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Recently (Nov 6, 2001) returned from Cuba, Breezes Jibacoa.
The resort is very clean, rooms are nice and clean. Bathroom supplies (i.e. soap, shampoo) are not replenished very eagerly. TV has a few channels some of them in English. Staff is friendly.
Food. Choice was limited compared for example to better resorts in Mexico. Especially salads and fruit. Italian restaurant better, with good service. Wednesdays were lobster nights and, indeed, they served lobster all you can eat! There were some extra guests from outside for lobster, but still it wasn’t too crowded. Cuban restaurant not much different from the buffet.
Entertainment. Good. Evening performances with a band, good dancers. Good, energetic activity staff.
Water sports. Sea kayaks, snorkeling equipment, catamarans, sunfish sailboats, windsurfers. Catamarans with instructor only, some of them let you steer. You had to book catamarans, no problem with other equipment, always enough for everybody (but hotel was only half full). Scuba diving included but you have to be quick to take advantage. Lessons are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are in for a week, book fast! We arrived on Monday, everything was booked for Wednesday and on Friday was bad weather. Next day after the lesson they will take you to the sea.
Beach. It is not a big white sandy beach (not like in Varadero). Lots of reefs (good for snorkeling). The sand is darker and coarse. Lots of beach chairs but many of them broken.
Swimming pool average. Whirlpool very small.
Excursions. Expensive. There are also free walks (hike the local hill, visit the local farm etc.). Bicycles that were once good but now in a very bad shape, even dangerous. Car and moped rental.
Gym. Small with basic equipment.
Hotel stores and stalls very expensive. You can buy similar things legally at half price in Havana. Out of the resort, there are many people approaching you to sell cigars and other stuff but this is apparently not legal.
Overall we had a good vacation with hurricane Michelle as an added attraction. Not planning to return to Cuba soon. There are many other places to explore.
Thanks to Bogdan for this trip report ...