We have travelled to many different resorts in different countries, and while at a resort in Varaderothird time in Cuba my Husband was propositioned by the Maids' Helper. I am deaply offended by this type of action, and will never go back. Has anyone else had this problem, and how should we have handled this?
Great Hotel, we slept outside the main-hotel in the "German-Enclave" only a few meters to the lovely beach. At night there were so many shooting stars. The canadians are very very nice people.
For tourists, the museum piece aspect of Cuba is a big part of the appeal. But hurry, the tourist brochures scream, the Yankees will soon be coming to spoil it all! Cuba saw a 14 per cent jump in the number of tourists visiting the island from January to May this year, no doubt partly attributable to the calls from travel magazines to head to the island before Starbucks and McDonalds pop up everywhere.
When somebody mentions Cuba, there are several associations that people usually think of, things like Cuban cigars, rum, their well known rhythms or revolution and Che Guevara; communism. There is absolutely nothing wrong with connecting all that to the idea of Cuba, but the truth is that Cuba offers much much more. Probably combination of it all, but either way more than good for anyone traveling to Cuba. The thing that any future Cuban explorer should have are basics in Spanish, if not then good Spanish dictionary is a part of compulsory baggage, their English is really not good.
Cuba is generally extremely safe for travelers. Single travelers face no real specific threats or dangers. That said, don't throw common sense out the window.
They never seem to have any trouble attracting girls where ever they go. Of course they're expecting to meet Cuban girls in Varadero too and want to know if it would be okay to invite them onto the resort. We'll be staying at the Barcelo Solymar.
Just got back from Varadero. Met a Cuban guy on the street and got hooked up with this 21 year old girl, same age as me. I just loved everything about her. I have seen her twice after, she hugged me and kissed me and took photos but nothing else as she was too scared to do anything during day time because of the police.
For the first thirty years after the triumph of his revolution, Fidel Castro championed Cuba as a model socialist society. Gone were the casinos, the bootlegging Americans, the mafia, and the brothels they frequented. Socialist society, he claimed, is superior to capitalism.
At Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport, 25 km west of Varadero, I am interviewed by a customs agent dressed in a military uniform. All business. We exchange pleasantries for seemingly a long time, and I wonder if I am ever going to gain access. Finally, after observing him write close to a Hemingway short story on my arrival, I am allowed access to the airport door to Cuba and confronted immediately outside with my first piece of hospitality, a young fellow enthusiastically hawking beer.