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Area: 110,860 sq km
Population: 11 million
Capital city: Havana (pop 2,200,000)
Language: Spanish
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Cuba is part of the West Indies and is situated within the Antilles Archipelago.
There are no great differences in seasonal temperature in Cuba, its pleasant subtropical climate being augmented by the gentle northeasterly trade winds. The wet summer season is between May and October, and the drier winter season runs from November through April. The average temperature reaches 27°C (81°F) in July and August and 22°C (72°F) in February. An average of 80% humidity exists all year round, with things just a little more sticky in the wet season.
There isn't a bad time to visit Cuba. The hot, rainy season runs from May to October but winter (December to April) is the island's peak tourist season, when planeloads of Canadians and Europeans arrive in pursuit of the southern sun. Cubans take their hols in July and August, so this is when the local beaches are most crowded.

Cuba Havana
Havana (La Habana) is the largest city in the Caribbean and the center of all things Cuban. Despite its turbulent history, Havana suffered little damage in the country's wars and revolutions and stands today much as it was built 100 years ago or more. The city is peppered with glorious Spanish colonial architecture, much of which is under restoration.Havana has a swinging nightlife, with cinemas, historic theatres, cabarets, nightclubs and music venues that will exhaust even the most hardened campaigner.

Cuba's answer to the Costa del Sol in Spain or Cancun in Mexico, VARADERO is dominated by tourism and almost nowhere are you out of sight of a hotel. However, anyone hoping for a polished, Disney-style, resort will be disappointed. With hotels, shops and nightclubs spread out across the peninsula, there are areas where activity is more concentrated, but nowhere is there the buzz you might expect from the major holiday resort on the largest Caribbean island. This is also the best place in Cuba for watersports, scuba diving, fishing and boat trips, with three marinas and two diving clubs offering a wide range of activities.

Trinidad was founded in 1514, but despite this early start it remained a backwater haven for smugglers until the late 18th century. The historic centre of the city is the main attraction of TRINIDAD, and it's there that you'll spend most of your time. In general, if you're walking on cobbled stones you're in the UNESCO-protected part of the city, often referred to as the "old town".

Santiago de Cuba
Nowhere outside Havana is there a Cuban city with such definite character or such determination to have a good time as SANTIAGO DE CUBA. Set on a deep-water bay and cradled by mountains, the city is credited with being the most Caribbean part of Cuba, a claim borne out by the laid-back lifestyle and rich mix of inhabitants.

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