We returned from Breezes Jibacoa about 2 weeks ago and had the pleasure of doing the tour you mentioned.
It left our resort at about 9:30am - we toured Havana; which included lunch; we were put up in a hotel (Havana Libre) for a few hours to freshen up and to have dinner (also included) then onto the Tropicana. We returned to the resort at about 12:45am. The cost of the tour was 125CUC per person - and well worth it in our opinion.
Tigs (or anyone else who has gone on this tour)
A few questions I have on that day trip:
- How many usually go on the tour with you (is it a full bus or a van)?
- How may hours do you spend touring Havana? Is it a guided tour? Did you find you covered a lot of ground?
- Do you need to bring toiletries to freshen up at the hotel they have you at before the dinner? A few hours at the hotel seems like a long time.
- Anything you recommend we bring with us if we go on this tour?
- Was there a dress code for the dinner and/or Tropicana show?
Let see if I can answer all your questions...
We had 12 on our trip.
We were in Havana from about 10:30am until about 4:00pm (including a trip for lunch) then we went to the hotel to freshen up - yes, you do need toiletries. We were at the hotel from about 4:30pm until 9:30pm - had a great buffet dinner there and then just hung out in the lobby or if you prefer the room they allow you to use. They allow 1 room for every 8 people, so although being at the hotel for about 5 hours seems long - by the time everyone showers etc. it flies by in no time!!
One thing they will tell you to bring - is toilet paper!!! Any public restroom you use, does not have it - they have women or men at the door who will sell you toilet paper to use!!!
Hope that helps, if you have any more questions, feel free to ask!
Thanks very much - great info! Just a couple more questions, please.
Is there any dress code for the Tropicana show - I think I read something about having to wear pants?
And, are you able to securely keep things on the bus while you do the day tour insteading of carrying around a change of clothes and toiletries for the night?
I can answer your question about the Tropicana Club as we were there two weeks ago.
Men are required to wear smart trousers, and ladies are requested to wear smart attire, we all wore skirts and dresses, no demin of any kind is excepted.
The place is magical, if the weather is nice, the show is staged outside in a wooded area - though you would never guess you are outside, they also have an indoor theatre as well.
On each table is 1 bottle of rum and some cokes for groups of 4, 1/2 bottles if there are only two of you, half way through they will bring you glasses of champagne (we were lucky they just left the bottles on our tables and just kept topping us up - though Im not sure if that had something to do with our tour operator as there was 25 of us and we were there for three days).
We were the last group to leave, we were still dancing at 1.30am, and we certainly had the hangovers to prove it at 8 the next morning when we continued with our tour.
There is also an age limit of 16 years old at the show.
We spent two full days in Havanna and still didn't see everything.
Enjoy Havanna, we are heading back next year as three days wasn't enough, it is truely amazing, the people, the architecture, the music, it has a charm that you just won't get any where else.
Forgot to say, men must wear collared shirts of some description.
Thank you very much for the insights, Huskypup!
Hi I have just returned from 2 weeks at Jibacoa and was able to spend a great night at Tropicana and a tour the next day which was put together by a local guide called Jorge. He was highly recommended by other users of this forum and is so knowledgeable and his English is great. I highly recommend you contact him for advice as you will see far more and is cheaper than any tour from the firstname.lastname@example.org
huskypup we're going to Havana for 3 days in Feb. We're on a B&B basis in Old Havana. Did your tour operator sort out your itinerary for your time there. In your opinion what are the must do's/see's whilst we're in the City? Also the remainder of our time is "all inclusive" but we'll need money for when we're in Havana. What's the average price of an evening meal, coffee, beer etc
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