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Villas Jibacoa

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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.

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.

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  • 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.

  • mosesma : NS

I recently stayed at the Villas Jibacoa and had a most wonderful trip. Air Transat was great as usual and when our flight home was delayed ( we were kept at the resort for the extra 2 hours instead of being bored at the airport, thanks Air Transat) we got 2 extra hours on the beach. All the staff at the resort were warm and welcoming and I received the room I requested. The beach is wonderful with snorkeling right from the beach. My massages from Alexandro were awesome. Thanks Alex. What made my trip memorable was the people I met ( a big shout out to Cathy, Lynne, Dino, Paul and Marlene);a great group and wonderful people. I love this smaller resort. It us older, but easy to get around and I feel very safe here. It is beautiful, the gardeners work very hard as do a the staff. It would have been perfect except for one thing. And it's an easy fix. Keep the buffet windows closed and the A/C on. I didn't like the flies on the food and it was quite warm at times, but for this it would have been perfect. Thanks to all the staff and my new friends for making my trip fantastic.

  • Kathy B : Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Side trips off resort

If you want a tasty authentic Cuban pork sandwich (pan con lechon) then I highly recommend going to Las Palmas cafeteria. It is located about 5 km from the Tropico near the turnoff from the main highway to Havana. Just a little stand on the side of the road. The sandwiches are 1 CUC and are delicious! They also have fresh pineapple juice. Give it a try.

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).

If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.

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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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.

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