cuba include that Cuba imports almost 100,000 barrels of oil per day from Venezuela, that most Cubans' take-home salary is around $20 per month, and that less than 5 percent of Cubans have Internet access. Russian President Vladamir Putin recently wrote off $32 billion in bad debt that Cuba owed to his country. Cuba's Marxist-Leninist single-party government controls its economy, and most of its labor force works for the government. Cuban citizens can only legally own vehicles manufactured before 1959.
Cuba is an island nation with numerous archipelagos. The main island, Isla de la Juventud, is only 90 miles south of Florida and 130 miles east of Mexico. Locals call the main island "El Cocodrilo," meaning "the crocodile" because it looks like a crocodile from the air. Cuba's climate is tropical with year-round northeasterly trade winds. Most of the main island is south of the Tropic of Cancer, and residents experience a dry season from November to April and a rainy season from May to October.Learn more about Caribbean