My favourite activity at El Senador, Cayo Coco was walking along the beautiful, white sand beach looking for seashells to bring home. Not only did we get exercise to walk off all those calories from the "All You Can Eat Buffet" but we walked in the crystal clear ocean and enjoyed the view up and down the island. For swimming I preferred the very large pool closest to our room but the beach was lovely to walk along. The El Senador Resort also has a bar on the beach specifically for its' guests. There is also a beach restaurant that you can go to in your bathing suit. The grilled cheese sandwiches are excellent there. :-)
Fondest memory: The best memory I have of Cayo Coco is of the people we met. The Cuban people are very special people indeed. The staff always went out of their way to make our stay as perfect as possible. The maid would make our room up differently every day including making swans out of the towels and placing them on the bed, or putting tropical flowers on our pillows. Once we got to know one of the waitresses, we made sure we sat in her section every day for breakfast and lunch and we learned all about her and her family. The pool bartender was the best and he shared with us all about his family as well. Many of the staff could speak enough English that you could understand them but I brushed up on as much Spanish as I could so that I could communicate better with these wonderful people. "Hola" is heard all around the complex as staff greet the guests.
For an unforgetable treat book a room on stilts over the lagoon, they have the most amazing sunset views and add a special touch to your holiday.
Fondest memory: Watching the most amazing sunsets from my own balcony overlooking the lagoon.
The poeple were so absolutely warm and friendly. One think I would recommend is that anyone going to Cuba should take along with them presents for the hotel workers.
This can consist of anything from chewing gun to toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc. Anything that is a necessity that we take for granted they love receiving. If you have any old clothes to take in an extra suitcase this is also adviseable as they are very appreciative of the gesture and you will be treated like gold!!!!! We received fantastic treatment and the staff could not do enough for us because of little things we did for them.
Fondest memory: Swimming at 4am after a night of partying in the ocean watching the sun come up.
Get to the beach early to stake your claim on a bath chair and don't worry about leaving your towel, sandels, magazine or anything there because it will still be there hours later untouched.
Fondest memory: The blueness of the sea and sky are undescrible. The post cards don't lie. And it doesn't matter what time of the day or night you go there the sound of the surf and peacefulness of the beach is something that will stay with me forever
And if you go to Tryp make sure that you do the horse back ride at sunset. They only charge $30.00 US for the horse back ride, and dinner with live music on a private beach . Then you ride back to your hotel on the beach in front of the other large hotels
Bring small bills ( $1, $5...) since you will only use money to tip around the hotel, and to but yourself souvenirs and to rent such things as mopeds. The only currency that you can use is USD.
If you are addicted to sweets (like gum, chocolate, cookies...) bring your own. The selection in the hotels is very limited, so if you like munching on M$M's or whatever...take some with you....
Also, as far as tips, you don't have to tip but it is nice....and a few dollars here can go a long way with the locals.
Favorite thing: Enjoy the beaches and the sunshine! The resort that we booked had a couple of miles of fine sandy beach all to itself with that beautiful clear tropical water. There are various water sports to enjoy as well, such as sailboarding, beach volleyball, etc. Photo of a small portion of the beachfront.
Favorite thing: The most beautiful beach I have ever stayed on, long white sand that never seemed crowded. Turquoise sea so clear you could watch the fish swim near you and very shallow and safe for children.