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  • TorontoJulia
    Toronto, Canada6 contributions
    I visited Paradisus Rio De Oro Resort & Spa hotel with the group of friends from August 22-29, 2023.

    This was my 1-st visit and the last one.

    It is nice property but the beach in common section is pretty small and the part of it is rocky.
    During my stay there were not many visitors (I never saw such an empty hotel before) so you always could find the place in the shade or under the sun.

    The service was pretty good. My room request was granted and I had the room on the 2-nd floor in the building close to the lobby. The stairs in the room have to be marked for safety reasons as at night people could fall.

    The main concern here was the food (breakfast) and the entertainment.

    Not too many options for the breakfast, even the eggs were not there for 2 days and the cooks had to use the egg powder
    instead. The cheeses and cold meats variety were very poor. Even the crusted bread which is usually so good in Cuba was not there.
    The vegetables selection was almost non-existent: shredded carrots, beets, cucumber, corn (from can) and mushrooms (from can). As for fruits the guests could choose from guava, watermelon, papaya and mango. I've never had such sweet and juicy mango as in Paradises, papaya and watermelon were also good. The banana smoothie which is very delicious in Cuba could not be prepared as bananas were missing. Also Pina Colada and Mojito could not be prepared most of the time because of the ingredients shortages. Brandy, Gin, Cognac, Ron, Whiskey, Vermouth and beer were always in the bar. Coffee was pretty good too.

    Because of the small number of guests the main buffet was working mostly for the breakfast we were given opportunity to visit the restaurants for the dinner and this was very good choice as all the restaurants had good menu with sea food and beef/pork/chicken which were delicious and presented in a nice manner. We visited El Patio, Mediterraneo, Tsuru and Los Helechos. I would recommend to visit all of them if possible. We dined at the main buffet twice and the variety was good and plentiful. The ice-cream was very delicious too.

    One dinner was set close to the pool and the pool show followed. The dinner was delicious and the show beautiful and very professional.
    In 1 week we saw 3 shows only and in the evening guests were pretty bored.

    Overall this was not bad experience but the price/quality ratio was not the best here. It is for sure not 5 *hotel even by Cuban ranking.
    I paid around $1380 for the single and for CAD $200-$300 cheaper could have the same experience in other 4-4.5 * Cuba hotels.
    Written 30 August 2023
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  • evs376y
    Swansea, UK111 contributions
    Visited Cayo Blanco with my Fiancée while we were on holiday in Cuba and have to say what an amazing island this was! The beach/sea and palm trees were like something from the bounty advert! The animals on the island were also quite amazing,to see them casually walking amongst people was quite surreal at times. Definitely recommend a visit here if on holidays in Cuba, you won't regret it
    Written 11 September 2023
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  • Maria D
    3 contributions
    Beautiful views , worth the visit . Climb down is slippery but there is a handrail to hold on to . $5 American to get in. But once your there it is breathtaking
    Written 7 September 2023
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  • donna V
    3 contributions
    we did the swim in the cave as a part of the Jeep Safari excursion, it was nice to see and swim in the cave, i wish the step into the water wasn't broken, it was a little difficult to get in and out of but i did manage and it was worth it
    Written 4 March 2023
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  • Nathan Correia
    Leamington, Canada2 contributions
    Very beautiful park. Relaxing and peacefull aswell. I saw some people boating in the lake and I spent a bit relating in the shade their. Definitely would recommend to go if looking for a relaxing place to just chill.
    Written 3 September 2022
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  • Philipp B
    3 contributions
    Good snorkling trip! We thought our smartphone was lost but we found it later in the bag... They tried to find it and went to every place we've been to. Honest people, very good snorkling instructor.
    We recommend this activity! Thanks for having us :)
    Written 19 September 2023
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  • Traveller314
    Edmonton, Canada238 contributions
    We stopped in for a look when out exploring Varadero. It was interesting. Lots of different rum to choose from.
    Written 4 January 2023
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  • deb1617
    Halifax, Canada4 contributions
    Staff were amazing! Fun day and there was an added bonus of stopping at a private beach for an hour on the way back (which was not part of the excursion before). Great way to spend a day! And very affordable
    Written 22 May 2023
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  • Lissette R
    Kearny, NJ187 contributions
    Nice artisan market. The pricing was better here than in Habana artisan markets and stores. I purchased a domino set and it was 3x the amount of money in Habana. I a;lso got some Cuba bracelets for $1 each. Great buys and supports the local people.
    Written 8 June 2023
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  • Jonna R
    9 contributions
    You are not coming here for the quality of drinks or service. You are coming so you can smile ear to ear hearing a wide variety of American and British rock and roll classics sung and performed well by people who clearly are in love with the music and practice until they own it. We went twice: as is to be expected, it was more packed and the band of higher caliber on the weekend than on a weeknight. But hearing Guns'n'Roses, The White Stripes, and classic rock from the 50's and 60's being sung so well and exuberantly with a Cuban accent/flair was quite a pleasure. Songs ranged from the '50s to the '90s and beyond.
    Written 4 August 2023
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  • Magenta56
    Cheshire,England229 contributions
    We walked to the Eco reserve in 15 minutes from our hotel the Royalton Hicacos. The entrance was $5 each. We were given a map of the "Muslims Trail" which had points of interest which were marked with a corresponding number, all in English. I found it informative and probably wouldn't have noticed things with out the numbers. We enjoyed seeing the bats in the caves. It was all very dry and brown when we were there in March, apparently there has been no rain since October. I would have liked to have seen the reserve in a greener month but enjoyed the trip. You need good soled shoes though.
    Written 29 March 2023
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  • happy Diver
    Varadero, Cuba2 contributions
    All cruises and Havana trips
    Multilingualism
    good service
    And a great crew
    Respect for appointments
    Smile
    Great vacation
    Written 26 November 2022
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  • Mike F
    2 contributions
    A very plain but beautiful church. The mass was very special and the sermon was moving. I loved the open windows and doors and the sights and sounds surrounding the church.
    Written 20 April 2022
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  • Belle T
    Cambridge, Ontario Canada121 contributions
    There is something for everyone. Several very good restaurants such as a Tapas Bar, Italian and Seafood and International restaurant. The International Restaurant was excellent and reasonably priced. Coffee Roasting Cafe, ice cream parlour, small grocery store, liquor store, bank and money exchange, clothing stores and even a Perfumeria.
    As it is right on the water there is a beautiful Marina with Private pleasure boats and catamarans for the all day trips.
    Written 21 March 2022
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  • Getaway665542
    1 contribution
    Had a great conversation and was impressed by work and the talent of the artists on display. Highly recommended.
    Written 1 January 2019
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