Cuba is like a prince in a poor man’s coat; behind the sometimes shabby facades, gold dust lingers. It’s these rich dichotomies that make travel here the exciting, exhilarating roller-coaster ride it is. Trapped in a time warp and reeling from an economic embargo that has grated for more than half a century, this is a country where you can wave goodbye to everyday assumptions and expect the unexpected.

Walk down the street with a Cuban friend and, within one block, you’ll have received five handshakes, four kisses, three greetings of ‘dime hermano!’ and at least two invites into someone’s house for a cafecito (or something stronger).

Timeworn but magnificent, dilapidated but dignified, fun yet maddeningly frustrating – Cuba is a country of indefinable magic.

Interesting facts about Cuba:

  • Cuba is the natural habitat of the bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world.
  • The aerial view of Cuba resembles an alligator, and it’s sometimes referred to as Ell Coccodrillo.
  • Cuba has over 200 bays and 250 beaches to explore, meaning there is no shortage of fun in the sun.