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Beautiful men and women from Proyecto El Divino, professional dancers and models accompany artists, singers, and musicians, offer their art. Perfect space for flirting and having a great time. Paseo and 39St, Vedado. The best models and male strippers in Cuba can be seen there, together with comedians and singers, also members of Proyecto El Divino.
O and 23, Vedado. Cine Club Diferente: Past screenings have included Outrage, Harvey Milk, and Verde Verde, the Cuban film which shows how far things have come since Fresa y Chocolate and how far we still have to go.
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Stick around for the lively audience debate following. Fashion Bar Habana: Nothing short of gorgeous, especially when performing scantily clad, which happens after the 11pm drag show in a rare homoerotic dance spectacle. San Juan de Dios, esq. Escaleras al Cielo: This is one of the few places with pole dancing, replete with provocatively dressed performers—both men and women.
Stairway to Heaven indeed. What this place has going for it are the comfortable seating areas—especially the terrace balcony and the living room in the back—cool music, arty atmosphere, and yummy desserts. There are ancient typewriters, radios, and other curios hanging from the walls, a bathtub for two they lay a board across it for easy access to your cocktails , and an old American car for kicking back with a cappuccino.
Even being open air, I still found it just stunk in the lobby.
Beware of the front desk clerks. They are generally unfriendly, but even more annoying is that they are often trying to shortchange you when you change your currency. On one occasion, when getting less than I expected back, I asked about the rate. Without her uttering a word, she reached in and grabbed a 3 CUC bill and gave it to me. No apology, nothing. She knew she had been caught out.
Count your change, and ask for the rate!! So, good location, good food, good beach I would go back. Well, where to start FOOD For a two star, the food was good. No illness, and managed to find a selection of food we liked at each meal bonus: The architecture is something else I have happily slept in dorms in Tibet, ate supper while sitting on dirt floors in India, rode chicken buses in Africa, and swam in my in-ground private pool in Costa Rica.
It is a 1 hr, 45 minute bus ride from the Varadero airport to the hotel because the bus stops at Jibacoa Breeezes first. I understand the attraction. I work in criminal justice so I have heard all the justifications for sexual exploitation. But in the end, sexual exploitation of third world youth is wrong. And those predators should be exposed back home. The one working elevator of this concrete Soviet block has the floor tiles partially peeled off. The food is mostly salads, breads, and over-cooked meat in sauces. The typical room has 2 single beds, broken doors, walls patched in stucco with various colors of patched white paint.
Count you money at the front desk when changing money. Ask to see the calculator they use. All the women at the front desk have lots of gold. It came from their shoddy accounting. But if you want a back-packers adventure stay here. We met lots of Cubans and laughed constantly with our dive masters. Had a great time. We brought and left 2 duffle bags of new Wal-Mart clothes for the staff children. Havana is very close which is why you stay here.
Taxis want 30 CUC to take you into Havana.
The older blond beside Cuba Car Rental in the hotel will book your ticket. She is a poor source of information. The glitter show ends at midnight ….
There is a dive shop with Marlin 2km away in Tarara but it is closed given they are repairing the little harbor there. Across the road from the hotel is a Marlin beach set-up as well but no diving because they are attached to the Tarara site. But the blond women can book you diving with locals but she does not seem to understand that a days diving and a 2 tank dive day is the same thing.
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When our dive master Nelson arrived, he brought only 1 tank for the each of us, and because he came from Havana, that limited the dive to 1 tank that day. Not the first time she was confused I have been told. Plus 10 CUC each person for transportation to the sites. The following 2 days we did 2 tank dive days through a friend of Nelson because he was not available.
These people work out of Hemingway in Havana. All dives were shore dives because they do not have licenses to take foreigners out in boats. They are Padi. They took us east about 10 km to near Santa Cruz del Nord to a place they called Oil Wells and we dove to 51ft. Bring your full wetsuit, you will be crawling out of the water onto rock coral in a surf.
We went west about 10km to the Russian Village concrete apartment blocks. You walk down broken concrete stairs into the surf and swim out meters to descend 58 ft. Another day we went down ft to see anchors from by-gone square rigger sailing ships. The diving is very good. Only Cozumel was better for the large fish. But here we found a very large variety of corals, flora and fauna. At least 4 adult drums and highhats, lemon rays, puffers, plus all the usual little fish. Only saw 2 adult Queen Angelfish. The Russian Village was slightly the best.
I will return for the diving here. Because it was not a cattle boat dive, the 3 of us had time to look at the details on the reefs. There is limited snorkeling at Hotel Tripicoco.. Straight out from the hotel bech, meters, about at least 10 ft below are grasses and limited coral rocks.
You can see some blueheads and sergeants, but the distance below makes the view poor. If you walk the beach 1. There are fish in the deep dead coral ridges here and lots of red algae, but it is quite a walk. I find your writing of great interest for the readers who travel with the intention of practicing scuba diving. In fact, Cuba,as a tourist destination, offers multiple options for the active traveller and, in my opinion, diving is one of the most attractive. I am sorry that you have such a bad impression of our hotel.
Obviously I do not intend to change your opinion, but I have to add some comments for readers who might be potential clients of Tropicoco. In regards to the atmosphere in the hotel, like the age of guests and purpose of their visit, there is already plenty written in other comments with opposing views. But sometimes I wonder: If our clientele is varied and of all ages, if we are visited by sports teams, groups celebrating family events, businessmen in long stays, couples in honeymoon, middleaged couples in vacation, female individual travellers, etc.
I feel that your comment on our food is misleading. The dishes on each of our buffet meals would be too long to ennumerate here. Lunch and Dinner always have, at least: By the way, the old floor in the elevator has already been replaced by linoleum. Hopefully, James S, you will not loose the adventurous spirit and will visit us again. You will be most welcome.
We went to the Tropicoco last year for a week, and enjoyed it so much that we are returning next month and taking two other people with us.