Fun facts you didn’t know about Cuba

At the El Floridita, with Hemingway's brother kudumomo/Flickr

At the El Floridita, with Hemingway’s brother ©kudumomo/Flickr

You’ve probably heard lots of things about Cuba. It is the largest Caribbean island, being also the region’s most attractive tourist destination which is not surprising if we think of the deluge of the natural and cultural sights of Cuba. Cuba is home to innumerable fantastic destinations and attractions. With gorgeous beaches and islands, magnificent natural areas, wonderful colonial cities and other attractions, Cuba is one of the world’s most attractive tourist destinations. There may be some facts you did not know about this amazing country. In case you are interested in some fun facts you didn’t know about Cuba, read the following guide.

Cuba or China?

Did you know that when Christopher Columbus first reached the island of Cuba in 1492, he believed that he had actually disembarked in China? Yes, he did believe it. This was on the eastern point of the island, probably at Bariay, Holguin Province.

Highest literacy rate

You surely did not know that Cuba has one of Latin America’s highest-literacy rates. The literacy rate is 99.8 % which means that children of age 15 and over can read and write.

Kids at the Malecon of Baracoa Adam Jones, Ph.D. - Global Photo Archive/Flickr

Kids at the Malecon of Baracoa ©Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Global Photo Archive/Flickr

Home of the world’s tiniest bird

The island country of Cuba is actually the habitat of the world’s tiniest bird, the Bee Hummingbird. This specie of bird is world famous for its size. The adorable little bird only reaches two-inches in length in its adulthood.

The Bee Hummingbird Vermont Scribes/Flickr

The Bee Hummingbird ©Vermont Scribes/Flickr

Cuba and Hemingway

The famous writer, Ernest Hemingway lived for about 20 years in Cuba. He wrote some of his biggest novels here. “The Old Man and the Sea” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” were written while living in Cuba. Hemingway became a fixture of Havana. There are many sights in the country which are related to him.

At the El Floridita, with Hemingway's brother kudumomo/Flickr

At the El Floridita, with Hemingway’s brother ©kudumomo/Flickr

Cuba – El Cocodrilo

Cuba is frequently nicknamed “El Cocodrilo” which literally means “alligator” in Spanish. The name is given due to the aerial view of Cuba. It bears resemblance to the form of an alligator.

Cubans love the baseball

You probably didn’t know that Cuban people love baseball. Actually, baseball means as much to Cuba as soccer does to Europe.

Spanish or English?

Well, the official language of Cuba is Spanish, but many of the Cuban population speak English.


Cuba possesses one of the world’s best health care systems. Besides, medical technology is one of Cuba’s most leading exports. Health care, schooling and food are all promptly available with no cost to Cubans.


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