Just got back from varadero today. Went to Havana and bought some artwork from the market as I always do, and then was stopped from boarding the plane as they wanted to inspect my luggage (painting). After doing so, they asked for a reciept. I explained where I got it and that no reciept was given, where they then told me I had to pay 7 cuc. Now this isn't a lot of money, but it would've been nice to know i needed one and am confused why I've never needed one before.
After this trip, my 6th, I also noticed that everywhere I turned I was being told I needed to tip, put in positions on the excursions where you had to tip, and ignored if I didn't on the resort. Am I crazy or does it feel like varadero is now all about money? I was put off enough that this might be my last trip there.