Welcome to Banes
Former sugar town, Banes is the site of one of Cuba's oddest historical moments. Cuban president Fulgencio Batista was born here in 1901. Some 47 years later, Fidel Castro and Birta Díaz Balart tied the knot in the local clapboard church of Nuestra Señora de la Caridad. Generous, and surely unsuspecting the groom would one day overthrow him, Batista gave the couple a honeymoon present of US$500.