My husband and I stayed at Villa Jibacoa for the first (but hopefully not the last) time from Sunday May 4 to Sunday May 11, 2014 for our one year wedding anniversary. We got an awesome seat sale a few weeks before our departure date of $574.66 per person taxes included! We felt that the resort was an excellent value for the money! We arrived in the middle of the night, changed our money at the airport (for a slightly better rate), and caught our bus to the resort where check-in was very speedy. We booked a bungalow, which was super cute and private! We stayed in bungalow #36 which was central to everything and faced the ocean. There was a bottle of Cuban rum, a Cuban cigar, two bottles of water, and some sandwiches waiting for us in our room upon check-in. The resort is small (only 110 rooms) so it was very quiet and you never had to wait in line for anything (food, drinks, pool/beach chairs). The beach was very nice and sandy with lots of beach chairs and shade trees for those people who like to stay out of the sun. The weather was excellent our whole stay (very hot and sunny, not a drop of rain or a cloud in sight). The snorkeling was amazing! I saw so many beautiful fish, as well as a large barracuda. Snorkeling is better down the beach in front of the Breezes Resort than it is in front of Villa Jibacoa, but that is only a 2 minute walk away. The tour representative, Roberto, was very nice and helpful. Make sure to go to your orientation/information session with him so you know about all of the great tours available. This resort is halfway between Varadero and Havana (abour 45-50 minutes from each) so we went to both cities. We went on a full-day bus tour to Varadero for $25CUC/person. We went to a few markets and a mall. We also stopped at the look-off/observation deck by the big bridge where the views were great and the pina coladas in a hollowed out pineapple were delicious! I also went on a full-day tour of Havana with Yosmany, one of the entertainment staff. He arranged it with his taxi driver friend and he came along as our tour guide. He speaks fluent English and was very knowledgeable. 7 of us went together in a big air-conditioned van, and it only cost $15CUC per person. He will take you everywhere and show you everything! The two side-by-side pools were nice and clean and only about 4 feet deep. There are lots of beach loungers and palm frond umbrellas around the pool. There are two bars at this resort: lobby and pool. They make amazing Spanish coffee at the lobby bar and there are never any line-ups. The entertainment staff are very friendly and will help you book/arrange anything you would like to do while you are there. Yoyonder and Yosmany are the two guys I found to be very helpful and friendly. The one a la cart restaurant at the resort, which serves traditional Cuban food, was delicious! We both really enjoyed the meal we ate there. We also went to two restaurants off the resort. Les 7 Francais where the owner comes and picks you up in his old 1954 car and you get more lobster than you can it. It was absolutely delicious and only $15CUC per person. I highly recommend going there for a meal. We also went to El Cacique where they have a more extensive menu again $15-$20CUCper person. I had the lobster and shrimp meal there, and it was fantastic!There are two more restaurants in the area that we didn't have time to get to, but we will be sure to check them out next time! One of them is on top of a water tower and if you go there at sunset it is gorgeous! There are a couple of little markets up the road where you can buy souvenirs. There is also a store on the resort where you can buy snacks, cigarettes, clothes, bathroom supplies, and alcohol (which you can take two 750ml bottles home with you). The maid who cleaned our bungalow daily was a sweet lady and very appreciative of the little gifts and money we left for her each day. There is one computer in the lobby that you can buy an internet card for . I believe it was $8CUC for an hour. The internet was quite slow, but if you were patient, you could get on and check your email/social media to keep in touch with everyone back home. There is a group hike up the mountain twice a week which is a must. The panoramic view from the top was breathtaking! There were always activities going on by the pool, too. The staff were very friendly, the food at the buffet was typical Cuban food, but there was always something good to eat! Don't listen to the negative reviews, this resort is a wonderful hidden-gem for being only 3 stars! We will definitely return!
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