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Located on beautiful Playa Pesquero beach, Blau Costa Verde offers great all-inclusive value.

Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort is located in the Holguín province of Cuba, where Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World. He is believed to have called it "the most beautiful country human eyes had ever seen"

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Blau Costa Verde Review: 4.1 of 5 40 reviews
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"Not what I expected"

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User Rating:  Blau Costa Verde Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Ronnie  on Feb 20, 2011  >  2 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2011 | Leisure | Family and Kids
571 people found this review helpful

This is my fourth visit to Cuba at an all inclusive. We were two couples. We arrived and right away were anxious to see the beach. What a horrible disappointment, the beach was not what we expected. Rocks littered the shoreline, and basically for at least five feet into the water was rough rocks, some small some large and some rough. If you didnt have water shoes it was indeed tricky to enter the water without alot of grimacing and careful spotting of where you could cut your feet and where it was safe to tread.So my tip is if you have to go to this hotel, bring rubber water shoes. I say there are many places to visit in Cuba why go where you have to wear shoes to enter the water?
My husband and my brother in law loves snorkeling, they found the coral reef was dead and lifeless having been tread on and picked clean of life. You could indeed spot some beautiful fish with bread or bananas.
We had some bad weather during our week, the rain was literally pouring through the ceilings of the main buffet. Judging from the reactions from the staff this had to be a normal occurence, rain was being gathered by the yellow buckets and made the floor another very tricky manuveuring. Very risky for a fall.
The A La Carte Cuban is good if you ask for the grilled fish. The italian I ordered the arrabiata pasta, totally not edible and disgustingly bitter and they need to research was a tomato sauce should be. It tasted like a mix of ketchup and bovril and very bitter.
The food was better than average for a cuban 4 star. The staff was not friendly like other resorts we have been. I know this people work horribly long hours and live in poverty but a smile goes along way to make everyones day a better one no matter what your circumstances are. Not all the staff were miserable but for those that were it made it uncomfortable.
Our room was kept clean and so I would give a five star to the cleaning staff they are friendly and work very hard.
We had black water at one point. I poured a bubble bath and didnt notice the color of the water til I climbed in to relax and soak and went to mix around the bubbles and was stunned to find the water coal black. We reported it and the water went back to being clear we we hoped it was something temporary in that section of the hotel.
I would rate this hotel a 3 or a 3 and a 1/2 star at best.

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"Nice and comfortable"

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User Rating:  Blau Costa Verde Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  JIM  on Feb 13, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2011 | Leisure | With Group
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Nice place but the place is struggling to stay on its game. Employees are generally nice but they have a motive. A couple are actually nice and like their job but generally speaking they are there almost like they have to be but would rather not. Most people just hang around and drink all day maybe because the ocean is bit away and crowded. General main theme is to drink and eat like cattle. Another thing is all the employees like to stir at the females between the neck and knees they don't know what is going on other then that. Over all clean and safe good for kids. Since they are they have no view of ocean most of the time the better step their other items up.
Food good in Cuban standards and lots of it. Cuban restaurant was very good and pleasant I would like to thank them.

Room Block:

Long bus ride especially with riders yelling we need beer every 2 minutes. Nice tour guide but he was not impressed with the constant yelling where is the beer. embarrassing to say the least. thank you newfoundland

clean nice and a/c works good. Little things not repaired like broken latches so the door was difficult to open all week. Told rec. they smelled and said someone will look at it. They didn't. TV converter did not work. One safety box not working and they could not fix it. etc etc etc

Restaurants and Bars:
restaurants good especially the cuban one bars were good busy with one attended most of the time and people who didn't have manners. I always tip so generally I would get served eventually.


Beach was to far to small but there was lots of attendants to hustle your dollars getting you stuff. Pool was very nice well taken care of and great for the kids safe. Grounds well kept. The grounds people were not taken care of good enough. They did a great job and never stir at any of the girls going buy. Well mannered.

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"Muy buenas vacaciones en cuba"

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User Rating:  Blau Costa Verde Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Sr. Eufronio Moreno  on Nov 2, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Cuba
Visited on: Nov, 2010
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Cuba es un pais excelente, com un potencial humano que no tiene parangon, siempre voy de vacaciones a una provincia diferente, este ano sera en Costa Verde, no conozco ese hotel, pero se que sera espectacular. Felicidades a todo el personal que trabaja en ese giro en Cuba. Chao HAA. Solo algo caros algunos destinos.

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"Pleasantly Surprised!"

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User Rating:  Blau Costa Verde Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Amy  on Aug 28, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jul, 2010 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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We travelled as a family which included my parents, myself(20) and my brother(14).

Arrival was very speedy. The front desk had everything ready for us. We asked for 2 rooms and they had put them next to each other.
We were also pleasantly surprised to find that our beach towels were also waiting for us in our rooms. We did arrive after midnight, so it wasn't really necessary to have them but it was nice not to have to find the club house the next morning while we still had no idea where everything was.

The rooms were very nice. They appeared to have been renovated recently.
Contrary to some of the reviews I read before we went, the safe in the room was free.
There was plenty of room for clothes and the such. The closet was roomy (and the top shelf has blankets in case you need them) and there were drawers in and out of the closet.
Each room also has a minifridge which is stocked daily with beer, soft drinks and water.
The AC in all the rooms was centrally controlled which we have never encountered at another hotel (this was our 8th year in Cuba). This bothered me slightly because if you turn it off, you fry overnight but if you leave it on, it tends to get very chilly some nights, which is when I was very glad for the blankets. Also, contrary to many hotels, the card slot only controls the electricity and not the AC. The AC runs all day unless you turn it off.

The maid came by everyday. We found that there was a different maid almost every day. Which didn't concern us in the least. However, I noticed that some of them cleaned more thoroughly than others. Sometimes our floor was swept, other times it wasn't. Some would wash the bathtub and others would not. Just little things. The room was by no means ever dirty, just not always as clean.

Restaurants and Bars:
The main buffet restaurant was where everyone ate generally. Since the resort was not even half-full, all the seating was outside though they also have inside tables which they set up if there are a lot of people.
The food was good. Every night they had a different theme such as Asian night, Italian night, etc. The food was very varied from day to day. Breakfast was generally always the same thing, but lunch and dinner were always different from the day before and from each other (this is something that at other hotels bugged me because they used to have the same food 2 or even 3 days in a row at times).
The waiters were all amazing. If you stayed long enough like we did (2 weeks) they had memorized our drink orders. They were always smiley and eager to get you whatever you needed.

We didn't try the pool bar, as we spent all our time at the beach but I'm sure the service there is exactly the same as on the beach. The beach bar was actually being extended while we were there. The service was good. The bartender was always at his post and made whatever drink you wanted. The only thing I personally disliked was the lack of martini just at the beach bar. It's pretty much the only alcohol I drink and I had to find something else to enjoy while on the beach. In the end it wasn't a huge deal but it would've been nice. I assume with the new, larger bar they'll have all the drinks they have everywhere else in the resort.

There are cats in this resort and they enjoy strolling by while people eat as some insisted on feeding them. And yes, they're fuzzy and adorable but they have fleas so I recommend you stay far away from them.

The grounds were meticulously kept. The beach was always clean. The palm umbrellas (that's not their correct name, but it doesn't come to mind right now...) were maintained and plentiful.

The staff that dealt with the beach chairs were sometimes hard to take. This one guy in particular was incredibly lazy and would often attempt to ignore my request for chairs. I would've preferred a lack of staff for that on the beach. I'm quite capable of getting my own chair, but we had to put up with them for 2 weeks. They also collect the chairs at 5ish and if you want to stay longer they give you looks. Their shift ends officially at 5:30-6:00 I believe and they always want to be done earlier. I just ignored them when I wanted to stay longer which was just once or twice during my stay anyways.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We didn't do anything outside of the resort (we've already been there, done that) but on the resort we did participate in the beach volleyball every morning as well as bocciball shortly after. The entertainment staff had activities throughout the day but that's all we chose to participate in because it was located conveniently on the beach.

At night, there were different shows every night. We never really saw a show because it started late (9:30pm) and by then we were already asleep.

They also have a games place where there is a pingpong table and a pool table. For pingpong, it's best to bring your own ball and paddles as I've noticed the ball went missing at one point. The pool table has its own equipment always there.

Other Comments:
The hotel's gym/spa also offers manicures, pedicures, haircuts, etc.
For the most part these are generally less expensive than at home. However, don't expect the kind of manicure you get here. It's very basic there: cut the nails, file, do the cuticles, put on the polish.
The manicure and pedicures were each 5 CUC. The haircut was also 5 or 10 CUC (I can't remember exactly at the moment).

They also offered massages. Ranging from just foot massages to full body, whole hour massages. We didn't try as we found these to be expensive in comparison to other resorts. The foot massage was 10 CUC and it went up from there to 25 CUC for a full body massage for half an hour I believe.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. We would definitely recommend this resort and would go again if we didn't want to try a new resort each year.
The manager of this resort (tall, young and bald) is always walking around. He's glad to talk to tourists and often comes up to people randomly and asks them how they're enjoying their stay and if there's anything that needs changing. Feel free to introduce yourself to him, he looks scary but he's very friendly. If you have any kind of problem that you can't resolve in other ways, he's always happy to help.

Also, keep in mind that this is a very small and very, very quiet resort. I would definitely not choose it for a spring break vacation with my friends. But it's perfect for R&R and families with small children (which by the way, they do have a daycare for).

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"Blau Costa Verde ... See you there soon!"

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User Rating:  Blau Costa Verde Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Teresa Nadon-Geroux  on Jul 11, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jul, 2010
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My husband and I with our 10 year old daughter visited Holguin for one week in February 2010. This was our first visit to Cuba, we were expecting great beaches, we got them, friendly people, we got that, great food we were not expecting...and we got really good food. Our daughter is exceptionally picky, she was able to find more than enough to eat every day. The animators were fantastic too - the evening shows were fun and entertaining. Let me say something about the beach - WOW. We were able to snorkel right off the resort - we saw all kinds of fish, it was incredible. I even saw flying fish one morning right at the shoreline. I saw a man-o-war jelly, and flying fish. We never waited long for a Hobie Cat ride or kayak. The staff at this resort were not only friendly - but they were pleasant at all times. The bar was well stocked - we didn't experience any issues with weak drinks - they were plentiful and the service was as quick as possible. We also felt very safe at this resort. We went on the catamaran to the dolphinarium - recommended - but know that one can visit the dolphins without signing up for a full day excursion - but you would lose out on the snorkeling on the open reef - Bring your own equipment if you have it. I can't say enough about the excellent service at this resort - really. The room we had was comfortable - we had three double beds - which was perfect for us. And the fridge was stocked every day with several cans of pop, and beer, and a litre or two of water. No complaints from me. We met people from Canada that we are staying in contact with, and all plan to return to this beautiful destination, I hope you do too!

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"The best trip I've ever had!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

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User Rating:  Blau Costa Verde Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Laura  on May 25, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2002 | Leisure | With friend
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I just returned from the best resort Blau Costa Verde. Flew Air Transat. Arrived April 28/10 and left at midnight on May 5/10. Flew first class definitely worth the extra 55.00. I am 24 years old and traveled with my mother this year. We had an amazing time. The hotel is beautiful with lots to do for any ages. The food was amazing. Some of it even tasted like home. They don't have ketchup very often so I would suggest bringing your own. The staff was so helpful and very friendly. Some things that they really need are sunscreen, deodorant, soap, shampoo and conditioner. The things we take for granted. So if you can take some of these essentials to give to the staff. Trust me they really appreciate it. The beach is awesome but make sure you take your water shoes because there is some corral. You can feed the fish right out of your hand. Barbara does hair and nails. She is awesome so make sure to book an appointment with her. And if you do go by the fitness center please tell Barbara, Deni and the nurse Joa that Laura from Nova Scotia sends big hugs and lots of love. I had a blast with them. I wish they had of played more Cuban music at the restaurants but that is my only complaint. The Cuban restaurant was my absolute favorite. The Italian was amazing too. If you go to the Cuban restaurant get a banana split for dessert. I swear it was better than dairy queen. We stayed in room 3307 had an amazing view of the mountains and water. Maid was great. Hot water everyday. Needless to say I hope to be returning to this resort very soon. I would recommend it to anyone. Please remember to keep an open mind when traveling anywhere in Cuba they do not have the same things that we have. They are the sweetest people. And please remember to tip. They depend so much on this. If anyone is traveling to this resort and you live in or around Halifax if you could contact me at if you would be willing to take a letter down for me that would be so appreciated. If anyone has any questions feel free to contact me by email.

Your Arrival:
Excellent very fast service

Great for the amount of time you spend in them. The beds are a little bit in the hard side but take the cushion art off the wall and use that. Always clean. Great shower. No complaints at all.

Restaurants and Bars:
Food was very good at this resort. Cuban restaurant was the best.

Beautiful. Well kept at all times.

Other Comments:
Worth every penny to go this beautiful resort. Hope to be going back next month for my birthday!!!!

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"Fantastic Resort For Nearly Anyone"

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User Rating:  Blau Costa Verde Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Jim  on Apr 23, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
353 people found this review helpful

Your Arrival:
Booked through and flew via Air Transat. Welcomed at the airport by 3 Air Transat reps and check in was quick. (Note: They were very picky with checked luggage weight, but not concerned with carry-on size or weight.) Departure was just a couple of minutes late (only due to a quick deicing) and arrival at Holguin was early. Immigration was quick and painless, as was the late night bus trip to the resort. Check in was quick, with plenty of men to get us to our rooms with the luggage.

Rooms are very typical of Cuban resorts. Dated decor and furniture, with plaster or stucco walls and ceramic tile floors, and as usual, very clean. We didn't find the beds as hard as many others mention, and the thin pillows easily "plumped" by stuffing a spare blanket into the pillow case. This resort (or at least our block) had central air that was faultless.

We stayed in Block 5, The only complaint I have was it overlooks the pool bar and I was kept awake every night, and woken in the wee hours, except for one.

Restaurants and Bars:
The buffet was by far over and above any other of the 5 resorts we've stayed at in Cuba. Maybe somewhat repetitive, especially at breakfast, but very good food.

We ate at the Italian a la carte twice, and enjoyed both times.

We did not eat at the Cuban restaurant, and heard mixed reviews about it.

We ate once at Mar y Sol, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

The beach bar was quick and very friendly. The pool bar was the same, with obviously a larger selection of drinks. While the Espresso was somewhat over-extracted, overall the coffee at the pool bar was very good.

I should mention first that this resort was built with thoughts of someone physically challenged in mind with elevators and ramps as required. Someone in a wheelchair or walker can access anywhere on the resort I went from the entrance, to any of the restaurants and all the way to the beach.

In a word, the beach is fantastic. Yes, you should wear water socks to go close to or in the water, but that is probably a necessary price for the coral providing the great snorkeling so close to the shore.

Personally, I found "towel wars" non-existent here. Plenty of room and loungers for everyone. One morning at ~ 9:30, I counted 80 loungers still stacked and by 11:00 AM, still some left.

We didn't use the pool, but it looked clean and well tended with plenty of space around for relaxing.

The grounds were very well trimmed and manicured, and in very good shape, maybe excellent, considering this was the very end of dry season.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Beach activities were abundant with 4 Hobie-Cats available and 5 paddle boats. Several sail boards were there but only one was used. Two Lasers were on the beach, but neither were available for use. Plenty of snorkeling equipment available for use.

Resort Activities Staff always seemed busy with one thing or another going on; archery and shooting, dance lessons, Spanish lessons, Bocce Ball, beach and pool volley ball, etc.

Off resort, we only took the bus to Guardalavaca and didn't take part in anything else organized.

Other Comments:
Overall, a wonderful vacation spot, and one we will surely be returning to.

Only negatives I can speak of could have happened at any resort and were guest related; trash tossed around for gardeners to pick up, groups of inebriated guests being loud and abusive without regard for anyone (employee or otherwise) or the time of day (or night), and one of the worst was the adult couple walking up and down the buffet treating it like it was all "finger food", reaching in with their hands and sampling as they wanted.

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"Not what I expected"

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User Rating:  Blau Costa Verde Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Karen  on Apr 13, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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My husband and I stayed at the Blau Costa Verde from March 24-31, 2010. I was dissapointed with the buffet selection. The resstaurants were great and always found something good to eat.

Our rooms were neat and comfy. I took a foam mattress pad with me because the beds are pretty hard. If you are not a VIP guest, ask to be put in building 5 block, it is very quiet and away from the stage. Building 4 gets all the noise from the pool and lobby bars.

As far as the cleanliness around the pools, I never saw anyone, through the day, cleaning up cups etc but this is not saying that the 1 person who is responsible for cleaning around the pool does not work hard. My theory is, they need more staff during the day to work on the cup clean up. We never stayed at the beach. It states the beach is great for scuba diving etc, and I do agree. If you are looking for a beautiful rockless, shell-less beach, do not go to this resort. The bugs get pretty bad at night as well.

As far as the staff, there are some of the waitresses that are awesome and always give a smile.

The Italian and restaurant down by the beach were excellent and the staff were great.

We did meet a great bunch of Canadians from our hometown Province, NS and the weather is awesome.

The bathrooms off the lobby had a very bad smell even though they seemed to be pretty clean.

I will say that the entertainment at night was excellent and highly recommend it.

My advise, if you are looking for sun and warmth on a cheap budget, this is a place for you. I will try another resort on my next trip to Cuba.

Your Arrival:
Arrival was fast and easy!!!


Restaurants and Bars:
Restaurants had great food and staff

Pool was a good size but the pool area seemed to be pretty dirty at times.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
Not a lot of entertainment for children it seems

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"Multi -Cultural"

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User Rating:  Blau Costa Verde Review: 3.00 of 5

Posted by:  Jane  on Apr 1, 2010  >  3 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Mar, 2010 | Leisure | With friend
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The Blau Costa Verde in Holguin is a great place to snorkell. There is a coral reef right there along the shore with all kinds of fish species. This beats having to travel out to sea to snorkell!
The hotel rooms are spotlessly clean, large and comfortable. The air conditioning is centrally controlled and they often turn it down in the afternoon and through the night. This is a pain but a phone call to the front desk will quickly correct it.
The hotel staff are all very polite and accommodating. They all encourage tipping. The coffee with milk at the Snack Bar is delicious. The steaks at the Cuban Restaurant are cooked to your liking and grilled to perfection. The water activity crew at the beach are all excellent. Make sure you go for a Hobbie Cat ride with "Ray"! He is very handsome, charming and extremely good at what he does! This place is a great Family vacation resort!

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"needed some sun"

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User Rating:  Blau Costa Verde Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Monique  on Feb 22, 2010  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2010 | Business | Family and Kids
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We are usually Florida people. Thats where we escape to from Canada but this year was different. Cuba was new to us. Our first time. What a wonderful choice to introduce us to Cuba.

Your Arrival:
We arrived on a later flight. We found the airport a very easy experience and were very glad to see our luggage. The bus was ther waiting for us and after a bumpy ride we were brought to the Blau Costa Verde. The checkin was great and the people were very nice. At this point we were tired but ready to get to know our new resort.

We had a great room overlooking the ocean on the top floor. Everything was clean and ready for us. No delays.

Restaurants and Bars:
We had read alot about Cuba and the food, etc. We brought snacks and whatever we thought we might need. Thank goodness we brought our thermoses. The food at the Blau Costa Verde is in one word- amazing. The a la carte restaurants are pretty good but the buffet restaurant was well past our hopes. Food was plentiful and very good. Our plates were never empty. The servers got to know us right away and we made new friends. A wonderful experience. The bars were great- thank you Carlos for all the attention and we miss you already!We quickly learned that the drinks were served in little plastic disposable glasses but as I said previously we brought our thermoses so we had beer whenever we needed it with much less travel. You don't need a hugh thermos but a smaller version sure makes it a pleasant experience.

The beach was wonderful and the beach bar and beach chair guys were great. Security was always ther to make sure the guests were not disturbed and comfortable. They had wonderful Cuban beach parties on Fridays with BBQ pork sandwiches mohito lessons and cuban coffee lessons. Then bring on the salsa lessons. We were very please with it all. The grounds were impecable and the manager was always there making sure that things were perfect.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
The resort had great, I mean, great shows every night. You were never bored. The resort was also great for the kids; shows in the evening to amuze them and a really nice shallow pool to play in. Of course, it was up to the parents that the kids were ok but hey thats the norm, right.

Other Comments:
There was always tables in the lobby with local artisans if you wanted to buy treasures and a bank to change your money. The staff were wonderful and the rooms were very clean and the bar fridge stocked up. We loved our trip and would return tomorrow if we could go back right away. Thank you, Blau Costa Verde for the best time we could have had in Cuba. It was amazing!!!!!

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