On Wednesday, we spoke with a representative of the Ministry of Tourism at the all-inclusive resort Sol Palmeras. Sol Palmeras was built in 1990 and was the first joint venture property in Cuba. Currently, there are 20,224 hotel rooms in Varadero with 16% of them belonging to a joint venture. […]

Cuba Trip Update: Trinidad presentations
March 24, 2015

Arriving in Trinidad we were welcomed into Julio Munez’s casa for a night’s stay and our research presentations. It was intriguing and welcoming to see how Julio rearranged all furniture and managed to set up a projector just for us. Shortly after, the room was flooded with many locals including […]

Cuba Trip Update: Sol Palmeras
March 24, 2015

Staying at an all inclusive resort is a very distinct experience. The demographic includes many mature couples and families, which may be a result of the economical nature of such stays. For many of us this was our first time staying in an all inclusive resort. After visiting Havana, the […]

Cuba Trip Update: Visit to Trinidad
March 24, 2015

Friday morning we left the city of Cienfuegos and traveled one hour to another world heritage site: Trinidad. Founded in 1514, it was one of the first Spanish cities in the island.¬†Because of how well it is preserved, Trinidad is also known as the “city museum of Cuba”. Last year, […]

Cuba Trip Update: Trip to Cienfuegos
March 24, 2015

Hotel Rancho Luna is the best beach resort in Cienfuegos, and the second best hotel in the city. For being built in the early 1980s, the property and its 234 rooms are in fairly good condition. The hotel is an all inclusive resort with 3 bars, one of those being […]

Cuba Trip Update: Farewell dinner
March 24, 2015

Our farewell dinner in Cuba was at an outdoor restaurant called La Barraca in Hotel Nacional facing the Havana Malecon. It seemed surreal that our trip was finally coming to an end, and we were able to share our final Cuban dinner with live Cuban music. I will miss having […]