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Dossier

Cubans

Any foreign visitor to Cuba will find it to be an easy and pleasant country from the start, largely due to the quality of Cuban hospitality. It is a happy and united people that has made hospitality, a rule of conduct which constitutes a guarantee of safety and good treatment.

Location

Cuba is long and narrow land which lies horizontally between the two Americas at the entrance of Gulf of Mexico in the northwesterly direction to Caribbean Sea, a strategic position which once made him a very sought after. On a map of the region Cuba stands out for its size, because it is the largest of the Antilles and also because of its shape resembling a crocodile. The nearest territories are, to the east: Haiti (77 km) to the west Yucatan, Mexico (210 km) to the north Florida, USA (180 km) and to the south, Jamaica (140km)

Climate and Nature

The geographical location of the Cuban archipelago below the current called Gulf Stream places Cuba at the edge of the cooling trade winds and continuous exposure to the sea and land breezes, an excellent palliative against heat characteristic of the extent of the country, minimally below the Tropic of Cancer. The country has a moderate subtropical climate with the highest recorded temperatures between July and August, coinciding with the most active rainy season.  Forests cover one-fifth of Cuba's territory, there are six declared Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO, 14 national parks, vast tracts of protected areas and abundant flora and fauna. Some 4 500 cays and islets around the country, which has an area of 110 thousand 922 square kilometers, and its irregular coastline totaling 5 746 km and shelter more than 200 bays and 300 beaches.

Official Language

Spanish. In hotels and tourist services mastery of English and other languages is absolutely essential.

Political-Administrative Division

  The Republic of Cuba is composed of 14 provinces and the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud. From west to east these provinces are: Pinar del Rio, La Habana, Ciudad de La Habana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, Sancti Espíritus, Ciego de Ávila, Camaguey, Las Tunas, Holguín, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo.

When and How to Travel

Cuba is connected to the major capitals and cities in Latin America and Europe through more than 60 scheduled airlines and charters and in the country 10 international airports operate, plus a dozen seaways and ports distributed along the coast north and south which facilitate arrivals by sea under the best berthing conditions very exacting standards of service.
One may travel to Cuba at any time of year. In the early months it is fresher and cooler and if a cold front breaks out it will last only for a few days.  From April to September, almost without interruption, the sky is clear and the temperature is warm, making it ideal for going to the beach or carrying out outdoor activities. It frequently rains in the mountainous areas and more sporadically on the plains and coasts. The downpours are usually short, like cloudbursts, but whatever the climate may be like it is moderate subtropical archipelago, the average relative humidity is usually high, which reinforces the thermal sensation of heat. The months of July and August are the hottest.

Finding out about Warranties

The best information is obtained directly in the hotels brochures or from tourist bureaus, where they can promote their trips, make reservations for various restaurants, cabarets and shows.  The staff is trained to answer any questions and it is  common practice that in these establishments there are outlets with Tourist Guides and Maps, at very affordable prices. Taxi and bus drivers distribute essential tourist information and the people themselves on the streets resolve with great pleasure any request for information.  In large cities with large numbers of international travelers such as Havana, Varadero, Santiago de Cuba, Camagüey, Matanzas, Cienfuegos and Trinidad, among others, some agencies operate under the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Cuba known as INFOTUR, with information on the latest tourist services, proposals for optional tours, transportation and accommodation.

Shopping

In each hotel, villa and airport shops are open daily which sell articles from prestigious brands of marketed items, cigars, crafts, postcards, Cuban music and souvenirs. These commercial networks are designed to meet the most frequent needs and tastes of the travelers who go to Cuba.  In cities and tourist destinations there will always be a good market for artesanal manufacturing from precious wood carvings to fiber or ceramic articles and the most unusual materials and elements of nature.

Extensions and changes in the duration of visit

To extend your stay in Cuba, tourists should contact the travel desk of the hotel or villa, also, if you want to change the mode of travel used to travel to the country, the tourism bureau of the hotel or villa, will make the necessary change.

Electricity

110 volts, 60 Hz outlets as a rule are flat pins, so it is recommended to have an adapter if you bring an electric razor or another gadget. In the most modern hotels 220v current is also distributed.

Hours

It is governed by the Eastern Standard Time (GMT). From May to October the clock is set ahead by one hour, to take advantage of the summer sunlight.

Religion

In Cuba there are constitutional guarantees for freedom of worship. Roman Catholicism is the most widespread religion,  while the so-called afro-Cuban religions have deep roots also, fundamentally the OSHA and Palo Monte rules apply.

Our Recommendations

Countryside:  Valle de Viñales, Pinar del Rio Yumurí Valley, from the vantage point of Bacunayagua, on the border between Havana and Matanzas;  Valle de los Ingenios in Trinidad, Sancti Spiritus, the mouth of the Yumurí Frijol river , Cuchillas del Toa,  El Yunque and from the Lighthouse Road in Baracoa, Guantanamo;   Baconao Coast, from the Gran Piedra, Santiago de Cuba;   Tourist Road Marea del Portillo - Santiago de Cuba, on the southern coast of eastern Cuba, the Hanabanilla  Lake, “Río Negro” and Topes de Collantes, in the Escambray.
Diving: The Colony, Isla de la Juventud, Maria La Gorda, Pinar del Rio;   Santa Lucia, Camaguey, Playa Girón, Peninsula de Zapata, Matanzas.
Details: Play traditional music at the Casa de la Trova, Trinidad, navigate through the Cueva del Indio, in Viñales, Pinar del Rio, a sunset over Havana to watch from La Tasca, in the fortress of La Cabana; go through the historic center of Bayamo, capital of Granma, in a horse drawn coach, the Plaza de San Juan de Dios, Camaguey, a function of the National Ballet of Cuba at the Gran Teatro de La Habana, a mojito in La Bodeguita del Medio and a daiquiri in the Floridita, both in the capital of Cuba, allow your self to be carried away by the stream of Toa on a canoe in Baracoa, light a cigar and taste directly from the tobacco of the Partagas factory, enjoy a presentation of live Cuban casino music and dance at the Salon Rosado Gardens restaurant or habanero, 1830, visit the Prado de Cienfuegos and descend through Punta Gorda to the Palacio de Valle and watch from a rooftop, the luminous bay of Cienfuegos.
Always Favourites: the Historical Center of Havana Vieja, the cobbled streets of Trinidad, popular musicians of the Casa de la Trova in Santiago de Cuba, the Malecón in Havana, holiday in Varadero,  forget about the world in one Key paradise with your backs well covered by the high comfort of one of their good hotels.

 

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