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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.

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  • Travelforbirds : Saskatoon, Canada
Birding at Jibacoa

We spent 2 weeks here in January 2017. The birding is actually pretty good! If you are a fairly keen birder (i.e. recognize most species by plumage/voice without referencing a guide) you will do very well! If you are a beginner or just want to sit on your patio and snap some pics, you will still probably see a lot! We would highly recommend hiring a local day guide, Julio Cesar, who lives nearby, especially if you want to see some of the endemics that don't occur in the area. He doesn't have an email address, but you can find him pretty easily if you go to the campground to the east. If you go over there wearing binoculars, he will probably come up to you and say hi! Good birding spots are the grounds themselves, a lagoon and flooded forest west of the hotel that you can get somewhat close to from the beach, the trail up the mountain to the east, jungle bordering the road, and the open fields at the campground to the east. Here is what we found on the property and within walking distance:American wigeon: saw one once at the lagoonBlue-winged teal: common on the lagoonLeast grebe: super sneaky, but a pair was present on the lagoonMagnificent frigatebird: common at the beachCormorant sp.: one flew over while we were snorkelingBrown pelican: common at the beachLittle blue heron: forages in rocky areas on the beachCattle egret:common in the campgroundGreen heron: saw one on the groundsYellow-crowned night-heron: common in wetlands bordering the groundsTurkey vulture: always overheadCommon gallinule: common in the lagoonKilldeer: sometimes in the grassy areas on the groundsSpotted sandpiper: common on the beachSemipalmated plover: saw a couple of times on the beachRoyal tern: common at the beachWhite crowned pigeon: roosts on the grounds every day. Look early in the morning.Zenaida dove: saw one near the groundsMourning dove: common on the grounds and local areaCommon ground dove: fairly common on the grounds and local areaKey West quail dove: You can hear them on/near the mountain. Only saw one!Great lizard cuckoo:common in wooded areas nearbySmooth-billed ani: common in open areas nearby, especially the campgroundCuban pygmy owl: reasonably common in nearby wooded areas, but hard to seeAntillean palm-swift: Sometimes overheadCuban emerald: common nearby wherever there are flowersCuban tody: pretty easy to find on the mountainWest Indian woodpecker: common on the groundsYellow-bellied sapsucker: saw a few on the groundsCuban green woodpecker: Fairly common in wooded areas nearbyAmerican kestrel: common in open areasMerlin: We saw one come down the shoreline one dayCuban pewee: common in wooded areas nearbyLa Sagra's flycatcher: common in wooded areas nearbyLoggerhead kingbird: fairly common in the areaWhite-eyed vireo: saw oneCuban vireo: common in wooded areas nearbyYellow-throated vireo: saw oneCave swallow: sometimes overheadBlue-gray gnatcatcher: common on grounds and in the areaRed-legged thrush: common on the grounds and local areaGray catbird: saw a fewNorthern mockingbird: common on the grounds and local areaOvenbird: saw a coupleLouisiana waterthrush: saw one near the lagoonNorthern waterthrush: common near the lagoonCommon yellowthroat: saw a coupleAmerican redstart: common on the grounds and local areaNorthern parula: fairly common on the grounds and local areaYellow warbler: fairly common by the lagoonBlack-throated blue warbler: fairly common on the grounds and local areaPalm warbler: Very common on the grounds and local areaYellow-rumped warbler: saw oneYellow-throated warbler: common on the grounds and local areaPrairie warbler: saw a fewBlack-throated green warbler: saw a coupleYellow-headed warbler: fairly easy to find up the mountainYellow-faced grassquit: common on the grounds and local areaWestern spindalis: saw a few in wooded areasEastern meadowlark: saw a couple in the campgroundCuban blackird: common on the grounds and local areaGreater Antillean grackle: common on the grounds and local areaCuban oriole: saw a couple up the roadHouse sparrow: common on the grounds and local area

  • hpkmontreal : Montreal, Canada
Laid back and lovely

Spent 10 days. Loved the feel of the place. Laid back. Lovely setting on a curve of beach below lovely green mountains. The vibe was great. Quiet. No rushing to reserve a chair. Nobody selling stuff on the beach. Easy going people including lots of interesting characters, young and old. Friendly and competent staff. Good, if repetitive food, & excellent breakfasts & baked goods. Nice beach, though it could be cleaned of ocean borne junk a bit more often. Nice for swimming & snorkeling. Inexpensive. Easy travel to Havana by car 1 hour away. Great local lobster restaurant just up the road.

  • Debbie M : Hamilton, Canada
What A Gem !

Just returned early this morning and can't rave enough about this place. The staff are wonderful...we met so many other guests who were so much fun and engaging. Probably 90 per cent Canadian. The food was quite good but go big at breakfast. On Wednesday they have a buffet style barbeque in the central area of the resort. Chicken, Pork, Liver (?) and various salads...don't miss it...starts at 1PM. There is a wonderful restaurant about a 10 minute walk up the main road. Reservations can be made at the front desk or just walk up in the morning and make them yourself. Wonderful and you can't finish it. Really try to get a bungalow...far better location then the rooms, The pool bar has great snacks and seems to be quiet even though the result was full. Beach is gorgeous and the snorkeling was impressive. Check-in was quick and easy as was checkout. 50 minute drive from the airport. Looking forward to our next visit in 2018 ! P.S. If you are looking for a loud resort stay away...this is a very relaxing spot.

  • holiday-pinettes : Manitoba
Good place if on a budget.

We were at this resort from Jan 2-16th. It's a good resort for someone that's on a budget and not fussy. If you're someone that likes a lot of action and partying this is really not a spot for you. Pros: -small resort, everything is close -lots of hot water and pressure for showers in villas -public bathrooms good, toilet paper in them most of the times and toilets seats in all! -lots of shade at beach under the trees, lots of beach chairs, you don't feel crowded at all on beach. -great snorkelling -rooms good, decent beds, air conditioning works great -tiles not slippery when wet -decent food just not much for variety - Air Transat rep Roberto does a great job, he's very helpful - quiet around resort, great for sleeping -small resort so easy to get to know other guests -great if you want quiet location and like to relax - we never went to them but heard the restaurants close to resort are very good -easy to get to Havana for a day trip with cab (classic car) for 60 CUC for the day -store on site with good variety of booze -Lots of beautiful mature trees around the resort -Nice having mountain right behind the resort, staff lead hikes a couple of times per week. -Don't miss the Cuban day lunch they have once a week (Wednesday) very good, best meal of the week. Cons-Not much variety for food, 2 soups, 4 rice , fish is what is mainly on the grill, 8 other hot dishes, small salad bar- buffet line is long sometimes, it's not set up very good since you have to wait for people getting food from grill or pasta station to get other hot dishes. -1st time seeing so many fruit flies in buffet and on bread -Food not hot even when coming out of kitchen -Ran out of booze for some speciality drinks -lots of uneven surfaces for walking in parking lot & sidewalks -meat was not cooked enough sometimes -when you went to bar with bottle for water, they wouldn't refill it they would give you another bottle that was opened. -would not go to this resort with little kids, not much for activities for them - beach is not good if you like to play in waves, lots of coral close to shore -had to pay for safe -lots of dogs & cats around property, not great when they're in heat and making lots of noise -very quiet in evening, sometimes only a handful of people at bar at 11. -the worse location for evening entertainment we've ever seen in 30 years, a building where you sit in semi circle inside a building so very awkard to get up to go out to pool to get a drink, also very loud -lots of biting bugs -snack bar is open but you never know what you can get, they are constantly running out of things. Sometimes you can get hamburgers , other times only pork sandwiches. If you're really unlucky all there will be is pizza which is dried crust with tomato soup and very little cheese. -Very short hours for some meals Breakfast 7:30 -10:00 Lunch 1:00 - 2:30 Supper 7:00 -9:30 Snack bar 11:00-6:00 but they often ran out of food before 6.-Lobby bar 8:00am to 10:30 pm-Pool bar 10:00 am to 1:00am. Not great when it's cold and windy or raining and only spot after 10:30 is out in the open, guess that's why so quiet in evening.-the worse entertainment staff we've seen, they're great to you if you've been before and they're your Fren, otherwise they won't talk to you. Hardly ever saw them working, most of the time talking with the return guests that they've befriended.- only saw them do activites a few times a day. Would I go back to this resort? Yes I would for a cheap price, we're budget travelers so know what to expect for the price we pay. Not a resort for everyone but there are many return guests for a reason.

  • Sarah S : Winnipeg, Canada
Great Stay

I just recently stayed at Villas Jibacoa last week and it was great! I had low expectations given the price and star rating. I've been to Cuba a couple times, but this resort has the most beautiful scenery and grounds of them all. Definitely surpassed my expectations. Majority of employees are very warm and friendly. I definitely recommend the free hike through the mountain that the resort offers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The views are spectacular and the farmers you meet along the way are so kind. The food is typical of Cuba, you won't starve, but it's nothing to write home about. Cappuccinos are great though. I would also recommend the restaurant Le Cacique which is just 10 minutes down the road from the resort. Absolutely a must! The portions are HUGE, service is very friendly and the lobster is great! Its also dirt cheap at 15 peso including beer or wine. Just be sure to make a reservation as it does fill up. The snorkeling here is amazing! Crystal clear water and the reefs are right off the shore! Be sure to bring your snorkeling gear though. Rooms are dated, but clean and our room already had two 110v plugs so we didn't require adapters. There is internet available in the main lobby and you can buy a card with 80 minutes of interest use for only 2 pesos! All in all I would recommend this resort to those looking for a relaxing vacation in a beautiful place. It's definitely not a party or fancy resort, but oh so perfect to lay back with a pina colada and get a great tan. I will be back!

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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  • 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.

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