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Villa Tropico (Cameleon Villa Jibacoa)
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Jibacoa
Reviewed April 21, 2013

My neices and I spent a very relaxing time here. Loved the quaintness of this resort. Spent most of the time snorkelling and laying by the pool.I recommend taking a private car into Varadero, Joel at the diving center can help you with transportation. Love everthing about jibacoa. Resort staff are some of the best. Definitely will return.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Stayed here between April 9 - April 20, 2013 with my wife. This resort has limitless potential! It is nestled behind two mountains/large hills. It has a great beach and snorkeling. The coral reefs are accessible by swimming from the shore! The staff are great for the most part at the bars. Restaurant/buffet service is a different story. The accommodations are hit and miss. We had the ability to compare rooms. Some are modernized and quite nice, many are still out dated and basic. They are relatively clean but you will find ants and other little bugs in all your rooms.

We found that there were a lot of people from Ajax, the 'Shwa (Oshawa, Ontario), Quebec and wickedly awesome Atlantic Coasters!.

Here is a run-down of our observations, with the cons first and then positives:

1) There is never enough and/or proper utensils to get food in the kitchen/buffet. Somebody bring these guys some scooping and serving utensils IMMEDIATELY. You will also encounter dirty plates and a severe lack of drinking glasses. It's actually quite sad. IF YOU HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES - the mixing of food and usage of single unsuitable utensils will give you fits!

2) Not a whole lot of variety in the food being served. About a week is as long as anybody can handle the staple of potatoes, rice, pasta and fish. If you're a vegetarian you'll be quasi satisfied. For fruit, you'll have your choice of grapefruit slices, watermelon slices, and pineapple slices. The salad bar is pretty good by Cuban standards. The stuff is fresh.
TIP: Bring your own condiments (mayo, peanut butter, ketchup, mustard etc etc...)

3) BRING YOUR OWN SUPPLY OF TOILET PAPER! You get enough toilet paper to last 24 hours. A common issue for travelers to Cuba, and a big issue here especially if you have 3 or more people to a room.

4) We didn't spend any time at the pool. Can't understand why you would fly to a resort with a BEACH to stay beside a pool? Anyhow, the pool looked clean, but every morning if you walked by it early enough, you will see the remnants of the previous day and night (sand in the pool and plastic cups and straws everywhere).

5) There wasn't any white wine at the buffet lunch/dinner. They save it all for the 'a la carte'. We ate at the 'a la carte' twice but the white wine was only available once. The red wine is absolutely low low low end/quality. Unless you have no sense of taste whatsoever you'll immediately find it tastes more like vinegar than wine. It was funny to see numerous tables with unfinished red throughout the dining hall.

6) Always make friends with the bartenders! We would tip them 5 CUC on the very first drink order of each day, and then you are gold for the day. Trust me, if you want decent service and drinks that are made properly, do this! If you don't tip, good luck getting served or actually getting your drink made properly (they will screw it up on purpose!)

7) We cannot speak about the nightly entertainment, as we never attended. We will say that we could always hear the party/music from our room - and we were not close to the pool.

8) Awesome location. Within about an hour of both Matanzas and Havana, you're a fool if you don't visit both while you're there. Get a great cabbie/tour guide. We had absolutely the best in the business – Humberto Mesa. Call him at 01-52944372 or email at leysa@infomed.sld.cu prior to flying to Cuba. He will give you a visual and verbal history/cultural tour that is incredible! We went to Havana for a bargain $70.00 CUC. He can take up to 4 passengers or 4 and a little kid. Just tell him what you want/want to experience for the day or you can let him surprise you. In Havana he's great for keeping the scammers at a distance and getting you the best bang for your shopping and dining CUC.

We actually were able to compare our experience with Humberto with other guests that took a different guide - Humberto is without a doubt the best.

9) The staff do the best with what they have. Most of the staff at Villa Tropico are excellent. Even the gardeners are friendly and chatty. The dynamic duo at the bar in the main building are superb. Skip the pool bar where you can, and get your favourites made by those two, especially the Spanish Coffee after dinner!

10) Really good beach and reef. It's rare to find a good combination of these two, but I’d say this area has got it. The reefs are pretty incredible. Deep caverns, good variety in coral and sea life. Strongly recommend that you bring your own snorkeling gear. If you like just hanging out on the beach, the beach here is clean enough, and there are some sandy areas for you to wade into and do whatever it is people do when they wade.

11) You must hike up the side of the mountain/hill! The view is simply spectacular! Do it in the early morning because it is way too hot in the mid-day/afternoon.

12) The rooms are fairly clean. They're air conditioned. You get a TV with 34 channels, including CBC (no need to miss Hockey Night In Canada), CTV and CNN.

13) We were able to compare this resort to the Breezes, next door. The Breezes has way better food quality and selection as well as many more premium drinks. The resort’s section of beach at the Breezes is a lot shorter and therefor a bit crowded, but the amenities are way better. We would definitely stay at the Breezes the next time.

14) Forget about staying connected at VILLA JIBACOA! There is no WiFi and the Internet is essentially 14.4k dial-up speed! Depressingly slow!

Room Tip: Stay in the newer/renovated rooms away from the Pool!
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

Traveled March 10 - March 17. We flew out of the Hamilton airport which was a real bonus - close to home and not anywhere as busy as the Toronto airport. We do wish that this service could be extended to 12 months a year. Food was definitely upgraded from our last visit in August (low season). I tend to be a somewhat picky eater and I never went hungry. Surprise - we were invited to a special dinner for repeat customers - DELICIOUS! We also went to the a la carte - worth going to.

We had 2 rooms in a row of 4 or 5 rooms. Both rooms had basic furnishings, were kept very clean, and had fresh towels daily. Bathroom amenities such as shampoo, etc were in the rooms. There is an outlet in the bathroom that you can use without an adapter. Remember to bring a small towel to put at the bottom of the door (keeps the bugs out at night).

Entertainment - on the cheesy side but the staff do try hard. The DJ has a cushy job - he only plays music if someone is dancing in the disco - HELLO???? Some music by the pool bar at night isn't asking too much, is it?

Gym - There is a great gym, fully equipped, beside the first aid office. If you are on the beach looking at the lobby, it would be to the left. It has 2 or 3 treadmills, a stepper, a bike, free weights and weight machines - all new. Yoander is in charge of the gym. He is polite and knowledgeable and more than happy to assist you if needed. He has Wed. off but the front desk will get someone to open the gym if you request it. If you do go to the gym, take a few minutes to fill out the survey at the end of your visit and comment that the gym should be open during the low season too - this will keep Yoander employed at the hotel.

Massage on the Beach - Careful!! If you do not like what he is doing speak up or leave. The masseuse may be experienced but his wandering fingers are not always professional.

Impressed By - 1. We arrived late at night with a gentleman who was in a wheelchair. By the next day, he had a strong male nurse with him practically 24/7. This was not arranged ahead of time - the hotel saw a need and made arrangements. 2. On our last day my friend could not find me. Usually this would not be an issue but the staff could see that she was not feeling well. They took the time to phone around the resort to find me.

This hotel is not a Varadero experience - expect quiet nights, relaxed days.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

CAMELEON VILLAS JIBACOA. March 28-April 4, 2013. Joe and Karen.

REVIEW SYNOPSIS.
THE CVJ HOTEL, set in the rural countryside 60 km from the Varadero, has all the usual accoutrements of a comfortable three-star beach resort — Sun, sand, sea, palm trees, warm breezes, good basic Cuban food and good basic drinks. On calm days there is also pretty good snorkeling . For us, Cameleon Villa Jibacoa is an easy on the budget, sunny and warm vacation destination out of YYZ.
THE CVJ AREA with its Sedona colored soil and green fields dotted with King palms and huge pines, is a very quiet and scenic place out in the Cuban boonies. A hike through the countryside here is more than a nature walk, it is really a cultural experience. Most of the locals here are quite friendly and will greet you with a 'Hola' and a smile.
THE GOOD. We had another wonderful vacation at CVJ. We love the friendly atmosphere at CVJ. This budget priced resort is a convivial, hasslefree, sun/beach/snorkel destination for lots of friendly and outgoing Canadian guests. Here at this resort you can spend your days shading or sunning yourself on the beach, reading, contemplating life, snorkeling, hanging out with friends or new acquaintances (which you will surely make if you want). Or, if you want to be more active, you can hike or jog on the many small roads and trails that are in the area. You really need to have no safety concerns as far as the area is concerned. Lots of bird watching as well (the feathered kind of course, OK, LOL). Basic good three-star accommodations in both the bungalows and conventional rooms, good basic food, good basic drinks, very attentive and obliging staff as well. The accommodation is spartan but comfortable. All the basics are here for a good holiday, the only ingredient needed is one's willingness to have a good vacation. If you are a high maintenance person looking for a four or five-star hotel on a three-star budget, this is not the place for you. It's definitely not a party place either.
THE NOT SO GOOD. There was a big shortage of lounges and chairs at the pool and at the beach. A lot of sun lounges on the beach were broken as were the lounges and chairs at the pool, these all need to be replaced, after all, sun lounges to relax by the beach are an integral part of a beach holiday. As well, the pool area pavers need a good scrubbing. Starting renovation on the main lobby exterior is not a good idea when the hotel is at full capacity. Leaving the construction materials and rubble piled up by the lobby bar wasn't very cool either, the hotel management should show a little more respect than that to their paying guests. However, all that said, we will return to CVJ again next year. But, we're counting on having somewhere to sit by the beach or pool where we don't have to rough up some other guests to get a lounge!! :-) Management!!, new lounges please!!
DETAILED REVIEW.
OUR ROOM, a garden view bungalow with a very nice patio. The room was clean, comfortable, and spacious enough for the two of us. Good housekeeping and towel art all week, flowers from the gardener everyday. The room was furnished with one chest of drawers which was in the closet, two bedside tables with a drawer, two three-quarter beds, a writing table with television (lots of watchable channels) on top, fridge underneath. We also liked having a safety deposit box which was housed in the closet (14 CUC per week). You had to pay for the safety deposit box at the front desk, the safe was opened with your room key. Our bathroom was excellent, it had a good-sized vanity with sink, toilet, shower stall only, lots of hot water all week, standard 110 V and 220 V plugs. Lots of towels also. We were very happy with our room.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS. There is one buffet restaurant and one à la carte restaurant. The buffet was our choice of restaurant for the whole week. The food at the buffet was typical three-star Cuban buffet food. For breakfast there was usually eggs any style, pancakes, toast, cold cuts of ham, cheese, sausages some mornings, assortment of fruit flavored drinks, coffee. For us it was a good breakfast. Lunch and dinner were mirror images of one another. They usually served fish, chicken, pork, beef on occasion, burgers on a couple of occasions, boiled potatoes, mixed vegetable, stew. There was rice, beans, some pasta dishes, salads. We enjoyed our salads, they usually had shredded cabbage, cucumber, tomato, shredded lettuce, beets etc. homemade mayonnaise dressing, 1000 island dressing. Lots of tomatoes this week, we certainly pigged out on those. For dessert there was ice cream, cakes and some fresh fruit. All in all we were happy with this simple fare, we were not looking for a gourmet wine and dine experience as we didn't pay for one. Also, as we ate early in the dining hours, we didn't face any lineups for food.
BARS, there are two bars, one lobby bar and one pool bar. We certainly enjoyed all of our drinks at this hotel. THE LOBBY BAR service was mostly good except for a couple of the bartenders who looked and acted like they would have rather been somewhere else. The lobby bar which we jokingly call 'the pub with no beer' because of its asinine rule not to serve beer until after 5 PM. We can never figure out the reason for that rule, as by 5 PM the temperature has cooled off and the need for cold beer is diminished. The lobby bar though is quite a nice spot to relax after dinner and have a Mojito or two. The lobby bar is open from 7 a.m.-7:30 a.m. to around 10:30 p.m. THE POOL BAR is open around 10 a.m. and stays open until the disco closes around 1 a.m. Beer and simple cocktails are served here all day. Great service here for the whole week. SNACKS are served in the a la carte restuarant by the pool bar from around midday until about 4 or 5 p.m. Here they serve toasted cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, french fried plantain chips (mmm-mmm!!, good!,) Also, on occassion, they serve hamburgers (mixture of pork and beef,) as snacks. Much better menu and service here this year over previous years.
BEACH/POOL/GROUNDS. The beach at Cameleon Jibacoa is about 500 m long and 50 m wide. The length of the combined beaches of Jibacoa including both hotels and the campismo next door is about 1.5 - 2.0 km long. There is lots of shade trees at the Cameleon Villas beach. You can snorkel right off the beach as well. This year we found there to be a lack of sun lounges on the beach, there was a lot of broken lounges. Maybe the hotel will get some new ones for next year. TWO SIDE-BY-SIDE POOLS at CVJ. Normally, one pool is used for water sport activity and the other pool just for swimming and cooling off. The pool area was never too busy while we were there, a very lucky thing as there was a severe shortage of chairs and lounges here also (or maybe that's why the pools weren't busy). Hopefully this will be also remedied by next year. The pool bar was busy but seem to be able to handle the crowd, really good bartenders at the pool bar this week. A lack of seating near the pool bar also (lots of broken chairs,) this also needs to be remedied. The whole pool area needs a good scrubbing as well. THE GROUNDS have lots of flowering shrubs and flowering trees (in April). The hotel is set between a beautiful beach and ocean to the north and heavily forested hills to the south. It really is quite a lovely property.
ACTIVITIES ON AND OFF THE RESORT/HOTEL. We definitely wouldn't recommend this resort as a 'place to party', it is really more of a place for rest and relaxation, beach and pool activity, doing a bit of snorkeling, doing a bit of walking etc. If you want to take in the sights and sounds of Havana it is about a one hour taxi ride to the west of CVJ. There are lots of private taxis at Jibacoa. Between both hotels, Breezes Jibacoa and CVJ, there is at least eight private taxis for hire. They will take you wherever you want to go and all prices are negotiable. There are lots of good guide and driver combos available and their motto is 'everything is possible'. Having, in the past, toured Varadero, Havana and Pinar del Rio from CVJ by taxi, this year, we opted for a four hour tour of the local area at a cost of 50 CUC. We had a good driver and a very informative English speaking guide named Giselle. We toured the whole area surrounding CVJ including the Hershey Gardens and Hershey Factory area.. We especially enjoyed a walking tour of the town of Santa Cruz Del Norte. Santa Cruz Del Norte isn't really a tourist destination, but it was just wonderful seeing everyone go about the business of living and enjoying life in a small Cuban town atmosphere, it was also great seeing where a lot of the CVJ staff live. From CVJ, there are many other organized day tours available through, Roberto, the Nolitours representative. Happy vacations.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Just returned April 4-11, Had a wonderful time. I read the reviews here and got a little concerned about all the negative things, BUGS/PMOW etc. etc. Please, it wasn't bad. PMOW the first day because there was a storm, never seen another one. Did not use bug spray once while we were there. Yes the food could of been better but we don't go to Cuba for the food, you will not go hungry .When I read all the negative reviews I wonder if we were in the same place. Our room was fine the staff were amazing, remember people, they can't control the weather. If the pool was cold it's because it's April there are no heaters. Took the day trip with Humberto for $70, fabulous very knowledgeable and will ask what you want to do, Emilio the gardener what a wonderful guy, flowers every day. The bartenders Rudy and Pedro will certainly make you laugh. And I have to say the front staff were nice. If you treat people how you would like to be treated you will have a wonderful time. A solid 3 star and will probably return. If you are looking for a laid back inexpensive vacation this is the place to be.

Room Tip: We stayed in 29, close to beach, front desk, and dining room
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

I must admit that in weeks leading up to our trip to CVJ, I was somewhat hesitant about staying at this resort due to the rather large number of "grim" reviews I'd been reading prior to our departure. However, that is all too often the case and we are usually happy wherever we travel . I don't think I've ever had a bad trip anywhere in my life,and I've been quite a few places.......This time, I travelled with friends who had their own room,and I had a single room.......
A lot of the glitches (if not all) have already been mentioned in other reviews, more than once, so I'll just briefly say 1. The beach chairs are in a horrible state of disrepair and need to be replaced forthwith,
2. The utensils at the buffet are inadequate, one plastic fork for 10 items is not great, as it creates longer lines and can lead to cross contamination, 3. The inability to hold the BBQ luncheon on either Tuesday or Thursday as promised was a big disappointment,considering the weather was perfect both days and that the other food was not that exciting......Looking for an explanation?
Now,that I've gotten the "cranky" truths aside, I shall begin to discuss my love affair with this hidden gem.......
We were travelling on a Nolitours package from Halifax,and were thrilled that CANJET provided 2 of us with letters for an additional suitcase of 20KG so we could supply humanitarian aid to the country in the form of an extra suitcase.......All went smoothly,and we were able to donate 2 suitcases of goods to APAC Varadero, a spay/neuter operation in Cuba....This is a very worthy charity,and I urge anyone who can to take donations to them, either of your own, or by asking your vet for something, or a monetary donation,to do so. They are making great efforts to spay and neuter in Cuba, and need all the help they can get. There is also a Canadian address where you can donate, and I can't stress enough how important this is......I can give more info if you PM me about this worthy organization....

The accomodations
There are 3 types of rooms, the strip motel with 5 rooms in each strip, the villas with 2 rooms facing front and 2 facing back,and the newer hotel behind the lobby/reception area....I did have reason to visit the new building (3 stories) and although it is nice and new, it did not appeal to me in the same way that the other buildings did, as they are smaller, more intimate, and lots have a great view of the water, which is what we always like to look at. We were in rooms 12 and 13, very centrally located,and not far from the dining room, the pool,the beach,or the lobby.......This is a great location,and was in a strip of 5 rooms...I loved my room and the maid Magalis was lovely, and enjoyed my deck. Only thing I would suggest bringing to your room (besides toilet paper if you want more than 1 roll a day) would be duct tape. It is great for taping up the patio door and thus keeping out any unwanted visitors whilst you sleep........

The meal situation
The meals in the dining room were at best average,and weight gain was thankfully not an issue. I enjoyed the bananas, the breakfast omelettes,the rolls,the icecream,and the odd other item which I cannot recall at this moment.I was told that since this was high season (first week of April) that the food selection/variety was at it's best and that when not so many people are there (and more Cubans) that it is considerably less tasty..............good to know !! We were allowed one evening at the alacarte restaurant (El Criollo) and it was very tasty......I really enjoyed my shrimp cocktail with pineapple , the meal I had and the atmosphere of the al a carte.......Wish we could have gone twice........ During the day, the a la carte restaurant is the lunchtime snack bar for those who opt out of 3 meals in the dining room a day......From 12-3, they serve HAMburgers (with ham in them !!!), hot dogs, sandwiches and the best thing.......THE CHIPS.........I could have consumed those in mass quantity, best food on the resort, hands down........Don't get me wrong, the food is fine, you will never go hungry here, but you get the idea.........However, food is not very important to me,and this little detail is very unimportant when compared to the magic of this very quaint and cozy resort...........White wine being readily available would have also been a bonus, so seemed to be in very short supply!


The Staff
The employees are a great part of what makes this resort so charming,and when you wake up on day 1 with a flower from Emilio in your hand and a big Hola from Lito, you know it's going to be a great day........Then, a drink or 2 at the lobby bar from the Dynamic Duo Rudy and Pedro,and you're all set.........Add to that a smile at the front desk from Maybet, Lyly,or Mary,and a hello from Yami in reservations,and your day is all set.........If you're lucky enough to get a ride on the Hobie Cat with Joel, it all makes for a perfect day.....There was really no staff member there that was unpleasant or not nice if any form.........These people go out of their way to make your stay a pleasant one,and a pleasant one it was.....

Exchange
We didn't worry about banks or cadecas and just changed all our CDN to CUC at the front desk. While the going rate was higher at the bank,they consistently gave out 91CUC on the CDN dollar for the week, so it was easy enough to change with them, and not have to worry about it,and no passport was required,so it was pretty easy....The safe is 14CUC to rent it for the week,and I highly recommend you get it and use it........

What's Nearby the resort
So,as I've said,this resort is a little piece of paradise...........They offer voigorous walking hikes on Monday,Wednesday and Friday mornings,and at 4pm on same days, an afternoon walk at 4pm for the less physically active individuals......Just up the road a little walk (past the Breezes hotel which is your only neighbor to the right of the resort) are 3 restaurants, privately owned and where you pay to dine. The first is El Cacique, the second Les 7 Francais (it's pink),and the 3rd, Los Marios..........We ate at the first 2,and they are great.........If you're looking for a lobster feast for 15CUC where you'll have enough left for brekkie the next day, go to Les 7 Francais. I will do a separate review of the restaurants (with pix) so look there,or ask me, if you desire more info on them......

Need some time away from Jibacoa?
Well, you don't need to leave Jibacoa as it is so beautiful but if you do want to take a day trip or go out to dinner in another town, or to a baseball game, I can recommend a great driver. His name is Humberto Mesa,and he is happy to have his email published here (I asked his permission of course.......it is leysa@infomed.sld.cu).......He charges 70CUC for the day to go to Havana, or wherever you want and is most obliging and speaks great English,and has an air conditioned vehicle, what more could you ask for? Email him in advance to reserve his services,and you'll be all set..............

Other Hotel Guests
In other trips, we've found that sometimes there are a group speaking a certain language that is a bit overwhelming........This time it was not the case and we found there to be a nice mix of people speaking English,French, German, Russian, Polish,and the like..........We found that everyone was polite and getting along,and saw only a little bit of line butting but overall, it was like one big happy family......And, we enjoyed the flavor of the Cuban families who came in during the weekend, couldn't have asked for a nicer group of people,and that is so important!

Insects and seaweed
Very little seaweed of which to speak and after all,you are on a beach so what can you expect? Much less there than I've seen other places,and the color of the water is beautiful,and is a great place for both snorkelling and diving.......
I had read of serious insect complaints prior to departure so was worried but ,as usual,never even resorted to putting on the OFF and had only a handful of bites,nothing worthy of mention at all...........

Still referred to in the area by many as the TROPICO, as this was the former name some years back.....this hotel nestled in Mayabeque province was a dream come true......Although we only spent a week there, I really fell in love with the little 154 room resort,and KNOW without hesitation that I will be back there again next winter,and likely in many winters to come......If you are not a picky eater, can deal with a few bug bites,and don't mind staying out of the thick of things in an action packed area,then Jibacoa ,and CVJ, may be for you......The price is usually right,and some great deals to there from Atlantic Canada, so it might be something you wish to consider......I've stayed in Varadero, Holguin, Cayo Coco,and Cayo Guillermo,and until I hit this spot, Varadero was my fave.........Now I may have to reconsider it..... Thinking of doing a split trip next winter, 1 week in Varadero,then transfer to CVJ for the 2nd week, a week of peacefulness and relaxation.......

In closing, I ask you to please consider the work of APAC Varadero and helping the animals there (the group will pick up your goods at the resort, no further work required after your transport) and a reminder to bring duct tape, and of course, your drink mug........With the above in mind,it should be all good and you shall have a week to remember for the rest of your life.......

Thank you , CVJ, we loved our days with you,and will be counting the months until we can once again return to share in a little of your special magic.......Until then, the memories will keep us dreaming of our days along your beautiful shores and the images which are forever etched in our minds.......Gracias............

Room Tip: Rooms 34,36,38 and 40 face the beach and are centrally located with a good water view!
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

Just returned on April 9, 2013. Food was a little better this time, never went hungry. You have to visit the Pink House up the road for a lobster dinner, fantastic. This was my sixth visit, and I have never seen the hotel so busy. We paid $660.00 taxes in for a week from Toronto, I guess the price is attracting alot of people. That being said, the rooms were clean, the downside really bad towels (fit for rags), most of the white loungers on the beach are broken, so people use the pool loungers. Had to get up early to grab a lounger, never done that in the past. We saw the gardeners and other staff going through the garbage and picking out the plastic cups (I hope they are not washing them and reusing them). The staff in most part are very friendly, except the front desk. Extremely rude and ignorant. Got to snorkel 5 times that was cool, but the reef is really getting beat up which is sad. Everytime we asked the guys to take us out on the paddle boats, too windy.....then we see them out with someone else.

Room Tip: Dont bother you wont get what you ask for anyway
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Additional Information about Villa Tropico (Cameleon Villa Jibacoa)

Address: Via Blanca km 60, Jibacoa Beach, Santa Cruz Norte, Jibacoa, Cuba
Location: Caribbean > Cuba > Mayabeque Province > Jibacoa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Jibacoa
Price Range: $81 - $211 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Villa Tropico (Cameleon Villa Jibacoa) 2.5*
Number of rooms: 154
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Also Known As:
Cameleon Villas Jibacoa (Villa Tropico) Hotel Jibacoa
Cameleon Hotel Jibacoa
Cameleon Resort Jibacoa

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