I returned to Villa Maguana for a few weeks over Christmas and New years 2010. As soon as I got out of the vehicle, the overwhelming feeling returned, prompted by that amazing bluewater beach and the barrier reef, displaying and expressing the whitewater waves like a truly skilled artist displays his soul. The staff was largely unchanged, save as to Alexseis, who now is the manager at Porto Santo, in town. No surprise there. Alexseis is a terrific hospitable manager. My room was terrific...second story and overlooking the reef. Roma, the amazingly beautiful and delightful chambermaid, welcomed me back with opened arms and a tear. She had the baby she was expecting before, and she brought all the pictures to show me. Warm wonderful place, quiet and intimate, and you can walk to the larger adjacent beach. It has a few tourists each day on a bus or two, but only from 11am or so til 3 ish. One night, we were on the big beach til two in the morning, virtually alone. The moon was full, the spirits were high, and the huge waves were crashing their white foamy tops on the reef, under a full moon.
Food was good. Service was terrific. personalities....the best!!! Snorkeing was good, and one day a local, Jordan, got a nice pargo (red snapper) about 15 or more pounds. I got a lot of chonch, but returned them alive to the sea bed. Did find a fifty or so year old rum bottle. Lotsa fish near the reef in the late day, just before dark. Lots of local food offered, especially seafood and fruit. Hard to turn down! Locals behind the hotel and behind the big beach, were friendly and helpful. I often walked at night, in the virtual dark, and never had a moment of anxiety, except for the night I walked into a pig. Another night in jet blackness while wandering back from the big beach, I met Estrella, an elderly neighbor lady, who lives on the beach. Wonderful old gal...very friendly. Maguana is Cuba exemplified , for sure. Rolando the new manager is wonderful, and Elvis his deputy, is as funny and cheerful as ever. Stay for more than a few days to get in the Maguana pace, which is somewhere bwtween whoa and revrse, maybe park??
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