Cuba, Mexico or Dominican Republic: where is better? Honest review

Dominicano , Mexico , Cuba ?

Hello! Please advise where to fly better: Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, who was in these places, share your experiences.

I have not been to the Dominican Republic.

Do you mean Dominicano, Mexico or Cubo? These places?)))

It depends on the hotel. I liked it better in Cuba.

It depends what kind of vacation you want.

If you want to fall on the beach in the all-inclusive – DR.

If you want to see hysterical sights too – Yucatan, Mexico. The beaches there are amazing too.

And Cuba is more for the curious vacation, active.

Oh, Mexico for sure! You will not regret it!

I was in all three countries, but still do not understand what advice you are waiting for? When you ask for information on a specific country – it is understandable, but here how. Choose for you or what? And usually people who have money for such a trip, know exactly what they want.

I was in all three countries, but still do not understand what advice you are waiting for? When you ask for information on a specific country – it is understandable, but here how. Choose for you or what? And usually people who have money for such a trip, know exactly what they want.

I absolutely agree! I’ve been to those 3 countries too, and sometimes people I know start asking similar questions. Even worse when they ask: Where better to go to the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, or Paris? That’s after such a question, I usually want to hit on the head! Well, I can not believe that there are people who are so stupid! They are mocking, definitely!

I was in all three countries, but still do not understand what advice you are waiting for? When you ask for information on a specific country – it is understandable, but here how. Choose for you or what? And usually people who have money for such a trip, know exactly what they want.

I am not saying anything about expensive trips! I do not have to choose for me! I just wanted to share my impressions, that’s all!

My husband left me!

How is the business of “group package tours”?

The Dominican Republic or Cuba?

Where is better: Cuba or the Dominican Republic?

Holidays Mexico , Dominican

I absolutely agree! I’ve been to those 3 countries too, and sometimes people I know start asking similar questions. Even worse when they ask: Where better to go to the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, or Paris? That’s after such a question, I usually want to hit on the head! Well, I can not believe that there are people who are so stupid! They are mocking, definitely!

You must be very unhappy with your life if you are so angry.

I love Cancun, Mexico. I was in that place more than ten times for seven years.

Of course to Mexico: the pyramids, the Sochimilco canals, the mariachi, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the icon of the Virgin Mary, which is not made by hand, all worth seeing.

I am not saying anything about expensive trips! I do not have to choose for me! I just wanted to share my impressions, that’s all!

There’s nothing strange about what you’re interested in. What is strange is that you are not interested in something specific, like whether the waves are strong, the cost of excursions, which hotel to choose, whether there is Russian-speaking staff and all that sort of thing, but something called the experience. This is, you know, an area of personal preference. So I’ll write you “Wow, Mexico was cool! “, how does that help you? I liked all three trips, but I spent a month on the choice of hotels, where I lived, a week – on options for excursions, three days before departure I already knew the name of the guide, with whom I will travel around the country and the approximate prices. And you do not even write, what kind of stars hotels you are considering. You know, a five-star hotel is very different from a three-star, and the experience will be very different.

Hello! Please advise where to fly better: Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, who was in these places, share your experiences.

I want to go to the Dominican Republic, but because I have no money – I have to stay in Moscow.

And what tastes better, stuffed cabbage rolls, ice cream or French cognac?

And what tastes better, stuffed cabbage rolls, ice cream or French cognac?

French cognac and ice cream. :)

I’ve just been to Cuba. I liked it. I rented a car and went to Havana, went to a crocodile farm, took a ride on a cart around Varadero. Went to Cayo Largo, went to Jaguar Island. It was great!

French cognac and ice cream. :)

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I’d love some cabbage rolls right now(((((

I’ve just been to Cuba. I liked it. I rented a car and went to Havana, went to a crocodile farm, took a ride on a cart around Varadero. Went to Cayo Largo, went to Jaguar Island. It was great!

Who are the Jaguans? O_o.

I also like it in the Dominican Republic))) 5 *, all inclusive, dinners in restaurants a la carte, white sand – calm and serenity. And still in Cyprus nra – apartments with a kitchen, dinners in tavernas or on the balcony with a glass of wine and sea views, rent a car and go for a drive around the island to see the sights and different beaches. And here the author clearly do not understand what she needs now

Who are the Jaguans? O_o.

It’s a hybrid of a jaguar and an iguana. Must be a scary little thing ;))

Who are the Jaguans? O_o.

It’s a hybrid of a jaguar and an iguana. Must be a scary little thing ;))

Beautiful))) I have seen them)))

Jaguars are found in Domini-Cuny)

I’d love some cabbage rolls right now(((((

Come visit) my treat)

My wife wants to take the business away and take my son

Relatives ask me for money all the time!

Disgusted with men

Mama’s boy – no patience

I want a child, but have not found the man I love

Jaguars are found in Domini-Cuny)

)))) oh fuck, we didn’t even get there, we were eating stuffed cabbage rolls in a restaurant and dried up on the beach without any luck)))) Thanks for the invitation, but I think I’ll go home and cook it myself.)

Ksusha, go to the Dominican to see Jaguan!

I’ve been to Mexico and now I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. It was not the most luxurious hotel, in fact, I expected more. It was pretty cozy, but the furniture was shabby in some places, basically there were no serious flaws, the air conditioning worked, the shower didn’t leak, and thank God for that. We were with child, and for him this hotel was perfect. There are no piles of drunken young people. The hotel was located in a quiet residential area and the location was comfortable, well maintained, and the staff was friendly. Our room had panoramic windows, the view of course is gorgeous, but for some reason they did not open. The staff at the hotel were amazing the food was cooked and we especially loved the food in the restaurant ╚Dos Lunas╩ – I would recommend it, it was very tasty and there was a large variety of dishes that I could not resist eating. The staff at the hotel is very good, they work hard, we rarely saw evening shows, but in the afternoon my husband took part in a couple of sports competitions, he loved it. The staff at the hotel were very nice, and it’s very important that the tourists are treated with a smile, and Mexicans have a complete order with that. They are always friendly and helpful, if you can convey your request in English. Purchasing was also very successful, we went to Plaza La Isla, it was shopping center in the style of Venice, there are so much things that we can not go round it all in a day. I am very thankful for our stay and thank Biblio globus tour operator, we had never been so quickly accommodated and transferred to the airport quickly and without problems.

I was in Mexico and now I think I will never forget it. We didn’t have the most luxurious hotel, in fact it was more than I expected. I expected better. It was comfortable but the furniture was shabby in some places, no major flaws, the air conditioning worked, showers didn’t leak, and thank God for that. We were with child, and for him this hotel was perfect. There are no piles of drunken young people. The hotel was located in a quiet residential area and the location was comfortable, well maintained, and the staff was friendly. Our room had panoramic windows, the view of course is gorgeous, but for some reason they did not open. Our room had panoramic windows and the view was gorgeous, but for some reason they didn’t open. – The food we ate at our restaurant was on the menu. The staff at the hotel are very good, worked hard, we rarely saw evening shows, but during the day my husband took part in sporting events a couple of times, he loved it. The staff at the hotel were very nice, and it’s very important that the tourists are treated with a smile, and Mexicans have a complete order with that. They are always friendly and helpful, if you can convey your request in English. Purchasing was also very successful, we went to Plaza la Isla, it is a shopping center in the style of Venice, there are so much things that we can not go round it all in a day. For our good holiday experience we have to say thank you to tour operator Biblio globus, we were never checked in so quickly, and taken to the airport quickly and without problems.

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You do not have to go that far for that! You just described Turkey! I was there this year and I can repeat your words exactly! Mexico is a very interesting country with a rich history (by the way Turkey too :), it was very hot, so we did not travel that much this time, but that’s a pity). And you, AL, animation, mall:(!

Cuba, Mexico or the Dominican Republic: which is better?

Cuba, Mexico or the Dominican Republic.

Honestly comparing holidays in the Caribbean resorts from personal experience. The battle of the three countries will be hot!

There are plenty of comparisons on the Internet, the authors of which have hardly seen these countries even on the globe. In these opuses can read a lot of platitudes and outright stupidity, so I, as a person who has been and even a little lived in these countries, have to put in order on this issue. I will try to give a brief, but clear answer, where it is better to rest: in Cuba, Mexico or the Dominican Republic. Let’s sort it out!

Contents:

Countries on the map

All three countries are located side by side in the Caribbean Sea region and are gently washed by its warm azure waters. However, Cuba and the Dominican Republic have resorts on the Atlantic Ocean . And in Mexico you can relax on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, but this pleasure is available only to the most serious travelers, because tour operators prefer to work exclusively with Caribbean resorts in this country. Our brother to fly to any of these resorts will be equally far and long – about 12-13 hours from Moscow.

The distance between the countries is short, they are located in approximately the same latitude, so the climatic conditions are similar. People everywhere speak Spanish, but some people speak English, and in the hotels, working with a large volume of our package tourists, some employees may even understand Russian.

For those who got a “C” in geography at school, I’ve marked Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico on a map. The countries are marked in red, the main resorts in Cuba are marked in green, the resorts in the Dominican Republic are marked in blue, and the resorts in Mexico are marked in yellow.

Visa and entry conditions for the pandemic

Russians can go to Cuba and the Dominican Republic without a visa. Travel to Mexico requires a visa, but only an electronic one, and it is not necessary if you have a Schengen visa or a U.S. visa.

All three countries are quite loyal in terms of visa requirements and restrictions. For detailed and up-to-date information about these and other destinations, see our list of open countries.

How much does a vacation in Cuba cost?

Going to Cuba is very easy: you don’t even need a visa.

Where is cheaper

Roughly speaking, holidays in all these countries are equally expensive . Why? First of all, it is far and expensive to fly there. Secondly, the local tourist industry is used to dealing with American and Canadian tourists, whose vacation budgets are much higher than our compatriots.

However, differences in the cost of recreation still exist.

Let’s look at the prices for tours of 10-11 nights for two people with a flight from Moscow in 2022. The cheapest way to go to the Dominican Republic – from 100 thousand rubles. The cost of a tour to Cuba starts from 115 thousand. More expensive tours to Mexico – from 145 thousand.

But to go to an all-inclusive five-star hotel in Cuba and the Dominican Republic would cost about 160 thousand rubles, and in Mexico – from 230 thousand.

As we can see, the vacation on the islands is about the same, and in Mexico – about one and a half times more expensive.

But everything is not so clear-cut. First of all, the prices for tours are flexible and change from day to day. Secondly, the price tag is highly dependent on the resort and hotel. So check the actual tour prices on Travelate, Onlinetours and Level.Travel. These are the most convenient services for choosing and buying tours – travel agencies have a rest and nervously smoke in the sidelines. Also take a look at how to buy tours more cheaply.

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Prices for tours, entertainment and food in tourist restaurants in these countries are about the same and fairly high by world standards. Holidays in Thailand or Sri Lanka are definitely much cheaper.

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Cheap vacations in the Dominican Republic

Compared to Mexico or the small Caribbean islands, a vacation in the Dominican Republic is not that expensive!

Where is more beautiful?

Magnificent beaches, azure sea and slender palm trees await you in any of the Caribbean countries. These landscapes are beautiful, pleasing to our gray, muddy and snowy eyes. But Cuba and Mexico boast much more colonial architecture than the Dominican Republic. As for the beauty and variety of natural scenery, I have seen different opinions. I think the experience depends on what places the tourist will visit during the vacation, as well as what he has seen before, and, of course, on their own tastes. But one way or another, first place will still take Mexico: it is many times larger in area, there are many climate zones, high mountains, volcanoes, two oceans, and a richer and more diverse culture. But to behold all these beauties, you need to travel, not sit in a single resort.

The colonial architecture of Trinidad, Cuba, is a stark contrast to our gray panels! Isamal is a yellow magical city in Mexico where the Mayans still live.

Where is more interesting

  • The Dominican Republic is one of the most boring countries I’ve been to.
  • Cuba and Mexico are some of the most interesting and vibrant countries in my experience.

In the Dominican Republic I did not find anything of particular interest: there is no outstanding historical heritage, no stunning natural sites, no distinctive culture. The country is quite boring and impersonal. Some will not agree with me and will be ready to anathematize me for desecration of the shrine, but this is my opinion. However, it will be very interesting for fans of ecotourism: there are cool nature reserves, interesting flora and fauna. The whale watching boat trip is especially popular, but we took it in Sri Lanka, so we missed it here. Almost all tours involve visiting beaches, islands, waterfalls and caves. See the best excursions in the Dominican Republic.

El Limon Falls, Dominican Republic

Tourists swim in the pool below El Limón Falls in the Dominican Republic. It is a popular attraction.

Cuba, on the other hand, is an extraordinary and unique country: there is no other like it in the world! I think you have an idea of its complex fate and history, so you understand why it is so special. I was so impressed with this trip to Liberty Island that I poured my feelings in a large and lyrical review: 18 Reasons to Love Cuba. And let’s not forget about the most attractive things for male tourists: rum, cigars, and a young Cuban woman without a strict moral code. History and architecture connoisseurs will enjoy a rich tour of Havana and the glorious places of the revolution. It is interesting to go to the beautiful colonial city of Trinidad. True, in their reviews, tourists note that the resorts are not enough entertainment for children.

Street in Havana

The streets in Havana unimaginably photogenic! Each photo – like a frame from an old movie.

Mexico too terribly impressed. And it could not be otherwise, because we spent a month traveling by car: we went from one ocean to the other and then back again, visited the largest pyramids of the Maya, saw the magnificent cenotes, visited the magical cities, and in general got to know the country from all sides. And how much more remains undiscovered! There is enough left over for at least five similar journeys.

Etzna

We visited dozens of interesting Mayan ruins in Mexico. Pictured: Renata admiring the Temple of the Five Levels at Etzna.

For classic beach and water activities, you can safely go to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Diving and snorkeling are also practiced everywhere.

However, if you spend the whole vacation on the beach or in the hotel pool “all inclusive”, then the difference between the countries is not noticeable. In fact, for the purpose of sweating and drinking alcohol it is easier to go to Turkey, not to suffer in the throes of choice between Cuba, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

In Mexico I was especially impressed by cenotes. But it is important to find places that do not carry crowds of tourists. Pictured here: me swimming alone in the big Samula Cenote. The pink flamingos we admired on our trip through Mexico.

Where it’s more fun.

All Southern people, and certainly the inhabitants of the Caribbean islands, are fun-loving, cheerful, noisy, and love to sing and dance. But if we are going to divide the places, I would give the first place to the Cubans. In general I never cease to be amazed how such a long-suffering nation has been able to maintain such optimism and love of life. One can only admire this nation!

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Street in Havana

Cheerful and friendly Cubans in Havana.

Beaches and sea

Here we come to the most important question for every tourist, hungry for sunshine and warm sea water. Where are better beaches and sea – in the Dominican Republic, Mexico or Cuba? And the answer to it will be damn hard!

In each of these countries you will find gorgeous wide beaches, on one side of which towers graceful palm trees, and on the other side splashes with the sea with water of amazing color. However, in each country has a beach better and worse, wild and comfortable, with white sand and yellow, with big waves and calm, with shallow and deep water. In each country a lot of resorts and beaches, and if I start talking about all of them here, or at least those that I have seen in person, no article would not be enough. So I refer you to our reviews of resorts and beach vacations in each of these countries, take a look:

If you’re hungry for some conclusions, I’ll summarize a few things. If you compare the most popular resorts in each country – Cancun (Mexico), Varadero (Cuba) and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) – then, in my opinion, the most fabulous sea and beaches would be on the first. In fact, the whole long strip of Riviera Maya is pretty darn good for a beach vacation and very beautiful.

Beach in Cancun, Mexico. Stunning azure water in the Caribbean Sea. And this is the beautiful Bacalar Lagoon in southern Mexico. A real branch of the Maldives. I swam there with great pleasure. My favorite beach in the Dominican Republic: Colorado on Saman. The popular resort of Bavaro (Punta Cana) in the Dominican Republic. Although the place is scarily popsy, but the water is amazing! Photo: Ben Kucinski / flickr.com / CC BY 2.0 license. Ancon Beach on the Caribbean Sea in Trinidad, Cuba. Beach in Varadero, Cuba.

Climate and weather

The climate and temperatures of the resorts in all three countries of interest are about the same. It is always warm there, so the bathing season is theoretically possible all year round.

However, from May to October approximately the rainy season lasts: strong gusty winds and a lot of rain falls. It is best not to travel at all from August to October, when the risk of hurricanes is highest.

Dry and clear weather from November to March: dry, quiet and no extreme heat. We vacationed in these countries just in December, January, February and March and were delighted with the weather and mild climate. We found it much more pleasant than in SEA because it is less stuffy and humid.

Holidays in the Dominican Republic

The sea after a small storm on the Atlantic coast of the Dominican Republic.

Hotels and Service

Another vital question for vacationers on a trip. Let’s figure out where is better to go for great hotels: Cuba, Mexico or the Dominican Republic?

The Dominican Republic has mostly expensive 4* and 5* hotels, many of them all-inclusive. The beaches of the hotels are well-maintained, there are sunbeds and deckchairs. In general, the level of service is higher than in Cuba, but lower than in Europe or Mexico. The disadvantage many tourists called sluggishness of staff. This is the mentality of the local population – they never hurry anywhere. However, our hotel service was excellent, and I have no complaints.

Cuba has many hotels of Spanish hotel chains with high quality services. But hotel service is still developing and requires investment, and shopping in Cuba is almost completely absent as a concept.

There are a lot of Americans in Cancun and a lot of big, cool hotels. The service is probably the best there. And in general, Mexico is much richer and more developed than the other two countries. But then again the prices are higher.

Where better to go on an all-inclusive basis? Probably to the Dominican Republic or Mexico, because in Cuba due to economic problems and socialist system food can be a pain. In any case, a hotel is not a hotel, so carefully study tourists’ reviews before booking.

Where to go on vacation: Cuba, Mexico or Dominican Republic

The pool at the all-inclusive hotel where we vacationed in the Dominican Republic.

Food and booze

They love and know how to drink in every country, but the most atmospheric bars, of course, you have to look for in Havana.

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And now let’s compare cafes and restaurants . In Cuba catering is much less developed because it has long been building a socialism and the locals are not used to walk around the restaurants. So it can be hard to find a place to eat on Liberty Island, especially off the tourist trails. But in Cuba, you can scoop up cheap lobster for 500₽ and sip mojitos for 100₽! Check out these amazing prices for yourself. However, food prices in Cuba are contrasting, so you can’t call the country cheap. Food prices in Mexico and the Dominican Republic are about the same as in Europe and Moscow.

Buying food in Cuban stores is practically impossible: there are empty shelves everywhere. The Dominican Republic is in a better situation, but anyway the range of goods is poor. But Mexico is full of supermarkets, where you can stock up like crazy. We stayed in Cancun for a month and a half in a rented apartment, so we almost always cooked our own food and bought it in big stores like Walmart.

The cuisine in these countries is mostly meat, beans, and rice dishes. There is also plenty of fruit, but less than in Southeast Asia. Fish and seafood are not widely eaten but tourist restaurants always offer them. Expensive facilities for good money will almost always offer delicious food, but taverns and inexpensive cafes for tourists can be compared as follows: the best food in Mexico, a little worse – in Cuba, and very bad – in Dominican Republic.

Cocktail in Cuba

Sipping a local canchanchara cocktail in Cuba.

Security

Lying hotel guides tell the most frightening tales about the unthinkable dangers in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Believe these scams, of course, do not, because they just want to take more money from a frightened tourist. However, there are some security problems in these countries, but the elementary rules of conduct and self-preservation will help to avoid any problems. Millions of tourists actively travel to these countries (even single girls) and have only positive experiences. We wound thousands of miles on the roads of the Dominican Republic and Mexico, with the latter getting into such a wilderness, that many would not even dream of. Everything went well, we had no unpleasant situations.

And Cuba is one of the safest countries on earth. Wonderful, educated and kind people live there. Even late at night in the darkest and most impoverished neighborhoods of Havana, we felt safe.

Havana, Cuba

The people of Cuba are poor, but decent.

Independent vacations

For a self-sufficient vacation and travel will suit all countries, but in Mexico will be most comfortable because of the infrastructure. It will be as easy and quiet as possible. In the Dominican Republic is poorly developed public transport, but instead you can do as we do, and rent a car. In Cuba, there are problems with the Internet, catering, rental cars and booking accommodation (Bucking does not work there). However, a determined tourist can easily cope with all the problems, if only for the desire.

Traveling through Mexico

Traveling by car in Mexico. In the mountains of Oaxaca.

Which is better: the Dominican Republic, Mexico or Cuba?

As you have seen, this is a hell of a tough question that each person will answer differently due to their habits and interests. You’ve heard my opinion. In some questions I tried to be as objective as possible, but somewhere I gave in to my emotions and impressions. I think you can make these conclusions.

Chic beaches and azure sea can be found everywhere. For the most interesting experience, vivid impressions, beautiful architecture and nature is better to go to Mexico or Cuba. Holidays in the Dominican Republic and Mexico will appeal to fans of all-inclusive, good hotels, service and cleanliness. For independent travelers is best suited Mexico. The cost of recreation in all countries is about the same, but tours to Mexico are much more expensive.

However, it is important to note that of these three countries, Cuba is the most unusual, unique and, most importantly, it may cease to be such in a few years due to economic and social changes. So take the time to get to know it!

I loved it in all of these countries, but perhaps the country I most dream of going back to is Mexico. Simply because it’s a huge country that you can explore for months and years, and it never ceases to amaze you with its beauty and wonders.

Holidays in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba: where is better and what to choose?

These cheerful Mayan Indians invite you to take a vacation to Mexico.

First photo: David Steele (wikimedia.org), Marina Abrosimova, Miguel Gonzalez (unsplash.com).

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