Cuba is an island in the Caribbean Ocean. It is home to over 11 million people. It is a beautiful country that has a very controversial history. Famous for its cigars, Cuba was a popular tourist destination spot for United States citizens, primarily because of the many casinos catering to gamblers put there by the American mafia with the cooperation of Cuba’s corrupt government. Since the revolution in 1959, when Fidel Castro seized power, Cuba has been a socialist republic and placed heavy restrictions on people visiting the country. During the 1990’s, when Cuba lost financial backing from the Soviet Union, has since begun opening its doors to foreign visitors. Now many Canadian, European, and even American visitors come to the island. In the more popular regions like Varadero and Holguin, many modern hotels are becoming available, while in less popular tourist regions, visitors are able to rent rooms in many Cuban homes.
One of the appealing characteristics of the country is the diversity of the culture and what it has become. The people of Cuba are made up of different ethnic groups, mostly from Spain and Africa. They love sports, especially those that are popular in America. These include baseball, basketball, volleyball, cricket and boxing. The food of Cuba has Latin and African influences with a little Caribbean thrown in. Most meals include a staple of beans and rice in addition to some type of meat. Other locally grown ingredients are used for flavor like garlic, sweet green peppers, onion, cumin, Cuban oregano and bay leaves.
So with its historical buildings, beautiful beaches, and vibrant night life, what more can you ask for, visit Cuba.