Fun facts about Cuba

Cuba · About Culture & History

Cuba is one of the world's most fascinating countries and travel destinations. We have compiled a list of 10 fun facts about this magical island for you to enjoy.

Fun Fact # 1

From the air, the island of Cuba resembles a crocodile or alligator and so Cuba is often referred to in Spanish as "El Cocodrilo" or "El Caimán".

Fun Fact # 2

The smallest bird in the world lives here – The bee hummingbird. An adult will only grow to approximately 2 inches in length.


Fun Fact # 3

One of the most popular games in Cuba is the game of dominoes. Usually, it is played as a partnership (the two players sitting opposite one another are partners). Before playing you should learn some of the dominoes lingo! 


Fun Fact # 4

Dance is very important in Cuba, the birthplace of classic dance styles like the Bolero, Mambo and Cha Cha.

Fun Fact # 5

Cuba has a 99.8% literacy rate, which is one of the highest in the world.


Fun Fact # 6

With over 11 million residents, Cuba is the largest country in the Caribbean in terms of population, and the 17th largest island in the world by land area.


Fun Fact # 7

There are only 90 miles of ocean between Cuba and the tip of Florida in the United States. You may find the southernmost point in Key West, FL.


Fun Fact # 8

There is a statue of John Lennon from The Beatles in Cuba. It was erected in 2000 in Havana’s John Lennon Park. A popular place to take pictures.


Fun Fact # 9

Baseball and Boxing are popular sports on the island. Cuba has had a huge impact on Olympic boxing and is the only country that has two three-time Olympic Champions: Teófilo Stevenson and Félix Savón.


Fun Fact # 10

Ernest Hemingway wrote, “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “the Old Man and the Sea” while he lived in Cuba.

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