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Santa Lucía Things to Do

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    by twilightmuse Written Aug 18, 2010

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    This tour takes you into the spanish colonial city of Camaguey. It is about $20/person and a full day excursion. It takes about 2.5 hours to reach the city, but it is so worth it. En route you will stop at a sugar factory ruins, a rum distillery and then on to a church with human catacombs underneath, and then visit every scenic and cultural area of the city. Lunch is included with live music.

    city square sugar factory ruins rum distillery one of the many churches a side street

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    Santa Lucia is home to the world's second largest coral reef. It is aprox. 400km long second to the ones in New Zealand I believe ( maybe it's Australia but you get the idea). For $19 a person you can go on a 2 hour coral snorkelling tour. You will be taken out on a motorized catamaran to the coral and provided snorkelling gear. The water is shallow so if you are not a strong swimmer it is ok- as you can touch the ground in lots of spots. There are so barracudas or whatnot but lots of fish from Finding Nemo. We even saw some octupi and eels. Bring bread with you to feed the fish! Non-alchoholic drinks are also provided.

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Santa Lucía Shopping

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    by twilightmuse Written Aug 18, 2010

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    The resorts will allow local merchants on site to sell crafts and souvenirs. There really isn't anywhere else to go to purchase stuff like bracelets and trinkets. So if you see something you like I suggest purchasing it because that merchant will only be there for that day and it will be new ones each day after. They may have the same stuff but sometime the price doubles. Some will haggle for clothing or come down in price but since there is nowhere else to go sometimes you just have to suck it up if you see something you really like.

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    There really aren't any shops in the area so most of our stuff came from the Duty Free store in the airport. It was cheaply priced and they had a pretty good selection of everything we wanted: rum , coffee, postcards.

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Santa Lucía Warnings and Dangers

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    by twilightmuse Written Aug 18, 2010

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    We met up with a young man from Montreal that told us he had gotten robbed. He hired a private taxi driver and made the mistake of not settling on a price up front so the driver took him for all he was worth. In Cuba there are two types of money: a local currency and a Cuban convertable peso that is for tourists. The ratio works out that it takes 25 local pesos for one convertable tourist peso. So if you hire a local taxi sometimes if there is a meter it will be in one currency or the other so be sure to ask up front whether they mean convertable pesos or local as the difference can be huge. Also settle on a price up front. I guess you would asssume common sense here but the locals can come across as so accomadating and friendly that you may get taken in like this poor guy did.

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    by twilightmuse Written Aug 18, 2010

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    There is a disco that the locals and tourists go to that is located on a tennis court of all places. This is a notorious meat market and there is prostitution that goes on. So parents do not let your underage kids go to the disco alone. We saw two 16 year old girls in short spandex dresses hanging out at the disco alone. The resort actually assigned them a Cuban chaperon because they had no clue as to what danger they could get themselves into. You really need to have some brains when spending time in a foreign country.

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Santa Lucía What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: In the smaller areas clothing is hard to come by so everywhere we went people would ask us for clothing to spare. We actually were able to purchase sovenirs with clothing we had packed specifically to give away.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Things to give away:
    ~flip flops ( dollarama has some for $1.50)
    ~any used clothing
    ~ reusable grocery bags ( nice ones but still the ones that you buy for $1)
    ~hats
    ~ purses ( I gave our maid a purse that I simply didn't use anymore and she was so grateful and appreciative and to me that purse would've just sat in a closet or gone to Goodwill.

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  • May 4, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    My second visit to Brisas, Santa Lucia, was as good as the first, and I can give nothing but praise to the staff, entertainers, and management of this resort. Nothing was too much trouble, and the happy smiling faces surrounding you make your stay so much more enjoyable. KUDOS to the staff for their efforts in making certain vacationers enjoy their stay to the maximum.
    The resort has everything needed to ensure your stay is fun filled. Games around the pool, bingo, dance lessons, pool sports etc., check out the pictures below. Also scheduled lessons are offered for Volley Ball, Salsa, Meringue dancing etc. Or, if rest and relaxation is what you require, sit around the pool, enjoying the surroundings, the palm trees swaying in the breeze. The ocean is only two minutes walk from the pool, where you can relax as you lay listening to the sound, and view the beauty of the ocean.
    The evening shows are fantastic, so professionally presented, and the MC, dancers, singers and comedian's exceptional....to the point that I didn't want to miss even one show. There is also a children's show presented nightly prior to the adult show, and participation by any child on the resort is encouraged. Nobody is left out, it's just fun for everyone.
    The rooms are slightly dated, but quite adequate. Care was taken as far as cleanliness was concerned. Air conditioning good, and all necessary accessories available.
    The main restaurant offered a good array of food, and I am one picky eater, but was always able to find enough, to my liking. to enjoy a good meal, followed by delicious desserts. Also available throughout the day is a Snack Bar offering hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches etc. should you need a little sustenance along the way. Ice Cream Bar available should you have the urge for a cone. Also a coffee shop offering several different varieties of specialty coffee. As an all inclusive resort, drinks are available 24/7, however it is not advisable to drink the water, so make sure you obtain your water needs from the bar or restaurant.
    Should you encounter any medical needs, there is a Doctor's office on site where you can obtain necessary medication. Just make sure you have your medical insurance before travelling. From what I understand the medical assistance is excellent.
    To summarize, this was a trip that I would repeat anytime. I enjoyed my time at Brisas, Santa Lucia, made many new friends, interacted with those I already knew from my last visit, and thoroughly enjoyed my vacation. I would most definitely have no hesitation in recommending this location to anyone. To be honest, I think it was mainly because of the staff, their friendliness, courtesy, kindness and wonderful attitude. This, in my book, counts for a lot, and makes for not only a vacation, but a vacation to remember. Because of the staff, their friendliness, courtesy, kindness and wonderful attitude. This, in my book, counts for a lot, and makes for not only a vacation, but a vacation to remember

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