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An excellent and easy excursion

A long interesting cave with unusual types of stalagtite crystals (growing sideways). The guide was... read more

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318nicholasl
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Ottawa, Canada
Definitely worth going to!

We took a taxi to the and it was worth the trip. It was 5cuc each for entry and we were there for... read more

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Mark-Cindy-E
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A long interesting cave with unusual types of stalagtite crystals (growing sideways). The guide was fluent in English, Russian, French, Portuguese, and of course Spanish, and made some amusing jokes. Close enough to Matanzas city centre that I could visit by bicycle (taking about 30...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a taxi to the and it was worth the trip. It was 5cuc each for entry and we were there for just over an hour inside the cave and we only saw a small fraction of the entire cave. Our guide was fluent...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mark-Cindy-E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did this excursion and it was fantastic. We did three excursions and thinks one by far was our favourite. We did it through westjet we also went through a pharmacy kn the 19th century and we went to Matanza. Our tour guide was phenomenal...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jenessa G
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Went into these caves as part of a city tour. Fascinating formations, including crystals. Great guide for the tour and lots of opportunities for pictures. After the tour there is a really nice 3D video of the parts of the cave that are not accessible...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Burnmax
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful time with family and friends. Great opportunity to interact with Cuban people. Pony rides. Nice park. Slippery due to water on stairs. Use railings. Rest rooms are a bit of a walk out back

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank EandK1
Reviewed September 9, 2018

Caves are few minutes by car from Matanzas city. Entrance allowed only with guide who is very knowledgeable and speaks fluent English. According to him, this is the first attraction on Cuba opened for tourists.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank JaroslavNecas
Reviewed August 7, 2018

The caves are located near Matanzas city, worth visiting. Just 3-5 mins drive. If you have 2 spare hours in your holiday schedule. The price is around 5 CUC per adult, extra 5 for camera. The caves are not in the best 'natural' condition -...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Alexander_Shelagin
Reviewed July 9, 2018

I really am not big on caves - I'd usually rather be above ground, especially, I suppose, on a Caribbean island. But I was taken with this cave, which was busy with tourists the day we went. The tour requires a bit of effort, but...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Blue_Byways
Reviewed May 3, 2018

This was the only Excursion I took in Cuba this year. We arranged it through Sunwing and had our own Jeep and Driver. He was certainly an asset spoke fluent English and knew the history of the area. Visiting the caves and realizing that these...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank footballguy03
Reviewed April 29, 2018

We stopped at Bellamar Caves on the way back from Matanzas to Havana city. The above-ground visitor center place is packed with screaming children and long lines of tourists. You might find the many stairs down there annoying, but they are kinda built into the...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Response from Don H | Reviewed this property |
I believe it starts at 10 am, which getting there earlier is better than later, as it gets crowded.
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No swimming in these ones
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January 13, 2018|
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Response from JohnInItaly | Reviewed this property |
Some people in our group had issues with the slippery steps and heights, and so your experience may also vary. The good news is that you can just turn around and walk out if anyone becomes uncomfortable. The serenity and... More
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MIchaelFel
Chatham, New Jersey
Should we take a guided tour of Matanzas city? (5 Replies)
Hi, We will be staying in Havana for several days. I wanted to take a trip to see the Cuevas de Bellamar. While I was speaking to a tour company about other tours they offered us a tour to Matanzas (the bridges and other things) and they will also cover Cuevas de Bellamar. They priced it at 150 CUC plus cave entrance. However, I don't know much about Matanzas the city. Is it worth taking the tour of the city, spending time there and then going to Cuevas de Bellamar and paying 150 CUC or...More
March 27, 2017|
Response fromAndrzej_Maks|
Hi, I was in Matanzas however Itravelled there from Varadero so short distance, taxi 40 CUC whole day.. If you stay in Havana then there is not much sense to spend that 150CUC to see small city. There is 1 cathedral always closed for renovation, one fort San Severino - nothing to compare to Havana's castles, and city's main square. The so called bridges are not impressive at all. If you go by taxi to these Cuevas then you can stop for some lunch in Matanzas but don't spend money on that so...More
FoxxyCleopatra
Toronto, Canada
Day Trips from Varadero (prices and suggestions) (7 Replies)
I was wondering if you guys could tell me how much on average day trips cost? I wanted to visit Havana, and Cuevas de Bellamar and I have no idea how much it will run me. Also, can you guys suggest any other hot spots?
November 01, 2006|
Response fromtbe00|
I was at Villa Cuba a few years ago and the best time that we had was the "Havana Special". It was $140 US (I think), and including a tour of Havana, lunch, dinner and the Tropicana show. My buddy and I met the greatest group of people that day, we still talk to them 2 years later. It was the only day trip i did, it was a very long day but well worth it.
wildnwindsor
windsor
Cuevas de Bellamar (caves) (9 Replies)
are the bellamar caves worth the visit???
December 12, 2008|
Response fromMadrugada54|
Hi wildnwindsor, I don't go underground, so have never actually gone inside the caves, but I have been there several times with others who have 'gone down'. They were all very positive of their visit, and said that they were some of the best caves they had ever been to. Good footwear is important, as they said it was slippery on the wet rocks. I don't remember if they allow cameras. There is a small restaurant & bar at the entrance to the caves where people often hang out afterwards,...More