Las Salinas

Las Salinas, Cuba: Address, Las Salinas Reviews: 4/5

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Suebru_12
Cairns, Australia84 contributions
Nov 2014 • Family
The reviews on this site are mixed between the Laguna de Las Salinas and a resort (maybe with the same name which is confusing). This review is about Laguna de Las Salinas which forms part of Zapata Swamp (Cienaga de Zapata) said to be Cuba's best bird-watching spot. We stayed in Playa Larga which is only a few kilometres from the park entrance and had a car (which is a necessity but i understand can be booked by your casa in Playa Larga). Park entry is 10CUC per person and this gives you a guide for your car as well - you are not allowed into the park without a guide. Our guide was Mario Diaz a very knowledgeable birder who was a delight to spend time in the park with. The bumpy 22km ride traverses dry forest, mangroves before passing into swamps and lagoons. The scenery is wonderful but the best treat is the birds. We are not manic bird watchers but love to see birds in their natural habitat and have become particularly fond of flamingos. This trip delivered on both fronts and we saw a wide array of birds and many many flamingos, a number quite close to our vehicle. They say there are 10,000 flamingos living in the Las Salinas area but this is 350 square kilometres so you are not going to see most of them - be warned in advance! But we would have seen a few hundred which was really wonderful and more than enough for us. Las Salinas is a joy especially if you love birds. I would recommend taking mosquito repellant as the mozzies are quite vicious! Enjoy.
Written January 27, 2015
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Frits R
Amsterdam, The Netherlands17 contributions
Nov 2012 • Couples
Las Salinas gives you the possibility to see flamingo's in free nature.
You drive with your own car over a bumpy road, with on both sides of the road magnificent views.
Written January 9, 2013
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Lelo69
Edmonton, Alberta1 contribution
We were told that when going to Cuba, you're not going for the food. So, needless to say, we were not expecting good food. However, we were pleasantly surprised that at the resort they had a variety of good food. We especially enjoyed the pasta. The hotel was clean and the staff were very friendly and accommodating. Everything was very easy to find. I even had to see the doctor, who is on call at the resort ,which was a pleasant experience. Also, the entertainment that we saw was fantastic! All in all a very good experience. I wish I could go back next week!
Written February 4, 2010
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Sandy B
Sarasota, FL4 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
Our personal guide, AlberTheHiker, arranged for a car to take us for a 20-minute car ride in Zapata National Park to Las Salinas. Here, there are expansive, protected and natural wetlands where we easily saw hundreds of flamingos. Several lookout stations along the way allow for nice photo opportunies. But the best part was near the end of the road during sunset...so serene. Who know flamingos fly? If you want to reach our wonderful guide, he's on FB as AlberTheHiker.
Written February 4, 2017
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Anni
28 contributions
Dec 2016 • Friends
You can book a guided tour one night before. There are plenty of guides so you should ask several places to get the best price. Unless you're there by car, you also need to book a taxi. From Playa Larga the taxi cost 35cuc all together. Luckily we found other people to share the ride. The tour was 15 cuc but the guide was quite useless. She didn't tell anything extra, just pointed at the birds and told their names in Spanish. Of course you're not allowed to enter the area without a guide.... It was still nice to see the laguna and flamingos and pelicans. You should go early in the morning in order to see more birds and also because it gets hot in there, at 9am I was already melting.
Written December 13, 2016
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Munrobuy
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
La Salina is a nice property, the rooms are clean, the grounds are well maintained. The shows are excellent and the tours were good. We did the day trip to Havana which was very informative and interesting. The catamaran trip was good but the snorkelling part was bad, they gave us cheap equipment and the marine life was dull. The island however were we had lunch had crystal clear water and the food was good.

The only negative thing I have to say about La Salina and Cuba on a whole is the food. It is pretty bad. I pretty much ate as much as I could at the Grill down by the beach. The smoke added some flavour to the meat. The buffett is exstensive so if you look long enough you'll find something palatable. The alcarte restaurants weren't much better except for the Japanese restaurant which was pretty tastey. The barbeque night is also good.

I brought my 3 kids 17,13 and 7, we had connecting rooms and they loved La Salina. They lived on Pizza, French fries and Shirly Temples. They never left the pools or the beach and they thought the place was heaven.

Overall This trip was good value for money. It's no comparison to the 5 star hotels in Jamaica but then again it was 1/2 the cost. You get what you pay for. If you are accustom to going to high end hotels you may be disappointed. If you want a cheap get away and you don't care about fine dining then you'll love La Salina.
Written September 9, 2010
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canadasus
Richmond HIll1 contribution
I was very dissapointed and even shocked on this trip. First, the Canadian teens who destroyed our sleep on a daily basis. They were rude, spoiled brats that should be sent to Cuba to help the Cubans earn their living. The food was not great, gave us hard rock bread to eat, the organize guide trips- a joke, you had to stay on the bus for hours in order to pick 200 tourists, Cubans looked to exploit you for every dollar, Havana was very polluted and disgusting, the reefs at the Bay of Pigs were not in a good shape- they were dead or dying, go to Eilat, Israel for that, the Candian dollar was worth way less than the Cuban, even though this is a failed/third world state. Anything you tried to do outside the resort was long, difficult, expensive, and not worth it. Don't go to this resort!
I will never forget this trip, have never gone to Cuba or to all inclusive resort.Never again! Rich Canadian parents- disgusting kids and disgusting parenting skills.
Written March 23, 2010
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