Cuba is a beautiful country. For many, it's almost a paradise because of its beautiful beaches, resorts, landscapes and history-rich culture, not to mention their Unesco World Heritage sites.
But just like any other place or destination, Cuba has its own share of craziness and oddity. Below are few of the many strange facts about Cuba that you probably haven't heard of.
It has snowed once in Cuba: On March 12, 1857.
It is mandatory for government vehicles to pick up hitchhikers.
Only 5% of Cubans actually have access to the uncensored, open Internet.
It’s illegal to take a photograph of any military, police or airport personnel in Cuba.
Fidel Castro grew a beard because the US embargo cut off his supply of razors.
USA pays Cuba $4,085 a month in rent for the controversial Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Cuba has never cashed the checks.
On New Years Eve, Cubans burn dolls in order to symbolize forgetting bad times and looking forward to new & good times during the New Year
When Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba, he immediately ordered all game sets of Monopoly to be destroyed.
Cuba is one of two countries were the sale of Coca-Cola is prohibited.
John F. Kennedy bought 1,200 Cuban cigars hours before he ordered the US trade embargo.
Cuba had over 150 nuclear weapons at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Found in Cuba, the Manjuari is a fish not found anywhere else in the world.
Until 2008 Cubans couldn't buy their own computers.
In Cuba, sex change operations have been permitted since 2007. They're also covered under the national health care system.
There is a statue of John Lennon in Cuba's John Lennon Park.
There is a native species of leaping Cuban crocodile. It's highly endangered, and totally terrifying.
The US attempted to invade Cuba several times. In 1848, they decided to give up and offered Spain $100 million dollars for Cuba.
Cuba has over 200 bays and 250 beaches to explore, meaning there is no shortage of fun in the sun.
Christmas did not become an official holiday in Cuba until 1997.
In Cuba, cigars are called puros or habanos. One company makes all the premium brands for the country.
Cubans were prohibited from owning cell phones until 2008.
Bacardi rum was originally manufactured in Cuba. The production moved to Puerto Rico after Fidel Castro took over.
Cuba holds one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 99.8%.
Cuba has two different currencies: One is used by tourists, and the other is used by Cubans.
Until 2011, there was an import ban on cars in Cuba. Majority of the cars on the road were classic cars from the 50s