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The Republic of Cuba, derived from its aboriginal name of
Cubanascnan, lies just south of Florida and is
the largest island in the Caribbean.
Cuba Travel and Tourist Information with links
to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors
Cuba Accommodation, Cuba Travel Guides,
Guantanamo Bay, Havana, Map of Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, The Island Juana, The Revolution,
Travel to Cuba.
Christopher Columbus landed on Cuba
during his first voyage (October 28, 1492) and originally called the island Juana.
In the 1500's the Spanish used Cuba as a supply base for
expeditions into Mexico and Florida, and subsequently fortified Havana to keep
pirates away from their booty.
Aduana General de la Republica:
Customs regulations for the Republic of Cuba.
Chamber of Commerce
of The Republic of Cuba:
Not all of the pages are translated into English.
One of the longest running directories on Cuba, with links to websites about Cuba captured
in their main frame.
Govenrment of The
Republic of Cuba:
Information, direct from Cuba, about the government, foreign affairs and the country's
economic and social development.
Portal devoted to Cuba - only in Spanish.
Weather in the Caribbean:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around the Caribbean region.
Havana, the capital of Cuba, is the largest city in the West
On the northern coast of the island, the port of Havana is situated on
one of the safest harbours in the world; less than 100 miles from Key West.
Havana's 16th-century Fort Morro is in good condition and affords a
wonderful view of the city.
Although there are many shortages in Havana, due to the US trade
embargo, it's still one of the most interesting places to visit in Latin America.
Another old fortress, that was built to protect the Havana approach,
is Castillo de la Punta; on the western side of the strait.
The old city, with its narrow, crooked streets, and historic landmarks
is near the inner entrance to the harbour. You can even have a drink in Ernest
Hemmingway's favourite bar; if you don't mind sitting shoulder to shoulder with tour
groups in straw hats.
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception dates from 1656. You should
also visit the former palace of the colonial governors; now the City Hall. It was
completed in 1792 and is an excellent example of Spanish colonial architecture.
The city post office dates from 1575 and was once the Church of San
The main boulevard is the Paseo de Marti, or Prado, while the Avenida
del Puerto extends along the edge of the bay, for cooling breezes on a humid evening.
Ok, it's the Lonely Planet site, and they want to sell more of their books, but this piece
does give you a good insight.
The official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party.
By staying in private accommodation (casa particulares) you help
the Cuban people; get a real feel for Cuba and its culture; make friends with locals; improve your Spanish; and save money.
Cheap Hotels and Hostels in
Budget accommodation in Cuba.
Why stay in a drab chain hotel or resort when you can plug yourself directly into the
country and stay with Cubans themselves.
Online booking service for private properties in Havana and all of Cuba.
Hotels in Cuba
Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Varadero, Vinales.
If you're travelling in Mexico,
one of the best ways to visit Cuba is to fly in from Merida.
Comprehensive listing of Cuba's finest 4- and 5-star hotels and resorts. Specific
information on Havana, Varadero, museums, galleries, restaurants, music and nightlife,
diving and Cuban links.
Turistico de Cuba:
Travel and tourist information about Cuba.
Working to end the US ban on general travel to Cuba, primarily by challenging the ban
directly through organised group travel to Cuba.
Situated in the south-east of the island, Santiago de Cuba was
founded by Diego Velazquez in 1514.
During the Spanish- American War, in July 1898, the US occupied
Santiago and eventually forced Spain to relinquish
control of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
As a result of the war, the US emerged as a major power with foreign
interests, and Spain concentrated more on affairs at home.
The first uprising against Batista occurred on July 26, 1953, when
forces loyal to a young lawyer named Fidel Castro attempted an attack on the Moncada army
barracks in Santiago.
The uprising was crushed, but in the late 1950's Fidel formed the July
26th movement and slowly gathered the support needed to overthrow the increasingly
Carnival in Cuba is celebrated in July, to commemorate the Revolution.
The Cuban Experience is a comprehensive guide to Cuba covering Cuban culture, history, and
politics while also discussing the people, places, recent events, and travel opportunities
that make the island unique.
Through an agreement signed with Cuba in 1903, the United States
obtained the right to maintain a naval base at Guantanamo Bay, in south-eastern Cuba;
Bahia de Guantanamo in Spanish.
The sheltered harbour's strategic position near the Windward Passage,
between Cuba and Haiti, enables the US to keep an eye on shipping
between the United States and the Panama Canal.
The Cuban Committee for Democracy is a non-profit organisation of Cuban Americans and
individuals of other nationalities who seek a peaceful, negotiated transition to democracy
Caribbean Index -
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