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Cuba

Cuba is the largest Caribbean island, between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It lies 145 km south of Key West, Florida, between the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas, to the west of Haiti, and northwest of Jamaica. There are a few cities that stand out like Havana Baracoa, Pinar del Rio, Santa Clara and Trinidad. There are also quite few national parks that you should definitely visit, the most notable are probably Viñales, La Güira National Park, Ciénaga de Zapata National Park and Topes de Collantes National Park.

Cubans are generally friendly and helpful people. Keep in mind that they make about US$15 a month; if they can help you, they probably will, but they may expect you to return the favor. If you are invited into a Cuban’s home for supper, take the invitation. You will really be treated like a guest of honor. It is a great way to get a feel for the culture. We suggest you walk along Havana’s Malécon during the early evening and take in some of Havana’s culture. Go see a neighborhood performance of Afro-Cuban dance, which exists in almost every neighborhood. Go to the clubs, all of which heavily play things like Cuban reggae and Cuban rap, as well as more traditional-sounding Cuban music with modern lyrics. We also recommend you drink lots of fresh fruit juice, which basically flows like water in Cuba due to the abundance of fresh fruit.

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