We went there for a week from the 1st of February. Everything was great !
Rooms were cleaned on a daily basis, clean towels and clean sheets every day. We had a room with the Canal view on the 3rd floor. We didn't smell anything too weird and the view was great.
Food was good. I think most people went there with really high expectations and were disappointed thereafter. We on the other hand, read all those negative reviews and were ready to face dirty beaches, smelly rooms and rude staff. It was NOTHING like it. The staff was amiable, some may not smile often but most will ! Yes the tipping does help, but there is no need to tip every time you get a drink or whenever you’ve been served. Most Cuban workers there advised us that we only need to tip when the service was great ! So don’t worry too much but do make sure you get coin pesos to be able to tip them.
Now for the beach : GORGEOUS ! There may have been a straw here or there but it is not dirty, it is formidable ! You need to bring your towel from your room, it’s not given to you at the beach (it’s usually blue/green) and you can ask your maid for a clean one whenever you want.
Drinks : as everyone mentioned earlier, bring your own big cup ! It’s not convenient to keep going back and forth to the bar when you can have a hug drink with you. I got mine from the dollar store, but I also bought one from the “mall” downtown.
Food : It was decent, we didn’t get any pains and I didn’t hear of anyone getting any. I did once find a tiny piece of plastic in one of my plates, but to be honest with you, it happened to me many times in other countries and Montreal itself. Just put it aside and continue eating, or throw the food and get another plate. Do ask for a reservation when you check in for the Italian restaurant and Casa Blanca. I ordered the Russian plate in Casa Blanca, and the Lasagna from the Italian one. They were both very good ! The wine in the regular buffet wasn’t good. But the FRESH orange juice during breakfast was too good to be true ! Go for the omelette in breakfast, they’re really tasty ! As for lunch and dinner, there’s always a different variety of fish, chicken and meat. The burgers at the snack bar were awesome ! especially when you had too much to drink at the beach.
Drinks : We went for Pina Colada most of the time, but the Playa Caleta drink was good and Cristal beer was great, I have never tasted anything like it !
We didn’t have many problems with mosquitos, so I didn’t use my repellent but you might want to bring one just in case. Also, the sun down there is stronger than I expected, so be careful not to burn yourself.
For entertainment, it takes place at 9h30 almost every night, it’s so much fun. Go a bit earlier to get a table in front and be prepared to be asked on stage =P !! Of course if you don’t want to, no one forces you. And after the show, people go on stage and dance. They did have the same CD repeating every night but if you want to have fun, you will !
We went clubbing once to Havana club, it was nice and safe, no problems with anyone. We also took the double decker bus for 5 pesos the whole day, you get to see the market and the mall and some amazing scenes.
Overall, I enjoyed it. I will certainly go back to Playa Caleta ! It’s unforgettable =D
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