We went to Playa Cayo Santa Maria from Feb.11-18th. Gorgeous weather!! The hotel was VERY nice and VERY clean. All the workers were nice and helpful if they could understand your English. Service isn't fast by any means, you do spend times waiting around for someone to serve you. You are on vacation though, so this shouldn't bug you as you shouldn't be in a rush in the first place. Ride from aiport to hotel is long but they make it entertaining and there is a lot of interesting country to see. Pools are really nice, beach is GORGEOUS!! Pool towels can be hard to get switched so try to keep it as clean as possible. Only downfall would be the food....but you should know ahead of time that you are going to Cuba and food there is known to be not as good. Biggest tip for the food in Cuba is bring your own ketchup!! There ketchup tastes more like runny BBQ sauce, it's gross! I saw other people who had brought their own Heinz ketchup and we'll be doing that for sure next time. At the buffet you can find things to eat to fill you up, but its not like it's amazing food or anything. It's not that the food is horrible, it just has a different taste and different standard than that of North American food. Know this going in and you will survive with their food. A la Carte's are much better than the buffet so enjoy those while your there. The nightly entertaining is slightly boring...Most of the night all they did was nice, and it seemed to be the same dance but the dancers were just in a different costume every night. At least there is some entertainment, but to improve they could switch it up a lot more than they did. We went swimming with the dolpfins while we were there...AMAZING! You actually get to hold onto their fins while they swim around, definitely worth the money!! Overall, great vacation! Amazing hotel, beach, and great drinks! Would definitely recommend!! :)
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