Getting there: Fly into José Martí International Airport (HAV) outside Havana direct from Canada, Mexico and Europe.
Capital city: Havana.
Population: 11.4 million.
Religion: The majority are Christians.
Currency: Cuban convertible peso (CUC).
Climate: A moderate subtropical climate with a wet and humid, rainy season from June to November and a cooler dry season from November to April. September and October see the highest likelihood of hurricanes.
Transport: Air travel is the quickest way to get around. The train service is quite limited and not very reliable. Taxis are a mixture of metered cars, ciclotaxis (pedal-powered trikes) and classic-car shared taxis. The guaguas (local buses) are very crowded and challenging. To travel regionally, the Viazul bus fleet is the most comfortable. Horse drawn carriages which run on fixed routes are available in some towns, as are ferries.
Best time to travel: March to mid-April is when it is warmest during the dry season — good beach weather and sunny skies. This is also high season.
What to wear: Light casual clothes for the day and smart casual for the evenings and dining out, in breathable fabrics. A light sweater for cooler evenings is always a good idea and some rain gear for sudden squalls.