This was a great place to stay. I have no complaints at all.
Most of all, I will remember the people we met there, working at the hotel, that made us feel so welcome. They really do want everyone to have a good time.
Our room was lovely, with a sitting area with a fridge, patio doors to a deck, and another picture window on the other side for a lovely breeze. (no screens, but no bugs) The bedroom has an air conditioner, tv, and everything you could want, with large bathroom. Found out later you are not supposed to put toilet paper in the toilet, use the little garbage can. Speaking of toilets, if you go outside the hotel, bring toilet paper and be prepared for no toilet seats!
We rented scooters for a day! What a blast! The main road near the hotels is fine, but further down going to Coco Beach, it gets a little dicey. Washboard and potholes filled with sand. As long as you're careful, its not a problem.
The food was very good. Lots of variety. I ate raw cabbage and beets every day, yum. For breakfast they have a grill where you can get an omelet, and ask them to cook your bacon some more. Lots of fruit, juice, and ice cream! There is a little spot by the beach where you can get really tasty hamburgers, fries, hot dogs, and deep fried fish. Oh yes and beer too. Rudy was great.
The bar staff are very hard workers, as the drinks are included in the package. They always served us fast and friendly. If you're not sure what drink you want, Victor will come up with something wonderful.
We had fun sitting with Julio the lifeguard, trying to speak to each other with our limited language skills, and sign language.
My absolute favorite was David, the massage therapist. I've had lots of massages before, but he is the best so far! I'm sure I fell asleep. Such a warm, caring, sensitive man. He's in the right career.
Always bring little things to leave for the maids, they make sure the room is clean every day, and go the extra mile when they receive little treasures.
If I had known, I would have brought clothes for the children. There isn't anything there for them to buy, even if they could afford it. They appreciate anything, but need clothes the most. The poverty in the villages is an eye opener. Very hard to imagine for a Canadian.
The locals are very friendly and you need not worry about being hassled or accosted by them. They would have dire consequences if anything happened to a tourist. You are in more danger of a fellow tourist than a local. They will ask you if you would like to come to their house for a lobster dinner for 10 - 15 cucs. It is one way they can earn money. Some of them will sell you cigars, or jewelry and such. We met a sweet lady at Coco Beach and bought some bracelets from her. We gave her notebooks, pencils, and crayons for her kids, and she gave me a present too!
The beach is absolutely glorious! I would have spent much more time there but my Sweetie wasn't as keen. The sand is beautiful, soft and clean and a pretty light golden color. The water was warm and clean. There are spots where its a little rough on the feet, but I didn't need water shoes. I grew up at the beach at Jackfish Lake, Saskatchewan. The beach goes on for about 20 miles!!!
I wanted to go on the snorkeling tour, for a sail, or a paddle boat ride, but time ran out. We had fun watching the windsurfers and the flying dingy!
There's lots to see and do.
By Wednesday, we were both giggling like school kids. This was an absolutely fantastic trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Caracol Hotel, with 150 mini suites is right in front of a of white sand beach and Cuba's largest Coral reef located in Santa Lucía. This all inclusive hotel is unique because of its Caribbean environment provided by a varied entertainment program for adults and children, personalised attentions from an experienced and friendly staff that will make you feel like home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Amigo Caracol Hotel Playa Santa Lucia
- Hotel Amigo Caracol
- Country Inn Camaguey
- Bravo Caracol Playa Santa Lucia, Cuba - Camaguey Province