Villas Jibacoa

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Our Opinion
This hotel is a moderate property with limited facilities, 2 bars, 1 a la carte and 1 buffet restaurant. Be prepared for very basic food, great breakfasts, so so lunches and not so great dinners. However, what this hotel lacks in amenities in makes up for in ambiance and service. It is run by all local farmers and their families and it creates a warm, casual atmosphere. The beach is beside the Breezes so the snorkeling is out of this world. The rooms were spotless and extremely well kept. Go expecting basic, no frills accommodation, but a warm and welcoming environment.

Overview
A warm and welcoming hotel located on a splendid coral and sand beach, with exceptional snorkeling and tropical gardens.

Location: Beachfront, 50 min from Varadero Airport, 60 min from Varadero.

tripadvisor Traveler Reviews
  • Nina M : Toronto
Great resort!

My family and I just returned from this resort and we had such a great time!It was amazing to have the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, it's incredibly peaceful.Their pool is one of the best I've seen in Cuba, my children and I were in it constantly. The snack bar has the sweetest little lady who makes pizza and sandwiches. My boys loved eating there for lunch. And you must have Jose make you a cafe con leche, simply the best!We had a beautiful oceanview from our room, and it was a short little walk to the restaurant. The buffet is what you would expect for Cuba, lots of pork and fish. It's open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We went for lunch once and it was crazy busy, so we stuck to the snack bar. On the Wednesday, they had a beach BBQ with fresh fish, salad, pork, and fruit. It was delicious!We didn't get the chance to try the a la carte, but was told that it was really good. Next time.The staff are so nice and accommodating, one brought us mangos and bananas from her own trees.There are a couple of downsides:1. The beach is beautiful, however, it can be VERY rocky, for someone like myself(who has neuropathy) it was nearly impossible for me to get into the ocean barefoot, bring swim shoes.2. There were Cubans also staying there(they were there for the weekend) and they were so rude, especially to the staff. To be honest, I was very shocked at their behaviour; they would cut in lines, bark orders, and leave their garbage all around the pool. In all my years of traveling to Cuba, I've never seen this attitude. A side note: If you are a cat lover, this resort was made for you! They have an absolutely beautiful feral colony who are so sweet and friendly. Being a crazy lady myself, you can imagine how happy it made me 😸 I will remember to bring cat food next time.All in all, this resort was the perfect family vacation for us. We can not wait to return!

  • Christine M : Toronto, Canada
A Mixed Review

I have stayed twice at Villa Tropico in the past 4 years and once many moons ago where the vibe and food were excellent.For snorkelling it is very popular and well recommended.The grounds are lovely and very well cared for. The beach is another matter, I arrived on day one to many cigarette butts, multiple broken plastic cups and straws from the bar. The hotel does provide garbage bins. No clean up and raking of the beach was done during the week. The food: it just got worse as the days went on. Flies on the food, why the deserts are not covered I am nor sure. The kitchen would sometimes label the food, you could not identify meat from fish, all very brown looking. The dinners were essentially the lunch left overs warmed up or chopped up and mixed with copious amounts of mayonnais (I do have photographs of each of the food stations). Some of the chefs were excellent, the majority just standing around. The breakfasts were the best. No fresh fruit juice or yogurt was offered. The vegetables were very limited. So please identify each and every dish. The a la carte meal was very disappointing. The 'snack bar' at the pool only provides a couple of things for part of the time. So if you are travelling with a late Transat flight there will be no food... Transat perhaps could rectify this. The wait staff in the restaurant were always gracious.There is a little shop, but does not carry any snacks... I did see tins of sardines.My room was adequate. As in all the rooms the door does not fit the frame, leaving large gaps for the mosquitoes to enter. I was fortunate, I did not have cockroaches as did a few people who were staying at the hotel. The shower head hardly produced much water, but there was plenty of hot water.The hotel is in a beautiful setting, between the ocean and the cliffs - it's so disappointing that the hotel is not more innovative. I'm not sure why Wifi Is not seen as a necessity.

  • travellove2009 : New Brunswick, Canada
Honest review of a budget paradise

This was my 2nd time to Villa Tropico and I fell more in love this time. For me who travels on a budget, I definitely got more than I paid for. $700/tax in, all inclusive. I live in eastern Canada. You can't travel within Canada for 1 week for that price. Now the few negatives that may be an issue for some. 1) Food selection is small and repetitive. I'm a very picky eater, so I struggled but didn't starve. WARNING: the store has next to no snacks, so if you're like me, pack some snacks. You'll thank me. I didn't try any of the pool snack bar food. 2) Some rooms are dated and tired, however very clean & basic comfort and plenty of hot water.3) For beer lovers, $1cuc at the lobby bar for a bottle of beer, none on tap, however the pool bar has it on tap and no charge.4) This isn't a negative to me so much as an FYI. Bring water shoes, I like to walk around in the water and some parts are rocky. Now the parts that made me fall in love. The gorgeous beach and surroundings. If you like clear turquoise water only, you may not like it here. But if you can appreciate a different tropical beach, with varying tones of turquoise and a reef with a diverse sea life to watch while you snorkel, this is a great place to enjoy. I lucked out the days I stayed, as the water was incredibly clear and I just can't say enough. Best place to just enjoy a nice swim, is a sweet clear spot between the two resorts, it stays clear and sandy all the way over your head if you want to go deep. Long stretch of beach for walking. Some locals, some will try to sell you things but if you decline, they leave you alone. The surroundings are gorgeous, lush and green. I fell in love with the sounds of the many different birds. The pools are good. Clean and chairs are comfortable. More so than the beach. They should get the same chairs for the beach, makes lounging that much more enjoyable. Staff is nice and professional. I'm not a very talkative person and they didn't treat me less for not chatting them up. I tipped here and there. But not always. Still got great service. I did not take in any evening entertainment, as I was in bed every night around 9-10pm and up to watch the sunrise every morning. Yes, as mentioned in other reviews, locals come to stay mostly on the weekends. They like to drink and enjoy themselves, mostly occupy the pool area, so they didn't phase me. I did not find the staff served them 1st over me or treated anyone differently. Cubans work hard too and deserve to vacation the way they want. Just like anyone else. Overall, this place is perfect for real R & R. And I will go back in 2018. The area is what attracts me the most. Keep in mind it is roughly 1 hour from the airport and 1 hour from Havana. You're in the country. Which is just perfect for this lady.Relax, explore the beach and take in the natural tropical setting. Cheers!

  • dastieber : Los Angeles, California
Great resort for small budget (40CUC/person, meals and drinks included, off season.)

We had a room with 3 beds. Clean, comfortable, good air-conditionning. Good bathroom and toilet. 2 swimming pools, the beautiful sea is 20 yards away with lotsa parasols and lounging chairs. Billiards, salsa lessons, snorkling after a very short trip on a small catamaran (10 CUC/person.) Absolutely delighted by all amenities. The food is "buffet", that is, made to cater to a large number of people, but it's certainly varied and adequate. We were lucky to be there at the beginning of June so few tourists were present and it was heavenly. Met a Canadian lady who's been coming for over 20 years, so taken she is by the place and its price. The only complaint I could have : Please feed all the lovely cats with the restaurant food leftovers so we don't feel compelled to do it after each meal. Actually, the presence of the many adorable cats and kittens hanging around the park (and particularly near the entrance of the restaurant) should be prominently advertised to get more cat-lovers tourists who are plentiful all over the world. The cats also come by poolside to get their head and belly scratched by their admirors. A vet to neuter all these beautiful cats for birth-control would be welcome. They all seem in good health but are not so appreciated by the Cerberus standing by the restaurant's door. This is the main aspect the hotel has to work on, otherwise I'm happy to rave about Tropico and its staff.

  • kits0u : Montreal, Canada
cheap, quiet, basic

This was my second time at this very basic resort. There was a problem upon arrival when my friend (from Toronto) and I (from Montreal) were given basic small row-rooms, instead of the bungalows we had reserved and paid for. Don't be fooled. If you requested a bungalow, and have paid extra, don't settle for a smaller room ( 5 in a row). The bungalows have larger rooms, patios, and 2 beds. They are in 4 sections with even numbers being the ones in the front. The odd numbered ones face the back and the mountain.They will try to tell you at reception, that the rooms and the bungalows are the same thing, and even blame your agency in Canada. Unfortunately, the Transat rep. in Cuba, was part of the hoax.The food was basic and varied only a little. When chef Alfredo was there, the buffet was cleaner and without flies on the fruit. The weekends fill up with locals, but they prefer the pool area, so the beach is quiet. You have to arrive at 1pm for lunch on weekends to get what you want.There is no fresh fruit juice or yogurt, and certain fruits magically appear, only upon request.The rooms are very clean and the bungalows are spacious. Flat screen TV's with French, Italian, Spanish, English and German channels.This is a very basic resort with a nice beach (which unfortunately was not cleaned the 2 weeks we were there), and great snorkeling. You can walk 5 minutes west to a deserted area with sandy bottomed bays, and no sea grass, but the beach is littered with cans.A massage in a hut on the beach, is available for a very good price.Buy your coffee and rum at the hotel because the duty-free shop at the airport is more expensive. The family-run souvenir shop up the hill, has even better prices. Honey is only available at the airport.

Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).

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Items not included:

  • Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
  • Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
  • Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
  • Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
  • Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
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  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • 1 a la carte dinner/specialty restaurant per week (dress code & reservations may be required)
  • Snacks daily
  • Unlimited International brand drinks, domestic beer, wine/lunch
  • Hobie Cats
  • Catamarans
  • Kayaking
  • Pedal Boat
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis
  • Use of bicycles
  • Volleyball
  • Exercise classes (Aerobics)
  • Daily activities
  • Nightly entertainment
  • 110 rooms in bungalow style villas
  • 1 buffet restaurant
  • 1 International a la carte restaurant (dress code & reservations may be required)
  • 2 bars including Lobby bar & Pool bar
  • 1 outdoor pool
  • Sun lounges & towels
  • 2 lit tennis courts
  • Sundries shop
  • Exercise classes
  • Scuba diving on-site (fee)
  • Dive shop on-site
  • A range of watersports available
  • Internet (fee)
Hotel Rooms include:
  • 1 queen or 2 twin beds
  • Air-conditioning
  • Sitting area
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Full bathroom
  • 220V (converters needed)
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Max occupancy 3 persons
Kids Deals - 1 child 2-12 stays & eats free when sharing a room with 2 adults.
 
Special Children's Room! - Take advantage of special rates on a separate children's room for kids and teens 2-12. (Available in conjunction with an adult double room).

Cameleon Club at your Service! - Only Nolitours passengers receive the special privileges of Cameleon Club. Special features include Separate check-in, Welcome letter and gift, 2 bottles of water, soft drinks and 2 snacks in room upon arrival, Bottle of rum in room upon arrival, Concierge service, Cameleon BBQ night, Cuban theme night, Distinct identification bracelet..

Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.

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  • Villas Jibacoa
    Varadero,Cuba

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Villa Tropico (Cameleon Villa Jibacoa)
Via Blanca km 60, Jibacoa Beach, Santa Cruz Norte, Jibacoa Cuba

Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.

Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.

Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in. Special requests cannot be guaranteed and may incur additional charges upon check-in to fulfil.

Hotels do not condone unruly behavior, parties in rooms, excessive noise or any other actions that violate the hotels terms of use. Guests may be removed from the property at their own expense in the event of any disturbance or complaint from other guests or hotel staff. Escapes.ca cannot be held responsible for any guests who may be removed from the hotel due to a violation of rules.

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