7 Cool Things Cuba is Famous For – Apart From Cigars

Cuba isn’t just famous for its cigars, y’know.

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As soon as the relations between the United States and Cuba began to thaw this week, New York tabloids went berserk as per usual.

However, their focus, for some reason, remained on cigars.

Case in point: The NY Post pictured President Barack Obama smoking a cigar like former Cuban President Fidel Castro, under the headline "America Smokes a Cuban."

The New York Daily News tried to be a little too creative with a photograph of Castro smoking a stogie accompanied by the words, "Close But No Cigar (Well, no more than $100 worth...yet)" – a reference to the $100 limit on tobacco and alcohol Americans are allowed to bring from there.

Newsflash: it’s not just cigars. Cuba is famous for a lot more cool stuff. For example:

Model Healthcare system:

According to the United Nation's World Health Organization, Cuba's health care system is a model for all countries of the world.

"Cuba is the only country that has a health care system closely linked to research and development. This is the way to go, because human health can only improve through innovation," Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, said during her recent visit to Havana in July of 2014.

She also praised "the efforts of the country's leadership for having made health an essential pillar of development"

Famous Vintage Cars

Cuba yank tank

To quote NPR, “Cuba may have more vintage American cars per person than anyplace in the world.” Maybe if things get better car lovers in the U.S. can get their hands on them.

Beautiful Beaches

Playa Ancón

The Cuban tourism industry generates over 3 million arrivals per year, and is one of the main sources of revenue for the island. And visitors love the country’s beautiful clear beaches.

City Of Habana

City Of Habana

Cuba is home to the beautiful La Habana Vieja which was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982.

Baseball Players

Yasiel Puig

Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Cuba and has produced some of the finest players in the sport.

Outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB), Yasiel Puig formerly played for the Cuban national baseball team before he defected from the country.



Cuba is famous for its sensual Salsa and Casino dances and music.



Ernest Hemingway frequently quoted the famous Cuban bar “La Bodeguita del Medio” in Havana for its Mojitos. In fact, the country is overall famous for its rum.