Nothing says class and expensive tastes like a high-quality cigar. And we’re with premium high-end cigars be without Cuba through about further ado. Here are 15 interesting facts about Cuba that’s will amaze you.
1. Cuba Is A Nation As Well As An Island
Starting with a bit of geography the Republic of Cuba is the official name of the nation of Cuba. Which is made up of the main island also called Cuba and over 4,000 other smaller islands and Cays.
2. Cuba Is Home To Some Of The Most Expensive Cigars In The World
Cuban cigars have long been known to be the benchmark the best quality cigars worldwide resulting in rolls. Tobacco is one of the biggest exports to Cuba Carrabba is a premium standard and is also the most famous brand of cigar in Cuba. In 2006 a limited edition cigar was released by a curve with only approximately a hundred boxes. Or four thousand cigars being handcrafted and sold worldwide. As a result, demand has skyrocketed surprise receive exclusive cigars with a box of genuine 2006 Cohiba. For the cigars being sold in excess of eighteen thousand US dollars. There are over four hundred and fifty US dollars to smoke smell back to the luxury not many can afford.
3. Blowing Your Nose In The Public Is Seen As Poor Social Etiquettes
In Cuba blowing your nose in public is considered to be extremely rude and disrespectful. One of those cultural quirks which can easily catch tourists. Unaware the next time you’re in Cuba and you’ve gotta sniffles. All your allergies are acting up find yourself somewhere private before you blow your nose.
4. Cuba Has A Dual Currency System
The Cuban pesos cep but tourists tend to use the newer Cuban convertible peso CUC. This may be due to the fact the exchange rate for the CUC is always close to one over one against the US dollar. But take note as of November 2004 which coincidentally is when the US dollar stopped being accepted in most major tourist places. Like hotels, restaurants and tourist services and exchanges of US dollar to Cuban convertible. Peso involves the 10% tax on the transaction that is separate from any Commission being charged by currency exchange. That’s right the tax only applies against the US dollar. So you’re most probably better off bringing British sterling euros or even Canadian dollars for exchange when in Cuba.
5. Cuba Is One Of The Last Remaining Communist In The World
A fact which is enshrined in the Constitution’s of 1976 and 1992 it seems likely that this will continue on for the indefinite future.
6. It Is Illegal To Take Certain Photographs While In Cuba
It is illegal to take photographs of military, police, airport, personnel or government buildings. Cuba’s well-documented history with the USA authorities is still far too sensitive when it comes to matters of national security. If you’re keen to avoid being interrogated then with these cameras around their officials nearby.
7. Cuba Has The Highest Doctor-To-Population Ratio In The World
You may be surprised by this fact Cuba is known and recognized by the World Health Organization for its ability to train excellent doctors and nurses. You can then go and help other countries in need. In fact, Cuban trained doctors and nurses played a leading role in the eradication of the Ebola virus academic in West Africa. Next time you find out that your doctor or nurse was trained in Cuba to rest assured that you’re in good hands.
8. Coca-Cola Does Not Officially Exist In Cuba
Cuba is one of only two countries with the other one being North Korea in the world where coca-cola doesn’t officially exist. This has been a direct result of the US trade embargo established in 1962. Of course, this does of being the coca-cola cannot be found in Cuba. It is often still found in places frequented by tourists and foreigners such as hotels. But even these supplies cannot be marketed to locals. We may find it as a rising fever via Mexico or Panama.
9. South Korean Soap Opera Dramas Are Shown On Local Cuban Television
Now that’s something you probably didn’t respect in 2013. They first started showing the drama queen of housewives which soon became so popular. That another series jewel in the palette started broadcasting in 2014. It sure is an interesting audience demographic.
10. Cuba Has One Of The Highest Literacy Rates In The World
UNESCO recalls that Cuba has a literacy rate of 99.7% which is one of the top 20 countries in the world. This is largely a result of the work of Fidel Castro and the government’s use of the education campaign. Which saw Cuba’s literacy rate improve from approximately 60% to 76 percent. Based on official numbers in 1959 to 96 percent by he won a remarkable turnaround.
11. Ordinary Citizens In Cuba Were Banned From Owing Cell Phone Until 2008
Well the majority of the rest of us for watching the development of the humble cell phone and deliberating which one to get next. People weren’t allowed to own one until the ban was lifted in 2008 by rule Castro Fidel’s brother and successor. It seems very hard to imagine does MIT life of our cellphone but even more amazing is IMAX fact.
12. Until 2008, Cuban Citizen Could Not Purchase Personal Computers
Slice without a cell phone doesn’t seem so crazy when you consider that the ordinary Cuban citizen also didn’t own a personal computer. Join the same period even after the ban was lifted in 2008. The vast majority of Cuba could not afford to purchase one due to the sky-high prices. In comparison, you could purchase the computer that was twice as good for half the price being charged with a single available computer model in Cuba.
13. Cuba Has A Native Species Of Leaping Crocodile
The Cleveland crocodiles whilst relatively small compared to other crocodiles. Species have the ability to wash this body out of the water. And snatch its prey from low-hanging branches. Yes, that’s correct in Cuba crocodiles may fly out of the water. However humans in well and truly hunting the species with the crocodile listed as critically endangered by the international union of the conservation of nature.
14. Government Vehicles Are Legally Required To Stop For Hitchhikers
Originally part of a grand plan to reduce the number of vehicles on the road. This quirky law means that thrift tourists are able to save on transport costs. If willing to be patient as a side note government vehicles are easily distinguished as they have a white or light blue license plate.
15. The US Government Pays $4085 Per Year To Cuba To Lease The Infamous Guantanamo Bay Naval Base
The infamous quantum an obey naval base or Alisa tries to in 2007 Fidel Castro released an essay. It is claimed that Cuba refuses to catch any of the checks as a protest. What he says is an illegal occupation of the land he emitted. However that of one single occasion one of the checks was cashed out of confusion. But otherwise, there is at least $50,000 and rent money sitting there on claims. Cuba certainly is an interesting and unique place.
16. JFK Was Known To Enjoy Petit Upmann Cuban Cigars
Bought in South 1200 of those bad boys took hours before enacting. The 1962 Cuban trade embargo talk about enjoying the perks of the job. President Kennedy’s actions would have been illegal had they taken place even a few hours later. In 2014 the Cuban trade embargo was relaxed so that US citizens were able to bring back up 200 US dollars. Worth of Cuban rum and cigars from Cuba. It has recently been announced this limit will be eliminated and Cuban rum and cigars will now be subject to the same duties.
As alcohol and tobacco for most other countries. Some travelers will now be able to bring back as many as a hundred cigars and several bottles of rum. We bet some US base a Lux’s we’ll be salivating at the opportunity to get their hands on premium Cuban cigars and rum once these changes are in place.