I received a great travel question from one of my readers. I thought about it and realized it was probably a question that many of you have as well. So rather than answer individually, I decided to post for everyone. Hope that’s okay ‘Bina
So here it is:
“so I’ve been reading the blog about your travel and I am wondering, if a person plans to do more siteseeing then hanging around the hotel, do you think its ok to go with a 3 star (only time I travel is when I WIN it lol). Quite a few people I know go to Cuba and I think we’re wanting to do a lot of beach stuff and snorkeling etc, and prob NOT hang around the hotel too much (or as little as possible) I also hear the food is not to many people’s liking LOL – I figure I should be able to survive, I’m going to another country and should taste the culture (and not taste mcd’s lol) ….anyways, keep up the travel stuff, I find it interesting”
As I’ve mentioned in previous travel posts, the difference between 3, 4 and 5 star hotels is in the amenities. They range from being able to get food 24hrs a day (5 star) to only being able to get food until 11pm (3 and 4 star). What can you live with and what can you live without? Research the hotel by visiting a few sites like trip advisor and getting feedback from people who have visited the hotel. Complaints are usually lack of food, no wifi, hard bed, lousy beach etc. Remember, some people are just complainers.
This question addresses Cuba so I will say that my impression of Cuba has been that it is clean! The beaches are some of the best I’ve ever visited! The food is not what you can get at home or at other vacation areas like Mexico. However, remember, Cuba imports a lot from places like Chile. They can’t get a ton of product like we do because of political issues.
The main complaint people have about Cuban food is their lack of treats such as potato chips and chocolate bars etc. If you must have something specific then pack it and take it with you. The other food complaint is not being able to get certain foods.
For example, one day you might be able to get orange juice at breakfast time and the next day they are out. You may order beef teryaki off the menu but they bring you chicken teryaki because they have no beef that day. To be sure, just ask them if they have that particular item available that day. Then you won’t have any surprises. They don’t do it on purpose, it’s whatever is available.
If you plan on being away from the hotel for the most part, then choose the star rating that you are comfortable with. My only advice to you would be to book any excursions through the hotel and travel company you arrived with. This will help you to avoid scammers who offer excursions at lower rates and sell you tickets but never show up to take you.
There is tremendous beauty in Cuba and the snorkeling is fabulous! Go, and have a good time!
Note: Always check advisories before you travel http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp