Mini Guide to Cuba

Weather

If there’s one thing visitors can’t complain about Cuba is its marvelous weather. The country is located just under the Tropic of Cancer and boasts a tropical climate with year-round northeasterly winds.

The Caribbean Current also influences the temperatures bringing warm waters to the beaches. The country has dry weather generally between November and April, and the wet season between May and October. Just stay away in September and October as it’s the hurricane season.

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Food and Drinks

Cuban cuisine is an exciting mix of Caribbean and Spanish flavors. Visitors should eat at paladares (restaurants owned by locals) as the government restaurants are considered bland and boring.

Don’t leave without trying some local sandwiches such as the Cubano and Medianoche, and Ropa Vieja, a steak cooked in tomato sauce. Cubans famous cocktail is the Mojito, but locals will likely drink Bucanero Fuerte, a strong dark beer found everywhere.

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Festivals

Festival del Habano

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Festival del Habano is the most famous cigar festival in Cuba held annually between February and March. It’s promoted by the big Cuban brand such as Cohiba, Partagas, and Montecristo, and attracts people from all over the world.

Some of the activities involve visits to tobacco plantations, seminars, cigar rolling demonstrations, and of course, plenty of tastings. As it’s essentially a trade show, some of the attendees are businessmen looking to learn more about cigars and sell them in their countries.

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