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#1 RonNMel

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    Posted 22 November 2009 - 05:30 PM

    Was inspired by a similar thread in the Jamaica forum. I searched and didn't find any similar thread.

    Why did you choose Cuba as your destination? Why did you choose the city, the resort?

    We chose Cuba because it's probably the last expensive place in the Caribbean to fly to from Canada. Plus I've been there 3 times and LOVED it. I know the food can be bland, but the beach and the grounds are so awesome, the people are very nice, and the atmosphere is just great.

    Then we chose Varadero because we wanted to be close to the city in case some people would want to wander out the resort, shop, sightsee, etc.

    As for the resort, I wanted a nice beach, FI wanted a nice pool, and we both wanted a disco. Also had to be kid-friendly as FI's 12 year old will be coming with us. I prefer the bungalow look while FI prefers the "hotel" type, so we tried to find a compromise between the two. And of course, we were looking for one we lots of great reviews!

    #2 Melidell

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      Posted 22 November 2009 - 10:26 PM

      Oh- good thread idea!
      We picked Cuba because we wanted something that was relatively inexpensive since we'd be asking so many people to make the trip. My parents go there almost every year and love it, so that was another factor. Not having a lot of weird requirments to get married there was nice, too (ie no blood tests or translations needed).

      We picked the resort we did because it's on a white sand beach that is supposed to be awesome and we're huge beach bums. It's a bit more secluded than some other locations and I thought that would be nice for a wedding. I wanted a resort that was a bit larger, with lots of bars and restaurants so that there would be something for everyone. I also liked the reviews I read about it- seems like they do weddings very well. Finally, my TA recomended it.
      Loving married life!

      #3 itsfinallyhere

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        Posted 25 November 2009 - 11:44 AM

        We choose Cuba because it is a beautiful place, with very hospitable people. They are willing to accommidate in any way they can. Getting married there is very easy, relaxed, and they go out of their way to make it as special as they can. They is something for everyone in Cuba. The things to do are endless. The beaches are beautiful and the water is incredible. The tours also offer something for everyone. I have yet to have a bad experience there. And I could not have imagine getting married anywhere else. It was like paradise! They weather was perfect, the day beautiful. And the resort staff went above and beyond! It is also a very safe country to travel and be in. I am now counting the days until we can return to Cuba! I recommend the country to everyone who has the opportunity to travel there. I do not believe that anyone will or would regret getting married there. It will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

        #4 sjmacphe

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          Posted 26 November 2009 - 01:46 AM

          Hey Ladies,
          I like this idea! Honestly when I started planning I was thinking that Cuba would be down on my list - but after researching and being so frustrated with high prices in other countries I decided to look into Cuba (after talking to TAs and friends). I think Cuba gets a bad rep sometimes, although I'm not sure why! I have never been but I have only ever heard great things from ppl who have been there.
          I am trying not to have unrealistic expectations of what to expect, but I'm sure it will be fun and beautiful (I have only ever been to Mexico which was very fun as well). I chose the same place as Melidell - for similar reasons. It is relatively new, and looks beautiful and is well known for weddings. The only down side is that there is no night life off resort, which is ok with me, there are still lots of excursions and things to do in the area. I am excited to experience a new country too.

          PS - Itsfinallyhere - let's see some pics!!

          #5 chevy14

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            Posted 15 December 2009 - 04:26 PM

            We chose Cuba for the same reason - it's very reasonably priced and we wanted to make it as affordable as possible for our friends and family. I was torn between the Mayan Riviera and Varadero but as soon as we heard about Iberostar Laguna Azul, I was sold. While I am worried about the food (I'm a total foodie) the gorgeous beach, beautiful pools, disco and everything else will hopefully make up for it!

            #6 Dmitri_Markine

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              Posted 23 December 2009 - 01:54 PM

              Food is only bad at the resorts. That's because everyone gets the same wages and no tips for the cooks for doing a good job. Restaurants there are very good though. There are some in Varadero and you'll find a ton of good places to eat in Havana. Since those are privately owned, you'll be surprised how good those meals are!!

              #7 JNL2011

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                Posted 25 January 2010 - 11:56 PM

                We choose Cuba because first of all we got engaged there and thought what better place then to return to the sunny beaches of Cuba for our I DO's. Plus, i have always wanted a beach wedding. Secondly, the price can't be beat and we have a lot of family and friends coming. Last, but not least, the beaches are amazing and the people are soooooo friendly and I know everyone will have a great. I have been to Cuba twice and i fall in love with it everytime.

                #8 Barrierunner

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                  Posted 26 January 2010 - 04:49 PM

                  Not only have I always dreamed of getting married on a beach, but for me it is about the people, after visiting twice before and being all over the world, Cuba is amazing and full of beautiful people! The price can't be beat either!

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