The Naval Station has been around since the turn of the 20th century and was not formed as a result of Fidel Castro, The Cuban Missile Crisis or the Bay of Pigs Invasion.
Also, the Bay of Pigs was not at Guantanamo Bay-it was in another part of Cuba.
The food is actually pretty good bar food and the portions are massive. As far as restaurants in Guantanamo Bay, there are a few options. There is also a Mc Donald’s, 2 Subway’s (one in town and one at the airport), a Taco Bell and an Asian place akin to a Panda Express that are both in the bowling alley.
There is also a coffee/ice cream place called Caribbean Coffee and Cream or CCC where they serve Starbucks coffee.
After clearance, you take a ferry to the windward side of the bay.
This is where I met my sponsor, got my rental car and checked into my hotel; which is basically a townhouse called Caravella East located directly across from the elementary school.
They are also known to throw their own waste in other manners and spit at guards.
They verbally abuse the guards and the guards are expected to basically take it.
Much of this special treatment is a result of the highly publicized and horrific prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib (Iraq) and GTMO in the past so they are now, seemingly, overcompensating to avoid bad public relations.
Obviously, Cuba is an island and GTMO is a bay that is pretty much completely cut off from Cuba and the border is clearly defined by a fortified and monitored fence line.
My sponsor arranged a dinner for me to meet people on the base at O’Kelly’s; which dubs itself as the only Irish pub on communist soil.