The world’s longest Cuban cigar is tucked within a semi-secret exhibit inside the Morro Castle Historic Park. The enormous, hand-rolled item is the work of master cigar roller Jose Castelar Cairo, locally known as “Cueto.”
Cueto is no ordinary cigar roller—before creating this behemoth of a smoke, the Cuban master had set four previous world records. His first attempt was in April of 2001 with a cigar measuring about 36 feet. In May of 2003, he rolled a roughly 49-foot-long cigar, followed by about a 70-foot record in April of 2005.
Cueto became a living legend in Havana, Cuba. On May 3, 2011 he rolled set a Guinness World Record recorded with a monster cigar measuring 268 feet. As if that was not long enough, Cueto decided to break his own record in 2016 by rolling a colossal, roughly 295-foot “Habano,” which he dedicated to Fidel Castro
It’s quite hard to comprehend the length of the cigar when you enter the room it’s held within. A very realistic wax statue of Cueto is also displayed and accessible to all for pictures at the cigar shop next to the exhibit.
Know Before You Go
Note that this cigar exhibit might not be always open. There is a cigar shop inside the Morro Castle with Cueto's statue, but the actual cigar is behind a glass case in the room next door. If you go with a local or a tour guide, they might be able to talk to the cigar shop management to open the exhibit for a quick picture.