Thursday, 1 January 2015

Caribbean Christmas


Here are a few snaps of the beautiful resort where we spent Christmas.  
 We stayed at Playa Pesquera Hotel, Holguin, Cuba.
We were last here 8 years ago and were pleased to find no change at all.
Water sports such as catamaran, pedalo and wind surfing were all included in our package.


The pool is really well landscaped - this picture shows one half - the other is behind me, divided by a small bridge and landscaped either side with tropical gardens.  There were many different birds here that had migrated for the Winter.



 Here's me at the coffee bar which is made from an original old steam train carriage, the hotel has used several train carriages like this in imaginative displays, to highlight the history of steam trains to this region.



We took a trip into the local village and saw many of these beautiful old cars - some are used as taxis and are popular with tourists - the drivers are very proud of them and only too happy for us to take pictures and sit in them! Many people rely on horse and cart.



The housing is basic and the landscape in this area is mainly agricultural, owned by the Government who determine what crop is grown and pay the farmers for their produce.  Very recently the Government has introduced the opportunity for a small number to buy land and sell crops for better profit, this is a new concept for many; some are wary, others enthusiastic.



Whilst there we heard on the news that Cuba is in discussion with America over travel restrictions into Cuba;
everyone was enthusiastic about the potential for tourism.

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures.


9 comments:

  1. I can't think of anything nice than spending Christmas in the sun! So pleased that you enjoyed it all.

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  2. LOOKS AMAZING! Bill said he heard the public radio talking about Cuba yesterday and the possible tourism. It looks like a wonderful place to relax. I bet you had a lot of family fun, Betty!

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    1. yes we heard on CNN news about this - apparently Castro and Obama met last year at Mandela's funeral and discussion began - they are considering a trial run, it would certainly be helpful as the food there is limited and there were shortages when we stayed, very bland diet - imports would make a huge improvement.

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  3. WOW! Yes, it does indeed look amazing and you're looking amazing too, Betty. Cuba certainly agreed with you. Smashing pics. Thanks for sharing. x

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  4. What an ace way to celebrate Xmas. That re-purposed bar is just wonderful and you look pretty good in front of it!
    Happy New Year! x

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    1. thanks Vix, my sarong was a couple of quid from a charity shop - I did well with ebay finds too and it was so hot you didn't need to wear anything more than this!

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  5. That pool is amazing! A resort in itself. I love the old cars! They would be coveted here in the USA. Sure is a colorful place. I am hoping it was warm! Been very cold here in Oregon!

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    1. It was very hot Rose, it was around 94f a lot of the time- only two days were overcast and there was only 1 hour of light rain in the whole holiday! We were told the cars are considered a national heritage and cannot be exported, they are all original although they have new engines (not suprrisingly as they get some heavy usage!!)

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