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10 Facts about Cuban Culture and Lifestyle

#10 -Cuba is often called El Caiman or El Cocodrilo, which is Spanish for “alligator,” which is what the island looks like from an aerial view.

#9 - Grade school is mandatory for every child in Cuba between the ages of 6 and 15. Uniforms are universally required with different colors for each grade level.

#8 - Fidel Castro erected a statue of John Lennon from The Beatles in 2000. Castro admired Lennon and believed he was a true music revolutionary.

#7 - Cuba is the most populated country in the Caribbean, with more than 11 million residents.

#6 - Cubans don't typically write their recipes down. Instead, they are passed down from generation to generation through stories and shared experiences.


There are an estimated 60,000 vintage cars in Cuba.

It's been nearly 50 years since new parts were imported to Cuba in the early 60's.

Until last October, Cuban residents were forbidden from buying and selling vehicles without the government's permission.

There are several functioning and preserved 1929 Ford Model T cars in Cuba. Many of those found in the U.S. and other countries are severely aged, badly rusted or even beyond repair.