More about Sol Cayo Largo
We stayd in Sol Cayo Largo, the beach is good but the sea is a little too rough, any way good for Catamarang and windsurfing. The place is very good, not a lot of shadow, because a couple of years ago one typhon blown most of the palm trees away, some hotels also.
Take veru good care about what you eat, there is a real risk of salmonella and stomach problems. Always clean your hands with soap and so on.
Sol Cayo Largo best on Island
Just returned on Jan 28 after one week at Sol . A great vacation, nice property, good cold beer, (take your thermal mug)proactive staff (you dont have to wait to need another coffee or beer, they bring it before you ask), fabulous beaches, nobody hassling you to play volleyball.
first resort in yrs that i have been to where people dont get up in the middle of the night to save a chair. Always good seats available pool or beach.
Food was good, presentation somewhat european, no big slabs of red meat but what was there was good. Cant go wrong with a Pasta bar, Crepe bar, Mixed grill and egg/pancake bars in the morning. Try the fried egg hamburg at the pool bar. Excellent!
Would recommend to anyone but dont go for the nightlife. The Disco was never busy but we never made it past midnight.
Dont take US dollars and dont tip anybody with loonies or toonies. All three are useless on the island. The cambio at the airport was always closed so get your pesos at the front desk as soon as the opportunity arises. There always seemed to be a shortage.
Save yourself a trip to the Bank, for the minor flucuations in exchange rates, the hours wait in the teller line, and the 6 pesos cab ride. dont it at hotel reception.
We rented a jeep for the day $44.00 Pesos. Best way to see the island, safe (Scooters in the sand are not safe and we saw a number of scooter tires on the side of the road).
The only tour we took was the afternoon boat trip, on a cruiser, left hotel at 1.30, 20 people, open bar all day, stopped at Iguana island to play with the reptiles, dove on a reef, walked a sand beach that was incredible and then parked on Paradis's beach, ate lobster, drank wine, and watched the sunset. about $70 pesos, good value
Talked to people from the other resorts, they did not seem happy, Choose Sol!
Sol Cayo Largo All-inclusive: Expectations exceeded
Just returned from our awesome trip: Feb. 6-13
I had my reservations about going to Cuba because of all the hassle I thought we had to go through during customs. Was I wrong... customs was no more than what I've experienced anywhere else (esp. certain US airports or Manila, Philippines). The officers look intimidating but really are friendly.
Check-in was a breeze once you got your turn. Right when you get off the 5 minute bus ride from the airport, you are greeted with juice and live Cuban music.
The standard rooms are a good size with 2 double beds, fridge with 1.5L bottled water replenished daily, room safe, and a spotless bathroom. We were lucky to have a room in building 20 which was right by the path to the beach 2 minutes away.
There are many amenities and an activity for everyone: aqua & beach volleyball, full size chess, ping-pong, water sports, snorkelling, outdoor bowling, and tennis to name a few. You don't have to bring any equipment , it is all available at the clubhouse.
Food & Drinks:
I had no complaints. The buffet food was great... there was always something different every night. Whether it be grilled fish and meats, fresh pasta, crepes cooked in front of you or the food at the many different stations, it was all good. Liquor is free-flowing: try the Cuba Libre and Tropicayo.
We didn't get to go to all the shows which they had every night (too pooped from all the activities during the day :)). The "Latin Night" on Friday was very colourful with great music and the "Sketches Show" on Saturday was hilarious, we couldn't stop laughing.
Some of the friendliest staff I've ever met. It's incredible how many languages many of them know. By the end of the week, we knew a lot of them and they remember you by first name.
There's several tours available at an extra cost. We only took the Catamaran day trip (69 Cuban Convertible Pesos pp). We got to visit the Iguana Island, snorkelling, a shallow island, delicious lobster lunch, and a final stop on an uninhabited beach. It was well worth the experience.
Just one minor one... the shower pressure was low but good enough. Consider showering in the morning or later at night.
-Bring lots of sunscreen... we didn't see a drop of rain and that sun burns your skin quickly if you don't have your sunscreen. :)
-If you have to make any calls out of Cuba... bring your cellphone or give the phone number of Sol Cayo Largo to who you wanted to call. Otherwise be prepared to spend $2/min.
You won't regret going there... well worth the value.
Best resort in Cayo Largo
In my oppinion this is the best Resort in Cayo Largo, even after hurricane Michelle hit the island.
Very good service, however don't leave any values inside your room. The pool is great, the beach bar is also nice.
However only very few bungallows had sea views, the major part is only near the pool.
beware they are overbooked
Sol Cayo Largo is overbooked!!!! We were packed and ready to leave for Toronto this afternoon and our travel agent phoned. We are very disappointed and had to cancel. They are planning to send 25 couples to the Barcelo. It is not a resort that can compare to the Sol. Feb 13-20.
We had a great time at the Sol Cayo Largo. We stayed at this resort from Jan2-Jan9, we had a great experience.... The staff is so nice..
The shows are excellent especially the Cabaret night and disco night!!!!
The food was pretty good (considering it's Cuba) There was lots of variety at the Buffet(pizza/pasta/grilled meat/chocolate ice cream is amazing) The service at the buffet was excellent (esp Mickail)
We were a little disappointed with the fish.........
Raybert at the lobby bar made the best capuccino!!!!!!!
The steak and the chicken at the a la carte restaurant:Las Trinas was excellent.......
The rooms are not very modern but our room was clean... no bugs!!!!!
Overall, I would go back to this resort....
I'f you are very picky, I would recommend the riviera maya not cuba.......
More busy than expected
Just spent a week at Sol Cayo Largo. I agree with most other comments posted here from other travellers. The resort is well maintained, rooms could use a makeover as they are a bit worn around the edges. The food is above average by Cuban standards. The only complaint I have is that the resort was totally booked the week we were there and you had to line up for everything you wanted to do. I know your on holidays relax. That's just it I can line up at home for free and don't have to pay for it. I guess the solution is to travel not in the peak tourist times. All things considered the positives outweighed the negatives. That's why it gets above average rating.
Wonderful Honeymoon Destination
We chose Sol Cayo Largo as our honeymoon destination and it was exactly what we were looking for. Upon arrival we were met with tropical drinks and a live band. Our travel agent had booked this trip as a "honeymoon" so we were given extra perks such as a quicker check in and special events. The hotel and grounds were excellent. We booked and "oceanview room" and it was worth it. The view and the hammock are worth the extra cost. The room was excellent and but the bed was a little hard. The maids clean the room everyday as well as change the sheets every other day. It is always nice to leave the maid little gifts such as hair clips/barettes, lip glosses, bubble gum, pantyhose, perfume,lotion and even tampons. These things are hard to get. We took brand new bottles of hair shampoo and left it. The maids will gladly take any of that stuff and it saves you the extra weight on the way home. The food was great, you need to try different things to find the things you'll like and be open-minded. The food is NOT the same as at home so don't expect it to be. The workers put in such an effort to please so we feel that only really picky people would complain. We sat in the same area in the dining hall so we were able to get to know our servers very well and they took great care of us. Nestor and Janeth were fabulous. We would eat breakfast and supper in the dining/buffet hall and then lunch at the pool shack. The lemon slushes and pizzas were great there. Tipping is very important because the workers get a very low wage and work very hard. They are away from their families working so the tips are used to support their families. The workers are so gracious that they would never ask treat you badly if you didn't tip, but they really appreciate it. If possible, you can get a taxi for 10 covertable pesos round trip to take you to the town to go to the bank. Go to the bank if you want to exchange a large amount of money. We would reccomend this and just keep the cash in a safe in your room. Eveything is convertable pesos not a lot of Canadian dollars. Use the hotel to exchange small amounts of cash. The hotel charges you an extra tax/rate for exchangeing where the bank doesn't. Go on a catamaran tour, go to Havana, go to the beaches Playa Paridisus and Playa Serina, stay on the beach at the hotel and spend time at the pool. If you want to be left alone, stay at the pool near the snack bar, if you want activity, stay at the pool closer to the lobby. Only drink bottled water or water from the bars and it is worth it to contact your local travel nurse to get info about shots. We took a pepto bismal tablet before each meal which prevented us from getting sick. Also bring sunscreen, aloe vera gel, bug spray and face clothes. The water and beaches are gorgeous but be aware of the many nude Europeon sunbathers. Enjoy! It and the people were amazing. Fell free to email us if you have any questions!
Great get away!
Gene and Dean Whitby
My wife and I got back Feb. 13 from two weeks sol cayo largo. What a spot!Beaches were as wonderful as these reviews say. Long walks (like hours)
if you're up for that. No vendors bothering you just pelicans and the odd nudie couple. Tried sharing a taxi to Sirena $6 peso total to get away from major waves in front of resort. Train (shuttle) available but very popular.
Overall, food was average a lot of repetition, but always managed to find something to our tastes. Tipping even moderately ensures better wine &more attention. Trinas a la carte we had smoked salmon appetizer and beef medallions ....very nice. Wine and atmosphere good here also.
Snorkeling... Best spot in two weeks of looking was in front of second bridge to beach, hotel two resorts east* of us (left if looking towards sea). Blue staircase, of grass hut group, perhaps 100 feet out from beach.. Fabulous live coral,sea fan, rod , large fish, saw one green moray, sea turtle, lobster , grouper,parrot and trigger fish all in maybe 10 -15' of water.
Disco had some current tunes if requested, karaoke machine busted.
too bad for me lucky for some. Two pool tables and good drinks with Abdel here after dinner. Opens at 7pm.
Shows Had core group of dancers who did nothing else they were very good. Also animation team doing skits. Watched them the first week that was enough.
Weather Mostly mid 20's had a nice couple of 29' days . Quite breezy on the beach most days. Beware of surf ,can be powerful. Timing our entry and getting past breaking waves (first 8' of ocean) the rest was glorious especially when heated up by the sun and Adiele's pina coladas. Water and air probably getting warmer as you read this.
Catamaran excursion, a nice day I helped bring up lobster the first mate caught. but snorkeling in front of grass huts just as good. (and free !!) Massage team very nice 25peso /hr.
Pueblo tour was pretty good 2-3 pesos for entry into Museum and Turtle farm. Store by Marina , nothing too special. Good bicycle ride just east of Sol Pelicano and see Crocodiles.
Pelicano has traveling artist (works mainly in wood) Sat 7-11pm as well as bonfire and beach party same night. Sol club carries his stuff a litlle more$
We stayed on second floor* near path to Ranchon (king beds& nicer ceiling) Felt very safe on this trip, quite relaxing, would definitely go back.
Bring your thermal mugs but not your hangups. See you there !!
Visit Jan 2005
We visited the Sol Club Cayo Largo Jan 15-22. Generally had a very nice stay, possibly our best trip ever to the Caribbean after visiting 7 or 8 places. Beaches - as good as they said. We found we could pick between the hotel beach and the western beaches of Paraiso/Sirena depending on the wind direction to ensure some nice calm water every day. Could walk there in about an hour or take the beach train - only did that once, didn't like waiting around for it.
Hotel staff was great.
Food: I'm not picky about food and rarely care but in this case I would say that although the food was well prepared, the dinner buffet was abit monotonous by the end of the week. It may be difficulty getting things on the island? not sure.
Lovely gym. Tai Chi and yoga classes every morning. Very little attendance at these but they are well instructed. Another gem - the morning bike tour of the island - a leisurely 2 hour bike tour took us to the village, the turtle farm, marina, crocodile sitings etc. Great way to see the island.
Room: Fine. Always clean, stocked with towels etc. Everything worked. When we arrived our room wasn't ready until 3. Then at 3 still not ready so they upgraded us to ocean view.
Room 78, Villas Iguana, Cayo Largo, Cuba.
Cayo Largo, Cuba. May 13th, 1993.
Cayo Largo, Cuba. May 13th, 1993.
Modern Fiat/Iveco lorry, Cayo Largo, Cuba.
Lost my camera..
We were at the Sol Cayo Largo during the week of April 25, 2004 and lost our digital camera (in a white plastic bag in La Marimba Club) on saturday night May 1st... If anyone know anything about this, please contact me and a reward will be given. Or, please just send me the pictures, they are priceless to us..
Cayo Coco vs. Cayo Largo??
Hi All I'm trying to finalize my trip from Toronto Feb 19-26. Originally had set on Punta Cana but the malaria and mystery illness scared me off. So, now I'm trying to decide between the Sol Cayo Largo and the El Senador in Cayo Coco. Can anyone tell me which is better?! We're a couple 29 & 33 looking to relax on the beach. Also would love to know what the weather temps are like. compared to dominican. I hear it is quite cooler in cuba, will i be able to tan and swim?
Re: Cayo Coco vs. Cayo Largo??
My Boyfriend and I have just booked a vacation at El Senador in Cayo Coco. I am very confident that this place will live up to it's name. If you go straight to the El Senador web site, you will see what I mean. The place looks beautiful and I can't get over how many restaurant chices are available. We have a Villa over the lagoon booked for Feb 20th- 27th.
I have done a lot of research for this trip, and from what I saw El Senador is exactly what WE were looking for. I'm looking forward to the trip and maybe we'll see you there.
We are thinking of travelling to Cayo Largo, Cuba in March. However, we have heard that the beaches were washed away in the hurricanes last fall. Does anyone know if the beaches are still there and if we should consider another location? Thanks.
Re: Cayo Largo
Wonderful beaches are still there, and if go there, you will enjoy, sure. Playa Sirena or similar...
Re: Cayo Largo
They were still there 6 weeks ago