3 independent reviews for Cuba highlights and beach holiday

Reviews for Cuba highlights and beach holiday

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review 10 Jan 2019

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Our time in Trinidad

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Allow more money than we were advised

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It benefited the local economy as everyone wants tips and taxis and meals are not cheap! I would say it is not reducing the environmental impact, quite the opposite.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

The holiday was well organised and all our transfers and accommodation were good bar one at the beginning.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Nicole, Thank you for your feedback, we are happy to hear that you had a great time in Cuba especially in Trinidad and that all the services arranged by us went smoothly. Advising spending money is a bit tricky as due to different individuals spending habits when travelling. We generally advise around 35-45 spending money per person per day. As a communist country Cuba is in the process of learning how to cater to the western world and being tipped is one of the great advantages. We believe its good to help them learn that tips should be received for good service, rather than as a given. Whilst accommodation in the local bed and breakfasts is quite economical, transfers and meals are more expensive as the maintenance of cars is harder and groceries more difficult to come by due to restricted supply. It would be great to hear more detailed feedback regarding the environmental impact of your trip. Whilst your transport by private taxis is less environmentally friendly than the alternative option to travel by public transport, we feel that by staying at local homes and at the Eco-Biosphere Las Terrazas your trip benefited the environment, as opposed to staying in e.g. the government run all-inclusive hotels. Once again, thank you for you review, Nicole, its much appreciated! Warm regards, Jules

review 9 May 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The tours were excellent, much better than we expected.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Don't expect much from Cuban food, don't move around too quickly, be polite- say hola and smile, watch out for stomach problems and go prepared.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, very much so

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent, it was a fantastic trip and we all had a great time

review 24 Apr 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

For me, the highlight was riding through the tobacco lands with the red earth, hot sun and beautiful scenery, or perhaps it was the horse-drawn cart trip to the waterfall and then swimming in the cool, clear water with the birds swooping in and out of their little cave nests.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

If part of your trip involves time an all-inclusive resort, take a large refillable thermos mug (like you might use for take-away coffee). Not only do you get more beer or cocktails every time you fill up, but more importantly it saves on little plastic cups!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Staying in casa particulares definitely benefits the locals and the trips we took involved small local producers, farms and restaurants. The quality all round was excellent.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Exceptionally well organised, lovely knowledgeable local guides and hosts. Cuba was so interesting, plenty to be curious about and people happy to chat. A wonderful experience topped off with a few days of indulgent sun, sea and sand!

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