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The hotels in Jibacoa are not located in the Varadero peninsula, but rather 45 minutes drive from the Varadero airport (in the province of Mayabeque). If you are looking for a beautiful long beach of fine white sand, it would be wiser to opt for hotels in Varadero. Jibacoa is closer to Havana than Varadero.
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Jibacoa is the best place in Cuba for divers and snorkelers. Indeed there is an impressive coral reef located few meters from the beach. It is possible to go snorkeling directly from the beach without having to take a boat or pay for an excursion.
We first discovered Jibacoa in 2005 and since then we have returned many times for a relaxing stay, but mostly for admiration of the marine world. Jibacoa is our annual pilgrimage.
We visited many provinces of Cuba, and it is Jibacoa, we like to return the most for snorkeling. It is even possible to do scuba diving directly from the beach. This place is special in Cuba. Holguin and Cayo Largo are also nice alternatives for lovers of the marine world.
We always stay at the hotel Superclubs Breezes Jibacoa. A nice 4-star hotel we really appreciate to relax and spend time at the Ranchón, located on the beach, is our favorite place for lunch. It is so nice to admire the sea from this beach restaurant. This hotel is for adult customers only (14-year old minimum).
All new constructions in Cuba are now behind the dunes to protect structures from potential hurricanes. The ranchóns are now replaced by beach restaurants, but quite far from the beach! This is not the case at the Breezes Jibacoa. In June 2008, the Ranchón was closed for renovations. It was rebuilt at the same place but bigger and more solid (asphalt shingle roof). A highlight of this part of Cuba is the presence of natural shade on the beach!
The neighbor hotel Villas Jibacoa (3-stars) is located on the same beach, but does not share services with the Breezes. It is exclusively sold by Nolitours for Canadian customers (Cameleon). Since the new reforms by Raul Castro, Cubans now have access to hotels like any other tourist. Since very few can afford a stay at the Breezes, they choose the Villas Cameleon. This hotel has been for years an exclusive Italian club called Villa Tropico administered by Venta Club.
In 2012, we noticed that many small businesses have sprung up near the hotels. There are restaurants, rooms for rent, horseback riding and private taxis « maquinas » these old cars for a trip to Havana. These businesses are now legal, do not worry. IMPORTANT! if you opt for a private taxi, make sure that the driver has a cell phone (in case of a problem!)
As the beaches of Cuba are not private, Cubans have the right to enjoy bathing and suntan in the sea in front of the hotels. Some will even spend the whole day, but they cannot use the beach chairs, palapas and other services of the hotels. If you have gifts to give to Cubans (other than those working at the hotel), these people will be very pleased with the gesture.
Our website www.jibacoacuba.net site is online since 2005. Several updates have taken place including two major format changes in 2008 and 2012. Click HERE to learn more about the history of our site dedicated site to Jibacoa, Cuba.
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Normand and Lily