Everything you should know
  before Traveling to CUBA

2 February 2022
Capital: Havana
Currency: Cuban Peso
Official Language: Cuban Spanish
Dial Code: +53
Emergency Number: (1) Police - 106 (2) Ambulance - 104 (3) Fire - 105
GDP: 254.87 billion USD (2019)
Population: 11.19 million (2019)
Time Zone: UTC-4 Cuba Daylight Time
TheSassyBlogger Flag: The three stripes of blue represent the three military departments in which Cuba was divided at that time, these are the west, center and east. The white stripes symbolize the purity of the ideals and the light of the Cuban patriots. The equilateral triangle of red represents the three ideals: freedom, fraternity and equality.

CUBA is Known for:

1. Rum
Rum is much more than a popular Cuban spirit; it is part of the nation’s cultural identity and runs through the veins of Cuba’s history and economy. Cuban rum is made from molasses derived from sugar cane, a lifeblood of the Cuban economy since its introduction to the island by the Spanish.
2. Cigar
The classic cigars come from a stretch of land in Cuba’s westernmost province of Pinar del Rio called Vuelta Abajo. Great atmospheric conditions in Vuelta Abajo made for excellent cigars – believed to be the best in the world.
3. Classic American Cars
Due to the break in diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. in the early 1960s, there have been no new car imports into Cuba from the U.S. The American cars you see in the streets of Cuba are re-engineered and repaired many times over.

Best Food that you should taste once:
1. Ropa vieja
Ropa vieja is known today as one of the national dishes of Cuba, but originated in Spain and is popular in other parts of Latin America as well as the Philippines. Ropa Vieja in Cuba is often served with congri rice and fried plantains.
2. Frita
The original Frita is a Cuban dish with a seasoned ground beef and pork patty on Cuban bread topped with shoestring potatoes. Variations also include lettuce, onions, and a spiced ketchup sauce. A similar dish on Cuban bread is called pan con bistec topped with the shoestring potatoes.
3. Picadillo
Picadillo is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines. It is made with ground meat (most commonly beef), tomatoes, and also raisins, olives, and other ingredients that vary by region.

Best Places to visit:
1. Havana
Havana is today one of the most popular tourist spots in the Caribbean since it reopened its doors to tourism in the 1990s. African and Caribbean influences can be felt throughout. Havana is a great place to find some winter sunshine. In December visitors can expect an average 8 hours of bright sunlight.
2. Santiago de Cuba
The second largest city in the country (after Havana), Santiago de Cuba is rich with history and pride. Santiago de Cuba has the distinction of being the only province in Cuba that has three of the ten properties recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage to date.
3. Varadero
Varadero, also referred to as Playa Azul, is a resort town in the province of Matanzas, Cuba, and one of the largest resort areas in the Caribbean. Varadero Beach was rated one of the world's best beaches in TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards of 2019, ranking at number two.
4. Trinidad
Trinidad has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, because of its historical importance as a center of the sugar trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Trinidad is one of the best-preserved cities in the Caribbean from the time when the sugar trade was the main industry in the region.
5. Vinales
Vinales is a town and municipality in the north-central Pinar del Río Province of Cuba. The town consists mostly of one-story wooden houses with porches. The municipality is dominated by low mountain ranges of the Cordillera de Guaniguanico such as Sierra de los Órganos

Best Season to visit
Dry Season- The dry season months of March and April are the best months to visit Cuba. It’s dry and warm during this time, with average temperatures sitting at 27-29˚C during the day, and comfortable at night around 19-21˚C.

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