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beaches / jellyfish compared to other parts of Cuba

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beaches / jellyfish compared to other parts of Cuba

People seem to talk about jellyfish alot in Cayo Santa Maria, is this area prone to more jellyfish than Varadero or Cayo Coco?

I know there may or may not be jellyfish during our trip, but are we more likely to experience them here?

I'm looking at the Barcelo and the beach looks awesome, is it pretty shallow (so you can walk out far?)

We'll have a 20 month old, so we would prefer a shallow beach.

Will I find that here? Would Cayo Coco be better sutied for us?

Oh it will be towards the end of November so hopefully no hurricane with jellys to follow.

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1. Re: beaches / jellyfish compared to other parts of Cuba

We've been to the Melia Las Dunas three times and this summer, it was the first time with jelly fish. That said, I can't say about other parts of Cuba, but I wouldn't rule out cayo Santa Maria for that right now.

As for a shallow beach, my opinion on that would be Cayo Coco or Cayo Guillermo. The beach at Cayo Santa Maria isn't as shallow. I find it normal. Some periods of the year it's calmer than other, but again that can change.

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2. Re: beaches / jellyfish compared to other parts of Cuba


Have been 4 times to cayo santa maria, never saw one of the blue type of jellyfish(Dec, Jan, Mar and April) also only saw a few of the clear type. My wife got stung on the neck, like a bee sting....she said it was no big deal.

Have been to Breezes Jabacoa twice, Dec, many of the blue type, notgood, they seemed to come in the morning, the bleach was not closed, but did dig more than a dozen holes to put them into. In June no problem, none.

The beach at MCSM is not shallow, does drop off once your get in....then will level out.....

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3. Re: beaches / jellyfish compared to other parts of Cuba

Stayed at the Royal Hideaway last year ,no jelleyfish, best beach ever ,could walk out 100feet and water up to your knees ,pure sand bottom as far as you can walk, no waves because of coral reef out one mile in ocean. check out reviews and pictures

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