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    Posted: 26 Apr 2008 at 10:44pm

Welcome to Cuba! -------- CUBA EN ESPAÑOL

Flag%20of%20CubaThe Caribbean harbors a jewel in the Island of Cuba. The tropical Island extends 750 miles (roughly the size of Pennsylvania) and is a beautiful mix of mountain ranges and plains. There are over 200 bays and 289 sun drenched beaches to explore. The main ports are located in the provinces of Cienfuegos, Havana, Manzanillo, Mariel, Matanzas, Nuevitas and Santiago de Cuba.

Cuban%20Coat%20of%20ArmsCuba has no plants or animals that are lethal to humans (Yes, this includes poisonous snakes!) The mountain ranges include the Sierra Maestra to the East, the Cordillera de los Organos to the West, and the Sierra del Escambray in the central region.

The elongated island of Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and is bounded to the north by the Straits of Florida and the greater North Atlantic Ocean, to the northwest by the Gulf of Mexico, to the west by the Yucatan Channel, to the south by the Caribbean Sea, and to the east by the Windward Passage. The Republic comprises the entire island, including many outlying islands such as the Isle of Youth, previously known as the Isle of Pine, with the exception of Guantanamo Bay, a naval base that has been leased by the United States since 1903. The mainland is the world's 16th largest island.

The economy of Cuba is based on state ownership with some small scale private enterprise existing at the fringes. Tourism has become one of the largest sources of income for Cuba, and in 1993 the U.S. dollar was made legal tender (the country operated under a dual-currency system); this arrangement was, however, revoked on 25 October 2004.

The Cuban economy was hit hard in the early 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Comecon economic bloc, with which it had traded predominantly. More recent problems include high oil prices, recessions in key export markets such as sugar and nickel, damage from hurricanes (most recently an estimated 1 billion dollars economic damage from hurricane Charley), depressed tourism, and faltering world economic conditions. In late 2003, and early 2004, both tourism levels and nickel prices increased. One other factor in the recovery of the Cuban economy is the remittances of Cuban-Americans (which constitute almost 3% of the Cuban Economy, by some estimates). Cuba currently trades with almost every nation in the world (including the U.S.). However, Cuba owes billions in Paris Club debt to nations such as France, Japan and Germany.

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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 26 Apr 2008 at 11:04pm

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Hotel%20Nacional%20de%20Cuba Hotel Nacional de Cuba 5*
Vedado

Iconic symbol of Havana luxury. The ultimate hangout of the cigar aficionado.

   
Hotel Parque Central 5*
Old Havana

Rooftop swimming pool, restaurants, bars, a/c in all rooms, cigar shop, gym, suites available, doctor, business centre.

Our opinion: Best hotel in Havana for service and facilities.

   
Hotel%20Conde%20de%20Villanueva Hotel Conde de Villanueva 4*
Old Havana

Former Counts Palace superbly converted into 9 bedroom cigar hotel with restaurant and bar. All rooms have airconditioning and full bathrooms. Suites available. Casa del Habanos cigar shop with lockers to rent for VIPs.

Operated by Habaguanex, Cuba.

Our opinion: one of the most charming hotels in Cuba with charming staff and a beautiful courtyard.

   
Hotel Florida 4*
Old Havana

A colonial building recently converted into this splendid 27 bedroom hotel with restaurant, bar, a/c in all rooms, suites available. Our opinion: A delightful 'boutique' hotel right in the heart of old Havana with exquisite furnishings.

   

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Xanadu Hotel

Varadero, overlooking the ocean, on the beach and adjoinig the international golfcourse.

A unique 6 bedroom mansion originally owned by the American magnate, Irenee Dupont, who built it with no expense spared in the 1930's. Many Hollywood stars stayed here. A la carte restaurant, Mirador bar, a/c in bedrooms, suite available, golf facilities.

Our opinion: a unique beachside residence' something different for the discerning. Expensive but there is nothing like it in Cuba.

   
La Moka Hotel
Las Terrazas ecological reserve, 1 hour from Havana

Charming small hotel set in natural reserve with spacious bedrooms all with full bathrooms and a/c. Restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Guided nature tours available. Our opinion: This makes an ideal break from the bustle of Havana.

   
Los%20Jasmines%20Hotel Hotel Los Jazmines
Vinales Valley, Pinar del Rio.

3* hotel with simple but comfortable rooms with full bathrooms, fantastic views over the valley. Restaurant, bar and swimming pool.

Our opinion: A spectacular location and ideal for visiting the tobacco plantations, horseriding or relaxing in beautiful surroundings.

   
El Colony Hotel
Isle of Youth (Isla de Juventud)

All inclusive hotel with swimming pool mostly used by scuba divers. A/C in all rooms. Diving centre.

Our opinion: An ideal hotel to explore the fascinating diving sites nearby.

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El%20Castillo%20Hotel Hotel El Castillo 3*
Baracoa, Guantanamo .

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Quote Shucander Replybullet Posted: 28 May 2008 at 8:37pm
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Quote Citizen Eve Replybullet Posted: 29 May 2008 at 3:43am
Very nice Shucander ... thanks for sharing ...

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