11 Things You Most Likely Didn’t Know About Cuba

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Cuba: Caribbean charm, relaxed atmosphere, 80yr old salsa dancing grannies…but what are the bad points?

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After my recent and first trip to Cuba I’ve returned feeling ever-so-slightly depressed, the Caribbean is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited and I wish I could spend the winter there. Due to Government restrictions there’s some things about this archipelago that aren’t quite  as well-known as Havana Club Rum and Cigars. It sure has some quirky things going for it:

1. Almost everything comes with sugar so you’ll most likely come back with Type 2 Diabetes

Sugar heaven! #rumaddiction

Sugar heaven! #rumaddiction

2. Due to the relaxed atmosphere almost anyone and everyone gets up to do salsa, including the 80-year-old grannies who wear t-shirts saying “Sexy Diva”!! 

I wasn't about to upload a photo of an old granny (sorry) so I'll use this fire eater instead, apparently something else Cubans are good at!

I wasn’t about to upload a photo of an old granny (sorry) so I’ll use this fire-eater instead, apparently something else Cubans are good at!

3. The police women look like extras from a Rihanna video (I do have photos but it didn’t feel right adding them to this post)

4. The Internet is still a bit like the devil and is slow, expensive and worse than dial-up

5. The one and only original Sloppy Joe’s bar and restaurant has now reopened in Havana offering the best burgers in town

See...America and Cuba are friends (at least for this burger)

See…America and Cuba are friends (at least for this burger)

6. Many people think of Cuba as an island nation, however due to the number of offshore islands it is in fact an archipelago

My perfect paradise

My perfect paradise

7. Cubans’ still live on rations and have to buy most food from Government stores at discounted rates

8. The old “Yank tanks” don’t like wet weather and often break down frequently

Still going (somehow!) the amazing Yank Tanks still glide around Havana and Cuba making it a unique place and must-see

Still going (somehow!) the amazing Yank Tanks still glide around Havana and Cuba making it a unique place and must-see

9. Cuba uses a dual-currency, one for locals (CUP) and one for tourists (CUC) so beware of fakes or exchanging the wrong ones

10. Che Guevara is everywhere (naturally)

Too cool for school, Che Guevara is on almost every tourist souvenir you can find, but also local Cubans love these number plates too!

Too cool for school, Che Guevara is on almost every tourist souvenir you can find, but also local Cubans love these number plates too!

11. Before I visited this country I was very much a wine and vodka drinker, however after my trip I’ve returned with a slight addiction to rum! Trust me if you visit, it’ll happen to you too…

Further Information

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8 thoughts on “11 Things You Most Likely Didn’t Know About Cuba

    • Thanks, I didn’t visit Varadero but you should definitely head to Trinidad and stay in a Casa Particulares (local home stay) as you’ll be supporting the local economy. Havana, the hotels are fairly old and falling apart so I’d say head to other small cities.

      • No hostels that I’m aware of, although they do now use Airbnb. I would say check travel agency websites for ideas of their routes & try to copy them, that’s what I do when I travel alone. However Cuba is not easy to travel without a group so definitely plan thoroughly

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