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Communist Beach Party

An April 2001 trip to Varadero by Adhominem

Tryp Peninsula Photo, Varadero, Cuba More Photos
Quote: I loaded up on cigars and checked out the beaches in Cuba's tourist paradise.
Tryp Peninsula Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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The Tryp is one of the newer resorts in Varadero, about 15km out of town near a lagoon and wildlife reserve. Like everything else in Cuba's tourist enclaves, it's a strange combination of Western-style luxury and Soviet-style chintz: row after row of enormous brightly colored condos, some 800 rooms in total, abutting a gorgeous white sand beach kept free of the usual hawkers and hustlers by the admittedly unnerving presence of government guards. The rooms, by Cuban standards, are deluxe, though Westerners may chafe a bit at the little things: towel and toilet paper shortages, a few ants in the bathroom, "firm" beds. The facilities are what you'd expect pretty much: lots of pools, lots of bars, lots of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2003

Tryp Peninsula
Punta Hicacos
Varadero, Cuba
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Cuban Cigars

Attraction | "Buying Cuban Cigars"

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If you like cigars, Cuba is obviously the place to get 'em. If you visit Havana, practically everyone you run into on the street will know of a "good deal," but unless you're a real expert, this is a good way to get ripped off . . . counterfeiting cigars is a large and sophisticated industry in Cuba. Prices in any official store or cigar factory are pretty much the same anywhere you go since they're regulated by the government, so for the casual purchaser, you'll probably be fine picking up a box at the airport or on a tour. Keep in mind the customs limitations on cigars you can bring back: usually 50 per person. The Cuban officials DO check quite closely for smuggled or stolen cigar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2003

Cuban Cigars
Various Stores
Varadero, Cuba

Tropicana Club

Attraction | "Tropicana in Havana"

Tropicana Club Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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If you get the chance to check out the Tropicana show in Havana, give it a shot if your budget allows. It costs something like US$80 and is typically part of an overnight tour to Havana for tourists from Varadero . . . independent travelers may be able to wrangle a better deal.

The famous Tropicana Club is an open-roofed setting where seemingly hundreds of very talented Cuban dancers and singers put on the Cuban version of a Las Vegas revue, complete with fireworks and showgirls. Some guys from N'Sync were there the night we went and the showgirls all wanted their autographs afterwards.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2003

Tropicana Club
Havana
Varadero, Cuba