Cuba Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Cuba

Where is it?: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, 150 km south of Key West, Florida

Why do people go here?: One of the least commercialized islands in the Caribbean, despite its size, due to sanctions from the US government and restrictions on travel to the island. Despite this, Cuba remains a popular destination for travelers who want a challenge – or just to see the island before it is eventually opened up to the world.

What are the main entry points?: You cannot go to Cuba from the United States. Taking a flight from Mexico or other Central/South American countries is common.

Currency used: Cuban peso (CUP)

Country Code: 53, Guantanamo Bay 5399

Religion: Nominally 85% Roman Catholic prior to Castro assuming power; Protestants, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, and Santeria are also represented

Population: 11.4 million

Ethnic Breakdown: 65.05% European, 10.08% African, 23.84% Mulatto and Mestizo

Government: One-Party Socialist Republic

Languages: Spanish

Travel Information

Major Cities: Havana

Attractions: Havana, Communism, Cigars

Accommodation: Cuba Hostels

Tourism Office locations and links: Cuba Cubatur 156 Calle 23 Vedaado, Havana +53-7-324521; // //

Health Issues: No vaccination requirements for any international traveller.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Whenever you want! Winter is the main tourist season, as pasty-white Europeans flood the beaches.

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day, 10 December (1898); note – 10 December 1898 is the date of independence from Spain, 20 May 1902 is the date of independence from US administration; Rebellion Day, 26 July (1953)

Getting Around: Trains are failing: go with the buses or private carriers.

Cheapest airport to fly into: There are five main airports for travelers taking flights to Cuba namely, Jose Marti International, Cayo Coco, Maximo Gomez Intl ., Frank Pais and Juan G. Gomez Intl. To get cheaper flights, it would be wise to use the airport that is nearer to your trip destination.

Need more information?: Check out the Cuba travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.