- Bring bubbas, plastic cups they use are very small.
- Bring facecloth, nothing in room.
- Do not need soap or shampoo, big bottles provided by hotel.
- Bring water shoes for walking in ocean, some rough areas and we seen crabs so don’t want to step on those!
- Exchange money elsewhere besides hotel. $88 or $89 to $100 at hotel. In town, $97 to $100 exchange rate at local bank. Don’t use U.S. money, alot of hassle we heard from others and terrible exchange rate.
- Bring own snacks if you want any, in hotel very expensive $5 for container of pringle chips. Also not much choice at hotel store.
- Book any tours right away, some are only offered 2 times a week and book up very fast.
- Bring own toilet paper whenever you leave your hotel room, even airport, has no toilet paper. Seems like beach washrooms have them early on in the day but not restocked later on. Especially is you leave the resort, bring a roll and beware, toilets are not clean and kind of gross outside resort.
- Coffee in buffet for breakfast was terrible. Instant machine that makes it, much better at lobby bar. Real coffee served there with alcohol or without and is very tasty. Enjoyed the Spanish coffee they had. Ended up buying a bag of Cuban coffee to take back home.
- Ocean view rooms are worth the price. Nothing blocking your view, nothing like sitting on a chair on the deck watching the ocean.
- Gave gifts to our favorite bar tenders , maids etc. They really appreciated it. Things like nylons, hair stuff, Tylenol, bandaids, kids stuff like coloring books and felts. They prefer Disney related stuff and Dora we were told by the bar tender. When we went to the town, did not see one store to buy stuff so anything you give them, they will take.
- Public beach has beautiful powdered white sand. Other beach on resort is good too though. Bring bananas out with you to feed fish, amazing how once you throw in pieces of the banana, one or two fish come, then 5, then 10 or more. Snorkling is great on both sides, we preferred the public beach as less wavy and rough. Public beach on Saturdays and Sundays has alot of locals that come in on bus, so very crowded and noisy.
- Resort, very clean. Pool area gets very hot, no wind blows through because of the buildings.
- Best tasting mojitos at Lobby bar, see Orlando.
- Evening shows, only went to 2 while we were there. Were very similar and bad lip singing. They were Alright but we seen better in Mexico. We preferred hanging out at the lobby area, they had live music every night.
- Food was good. Good variety. Lots of choices, beef, chicken, fish, pasta grill station, stir fry grill station, fish grill station. After reading all the reviews on how bad Cuban food is, we were amazed to find that it was good, no complaints. They had everything you can think of and the choice was overwhelming. To everyone who complained about the food choices, did you not walk around the buffet area and see the variety. It was not the same thing every day either. You can have something different every day if you choose to.....for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Allowed to go to Tryp and Guillermo Sol hotel. Went to Tryp, much larger resort and more crowded, nice to spend day there but lagoon there stinks. Stagnant water. Guillermo, you have to take a bus too and takes about 30 min. You cannot walk to it.
- A la cartes were ok. Nothing too exciting. Beach al carte (Brazilian) was not too fancy. Supposed to wear pants but I saw a guy wearing shorts in there. So not sure how strict they are on the rules. They offered chicken, beef and seafood. Other a la carte over by buffet was air conditioned which was nice. Offered chicken, beef and seafood meals as well but more fancier presentation that other place. Piano player in there which was nice ambiance.
- Store was small , sold toiletries and some souvenirs as well as alcohol and cigars. Cheap booze, for example $5 or $6 for a bottle of rum. Pretty much same prices as airport.
- 3 or 4 days a week they have booths set up outside with various stuff for sale. Wooden ornaments, keychains, hats, statues, knick nacks, etc. The more you buy, the more better deal they give you. Pretty nice stuff. Alot of one of a kind stuff too which is nice. Husband looked for a tshirt but they did not carry anything larger than a large size. No xtra charge sizes for some reason and mainly medium sizes we found.
- Liquor – bought some on tour when we went to Ciego de Avila city. Hotel has alot of choice too.
- Cigars – buy from hotel. If you buy in town, if it does not have a band on it, they are technically illegal and cannot bring back to Canada. Good choice in hotel though. Note – not as cheap as i thought they would be, ranged in price from $4 each up to $20 each. Cigarettes are cheap though, 60 cents a pack.
Extravaganza tour - $75 adults. Takes you to a Mangrove to ride a speedboat in a channel. Very cool actually. Then went to Ciego De Avila – capital of the province. See a cigar factory, bicycle taxi ride, visit some stores and get to shop at market. Market is not very big, not much selection but might be able to find a couple things if you look. Be aware that there are alot of beggars there that will come right up to you and ask for money and follow the tourists everywhere. Very demanding actually and follow the group as we walk to all the places our tour took us to. Same people we noticed, I think they make out pretty well and probably do this everyday. On the various tour stops they ask for tips where you have lunch, band plays, asks for tips, on sugar cane trip, they ask for tips after they do a dance. Etc. Take lots of dollars with you if you want to give any tips. On sugar cane train ride, get to actually eat sugar cane, which is very tasty! This is in town on Moron, where a lot of the resort workers live, this is where the sugar train ride is located. They get bussed in to Cayo Coco to work – 45 min each way.
Catamaron – $75 adults. Great for snorkling. 2 stops which were amazing. Wow, best snorkling I ever did. Spend 45 min at each location. Wish we stayed longer. Also have open bar and lunch on the catameron. Also get to go to Pilar Beach. They ask for tips (the workers) at end of the ride. Bring lots of suntan lotion, very hot on there. I got pretty good sunburn on this day.
Airport – smallest airport I have ever seen. You can pay $25 and be a VIP but for us it was not worth it as we were only there for one hour. I guess with the VIP you can have free drinks and food up until you board your plane. Airport has alot of shops and souvenirs, also a restaurant. I laughed when I seen that only 3 airplanes were to depart that day, i assume veradero is a bigger airport.
Overall – very good vacation. Weather was great, food was great! Hotel was clean and staff were always friendly. Beaches were amazing and crystal clear water. I would definitely go back here. Very secluded from any towns. From reading all the reviews in the past few months, we were sceptical and leery that we chose this hotel. But you know what, all the bad reviews, were just that, bad reviews. We had no problems at all and enjoyed everything. The week flew by and now we are back home and y’day we received 15 cm of snow........so how depressing is that! Oh well!! Let’s pull out our pictures of our trip and relive the memories!! If you have any questions, feel free to message me and I’ll do my best to answer any questions. Gracias!!
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