Wondering what continent is Cuba on? Well, technically Cuba is not on any continent, although it belongs to North America along with the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Cuba is actually an island or an archipelago of more than 4000 islands. The two largest islands are the main Island (which is what we think about when talking about Cuba), and the smaller Isla de la Juventud to the south of the main island.
So How Do We Decide What Continent Is Cuba On?
Although Cuba is technically a part of the North American continent, there are parts of the area we think of as North America that are referred to by other names, like Central America, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
The exact geographical location of Cuba is in the northern Caribbean region at the point where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Culturally, Cuba is considered to be part of Latin America, and the Latin connection is evident from you set foot on the island!
Cuba Map & Caribbean Region
1. What countries border Cuba?
As an island, the country does not have territorial borders, but neighboring countries and island states are numerous.
The territorial and islands nations in the Caribbean Sea surrounding Cuba are Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, the US (Florida), Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Lucia.
2. What hemisphere is Cuba In?
North America is a continent in the Northern Hemisphere and almost entirely within the Western Hemisphere.
From the island, you can step right into the Atlantic Ocean to the north and east, to the south you enter South America and the Caribbean Sea, and to the west, you can swim in the Gulf of Mexico!
3. What Is The Capital Of Cuba?
The capital of Cuba is Havana, situated on the northern shore of the western part of the island.
Other large cities in Cuba are Santiago de Cuba all the way to the east (the second largest city), Camagüey, Holguin, and Guantánamo (where the Americans still have a military base).
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4. Can you see Cuba from Key West?
Well, no, you cannot see Cuba from Key West. Although the distance is not very long, the problem is that the earth is curving a bit.
Cuba, which is about 90 miles from Key West, falls just below the horizon when you gaze over the ocean towards the island from Key West.
On a really clear night, and with a high-powered telescope, you might be able to sense the lights over Havana in the night sky with a lot of goodwill (and without a power outage).
5. How far is Florida from Cuba?
The total straight-line distance from Florida state to Cuba is around 449 miles, which is the same as 723 km, or 390 nautical miles if you skip the airfare.
6. Can you take a boat from Florida to Cuba?
Yes, you can take travel by boat to Cuba, but there are issues around immigration if you are a private boat. From the summer of 2021 American-flagged cruise ships can no longer sail to port in Cuba.
Vessels and private yachts under the American flag are no longer generally permitted to enter Cuban territorial waters legally as a result of changes to the travel laws.
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Private American registered boats can legally enter Cuba with an export permit issued by the US Dept of Commerce, and Permission to enter the territorial waters of Cuba issued by the USCG.
Vessels registered under other flags can dock in Cuba, but there are a set of regulations listed here that they need to adhere to.
7. How Long Is A Plane Ride From Florida to Cuba?
A flight from Miami International Airport to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, is around a one-hour flight.
Flying American Airlines from Miami to Havana, you can buy a Cuban tourist card at check-in or even at the boarding counter.
8. Do They Speak Spanish In Cuba?
Yes, the inhabitants of Cuba speak Spanish after being a Spanish colony for 500 years!
The Cuban Spanish sometimes referred to as Cubano, is technically the lingua franca of Cuba. That means that Cuban Spanish is adopted from its colonial power since the 15th Century, as the native population initially had their own language.
The current version of the Cuban language has been influenced by the huge diversity of the population, with heritage from Europe, Africa, the Latin American and Caribbean region – and even Russia.
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9. Can You Speak English In Cuba?
As a rule, the majority of the Cuban population only speaks Spanish. However, as the country has opened up to tourism, in larger cities and tourist areas, English is more commonly understood now than before.
With the arrival of the internet to the average Cuban around 2019, the internet brings English-speaking youtube and Facebook posts and videos, which helps.
Although speaking Spanish isn’t strictly necessary, I will encourage you to learn simple words and basic phrases in order to maximize your experience with the Cuban people.
10. What Is The Best Part Of Cuba To Stay In?
Most of the best places to stay in Cuba are in and around Havana or Varadero. The reason for this is that these places are perfect for kicking off your short-distance explorations on the northwestern part of the island.
The distance between Havana and Varadero is around 92 miles (149 kilometers) and takes 2-2,5 hours by car (3,5 by bus).
From Havana, you can easily reach Varadero, Vinales, Trinidad, Bay of Pigs and Playa Giron, Cienfuegos, and Santa Clara. You can also reach some of the Cuban keys like Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Coco.
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The journey from Havana to Santiago de Cuba — from where Fidel Castro launched his revolution — will take a bit longer. By bus up to 18 hours, shorter (and a lot pricier) if you book a taxi.
Santiago de Cuba is the second largest city in Cuba, for a while it also was the capital, and this is where Fidel Castro was when they succeeded in overthrowing Batista in 1958.
Here you find gorgeous architecture and lots of history, as well as a more noticeably Caribbean feel, with the proximity to Haiti and other eastern Caribbean islands.
11. Are Americans Allowed In Cuba?
Yes, the Cuban government allows Americans to visit their country. The restrictions on travel to Cuba for US citizens are imposed by American authorities.
There are 12 pre-approved reasons for traveling to Cuba as an American, where you need no extra permission or paperwork before your journey. The regulations also dictate where you can stay, and where you can spend your money.
So, American citizens can travel to Cuba in 2022, and your US passport is valid in Cuba in combination with a Cuban Tourist Card.
12. Do I need a passport to go to Cuba?
Yes. Any traveler visiting Cuba will need a valid passport.
Your passport needs to be valid for at least six more months on your entry date. Please be sure to check the expiration date of your passport, and if need be, renew your passport if it is nearing expiration.
13. Can people leave Cuba?
Yes, people can leave Cuba, but for a Cuban to leave Cuba will in reality be very difficult.
A Cuban wanting to travel out of Cuba for whatever reason will need a passport (expensive), a visa to the country he or she is going (tricky), and often prove with bank statements that they have sufficient funds, and a job to return to.
A bit of a challenge in a country with largely a cash economy where a lot of people don’t have bank accounts, or international valid credit cards, and are often paid daily or regularly in cash.
14. Why Did The US Give Up Cuba?
Well, the US never really owned Cuba, but after the Spanish-American war in the late 20th Century, the US had a treaty with Cuba allowing for considerable influence over domestic relations in the formally independent nation.
After the revolution in December 1958 and the rise of Fidel Castro to power, relations and trade cooperation deteriorated rapidly – and then seized in the early 60ies.
As a result of Castro’s domestic reforms and subsequently the shut-off of American business, the Cuban government increased cooperation with the Soviet Union. Then, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba in January 1961.
15. Did America Go To War With Cuba?
The Spanish–American War in 1898 was a period of armed conflict between Spain and the United States, after the explosion that sank the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in Cuba.
This led to the United States’ intervention in the Cuban War of Independence, with the objective to help Cuba become independent from Spain. So the US never went to war with Cuba, but rather with colonial Spain.
Also in 1961, a unit of exiled Cubans tried to invade Cuba with the support of the CIA, to throw Castro, but failed, which was perceived as a huge triumph for Castro and his regime.
16. Lastly: Are Cuba Beaches Nice?
Yes, Cuban beaches are AMAZING! In fact, Cuba is famous for its breathtaking beaches, and Varadero beach was even voted the world’s second most beautiful beach on TripAdvisor in 2019.
With their turquoise water and sugary white sand, you are bound to be swept away.
If you want to visit an island with perfect spots for snorkeling, scuba diving, and generally having a good Caribbean-mode time, Cuban beaches will not let you down!
Wrap-Up What Continent Is Cuba On!
So now we know that Cuba is an island, or rather an archipelago, technically belonging to North America, but is a Latin culture country in the northern Caribbean!
I hope this quick Q&A article gave you some more insight into Cuba that you did not know before! And maybe a desire to find out more, and visit!
Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments about Cuba, in general, or your next destination in particular. There is no place in the world quite like Cuba, for better or worse, and it will be an experience of a lifetime!