Resort TO LARGE!!!
Took a long 3 1/2 hours to book the 3 Al-a-Cartes that came with our booking!!!! (Not exactly my way of having 5 days, running to this and that... I prefer a more relaxed and laid back time, maybe one al-a-carte, that way if you want to eat earlier or later or, not at all, you can do so, but what are you going to do when traveling with others~)
1. Jeep Safari Tour, Still unsure of where we were???? But, it took 3 hours to get there, in a vehicle similar to a Suzuki Swift, only the two front doors, no back windows, therefore making it for a nauseous ride. Once there and got some fresh air, was better. The roast piglet for lunch was over the top but, being ill just before, I didn't really get to appreciate it. : (
I drove the way back and felt better, total duration of trip approx 8 hours.
2. Catamaran Tour, started at 10 am went to the Dolphinarium first, touched my first Dolphin... saw many tricks and splashed by the Dolphin, went for lunch provided, choice of Lobster or Chicken, beautiful meal, way to much though....
Afterward saw a couple of Dolphins performing their acts and 3 girls handpicked out of the audience to go swim with the Dolphins. It was a good show. Then off to the catamarans'... which took us out to sea a ways where we got to go on foot to an island and I collected some shells then, off to the snorkeling area (wild dolphins swimming with the catamaran was cool), where we stayed for an hour, all in all a good trip. Total duration approx. 6 hours.
Both Excursions cost approx. $180 CAD
No Cubans on the Cayo's as it is a tourist resort only : (
The workers were distant at first but were more friendly near the end of the week.
The food ample, and for the most part very good. (There was once at an al-a-carte that my pork which I ordered, was so tough, I did not eat the second small cutlet and made sure that I told the waiter to inform the cook of the left over and to TRY to cut it himself) To my shock, only an apology followed.
I would not recommend the resort for those who like to be enveloped in the Cuban culture and people but, for those who simply want to go for pampering, shopping and excursions it would be a great place.