More about Gran Caribe Club Bucanero
Bucanero a good value!
Nice location, friendly staff... they do their best to make your stay unforgettable. The food... well, you'll probably loose some weight, plenty to eat, but no great taste.
The beach is small and plenty of sharp rocks, conbined with the good size waves makes for likely foot injuries. The water gets deep fast, exercise caution.
You'll probably enjoy the local iguana that hangs out at the beach grill during meal hours.
Entertainment is quaint, amateurish... boring for some people. After 10:00 PM they roll up the sidewalks and everyone dissapears into their rooms... the night life is... well, not there!
If you are looking for a safe, peaceful vacation setting, with friendly staff and a reasonable price you could do much worse than the Bucanero.
About our stay in Bucanero, Cuba, in May, 2004.
We had high spectations for our trip, thinking the hotel and the environment would be a paradise for all. Apparently, this only works for some, there are VIP treatments and regular treatment. If you are a tourist who tips, you are VIP, if you are a tourist who does not, you are a regular. We noticed that in the dinning room Germans have preference over the French. It could be worse if you are a local, and the worst is if you are a worker. (If you are black, it is even worse, which is funny, taking into account that most of the workers are coloured) If a Cuban guest goes to the bar, waits more. If he goes to the restaurant he gets less food (rations) and an unfriendly stance. My wife speaks some Spanish, and she learnt that some of the Cuban guests are honoured because off their work. Is this a way to treat them? After this we have no more taste for Cuba. Mauer Fred, Baerbel Frank. Frankfurt.
We had a really good time here
Of all the 3 stars (and some 4 stars) we have been to so far, the Bucanero is one of the better ones.
The staff were very friendly and the facilities were good. We were there the first week of November 2004 just after Ivan. Almost everything was up and running and back to normal.
The pool and the pool bar were the main meeting place for people and was busy from before official opening time till after ten at night. We talked with many people who have been to the Bucanero several times.
There was inside and outside seating at the restaurant for dinner. Each night there was entertainment while you dined. The food was good but not quite as good as some other Cuban resorts we have been to. However, the breads and deserts were excellent.
The stage show at night was very good. It was fun watching the Cubans trying to dance the Irish jigs from Riverdance. After the show there was dancing and music at the beach bar.
The beach, although not a great swimming beach, was very scenic and very pleasant with plenty shade if you wanted it.
We had an upstairs bedroom and found it very good. It was kept very clean for us. The walls are made from stones.
Overall, we really liked this resort and will go back again.
We were at Bucanero from Dec 2-9th. It's a nice, comfortable hotel, with rustic charm, if you're OK with that. The staff is super nice and the service exceptional. Several of the guests were repeat visitors. The food is a bit bland, but not bad at all by Cuban standards.
The location of the facilities is especially nice. All the dining rooms, bars, and hotel rooms are right on the water, all with fabulous views. Go to the pool bar for happy hour and sip on your mojito while watching the sunset. Not to be missed!
Snorkelling is great - it's right off the beach. However, use extreme caution when swimming. The water can be rough and the rocks are sharp. Swim with a buddy and don't bring small childeren there - use the pool instead.
The location is great and makes a good base for day trips to the surrounding area. Try to buddy up and split costs as a one-way fare to Santiago is $15 US. There is a shuttle bus but it's difficult to find enough people to fill it up.
It's no 4 star, but if you're willing to overlook some minor inconviences, you'll find Bucanero a great value for the money.
Fit guys at diving center!!!!!!!
I love the place; been there 4 times.
Great staff, their best assett (especially the beautiful males at the D.C. on the beach).
The staff at the beach is great (Guglielmo,Felix,Juan,etc..)and so are the bar-boys (lovely dear "pony"--ubaldo--,Julius,Fidel,etc...).
Manolo (Manuel) at the diving center is very professional and all the other guys are nice and smiley as well.
The best staff in Santiago, by far. The food is ok, healthy and quite simple. I like the beach restaurant. The girls at reception are so nice (Kenya and Laikily,I love u and miss u!!!).
Left a bit of my heart at Bucanero.
Go there if you are easy going tourists who love nature, are not too fussy, enjoy the informal atmosphere of a small pretty hotel and like to have fun during happy hour !!!!!!!
--Many kisses to Ernesto,diving center--
LOVED IT, saving up for next summer!!
Wow!! It was wonderfull I just got back from Santiago 2 weeks ago, we stayed at Hotel Bucanero and had a wonderfull time there. The people were so friendly and the food was good, I loved the pool and the bar. We also went on a few tours it was really nice, I loved all the wildlife out there, the lizards (carefull not to step on them on your way to your room!!) and the hummingbirds. The fact that we were really able to get some Rest and relaxation was awesome, ohhhh...by the way they no longer only play Classical music by the pool, they also play Salsa, Merengue and everything else, they also have Salsa dance lessons everyday.
We were originally looking for something in Havana but nothing popped up, and the fact that the Hotel was like a 25 min drive from the city made things even better. We were lucky enough to be there the first 3 days of the yearly Santiago Carnaval, we went into town with some of the staff and had a blast, the music and all the people it was so nice, I had never seen anything like that except on the television. Plus the parading Conga groups and their outfits, what also helped was the fact that we speak fluent Spanish. Definitelly planning on going back for next years CARNAVAL!!!!
Nice clean room, with ocean view and no cucarachas. The food was good, not great, but the staff were friendly, helpful and entertaining. There was some form of live music most evenings during supper followed by a show. Two bars, beach and pool, free bikes and snorkelling gear available. It was better than we expected and we got more than our money's worth.
We'll go back! Check out our photos at http://www.thelances.ca/gallery/view_album.php?set_albumName=A052005
The beach is small and rocky, but the snorkelling was excellent. The setting is beautiful, up against virtical cliffs full of caves and holes. There are iguanas, crabs, hummingbirds and other wildlife around to keep the nature lover entertained and of course Santiago de Cuba is only a CUC15 cab ride away for the party goers and those that like bustling cities.
Our cost was CDN$1322/person for 14 days, airfare and taxes included
Has anyone been to the Bucanero resort in Santigo De Cuba? If so, do you have any usefull info or tips, also any internet links would be appreciated. How is the scuba diving? I heard the place is in a environmental reserve, what is the nature like?
Re: CLUB BUCANERO
Haven't been, but understand it is a very basic resort. Check www.tripadvisor.com and caribline.com for some reviews.