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“Authentic Cuban Cigars”

Havana Club Cozumel
Ranked #12 of 22 Nightlife in Cozumel
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Owner description: Only place in Cozumel to get Real, authentic Cuban Cigars, accesories. Cuban, Mexican and other countires cigars
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Authentic Cuban Cigars”
Reviewed 8 November 2011

I followed up on this tip and believe these folks sell authentic Cuban cigars. Excellent variety and great humidor. As a cigar fan for many years, I may be mistaken and since it has been a couple of years since I bought some in Amsterdam, the smell, construction and taste of the Monte Cristo, Bolivar and Cohiba sure seemed like the real thing. I examined the stamped boxes and it was consistent from earlier ones I have purchased in the past.

As there are an incredible amount of fraudulent ones, I believe I also purchased an authentic Cuban Bolivar in the tobacco store on the ground floor of the Mega Store.

After purchasing these cigars, I went into one of the small shops that sell souvenir type stuff, the guy attempted to sell me a sample of 5 "Cuban" cigars...there was no humidor and his initial asking price was $100, I told him that I had just purchased some and was not interested in more but he was persistent that I examine them...he opened the small box without hesitation, I obliged him and they were clearly not authentic...by the time I walked out of the store he asked for $5 for the box of 5.

Visited October 2011
4 Thank Craigrv
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Real Cubans and great selection”
Reviewed 16 November 2008

The Havana Club that everyone has been asking about and can't find? It still exists! We went this past week (Nov 14 2008). It moved because of the hurricane, but has relocated to the Forum shop building. It's small, but still has a good humidor and REAL CUBANS.

They also carry a good selection of other Cuban retail things like Paintings by a Cuban painter, maps, humidors, etc. The bar is small but has good liquors and beers. Also a very comfertable couple of leather couches with a nice table. It is a great spot for a couple of friends to chill out away from the party scene for a quiet drink and smoke.

Keep in mind that NO ONE, and I really mean no one, on the Island knows what or where this place is. Heck, I had to add it to Trip Advisor just to write a review. I asked about 5 people at the resort we stayed at and noone could tell me. I called the operator to connect me and she couldn't. My fiancee and I then walked around downtown and asked each bar we stopped at where to find the Havana Club and noone could. We ended up going to the Forum shop building and stumbled upon it. Turns out they moved, then became club Blue, and changed back to Havana club last year.

So to everyone trying to find a Real Cuban cigar on the island, Do not go to any of the small shops. Do not even buy one at your resort (I did and got burnt, see my review of the Wyndham). The only place I know of for sure is the Havana Club.

I did stop into the Havana Cigar Co., which is a shop on the main strip. It didn't sit right even though the cigars appeared geniune. They have a ton of anti-counterfitting propoganda, too much. Also, he comes into the humidor with you and will not leave until you do. They even post signs asking you to not touch the cigars. I can't buy something if I can't inspect it. Stick with the Havana Club, enjoy a great smoke and have a great time.

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