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First visit to Varadero - Cuba - Puntarena Resort

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My husband and teenage daughter decided to try Cuba this year. I am coming back from my trip not knowing if I liked it or not. At the Puntarena Resort, the employees don't seem to be too happy because very few of them ever smile. And some employees are downright rude like the bartender on the Paradiso Side of the Pool. Some employees working at the buffet are very nice when you tip them. You definitely see an upgrade in their service. You go to that resort thinking that this is an all-inclusive resort, well think again, if you don't tip you get the minimum of what they can give you!!! We stayed there 2 weeks and I have never felt more like a money-giving machine than in Cuba. We went on tours (Catemaran, Havana Colonial and Challenge tours) these were quite fun except that little music bands are always running after you for money, you go to the bathroom, they give you the toilet paper and ask for a little tip. They bring you to bars and restaurants where you will pay more than anywhere else for beverages. And when Cubans talk about their way of life, the only common thing that comes out of their mouths is that OUR TIPS MAKE THEM HAVE THE MINIMUM THEY NEED TO LIVE. You kind of get the picture after a while. I visited Mexico twice, the Dominican Republic twice, are these 2 countries have far lower living standards and never have we felt that we had to give tips everytime we went to the bar, or for food in buffet restaurant or even to get some ice-cream. Anyways, I will go spend my money elsewhere in the coming years. Where it is really appreciated.

Lynne

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