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áavana – the capital of Cuba and the largest city on the islands of the Caribbean Basin. Havana is on the west side of Cuba, on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Before the Spanish conquest of the island, Havana was inhabited by the Indian tribes of the Taino and the Seabees. The city was founded in 1515 and soon became a key port from which caravels and galleons with gold coins were shipped to Spain. In the late 16th century the city becomes the capital of the capitalist generalship of Cuba, one of the largest Spanish expeditionary forces in the region. The abusive treatment of the Aborigines in Cuba led to the extermination of the indigenous population and the importation of Negro slaves. By the beginning of the 17th century, most of the population of Havana was composed of Negro blacks. Havana was the scene of the 1895 revolution against the Spanish colonial powers, which ended with the declaration of independence of Cuba in Havana. The economic crisis of the first half of the 20th century in Cuba was manifested in several mass privations, the center of which was Havana. The advent of the communist government stabilized the citys economy. Since 1960, Havana has expanded, rightfully earning the title of one of the most beautiful landmark capitals on the planet. The pamphleteering of archaeological monuments has not been ignored by the World Heritage Organization, which has included the Old City in its list. The most notable sites in Havana are the fortress of La Fouérance (1583), the monastery of Sancta Clara (mid-17th century), the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1656), the cathedral (1792), and the Cathedral of the Cathederal Square (18th century). The face of Havana is embellished by Prado Avenue, where the buildings of the Bolshoi Theater and the Capitole Nationale are located. In the outskirts of Havana, the village of Casablanca, a statue of Christ (18 meters) was erected on a hill in 1958, visible from many points in the city. Also Havana – the center of seaside recreation. To the east of the city is the famous beach resort of Tárara, famous for the fact that in 1990 20 children who were victims of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe vacationed there.

100 USD = 2,575.00 CUP

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  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 2,200,000 people
  • GDP: $7,815 / year
  • Power outlets: 115V60Hz
  • Internet: 4 Mbps
  • Best wireless: ETECSA
  • Tipping: A standard gratuity at a restaurant in Cuba is 10-15% of the total bill. Of course, feel free to leave a larger tip if you felt that the service was excellent.
  • Apartment listings: Cubaccomidation
  • Apartments: Airbnb
  • Hotels: Booking.com
  • More hotels: Hotels.com
  • Best coffee 24/7: Cafe OReilly
  • Best hospital: Hospital Clnico Quirrgico Hermanos Ameijeiras
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Cuba Jet
  • Best intl air carrier: Cubana
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1050
  • Monthly costs for family: $2200
  • Monthly costs for local: $650
  • Meal: $5
  • Small Cola: $1.5
  • Beer 1 Pint: $1
  • Coffee: $1.5

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