- Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, with an area of 110,860 square kilometres (42,800 sq mi).
- Fidel Castro led Cuba for five decades and was the world's third longest-serving head of state, after Britain's Queen Elizabeth and the King of Thailand.
- Cuba has one of the highest literacy rates in the world: 99.8%.
- In Cuba, the tourist economy operates with a different currency, the Convertible pesos (CUC), set at par with the US dollar.
- were prohibited
- from owning
- cell phones until 2008.
- The CIA had a plot to use a depilatory chemical on Fidel Castro to cause his beard to fall out.
- A man left Havana in a hot air balloon in 1856 and has been missing ever since.
- Fidel Castro has said that he saved ten working days a year by not bothering to shave.
- Fidel Castro was born on a Friday the 13th.
- In 1940, 12-year-old boy Fidel Castro wrote a letter to President F. Roosevelt to request a $10 bill because he had never seen one before.
- The U.S. pays Cuba US$4,085 a month in rent for Guantanamo Bay, but Cuba refuses to cash the checks.
- The average salary in Cuba in 2013 was 471 pesos or US$20 a month.
- South Korean soap operas are popular in Cuba.
- "Usnavi" is a personal name in Cuba, after "US Navy" ships that visited the country in the 1970s.
- The CIA operation to invade Cuba and take down Castro was dubbed "Operation Castration."
- Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in almost a century.
- Cuba had the second-highest number of imprisoned journalists of any nation in 2008, according to various sources.
- Until 1997, contacts between tourists and Cubans were de facto outlawed by the Communist regime.
- Every Cuban household has a ration book entitling it to a monthly supply of food and other staples, which are provided at a nominal cost.
- The Cuban trogon is the national animal of Cuba.
- Fidel Castro took personal responsibility for the persecution suffered by homosexuals in Cuba.
- Fidel Castro banned The Beatles and other bands in Cuba in 1964. He changed his mind two years later.
- The Soviet Union had transferred over 150 nuclear weapons to Cuba by the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- Cuba is often called "El Cocodrilo", Spanish for alligator, which is what the island looks like from an aerial view.