Cuba is the largest country in
the Caribbean (780 miles long, 140 miles
at its widest point) with a population
of about 11 million; and infant
mortality, life expectancy and literacy
rates on a par with the USA (6.45 deaths
per 1,000 live births, 77 years life
expectancy, 97% literacy). It suffered a
severe economic recession in the 1990s
following the withdrawal of subsidies
from the former Soviet Union and has not
yet recovered to its pre '90s strength.
About 1.5 million tourists visited Cuba in 2004, including about 100,000 Americans (despite the travel restrictions). It is the #1 Caribbean tourist destination for Canadians. In 2003 the U.S. Senate voted (59 to 36) in favor of lifting the ban on travel to Cuba. The result was similar to a vote at ...