Published on February 23rd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
Facty things: 10 facts about Cuba
Read time: less than a minute
There’s more to Cuba than cigars, cars, dominoes, beaches and bars, y’know. Prepare to get learned:
1. HOLY SMOKES
A Cuban holds the record for rolling the World’s longest Cigar (which was a worthy 81 metres long).
2. CHRISTMAS GRINCH
From 1969-2007 the holiday of Christmas was banned in Cuba.
3. OLD SCHOOL
Cuba is the only place in the world you’ll find the prehistoric Manjuarí fish.
4. LITERARY LEGEND
Ernest Hemingway wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea while he lived in Cuba.
5. TINY DANCER
Cuba is home to the teeny tiny Bee Hummingbird, the world’s smallest bird.
6. WELL READ
Cuba’s adult literacy rate is at 99.8%, among the highest in the world.
7. DOUBLE YOUR MONEY
Cuba has two currencies. Locals use the Cuban Peso while travellers use the Cuban Convertible Peso.
8. CRUSTACEAN-FREE ZONE
In Cuba, privately owned restaurants (not owned by the government) are not permitted to sell lobster or shrimp.
9. NO RECEPTION
Until 2008, mobile phones were banned in Cuba.
10. CALL A DOCTOR
Cuba has more doctors per capita than any other country in the world.