Interesting facts about Cuba

#1 - The only cars that Cuban citizens can own legally are cars created and bought before 1959. After this year, the Cuban government seized all of the cars, and owns them all to this day. Most of the pre-1959 cars in the country are from the United States.

#2 - Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, which is one of the highest in the world.

#3 - A rare prehistoric fish called the Mangar is now only found in Cuba.

#4 - Dance is very important in Cuba, the birthplace of classic dance styles like the Bolero, Mambo and Cha Cha.

#5 - By land mass, Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, covering an area of 42,426 square miles.

#6 - Christopher Columbus landed on Cuba’s northeastern coast on October 28, 1492 near what is now Bariay in the Holguin province. Columbus claimed the island for the new Kingdom of Spain.

#7 - Cuba has a tropical climate with moderate trade winds. November to April is considered the dry season while May to October is the rainy season.

#8 - Cuba has the highest doctor to patient ratio in the world. There are so many doctors in Cuba, that doctors are often sent abroad to countries with a great need of medical professionals.

#9 - Cuba is the most populated country in the Caribbean, with more than 11 million residents.

#10 - Until 2011, there was an import ban on cars in Cuba. Hence, many of the cars on the road are classic cars from the 50’s.