Caribbean and Central America Travel Guide

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See all 463 Varadero Tips
  • Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Varadero Things to Do

    The most obvious thing to do in Varadero is to spend hours soaking up the sun on the sand in front of the turquoise sea. Certainly the widest and the longest beach I saw in Cuba, plenty of room for everyone except perhaps in front of the "all inclusive" hotels. Along the beach though there are plenty of sunshades and here and there are renters of...

  • Sandals Royal Hicacos

    Varadero Hotels

    SANDALS Varadero NOT More than a 3 STAR !!” Think 2 Twice as we were just there Recently and Only...

  • Cuban Food

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Varadero Restaurants

    Don Alex is a fairly new, privately owned restaurant in downtown Varadero. It is just off 1st Avenue. Their large menu features Italian and International dishes. Our large group (Feb/13) sampled several pizzas as well as the spaghetti with garlic tomato sauce. Everything was prepared exactly as ordered and the taste was outstanding. The camarones...


San Juan

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  • Old San Juan

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Juan Things to Do

    Sandwiched between La Perla Barrio and San Cristobal this cemetery is considered one of the most picturesque of burial grounds anywhere. The cemetery is particularly noteworthy for its elaborate tombstones and the circular red domed neoclassical chapel dedicated to Mary Magdalen, which dates back to the late 19th century. This is the burial place...

  • Hotel El Convento

    San Juan Hotels

    Let me begin by saying that Hotel El Convento is absolutely beautiful. The colonial-era architecture...

  • Metropol

    4 out of 5 stars

    San Juan Restaurants

    Metropol is the worst restaurant in Isla Verde. My husband, my son and me went there and they served us a fish full of worms. We notify them and they said nothing at all and after all this we have to pay 74.00 for the food. Not Recommended. NONE



See all 1631 Havana Tips
  • Malecon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Havana Things to Do

    Malecon is Havana's refreshing beauty. It stretches for several kilometers, embracing Havana Vieja and Central Havana and Vedado. It makes a refreshing stroll, with beautiful views of the sea, and a chance to see locals in their relaxing time. Fishing, strolling, courting or just gazing at the vast sea. If you keep your camera focused on the road...

  • NH Parque Central

    Havana Hotels

    This is a jewel of a hotel, located just a block or two away from Old Havana, and the shops of Calle...

  • La Bodeguita del Medio

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Havana Restaurants

    If you're looking for a place with live music and what looks like half the tourists in Havana trying to crowd into the open downstairs bar (and the rest dancing in the street outside) so they can try what are supposed to be the premiere mojitos in the City, look no further! Yes, it is said that Papa Hemingway did some of his drinking here -- you...


Punta Cana

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  • Snorkeling and Scuba

    Punta Cana Things to Do

    Dreams Palm Beach is a very beautiful cozy hotel, with an amazing beach and a tremendous customer service, we would highly recomend it. My wife and I had an remarkable vacation last year. The weather in nov and dec is cooler than usual, normally in the high 80s. Concerning watersports and excursionwise you should get in touch with the guys at...

  • Dreams Punta Cana

    Punta Cana Hotels

    On the evening of May 10th, 2014, there was a gas explosion at the Dreams Resort and Spa in Punta...

  • Capitàn Cook

    5 out of 5 stars

    Punta Cana Restaurants

    For $45pp/usd-you get transportation to and from hotel, fries, salad, all the wine, rum and mamajuanas you can drink and oh yeah don't forget the 2 foot diameter plate of seafood-lobster, shrimp, prawns, crab, calamari, oyster, clams and scallops-2 people/plate-Awesome food-you also get a roaming marachi trio,and did I mention the mamajuanas???...



See all 680 Nassau Tips
  • Atlantis at Paradise Island

    Nassau Things to Do

    Overall, Atlantis was the worst vacation experience we've ever had. We would never recommend Atlantis to anyone and especially not the All-Inclusive plan. Every aspect of our vacation was sub-standard compared with the many other All-Inclusive vacations we've been on. Atlantis is overrated and overpriced, terrible experience. 1-We were not told...

  • Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort &...

    Nassau Hotels

    We spent our honeymoon here in August 2006. This is an adult, couples-only, all-inclusive resort,...

  • Bahamian Food

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Nassau Restaurants

    Out of all the restaurants we ate at, Twin Brothers was the best. We loved the conch fritters (Bahamian specialty) and the strawberry daiquiris (the best). The drinks (non-alcoholic) were made with fresh ingredients. You can mix and match your desired fruit i.e. mango/strawberry, pineapple/mango, etc … The first time we went the waitress was nice,...


Santo Domingo

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  • Zona Colonial - Old Town

    Santo Domingo Things to Do

    Amber is a vegetable fossil resin that when hardened becomes a semi precious gem used in jewelry. The range of its colors go from pale yellowish to bright red, and more rarely green and blue. It differentiates from Baltic amber in the tree where they're originated from. Larimar is a variety of pectolite rock, blue/turquoise, that's only found in...

  • Melia Santo Domingo

    Santo Domingo Hotels

    My sister and I spent a week at this great hotel in December 2006. We got a very cheap rate booking...

  • El Conuco

    4 out of 5 stars

    Santo Domingo Restaurants

    Gloria (the guide) asked us if we wanted to shop, and I said no, so we got back into the car and drove to a restaurant called El Conusco. She said this is where all the tours go for lunch. It is well set up for large groups of people and has a buffet of national foods for people to eat. Egarrido explained to me that the word "conuco" is a Taino...


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See all 403 Curaçao Tips
  • Beaches

    Curaçao Things to Do

    I had originally planned to visit Playa Knip, than walk to Playa Lagun on foot, but it turned out to be a lot further than I thought, so we ended up taking the bus here on our last day. This beach, named after the clam and beautiful lagoon on which it sits, is most famous for its spectacular snorkeling, which is said to be the best on the entire...

  • Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort,...

    Curaçao Hotels

    just perfect!!!! service and Quality!!!!!!!!

  • Pirate Bay (formerly Hooks Hut)

    4 out of 5 stars

    Curaçao Restaurants

    I dropped in on the Pirate Bay Beach Club and Restaurant on two occasions. This was largely because I wanted to get out of the Marriot and its over priced drinks and because this place was just a ten minutes walk away. It is a safe walk even after dark. I was asked this by two American women so I will state it here. Although called a club...



See all 454 Negril Tips
  • Rick's Cafe

    4 out of 5 stars

    Negril Things to Do

    Me and my wife Amy recently decided to go on the Negril Sunset Day Tour with Travel Around Jamaica Tours from the Beaches Resort in Montego Bay. And were extremely pleased with the amazing customer service we received from our driver, Garnet who was very friendly and knowledgeable about the different tourist locations we went to during our voyage...

  • Beaches Negril

    Negril Hotels

    went on the 15-21st of may. Today i find out im overdrafting and i got a call from fraud alert....

  • A Mall for tourists

    Negril Shopping

    It seems to exist a great dualism in Jamaica's life - tourists for one side, locals for the other. Anywhere else I saw a so distinctive commercial structure, with malls exclusively for tourists. Was it a wrong idea?This mall, as several other that I visited, has almost nothing to sell in common life - only jewels and touristy staff. I felt cold, in...


San José

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  • National Theater

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San José Things to Do

    On Monday, one of the things we did was a tour of the National Theatre (which was being renovated, so it wasn’t really a tour, and we didn’t pay for it because the guard at the entrance wasn’t there) and had lunch there ($12.91 for 2 including tip). I didn't take many photos because everything was shrouded with dust cloths. A photo of the front of...

  • Adventure Inn

    San José Hotels

    We stayed at the Adventure Inn for one night in early September. It was the last day of our visit to...

  • Nuestra Tierra

    4 out of 5 stars

    San José Restaurants

    A nice, huge restaurant on a busy street corner on the east side of the city. Kind of touristy, with traditional dancers dancing during the busy dinnertime. Good enough though. Grilled pollo w/rice & beans and a potato salad I think.


Caye Caulker

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Montego Bay

See all 245 Montego Bay Tips
  • Doctor's Cave Club

    Montego Bay Things to Do

    This beach club is just what the doctor ordered...seriously...some docter liked the place so much he bought it and then donated it back to the city of Montego Bay. And after spending three days relaxing at the said beach club I can understand why. With its well maintained beach and its perfectly still turquoise waters Doctor's Cave is the best non...

  • Round Hill Hotel & Villas

    Montego Bay Hotels

    I got to stay one night (only one night boo!). We arrived at night and left after breakfast. I did...

  • Buses and shared taxies

    Montego Bay Transportation

    Knutsford Express has up to 9 buses to Kingston, Ocho Rios and Falmouth, two buses per day to Negril and some other places, buses have AC, wifi and toilet and you can book online. Shared taxies are quite reasonable and run when full, if starting in the center they have different spots from where they leave to a particular area, towards 'Iron...


Ocho Rios

See all 277 Ocho Rios Tips
  • Dunn's River Falls

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Ocho Rios Things to Do

    It's the top attraction of Ocho Rios, and maybe of Jamaica. Advertised as among the most famous falls in the world, we must be aware that it comes from the fun of climbing it, and not for its spectacularity. There is no comparison for instance with Niagara or Iguaçu falls, but along its 180 meters there's always people laughing. The water is...

  • Couples Tower Isle Ocho Rios

    Ocho Rios Hotels

    We got married on the beach at the all inclusive Couples Tower Island on 10/2/10. I cannot say...

  • Beaches

    Ocho Rios Things to Do

    Beaches are the best program in Caribe and Ocho Rios is no exception. Our resort had a couple of artificial beaches and a natural good one, but the best that I saw out of Negril was Dunn's River beach. Everybody concentrates in the falls and forget the beach, what is unfair. It´s really a very good beach, a few kilometers west of town.


Cayo Coco

See all 92 Cayo Coco Tips
  • Snorkeling

    Cayo Coco Things to Do

    With Thomas Cook we also went on the "Colourful Cuba" day trip which was good value for money. After arriving in "Moran" the nearest main town (where most of the workers at the hotel complex are from), we embarked upon a horse and cart which took us through the streets of "Moran". The trip then carried on and included a visit to an old Sugar Cane...

  • Melia Cayo Coco

    Cayo Coco Hotels

    7 Jan - 14 Jan 2015 This was my first time to Cuba and my first time to an all inclusive resort. ...

  • Buying cigars

    Cayo Coco Shopping

    You can also buy them at the airports if you want to take them home with you.Be careful about buying from the locals, a friend of mine bought a box of Monticristo #4's off one of the hotel help, everything proper but they had to be seconds as half of them had next to no draw.I have bought mine in Havana at the Melia Cohiba for the last 6 years,...



See all 110 Holguín Tips
  • Dolphins

    Holguín Things to Do

    A great once in a lifetime experience and only $99 pesos. Time is spent swimming and interacting with the dolphins....lots of opportunity for your guide to take pictures with your camera. We also brought an underwater camera. Included in the tour is a dolphin show and a sea lion show.

  • Playa Pesquero Hotel

    Holguín Hotels

    When I consider how ?good? a hotel is, I like to compare my experience to how much I?ve paid for...

  • State Owned Restaurants

    3 out of 5 stars

    Holguín Restaurants

    This place has not been in the guidebooks I have seen as it is relatively new. It has a covered area for dollar paying guests and another patio style area for people wanting to pay in pesos. I thought it was going to be much more expensive than it was but most entrees were about $3-6. Not sure about the peso menu. Service was polite but the food...


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    Dec 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    I really wish they had these two regions separate, because it's difficult to write about each one as a whole, but that's just my opinion.

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