Cuevas de Bellamar

Cuevas de Bellamar, Matanzas: Address, Cuevas de Bellamar Reviews: 4.5/5

Cuevas de Bellamar
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R&T
Matanzas, Cuba59 contributions
Interesting and worth a quick visit
Feb 2020 • Couples
We’ve visited here several times with friends and family who have come to visit us. The guided tour is typically a group of at least 10 people depending on the season and time of day, but we’d definitely recommend springing for the small entry fee for the tour. It’s very interesting and we always have found that the guides are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. (Tip your guides!) I believe there’s now a 3D mini cinema for those not interested in going down into the caves.

They’ve recently remodeled so the bar/restaurant area has improved quite a lot. We haven’t eaten there since the renovations though.
Written July 1, 2020
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veronicainbali
Montreal14 contributions
Very impressive.
Mar 2020
The 45 min guided tour makes you feel like an explorer. Guide spoke English. The enormity of the cave network - 24 km of passages, going down to 100 m. We only ventured 32 m down, which was enough to get the real feel.
Written March 27, 2020
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SteveR
3 contributions
Beautiful caves
Mar 2020
These caves in Matanzas are an excellent place to visit. No bats or animals to be seen! The formations are interesting and the tour guide gives a good explanation. Wear comfortable shoes with a good tread as there are some damp, slippery spots.
Written March 18, 2020
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Sher M
52 contributions
Amazing - If You Love Caves/Crystals This is a Once in a Lifetime Experience
Feb 2020
These caves are 300,000 Years old (or somewhere in that age) the formations are mind blowing and the guides English is very good so you get great explanations. It is 150 steps down and then back up so if you have medical issues this is good to know as they don't tell you. Wear good footwear. It's very warm down there so don't worry about bringing sweaters/jackets. 5 CUC a person and an additional 5 CUC for your camera/phone. If caves and crystals intrigue you don't miss this - once in a lifetime experience.
Written March 9, 2020
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Marvin W
Oakbank, Canada62 contributions
Very Interesting Cave , but be prepared to have a workout.
Feb 2020
Went on a excursion to Matanzas City and the Cuevas de Bellamar cave.
Cost to take camera into cave was $5 CUC. To enter the cave you have to descend down 163 steps that can be a bit slippery from the humidity of the cave. Once down in the cave be greeted by spectacular stalagmites and stalactites. Quartz crystals adorn the walls of the cave. This excursion is not for those who have trouble walking or breathing problems. The cave guide explains things very well and photographs are a must of the formations you will see.The walk back up to the top is very challenging as it gets very hot and humid as you climb the stairs.
Written March 2, 2020
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Thescowlingartist
St. Catharines, Canada44 contributions
Awesome
Feb 2020 • Friends
This excursion was a free one that came with our trip through Hola Sun. It isn't for anyone who has a disability/is unable to climb stairs, or anyone who is secretly claustrophobic.. I personally have a disability, but medication is working so I was able to climb back out of the underground cave slowly.
You go down about 159 steps and slopes and etc to wonder through an ancient cave system that was once underwater. The crystals and fossils inside are amazing. It is very humid, but despite them saying it was going to be hot, you didn't notice it until you climbed the 159 steps to get your of the caves. Great tour! Was totally worth it! Can't wait to get pictures off my go pro!
Written February 9, 2020
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Ali JB
Waterloo, Canada49 contributions
Lots of steps but worth it!
Jan 2020 • Couples
This tour came free with our Hola Sun pkg. We were impressed. Many steps and wear good footwear. If you have a good camera pay the 5 pesos to take your own pics, otherwise you can purchase a 20 pesos cd from your guide if they are taking one with your tour group. This was our 6th cave system around the world and rated pretty high. Tour guide was quite knowledgeable.
Written January 15, 2020
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junebug0410
Saskatoon, Canada42 contributions
Just go and see for yourself
Jan 2020 • Friends
$5 to get in $5 to use your camera
$10 bucks well spent
Wear good footwear , lots of walking and stairs and it can get slippery . Very humid . It is a well explained tour that takes about 45 minutes .
Written January 12, 2020
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Lilly O
Toronto, Canada7 contributions
Interesting experience, worth visiting
Nov 2019
Visited these caves in November 2019. This excursion was included in our vacation with Hola Sun. I have to first mention EXCELLENT tour guide - Mercedes - who was extremely knowledgeable about Cuba in general, and provided us with tons of information which were not your usual basics that you always hear about Cuba. She discussed with us the contemporary Cuban society, the proportion of salaries and cost of life, economy, some historical aspects - for about 40 min. from Varadero to Matanzas, I thoroughly enjoyed it. When we arrived to the caves we were shown a 6 min. 3D video which was professionally shot with all of the quality special lighting. However, we haven't seen the stalactites and stalagmites like they were shown in video but nevertheless the formations are beautiful.
We were asigned another tour guide for inside the caves who spoke Spanish and English. As other people pointed out you can use your phones and cameras if you pay extra 5 CUC. There are about 150 stairs to climb down, they are very slippery and railings are also slippery so be careful. Wear running shoes, don't wear slippers.
The formations are very beautiful, some stunning, like the one huge near the entrance for which the guide said took about 24,000 years to grow. It is worth visiting these caves although they could improve the safety more. The pathway is also very slippery. Also, the proximity of crystals alow visitors to touch them which probably compromises the crystals' growth so maybe people should be restricted at least to not touch the formations. Anyway, interesting and inspiring experience.
In the caves humidity is very high so people with respiratory problems may need to come prepared, also people with heart condition should consider those 150 stairs.
Written November 17, 2019
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Victoria B
Birmingham, UK11 contributions
OMG This place is magical
Mar 2019
I can honestly say this was ticking off a bucket-list item. Words cannot describe how beautiful and magical this place is, and the fact you can swim and dive into 25metre water, which is crystal clear and not even that cold. I was quite emotional here and so so happy... a MUST if you are here as you will regret it...
Written November 6, 2019
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