This was my worst vacation in the South, however two in our group of three managed to enjoy at least part of the trip and disagree with my review.
The property is rather worn out. Leaky roofs everywhere: in our room, in the restaurant, in the lobby. Rain water makes pools on the walkways (and it rained a lot!). This may have contributed to the horrible smells in parts of the property. The area near the beach grill/bar stank of feces and a few other spots seemed to have rotting carcases just out of view.
Our room had no alarm clock, no coffee maker, and the TV remote would occasionally stop working. Like in most resorts, the matresses are too soft, which gave me a back pain.
Food is the same every day. Coffee seemed to be made out of dregs, and one afternoon they ran out of even that! When I asked for a scotch I was given something made in Brazil. Most drinks (even soft ones) are cheap knock-offs of the real stuff.
One day I saw a waiter not washing his hands after peeing, but rather going straight back to serving in the restaurant.
We went to Tryp Cayo Coco for the water sports and found they only had 3 Hobie 15 catamarans which had to be booked in advance, and were restricted to 30 min per day per room. Also they insisted to put a staff member onboard. We never sailed. Windsurfing: they had two boards, but only one sail (4.5 sq m). No motor boat for rescuing stranded windsurfers (happily enough I didn't need rescuing).
The price only seemed an advantage ($800 per person for a week in May, but I feel that was overpriced by $1,000.). What it means is you're in the resort with college kids who will get drunk and noisy and with families with 3+ kids who are noisy even when sober.
Whenever you want to buy something in the resort you must first exchange your cash into their silly currency, and they screw you on the rate. Expectedly, the rate is even worse at the airport.
Internet access is available at slower than dialup speeds. There is no wi-fi.
Two days into the week-long vacation I was ready to pay $500 to return to Toronto sooner - alas there were no seats to be had. That's just one reason why I'm never going to Cuba again: there's almost no way to get out of there earlier than initially scheduled.
Ontop of it all, it rained nonstop for three days, and with a few breaks on three more. True - the weather is outside anyone's control.
Of course, they blame it all on the US embargo, but let's be serious - it's a communist country.
The only good thing I was able to find was the fruit bar in the buffet restaurant, where they had some very nice local stuff.
The lesson I've learned is there's a good reason why it was only $800 per person (with flights from YYZ included). Next time I'm going South I'll know why I should be paying twice as much...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 4-star All-Inclusive Tryp Cayo Coco hotel (508 rooms) offers select gastronomic service and an exciting day and night recreation program. The property is located in one of the pristine keys off the coast of the central region of Cuba.Built over a natural lagoon, facing and wide stretch of sugar-white beach. Ideal for families, diving lovers, fishing and nautical activities.Guest Rooms508 rooms: 343 Standard, 57 Standard Ocean View, 102 Standard Superior Ocean View, 6 SuiteDining9 Restaurants (A la Carta, Buffet, Barbeque, Gourmet), 3 Bars ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel Cayo Coco
- Tryp Cayo Coco Hotel Ciego De Avila
- Tryp Cayo Coco Cuba
- Cayo Coco Tryp
- Trip Cayo Coco