Location and size

Cuba is located in the Caribbean! But where is it exactly? The island nation of Cuba is located between the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea and is part of the Greater Antilles. The state capital is the world famous and renowned Havana.

The area around Cuba, including Isla de la Juventud, encompasses more than a thousand little islands. But still, Cuba is the identically named main island. 

So, living in the country of Cuba does not necessarily mean to live in the main island Cuba. 

The distance from the neighboring Caribbean islands of Hispaniola and Jamaica amounts to 140km and 77 km each. The smallest distance to America is about 180 km (Florida). 

This short distance and the range of the missiles stationed in Cuba provoked the so-called Cold War (without a direct military intervention), which lasted until the mid-80s.