Caribbean Tourism

Cuba

Diving & Marine Life

Cuba’s marine environment is pristine compared with many Caribbean islands, where there has often been overharvesting and overdevelopment of the dive industry. The majority of coral reefs are alive and healthy and teeming with assorted marine life. The government has established a marine park around the Isla de la Juventud and much marine life is protected...

Beaches & Watersports

Trekking, hiking, rafting and bird watching are elements of adventure or nature travel which are still in their infancy in Cuba but are likely to be heavily promoted in the near future. The island’s plentiful fauna and flora, its mountains, cays and wetlands, and its expanding system of national parks and other protected areas, are perfect for getting close...

Accommodation - Zapata Peninsula

D Horizontes Villa Guamá D Horizontes Villa Guamá, Laguna del Tesoro, T592979. 59 a/c rooms in thatched cabañas on several little islands in the style of a Taino village, with bath, phone, TV, restaurant, bar, cafetería, nightclub, shop, tourist information desk, excursions, fishing for largemouth bass in the lake. E Villa Horizontes Playa Larga E Villa...

Accommodation - Trinidad

C-D Motel Las Cuevas C-D Motel Las Cuevas (Horizontes), Finca Santa Ana, T4194013/9. On a hill 10 mins’ walk from town (good road), with caves in the grounds, nice view of the sea, 114 very comfortable rooms in 60 chalets and apartments with a/c, phone, radio, hot water, and very clean, 2 swimming pools, bar, discotheque from 2200 in cave below reception,...

Accommodation - Santa Clara

C Villa La Granjita C Villa La Granjita (Cubanacán), outside town at Km 2.5 on Maleza road, T26053, F28192. 75 rooms in thatched cabañas among fruit trees, cable TV, a/c, phone, pool, bar, shop, buffet restaurant, horses, night-time entertainment around the pool. D Los Caneyes D Los Caneyes (Horizontes), Av de los Eucaliptos y Circunvalación, T4512/5,...

Accommodation - Sancti Spíritus

There are three hotels in town around Parque Serafín Sánchez which are being refurbished to take foreigners as follows: E Plaza (Islazul), F Colonial, Perla de Cuba (Cubanacán). E Plaza (Islazul), T27102. 27 rooms in old colonial building, high-ceilings, refurbished in colonial style, some with balconies overlooking plaza, triples available, a/c, TV, bar,...

Accommodation – Cienfuegos

A-D Mercure Coralia Jagua A-D Mercure Coralia Jagua (Gran Caribe), Punta Gorda, C 37 No 1, T451003, F667454. 145 a/c rooms with view over bay, singles, doubles and triples available, 4-star, being renovated in 2000 and only half full, comfortable, Palacio de Valle restaurant next door, gorgeous decor, live piano music, simple but good food in snack bar,...

Accommodation – Camagüey

C Villa Maraguán C Villa Maraguán (Cubanacán), Circunvalación Este, on outskirts, T72017, 72170. Three-star, 32 rooms and 2 suites with terrace, 3 bars, restaurant, cafetería, car rental, pool, open air night time entertainment when tour parties are staying, video and games room, squash, billiards, table tennis, volleyball, children’s playground, horse...

Caribbean - Phone List

Above the village is the 26-room B Hotel Moka, run in co-operation with the Cuban Academy of Sciences as an ecotourism centre, breakfast US$5, other meals US$15, transfer from Havana US$32, a/c, satellite TV, T852921, 802694, Havana marketing office, Sr Falcón, T333814/3900, F335516. The hotel complex is beautifully designed and laid out, in Spanish...

Accommodation - Vinales

C Los Jazmines C Los Jazmines (Horizontes), Carretera de Vinales Km 23.5, 3 km before the town, in a superb location with travel brochure view of the valley, T936205, F936215, book through Horizontes in Havana, T334042, F333722. 62 nice rooms and 16 cabañas, nightclub, breakfast buffet US$5 if not already included, lunch US$10, dinner US$12, unexciting...

Accommodation - Varadero

A Cuban-Spanish joint venture has a group of resort hotels managed by Sol/Meliá Hotels of Spain, http://es.solmelia.com/ LL-L Meliá Las Américas (Cubanacán), Autopista Sur Km 7, T667600, F667625. Five stars, 250 rooms, suites, 125 luxury bungalows, comfortable, glitzy public areas, restaurants, breakfast recommended, nice pool but cold, good beach, golf,...

Accommodation – Pinar Del Rio

As you leave the autopista on the north side of José Martí, but in walking distance of the city centre, is the C Hotel Pinar del Río, José Martí final, T50707. Staff friendly and helpful, swimming pool, nightclub, car hire, in need of updating, beds too soft, sheets too short, hot water evenings only, poor lighting, no bedside light, poor TV reception, poor...

Accommodation – Matanzas

D-E Hotel Canimao D-E Hotel Canimao, Km 4 Carretera Matanzas a Varadero, T668021. 120 rooms on hill above Río Canímar, pool, nightclub, good restaurant, excursions offered on the river or to caves. D-E El Valle Another hotel outside town is D-E El Valle, T53300/53118, 7 km northwest of Matanzas, in woodland in the Valle del Yumurí. Built 1985, 42 rooms,...

Accommodation - Old Havana

Several important hotel renovation projects have been completed in Old Havana and these are now elegant places to stay. LL-L Golden Tulip Parque Central (Cubanacán), Neptuno entre Prado y Zulueta, T6066279, F606630, on north side of Parque Central. 281 rooms of international standard, excellent bathrooms, separate shower and bathtub, business centre, 2...

Accommodation - Havana

El Viejo y El Mar (Cubanacán), 248 y Av 5, Santa Fe, T336336, F336823. Pleasant enough hotel on seafront but out of the way and nothing to do unless you are busy at the marina, package tourists come here before going off on excursions, small pool, restaurant with buffet meals, lobby bar, clean, bath tub, tricky shower. A Residencial Turístico, T331150-6....