Old-school vehicles, serene beaches, quiet walks through the woods: these are just a few of the things that visitors will find in Cuba. It is a unitary sovereign state in the northern Caribbean. The country lies south of both the U.S. state of Florida and the Bahamas. It is west of Haiti, and north of Jamaica. The country covers the island of Cuba, Isla de la Juventud, and also other small archipelagos.

The official language is Spanish. The predominant religion is Roman Catholicism. 

The local currency is Convertible Peso. The approximate exchange rate is CUC$1.01 for US$1. In some tourist areas, Euro is acceptable. US Dollars, on the other hand, are no longer acceptable. In fact, if you want to exchange US Dollars, you will have to pay an additional 10% commission. The currency exchange is available in banks and casas de cambio. You will need to show your passport to exchange money. MasterCard and Visa cards are easily acceptable if they don’t belong to the US bank, but you should keep in mind, additional charges are possible. ATMs are common, but the rule about US cards is the same.

In all Cuban cities and towns, taxis are rather easy to find. Also, if you want to hire a car, it is better to do it through a tour operator in your home country. When taking a car, make sure it has a spare tire and a jack. Roads are not is a very good condition. They frequently have potholes and poor lighting, so be aware. 

The electric sockets and plugs are of types A and C. Also, the voltage can be either 110V or 220V. 
Approximately 2 million tourists visit Cuba every year. Its pleasant climate, white sandy beaches, colonial architecture and diverse culture make the country an attractive travel destination. However, until 1997 tourism in Cuba was limited and, contacts between foreigners and locals were strictly forbidden. Since the late 1990s, the development of tourist industry in the country began. Now, it is a significant sector of Cuba’s economy.

Its largest city is Havana. Cuba is also the largest island in the Caribbean. Despite the devastation that has torn apart Cuba in the past, the country retains its dignity. It also remains a fun destination for travelers. Beyond the white sand beaches that cover its north coast, you can also explore the country’s thick forests and crocodile-studded swamps, peaceful countryside and rugged hills. Make a trip to Viñales, a national park in the Pinar del Rio province. Here, you’ll also find the Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra del Rosario, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Sierra del Rosario mountains.

Both medical and cultural kinds of tourism are popular in Cuba. Visitors from Europe, Latin America, Canada and the United States come to the country in search of medical treatments, such as eye surgery, neurological disorders, and orthopedics.

Due to its rich culture, consisting of various cultures of Europeans, Africans, and natives, Cuba is attractive for cultural experience seekers. This cultural mixture is reflected in music, dance, architecture, food and handcrafts.

Also, Cuban government provides strong policy against another popular kind of tourism in the country – the sex tourism. Various legal measures were taken against both locals and visitors, involved in sex industry services. The prison sentences in this sphere range from 7 to 25 years.

July 30, 2016 12:00 am Published by 5 Comments

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