I have a guy I work with that just went to Cuba. He said it's extremely poor. He was amazed by how much you could get with just a few dollars. His family is cuban and they all resent the shambles that the country is in. While guybrush is right that it is amazing that they've done as well as they have in spite of the US embargo, imagine what a better quality of life they would have if the Castros stepped aside.