Discover Cuba

The biggest island in the Caribbean, is located at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico. The archipelago is formed by 4 195 different sized islands and is 110 922 square kilometers wide. The Republic of Cuba is composed of 14 provinces, 169 municipalities and the Special Municipality of the Isle of Youth. A country of great artistic manifestations and world re-known creators. Education in Cuba is free and compulsory. In 1961 Cuba carried out a national campaign against of illiteracy and today in Cuba every citizen knows how to write and read.

For a small country, Cuba has a very large soul. It’s all owing to a culture which is rich, vibrant and immensely varied. At the island’s heart are the Cubans, brought here by the trade winds from all corners of the earth to forge a new people. Amerindian Taino, Spanish, African, French, Asian and English ways of life took root in Cuba, but in the mixing of the cultures became something new and utterly distinct. The search for the essence of Cuba is perhaps what drives the vital cultural tradition there.

Cuba’s climate is tropical and moderated by trade winds. The dry season lasts from November to April and the rainy season from May to October. The summer in Cuba is from June to August.
These are the hottest months and some people (including the Cubans!) find the heat quite intense. Temperatures rise to 38 Celsius on the Eastern side of the island, which when coupled with high humidity, can be quite unpleasant. On the other hand, summer is one of the most festive times of the year with carnival being held in many cities, and festivals on throughout this island.For more information visit  www.gocuba.ca

Events & Festivals

March: Celebration of Classic Cars

May: International Blue Marlin Tournament

August: Carnival

December: Havana Jazz Festival

Marriage Requirements:

  • If you have never been married before, all you need is a passport that is valid throughout your stay in Cuba, and a tourist card (available from a travel agent, airline or the Cuban consulate).
  • If either the bride or groom has been married before, the previously married person must, in addition to the valid passport and tourist card, also produce the following documents:
  • if divorced: his/her birth certificate and Certificate of Divorce;
  • if widowed: his/her birth certificate, Certificate of Marriage and Certificate of Spouse's Death.
  • Have your birth certificate and any divorce/marriage/death documents translated into Spanish and legalized by the Cuban consul in Canada (service fee applies).
  • Create a sheet that lists your names, home address, occupations, level of education, nationality and the full names of your parents, living or deceased.
  • Attach the photo page of your passport to this sheet.
  • Fax copies of all documentation (including the extras described above if you have been married before) in both English and Spanish to your hotel in Cuba at least three weeks before your arrival there.

* We try to keep this info as current as possible so please contact the local tourism office for any changes.

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Cuba

1. Explore Old Havana
2. Vinales Valley
3. Varadero Beach
4. Cabaret Tropicana
5. Trinidad and the Valley de los Ingenios

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