Last month I made my 3rd trip to Cuba, this time flying with Sunwing and staying at Breezes Jibacoa, which is about 1 hour from Havana. This property is very popular with Canadians and there are lots of repeat guests. Most of the rooms are Garden View but best to request away from the pool, or book an Ocean View Room. Or you may upgrade on arrival subject to availability to a 1 bedroom Ocean View Suite for CUC $50.00 per night. It has a gorgeous view and a double balcony, separate bedroom and two bathrooms. The grounds were lovely, the salt water swimming pool was huge, and the beach is great for snorkelling as it is on a coral reef. However if you want a nice swimming beach best go to Varadero. In November the water was still choppy and the red flag was up every day.
The main restaurant was buffet and quite good, we always found something to eat there and enjoyed eating outside on the patio. The resort had two specialty restaurants, one Cuban and one Italian. We only made it to the Italian Restaurant where we had Filet Mignon which was excellent. The 24 hour Cappuccino Bar was a hit and there was a Piano Bar where you could enjoy a drink before dinner. The resort offered a gym, a games room with table tennis and billiards and various organized activities throughout the day such as Spanish and Tango Lessons.
We went into Havana by Classic Taxi which was a step back in time and enjoyed going back to Old Havana, Ernest Hemingway’s haunts, The National Hotel and listening to the Cuban Music. We also went to the market where you could buy art work, leather goods and Cuban music instruments.
On another day we also hired a Classic Taxi to go to Matanzas and Varadero, and went into the Bellamar Caves en route. These caves, discoved in 1891 but thought to be thousands of years old are 2 kilometers underground and filled with calcite crystals and stalactites and amazing rock formations.
The all inclusive resort is a great way to go if you want some rest and relaxation with an opportunity for a couple of day trips. If you want to explore more of Cuba and meet the locals, there are some great 8 or 15 day cycling trips. Also you can now take a 7 night cruise on board a 25 Cabin Sail Cruiser from Trinidad to Havana with 2 nights in Havana. Please contact me for more details.