The tables are ready, the glasses shine on the tablecloths and the bar displays a wide variety of drinks. However, the restaurant is closed.
Just a few months ago, the spacious dining room of Casa Nenita, in Viñales, was packed with tourists, but the building of a pool by the owner resulted in the government cancellation of a license to rent rooms and sell food.
It is a quiet fight, barely noticed by visitors, spreading across Viñales’ rolling hills, caves and tobacco fields. For the past five years, tourism has flourished in the region, and the cuentapropistas (self-employed) who rent rooms took a step further at providing comforts to by building their own pools.
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