Yes, I’m back and my paleness is temporarily gone (hooray!)
It was such a great vacation because for 7 days, I was just chilling & relaxing by the beach eating, drinking, and making Cuban friends – a much needed getaway. Here’s a recap on my trip and a review, hopefully it’ll be helpful to those thinking about travelling there!
Tuxpan Hotel (Click here for Tripadvisor Pg) – 20/30 min from the airport, beachfront, 2 pools, 3 restaurants, amazing staff & standard rooms. I heard the rooms on 3rd & 4th floors are the best ones though!
Weather: The weathernetwork said it would be raining with thunder storms everyday (because it is hurricane season) but no thunderstorms at all. Because it’s so hot there, it is expected for rain everyday but while we were there, there was a min shower on about 2 of the days. Almost everyday we had clear skies & amazing sunshine :)
Resort Rooms: Beds were clean and made everyday, pretty standard sized room and you get your own balcony. it’s just outdated but what do you expect from a developing country? You don’t spend much time in the rooms (hopefully not…) so don’t expect a 5 star. Tip your maid everyday and she will go above and beyond to make your stay a great one.
Food: I was aware that Cuba isn’t the best for food, but I think we got lucky at the resort we stayed at because the food was pretty yummy! I stayed away from the pastas but stuck to fresh fish, stirfry beef and chicken. The a la carte restaurant had better food as well – I had a shrimp dinner there.
Drinks: I took a travel mug with me as my friend told me to – the cups they pour your drinks in is a small cup. This saves you from going to the bar every two seconds!
Beach: OMG! This was definitely the best part of the trip. The beach was a 5 min walk from our room. It was just perfect with white sand and crystal clear water. Don’t drink it though, it’s super salty…. but it made my skin so clear! A few workers from the resort approached us to sell us coconuts – definitely buy some. You can get 2 coconuts for really cheap and it will hydrate you like no tomorrow!
Excursions: We did a safari excursion, which included horseback riding, bull riding, speedboating, lunch, cave swimming, and snorkeling in the coral reefs – this is for the whole day. It is worth the $$$ because it’s so fun and you get to drive a jeep!
Overall, I loved the experience – both at the resort and outside the resort as it opened my eyes to how the locals live there (through driving around with the excursion). They really appreciate your tip and any gifts so take some toiletries and clothing/shoes/makeup that you don’t use!
If you’re thinking about going to Cuba, don’t hesitate and go enjoy the experience as it is affordable and relaxing. I suggest going to the resort I stayed at since I had such a good time there! We booked with Tripcentral.ca and they were SO helpful and accommodating so i want to mention them here :)