As the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba is a country that is made up of the “Island of Cuba” and several outlying islands and archipelagos. The country is located in the northern Caribbean Sea, near where the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico meet.
The official language of Cuba is Spanish. The Spanish spoke is a derivative called Cuban Spanish. Haitian Creole is the second most popularly spoken language in the country, but it is not officially recognized in any manner.
- The Viñales Valley, a distinguished karst landcape in Cuba, is known for the domed limestone hills that contrast so strikingly with the flat valley. It is for this reason it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- There are no plants or animals on the island that are lethal to humans, however, there are dangerous animals such as Cuban crocodiles and the Aedes mosquito, than can pose harm to humans.
- Cuban cigars are the most famous kind of cigars. It takes up to a hundred steps to make just one Cuban cigar, and the method of making them has remained unchanged for over a hundred years. As such, tobacco is one of Cuba’s top cash crops.
- Cuba has a network of underground caves made of limestone called karst areas.
- Cuba is the largest island among all the islands that make up the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles archipelagoes of the Caribbean.
- Cuban music is the most popularly known expression of Cuban culture outside the country. The music scene in the country ranges from classical to reggae to rap.
- Due to earlier ties with the United States, many sports that are popular in Cuba are more in line with those that are played in the US than in other Caribbean nations. Baseball is, by far, the most important sport in Cuba.