Ten little-known facts about Cuba

When you think of Cuba, what’s the first thing that springs to mind? Rum, Castro, revolution, American classic cars? These are the most well-known facts for which Cuba is famous, but step outside your Havana villa rental and you will discover a whole host of lesser-known informative pieces you never even knew.

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No lethal plants or animals

Cuba has no plants or poisonous animals which can be lethal to a human, which is great news if you are planning a trekking holiday on the island!

Castro didn’t like Monopoly

Fidel Castro ordered all sets of the popular game Monopoly to be destroyed, as the game was seen to be promoting capitalism.

JFK stockpiled his cigars

Just before President John F. Kennedy signed the embargo against Cuba, he invested in 1,200 Cuban cigars for himself. Presumably because he knew there wouldn’t be any more for quite some time.

 Cuba isn’t really into the Web

Throughout the entire island there are only 5 to 10 percent of Cubans who use the internet. Although this is increasing, it is still far behind the rest of the world.

 

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Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?

Cubans didn’t recognise Christmas as a national public holiday until 1997.

The smallest bird in the world

Cuba is home to the smallest bird in the world. The pretty Bee Hummingbird grows to just two inches throughout its entire adult life.

Doctor doctor!

Cuba has a great healthcare system, in fact the island has so many doctors that they often loan themselves out to work overseas if other countries have a shortage in their hospitals!

No Coca-Cola for you!

If you have ever been to Cuba you won’t see the familiar red and white logo of global giant Coca Cola – the reason? They are not allowed to sell it, instead selling other lesser known brands of cola to consumers.

Hitch a ride

Did you know all government vehicles in Cuba are required to pick up anyone who is hitchhiking with their thumbs out? It’s a legal requirement so if the bus doesn’t turn up, it’s time to get hitching!

Crocodile Rock

Cuba is also known by the name of El Camein, because if you look at an aerial view or a map it actually resembles the shape of a crocodile.

The next time you step outside the confines of your villa with pool in Cuba see if you can find a game of Monopoly or a bottle of Coca Cola and let us know if you do!


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