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Cuba - Trip Reports

Breezes Jibacoa

I spent 2 wonderful weeks at Breezes Jibacoa. Although it was the rainy season when I went, the cloudy/rainy weather makes visiting cities much more enjoyable. On sunny days it is impossible to do anything but sit on the beach or by the pool for it is much too hot to do any physical exercise.

Even though there is a gym, don't expect to keep in shape cuz there is no air conditioning in there and all the equipment is rusty from the salt water.

At 32 celcius with 80% humidity who wants to work out anyways?

The staff is very nice. Especially Erling, who teaches the Spanish lessons, Eric, who is part of the entertainment staff and Adrian, who is the guide for the scooter tours.

Don't forget, break or lose your watch cuz the power goes out dozens of times/day. You need to keep track of the time since all activities take place at a specific time.

FYI you cannot swim with it in sea water. Also, check the forecast before you leave since all Cubans tell you it'll be nice tomorrow even when they don't know and it ends up raining. Bring extra money!!! There are no ATM machines anywhere and they only accept Canadian visas. Bring gifts for the staff rather than money; things like make-up, nail polish, tee-shirts, hair products, soaps, toothbrushes toothpaste, pens, anything you can think of. Staff and especially children in the nearest cities really appreciate it.

That way, you won't have to give out your only sun hat or your only pair of sunglasses. The food is amazing. Martinos' restaurant is the best.

Of course, don't forget your repellent in case you play golf at Varadero golf course. It's a very nice golf course with a great view.

There are many sports included: beach volleyball, aquacise, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling (I suggest you bring your own mask and snorkel cuz everyone else had the thing in their mouth before you, and if you don't want to get water in your mask every second), bicycling,sailing, windsurfing etc.

There is something for everyone, whether you're a night person who drinks all afternoon and sleeps all day, whether you'd rather do nothing all day longbut sit on the beach, whether you want to visit Cuba, or simply take part in the free daily activities organized by the staff.

I plan on returning to Jibacoa as I enjoyed it immensely.

Thanks to Tamara for this trip report ...
June 2001

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