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“RANA” which is a great emblem of CUBA that means frog in Spanish and brings good luck in life, hence the name ranacuba.com.

About RanaCuba.com

The team has been running for 20 years and has served thousands of clients over the years that have returned several times because of the great service they receive and many have become close friends as they feel at home with us. There is nothing to worry about everything, is A-Z. Many tourists travelling to Cuba wishing stay more than 30 days who are exploring the island prefer to stay in rented accommodation “Renta Casa” or “Casa Particular”(private house), which is a far more economic way and also you have your own privacy. In Cuba the prices range from around $25-$40 a night which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it can be negotiable.

Rooms normally accommodate families, couples, friends and general clients obviously tourists,  and also you need to state the number of people that are going to stay and for how long. Remember the maximum days as a tourist is 30 days, if you wish to extend, you will have to visit the immigration and increase for a further 30 days. The longest you can stay is 90 days as long as you follow the immigration laws. Identification is really important so make sure your visa is valid as it is required when renting in private accommodation.

The hospitality and friendliness you will receive is amazing from us and we are always there 24 hours when you require us. Security is tremendous, but to be honest there is hardly any vicious crime it is probably one of the safest places on the planet. We also provide transportation to and from the airport (Jose Marti International Havana Cuba Airport), as long as flight information, along with your name,details and dates are available, this can be arranged by our chauffeurs and workout more cheaper than normal taxis and if your lucky it may be an American Classic.  You can also negotiate if you ever need transport during your visit with the driver or us at a very reasonable price when you need to travel around in Cuba. We also have contacts if you wish to rent your own transport too providing you have a valid driving license. 

With us you will be living the real Cuban life and gaining the skills and knowledge of how typical real life is in Cuba. We can show you all the hotspots ranging from wining and dining and being where the sun is always shining. We have great contacts, for example, imagine horse riding over the hills of Moka which takes about 10 hours with a guide all day for only 20cuc how cheap is that! This would normally cost you 60cuc with others. We have contacts all over Cuba and clients have their privacy and to take things easy. Anything you require with us will be guaranteed cheaper than the normal tourist prices and you won’t be cheated.

We are not tourist operators or agents, where you are subject to timings and being with groups of people, we are family people and help all our clients individually to their own desires, with our hearts and you will be in safe hands with us.  

We hope you find this website useful on the information for travel, accommodation and education, also click on all the links you may enjoy it !!!  There are plenty of special offers for a variety of products you may be interested in, that you will not find on other sites. 

Please make sure your passport is valid for more than 6 months, you have a 30 day tourist visa card and travel insurance with medical history up to date. Visit the links page and click on visa requirements if you need any help. There are offers on flights and accommodation too so please check it out. 

Here is one of our apartments.

Currency in Cuba

The peso (CUP), sometimes called the “national currency” or in Spanish is one of two official currencies in use in Cuba, the other being the convertible peso (CUC, often called “dollar” in the spoken language). There are currently 25 CUP per CUC.

Most Cuban state workers receive their wages in national pesos, but some receive a portion of their salary in convertible pesos. Shops that sell basics like fruit and vegetables generally accept only national pesos. “Dollar shops” sell the rest. The word “pesos” may refer to either types of money.

Cuban convertible pesos are 25 times more valuable, but that does not completely eliminate the confusion for tourists. Since goods bought in national pesos have government-controlled prices, tourists are sometimes confused by prices that look “too cheap”. The hard (CUC) pesos are easy to tell apart from the national (CUP) ones, as CUC coins have an octagonal shape within the outer round rim. The only exception to this is the most common CUP coin, the 1 peso,also has this octagonal shape. Also, CUC currency shows monuments, and CUP bills have portraits.

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Information on   RENTA HABITACION SOLA with air condition,comfort and privacy with security.

RENTA HABITACION SOLA

Luisito Rolando Torres. (Proprietor)

Air Condition, Comfort, Privacy and Security.

ADDRESS : Monte 918 apartments 41 enter Matadero y Estevez Cerro

Havana Cuba.

For reservations please see the following:

Tel : 00537 8778000 (Luisito)

Mobile : 00535 2547213 (Luisito)

Ernesto de La Rosa. (Proprietor)

Mobile : 00535 2843635 (Ernesto)

Yasnay Goulet Cisneros. (Pharmacist) & Kalpesh Rana. (Director)

Mobile : +44 7842219505 (GB) Kaps/Skipi

Email : ernostodir@nauta.cu  or ranacuba1@gmail.com

 

Odalis and Suzi

Tel: 00537 8788595 (Odalis)

Mobile: 00535 3454809 (Suzi)

Renta de Casa/Habitacion con Confort ( Rent House/Rooms with Comfort)

Address: Street/Calle No.24 Monte y Flores, Cerro, Habana, Cuba (en la reja blanca), a 4 cuadras Parque Central.


The Commodities of CUBA

CUBA which is famous for it’s revenue involving sugarcane, tobacco, rum,cosmetics,coffee and tourism.

PLANTATIONS of SUGARCANE and TOBACCO  CUBA.

Cuba failed to prosper before the 1760s due to Spanish trade regulations. Spain had set up a monopoly in the Caribbean and their primary objective was to protect this. They did not allow the islands to trade with any foreign ships.

Spain was primarily interested in the Caribbean for its gold. The Spanish crown thought that if the colonies traded with other countries it would not itself benefit from it. This slowed the growth of the Spanish Caribbean. This effect was particularly bad in Cuba because Spain kept a tight grasp on it. It held great strategic importance in the Caribbean.

Spain also restricted Cuba’s access to the slave trade, which was dominated by the British, French, and Dutch. One important turning point came in the Seven Years’ War, when the British conquered the port of Havana and introduced thousands of slaves in a ten month period.

As soon as Spain opened Cuba’s ports up to foreign ships, a great sugar boom began that lasted until the 1880s. The Island was perfect for growing sugar. It is dominated by rolling plains, with rich soil, and adequate rainfall.

Another key event was the Haitian Revolution in nearby Saint-Domingue, from 1791 to 1804. Thousands of French refugees, fleeing the slave rebellion in Saint Domingue, brought slaves and expertise in sugar refining and coffee growing into eastern Cuba in the 1790 and early 1800s.

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In the 1800s, Cuban sugar plantations became the most important world producer of sugar, thanks to the expansion of slavery and a relentless focus on improving the island’s sugar technology. Use of modern refining techniques was especially important because the British abolished the slave trade in 1807 and, after 1815, began forcing other countries to follow suit.

Cubans were torn between the profits generated by sugar and a repugnance for slavery, which they saw as morally, politically, and racially dangerous to their society. By the end of the nineteenth century, slavery was abolished.

However, leading up to the abolition of slavery, Cuba gained great prosperity from its sugar trade. Originally, the Spanish had ordered regulations on trade with Cuba, which kept the island from becoming a dominant sugar producer.

The Spanish were interested in keeping their trade routes and slave trade routes protected. Nevertheless, Cuba’s vast size and abundance of natural resources made it an ideal place for becoming a booming sugar producer. When Spain opened the Cuban trade ports, it quickly became a popular place.

New technology allowed a much more effective and efficient means of producing sugar. They began to use water mills, enclosed furnaces, and steam engines to produce a higher quality of sugar at a much more efficient pace than elsewhere in the Caribbean.

The boom in Cuba’s sugar industry in the nineteenth century made it necessary for Cuba to improve its means of transportation. Planters needed safe and efficient ways to transport the sugar from the plantations to the ports, in order to maximize their returns.

Many new roads were built, and old roads were quickly repaired. Railroads were built early and changed the way that perishable sugar cane (within one or two days after the cane is cut easily crystallizable sucrose sugar has “inverted” to turn into far less recoverable glucose and fructose sugars) is collected and allowing more rapid and effective sugar transportation.

It was now possible for plantations all over this large island to have their sugar shipped quickly and easily. The prosperity seen from the boom in sugar production is a major reason that Cuban ethnicity became further enriched by new influx of Spanish migrants. Many Spaniards immigrated to Cuba, calling it a place of refuge.

The country is a regional power in Latin America and a middle power in world affairs. It has currently one of the world’s only planned economies, and its economy is dominated by the exports of sugar, tobacco, coffee and skilled labour.


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Traditional Food and Drink in Cuba

Traditional food in Cuba is a blend of Spanish, African, and Caribbean cooking. Some Cuban recipes share spices and techniques with Spanish and African cuisine, with some Caribbean influence in spice and flavour. This results in a blend of the several different cultural influences, A small but noteworthy Chinese influence can also be accounted for, mainly in the Havana area. There is also some Italian influence. During colonial times, Cuba was an important port for trade, and many Spaniards who lived there brought their culinary traditions with them.

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Arroz con leche: Arroz con leche which means rice pudding, is a dish made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Variants are used for either desserts or dinners. When used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar. Such desserts are found on many continents, especially Asia where rice is a staple. Some variants are thickened only with the rice starch, others include eggs, making them a kind of custard.

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 Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), is a traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, closely related to paella. In the Dominican Republic it is alternately called locrio de pollo, and in Saint Martin it is called lokri or locreo.

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Arroz con maíz, rice with sweetcorn is a Latin American cooked in one pot.

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Bistec de palomilla is a Cuban dish consisting of beef round steak marinated in garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper then pan-fried. It is usually served with black beans and yellow or white rice.

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Boliche is a Cuban pot roast dish consisting of eye round beef roast stuffed with ham browned in olive oil simmered in water with onions until the meat is soft, and then quartered potatoes added. Additional ingredients can include green peppers and various spices such as coriander, oregano and bay leaf, and salt and pepper.

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The term Camarones (prawns or shrimps} is used to refer to some decapod crustaceans, although the exact animals covered can vary. Used broadly, shrimp may cover any of the groups with elongated bodies and a primarily swimming mode of locomotion – most commonly Caridea and Dendrobranchiata. In some fields, however, the term is used more narrowly and may be restricted to Caridea, to smaller species of either group or to only the marine species. Under the broader definition, shrimp may be synonymous with prawn, covering stalk-eyed swimming crustaceans with long narrow muscular tails (abdomens), long whiskers (antennae), and slender legs. Any small crustacean which resembles a shrimp tends to be called one. They swim forward by paddling with swimmerets on the underside of their abdomens, although their escape response is typically repeated flicks with the tail driving them backwards very quickly. Crabs and lobsters have strong walking legs, whereas shrimp have thin, fragile legs which they use primarily for perching.

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A croquette is a small breadcrumbed fried food roll containing, usually as main ingredients, ground meat, shellfish, fish, ham, cheese, mashed potatoes or vegetables, and mixed with béchamel or brown sauce, and soaked white bread, egg, onion, spices and herbs, wine, milk, beer, or some combination, sometimes with a filling, e.g. sautéed onions, mushrooms, or boiled eggs. The croquette is usually shaped into a cylinder, disk, or oval shape, and then deep-fried. The croquette gained worldwide popularity, both as a delicacy and as a fast food.

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Cucurucho is a local delicacy of the city of Baracoa in eastern Cuba. Wrapped in a cone-shaped palm leaf, it is a mix of coconut, sugar and other ingredients such as orange, guava and pineapple.

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Frijoles negros is a Hispanic dish made with black beans, prepared in Cuba, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and other nations in Latin America. The black bean, a legume of the species Phaseolus vulgaris, is usually purchased in either canned or dried form. 1 cup of dried black beans yields approximately 2½ cups of cooked beans. Black bean soup is another commonly prepared Cuban favorite.

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The original Frita is a Cuban dish with a seasoned ground beef and pork patty on Cuban bread topped with shoestring potatoes. Variations also include lettuce, onions, and a spiced ketchup sauce. A similar dish on Cuban bread is called pan con bistec topped with the shoestring potatoes. This type of burger is found mainly in South Florida.

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Medianoche is a type of sandwich which originated in Cuba. It is served in many Cuban communities in the United States. It is so named because of the sandwich’s popularity as a staple served in Havana’s night clubs right around or after midnight.

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Moros y Cristianos is a Cuban dish served at virtually every Cuban restaurant. It is the Cuban version of rice and beans, a dish found throughout the Caribbean and South America.

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Papas rellenas are the most popular type of croquettes in Latin American countries such as Chile, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, and the Caribbean. The first recorded Latin American recipes were printed in the late 19th century, during a time when French cuisine was influencing those of Latin America.

Picadillo is a traditional dish in many Latin American countries and the Philippines that is similar to hash. It is made with ground beef, tomatoes, raisins, olives, and other ingredients that vary by region. It is often served with rice or used as a filling in dishes such as tacos, savoury pastries or croquettes. The name comes from the Spanish word picar, which means “to mince”.

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Cooking bananas are banana cultivars in the genus Musa whose fruits are generally used in cooking. They may be eaten ripe or unripe and are generally starchy. Many cooking bananas are referred to as plantains or green bananas, although not all of them are true plantains. Bananas are treated as a starchy fruit with a relatively neutral flavour and soft texture when cooked. Bananas fruit all year round, making them a reliable all-season staple food.

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Chicken soup is a soup made from chicken, simmered in water, usually with various other ingredients. The classic chicken soup consists of a clear chicken broth, often with pieces of chicken or vegetables; common additions are pasta, noodles, dumplings, or grains such as rice and barley. Chicken soup is one of the easiest and pleasing dish for home cooking. Chicken soup has acquired the reputation of a folk remedy for colds and influenza, and in many countries is considered a comfort food.

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A tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf. The wrapping can either be discarded prior to eating, or be used as a plate and eaten from within. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned.

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Vaca Frita is a Cuban dish consisting of fried and shredded skirt or flank steak. It is often topped with sauteed onions and served with rice and black beans.

Crème caramel, flan, or caramel dessert is a custard dessert with a layer of clear caramel sauce, as opposed to crème brûlée which is custard with an added hard clear caramel layer on top.

Ropa vieja (shredded flank steak in a tomato sauce base), black beans, yellow rice, plantains and fried yuca (casava) with beer and Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken).

A typical meal consists of rice and beans, cooked together or apart. When cooked together the recipe is called “congri” or “Moros” or “Moros y Cristianos” (black beans and rice). If cooked separately it is called “arroz con frijoles” (rice with beans) or “arroz y frijoles” (rice and beans). Ropa vieja is one of the national dishes of Cuba, but is also popular in other areas or parts of the Caribbean such as Puerto Rico and Panama, as well as in Spain and the Philippines. It consists of shredded or pulled stewed beef with vegetables. In the Cuban cuisine of Miami, Florida, it is typical for Ropa Vieja to have a sweet undertone. While this is traditionally intended to be due to the use of fully ripe, red bell peppers, it is not uncommon for recipes to include some quantity of sugar as a means to achieve the correct level of sweetness in the finished dish.

A Cuban sandwich (sometimes called a mixto, especially in Cuba) is a popular lunch item that grew out of the once-open flow of cigar workers between Cuba and Florida (specifically Key West and the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa) in the late 1800s and has since spread to other Cuban American communities. The sandwich is built on a base of lightly buttered Cuban bread and contains sliced roast pork, thinly sliced Serrano ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and yellow mustard. In Tampa, Genoa salami is traditionally layered in with the other meats, probably due to influence of Italian immigrants who lived side-by-side with Cubans and Spaniards in Ybor City. Tomatoes and lettuce are available additions in many restaurants, but these are considered by traditionalists as an unacceptable Americanization of the sandwich.After assembly, the Cuban sandwich may be pressed in a  panini-type grill called a plancha, which both heats and compresses the contents.

As a result of the colonization of Cuba by Spain, one of the main influences on the cuisine is from Spain. Other culinary influences include Africa, from the Africans who were brought to Cuba as slaves, and French, from the French colonists who came to Cuba from Haiti.  Another factor is that Cuba is an island, making seafood something that greatly influences Cuban cuisine. Another contributing factor to Cuban cuisine is that Cuba is in a tropical climate, which produces fruits and root vegetables that are used in Cuban dishes and meals.

Drinks are available 24 hours a day from hot to cold and alcohol beverages.

Malta is a lightly carbonated malt beverage, brewed from barley, hops, and water much like beer; corn and caramel color may also be added. However, Malta is non-alcoholic, it has a strong beer smell and flavor and is consumed in the same way as beer or cola in its original carbonated form, and to some extent, iced tea in non-carbonated form.

Mojito is a famous traditional Cuban cocktail. Traditionally,  mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar canejuice), lime juice, soda water, and mint. Its combination of sweetness, citrus, and herbaceous mint flavors is intended to complement the rum, and has made the mojito a popular summer drink. When preparing a mojito, fresh lime juice is added to sugar (or to simple syrup) and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler. The mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and should not be shredded. Then rum is added and the mixture is briefly stirred to dissolve the sugar and to lift the mint leaves up from the bottom for better presentation. Finally, the drink is topped with crushed ice and sparkling soda water. Mint leaves and lime wedges are used to garnish the glass.The mojito is one of the most famous rum-based highballs. There are several versions of the mojito.

Modelo Brewery designed by the Cuban architect, Enrique Luis Varela, was built in 1948 for Compañia Ron Bacardi S.A.. Its address is Corner of Carretera Central, Cotorro, Havana, Cuba.

Daiquiri is a family of cocktails whose main ingredients are rum, citrus juice, and sugar or other sweetener.

Havana,Cuba – May 23, 2016: Bottle of Havana Club rum. Established in 1878 in Cuba, Havana Club is the world’s No.3 international rum brand.Authentic Cuban rum perfect for Mojito and Daiquiri cocktails.

Havana,Cuba – May 23, 2016: Bottle of Havana Club rum. Established in 1878 in Cuba, Havana Club is the world’s No.3 international rum brand.Authentic Cuban rum perfect for Mojito and Daiquiri cocktails.

El Ron de Cuba: Closeup of three varieties of Havana Club rum bottles.
Havana Club brand of rum created in 1934, is one of the best-selling rum brands in the world and also promotes Cuban culture across the globe..

National beers “cerveza” of CUBA.

Café Cubano (also known as Cuban espresso, Cuban coffee, cafecito, Cuban pull, and Cuban shot) is a type of espresso that originated in Cuba. Specifically, it refers to an espresso shot which is sweetened (traditionally with natural brown sugar which has been whipped with the first and strongest drops of espresso). However, the name is sometimes used to refer to coffee-based drinks that include Cuban espresso as their main ingredient, such as café con leche.


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