10 Things You Didn’t Know About Cuba

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Cuba is not just for Beyonce and Jay-z, or the Jolie-Pitts. More than three million tourists a year visit Cuba, and Canada leads the way in tourist arrivals, with the United Kingdom and Italy in second and third place, respectively.



Americans represent the eighth largest tourist group in Cuba, although their visits are foreign trade policy violations.

The United States is considering relaxing its embargo on its neighbor just across the Florida Keys. In the meantime, you can keep an eye on these ten things about Cuba.

Cigars

Get out your cigars and toast the ends; it may be time to light up and celebrate! After 50 years of embargo, Cuban cigars may now be accessible to cigar lovers in the United States.



President John F. Kennedy signed the embargo during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. Worried about the possibility of Soviet ballistic missiles in Cuba, JFK embargoed goods from Cuba, including their cigars. However, the President bought 1200 of them for himself just before the embargo went into place.

cigars

Since that time U.S. citizens were not supposed to possess or smoke Cuban cigars, even when visiting other countries. That’s too bad, because Cuba invented cigars, and their cigars are considered some of the best because of the soil in which they are grown.



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