Cuba

Cuba Overview

Cuba is the largest island and one of the most beautiful islands in the West Indies. It’s the only Communist state in the Americas. It lies about 90 miles south of Key West, Florida. Towering mountains and rolling hills cover about a third of the island. The rest of Cuba consists mainly of gentle slopes and broad grasslands. Cuba has a magnificent coastline marked with deep bays and sandy beaches.

The many landscapes of Cuba lend themselves well to the adventurous. The fabulous coral reefs, among the largest in the world, are a magnet for snorkellers and divers. At the south end of the island, hikers flock to the spectacular Sierra Maestra, Cuba’s highest mountain range.

CLIMATE

Cuba lies within the northern tropics and has a semitropical climate. Cool ocean breezes during the summer and warm breezes in the winter give the island a mild climate throughout the year. Average daily temperatures in Cuba range from about 70 °F (21 °C) in winter to about 80 °F (27 °C) in summer. The interior has a greater temperature range than the coastal regions.

Hurricanes frequently strike the island. Hurricane season lasts from June to November. Earthquakes also occasionally hit Cuba. They occur most frequently and most severely along the south-eastern coast.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Havana
POPULATION: 11.4 million
LANGUAGE: Spanish
CURRENCY: Cuban Peso
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110/220V, 60Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY CODE: CU
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +53
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC -5