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Posted January 05, 2011 by publisher in Cuba Travel

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

Habana province no longer exists.

Due to the massive Cuban government reorganization announced in 2010, the province of Habana that surrounded the city of Havana was voted to be divided in half with the two new halves to called Mayabeque province and Artemisa province effective January 1, 2011.

This restructuring of the Habana province now allows for the city of Havana or Ciudad de la Habana to be simply known as La Habana without having to clarify whether one was referring to the city or the province. However, now the city of Artemisa will be the capital of the new Artemisa province.

Cuba is now divided into 15 provinces and 168 municipalities, including the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud.

Province of Artemisa

Artemisa (capital)
San Antonio de los Baños
Guira de Melena

Also Bahia Honda, Candelaria and San Cristobal are now considered to be part of Artemisa, formerly of the province of Pinar del Rio.

Artemisa will have the task of producing food to support the city of Havana.

Province of Mayabeque

San Jose de las Lajas (new capital)
Santa Cruz del Norte
Nueva Paz
San Nicolas de Bari
Melena del Sur


The international resort destination Varadero was its own municipality but will now be incorporated into the city of Cardenas in the province of Matanzas.

The Cuban government has stated that the “Hicacos Peninsula is under the direct attention of the Council of Ministers for its importance to the economic development of the nation”.

Furthermore… “The new law was adopted after extensive consultation process on provincial and municipal assemblies of People’s Power with representatives of state agencies, mass organizations, as well as the population of the territories covered in this project”.

Provinces in Cuba

Pinar del Rio
Villa Clara
Sancti Spiritus
Ciego de Avila
Las Tunas
Santiago de Cuba

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