Calm, out of the way, nice beaches, great resort
ah, mosquitos, damn!
A fantastic place to escape from winter!
With Thomas Cook we also went on the "Colourful Cuba" day trip which was good value for money. After arriving in "Moran" the nearest main town (where most of the workers at the hotel complex are from), we embarked upon a horse and cart which took us through the streets of "Moran". The trip then carried on and included a visit to an old Sugar Cane...more
For 10 pesos we took a nice ride for about an hour. We didn't ride much on the beach which was a disappointment. We did however ride along an area where the locals party and sleep, leaving tons of trash along the path. They also offered sunset tours for an additional 10 pesos. How does that work? ha!more
We can't fault Melia Cayo Coco. We chose this adults only 5* all inclusive destination for a...more
As soon as you arrive go to the el senador side it has a big open reception, there is a small desk...more
I like this hotel very much. We were travelling through Central Cuba and we came to this hotel...more
This was my favourite restaurant in the complex.The food was Cuban style, cultured culinary delights, in a romantic setting over looking the lagoon.The building was divided into the seafood on one side and Cuban on the other.The lights were low with candle lit tables, wine and soft drinks were flowing freely.In this restaurant the staff were...more
We ate here the second night. When you check in they give you three ala carte tickets and you have to make a reservation with the restaurant cordinator. I ordered the veal, which was paper thin and covered with canned mushrooms. It wasn't the greatest but we also had about 6 pina colodas before our 6:30pm reservation. The veal was accompianed by...more
Every day from 11am-3pm the beach bar opens the buffet. They offer an array of items. Sliced cabbage, olives, beans, breads, peppers, pickled onions, seafood pasta(cold), dessert items. You can also order ham & cheese sandwhichs, burgers, Cuban sandwhich, fries, daily pasta and seafood. The Cuban Sandwich.more
Tema Caribe are a five peice band which play Latin and smooth sounds of the Caribean, Cuban Salsa and serenades of the sax and solos.Playing two or three times a week, they were brilliant.Yaxi the singer has a sultry smooth voice which has a unique sound.They currently have two Cd's out, one which is latin sounds, but Yaxi doesn't sing it's another...more
Salsa Cafe is the disco in the Blau Colonial. They have hour stage dancing shows everynight and they also do alot of audience participation. Just be careful of the big bald Cuban should you get hauled to the stage. Sometimes he likes to wear a wig and dance around putting on lipstick. All part of the show. The disco itself is small compared to...more
Nightlife at the Melia Cayo Coco would mainly consist of a show which would be expertly presented by the animation team. Involving singing and dancing it would be differently themed everynight, these people work hard all day rehearsing and it definately shows.The show normally kicks off at about 21:45 after some light entertainment round the pool...more
Trying to fly into Cayo Coco instead of going by land. 60-70CUC one way from Ciego de Avila.Forget about walking from check point to your resort mentioned by so many travel books/guides. Never! Never! Be sure the taxi you are taking to Coco is licensed to enter the island.There is a bus terminal in *** where you may find a taxi going to Coco. But I...more
It's easy to get around Cayo Coco, there is barely any traffic around, as the locals live on Cuba which is across the causeway.The only transport are coaches laid on for the tourists, A horse and cart picked up from your hotel which will take you on a tour.Cars can be hired from your hotel, the tourist car no. plates are blue so are identifiable on...more
You can also buy them at the airports if you want to take them home with you.Be careful about buying from the locals, a friend of mine bought a box of Monticristo #4's off one of the hotel help, everything proper but they had to be seconds as half of them had next to no draw.I have bought mine in Havana at the Melia Cohiba for the last 6 years,...more
This place is unique, never been in a cigar lounge before.If you enjoy them what better place to try before you buy.This is a place for adults to indulge, you can relax with your cigars maybe a rum or cocktail to go with it, on rocking chairs over looking the lagoon, listening to the sounds of the cuban salsa band, who jam on most nights, no...more
Each day local artists display their wares at an open air market located in the centre of the resort. Don't try and bargain with the prices, they are reasonably priced already and the people don't make very much money as it is.There are also a few shops located at the resort with souvenir items such as T-shirts, towels, hats, mugs, etc. All I...more
This sign is posted at the entrance of the Sugar Mill, it's written by Fidel. If anyone can translate it, please email it too me.Ok a friend did his best at a translation:...in an exemplary people, but as a whole, continues to better itself ,be more aware and be more efficient.more
We found that tipping even $1.00 U.S. each day to the maid, bartenders, waiter/waitress, etc. was greatly appreciated in Cuba. A dollar doesn't seem much to us but for a Cuban it is more than a days' wage in some cases. So even though tipping is not expected because it is an All Inclusive Resort, it sure is appreciated. Just for the record, even if...more
No real dangers to speak of that we encountered. However, a couple of warnings. First, at Club Tryp it was necessary to stake out your selected sunbathing chair at the beach or the pool early in the day by draping a towel over it (these were supplied by the resort with a US $20 deposit at check-in). Near the end of our stay, we had one of ours...more
Friends were staying at the resort next to us and innocently we believed that there wouldn't be any problem for them to visit us at Tryp. How wrong we were. They walked over and were stopped at the security gate and then brought to the security office of the hotel and warned not to drink or eat any thing while they were there. Not made to feel very...more
In Cuba or cayo coco they don't accept credit cards
affiliated to America, so check with your credit card company before you go.
I met a few people who got stuck as they had no extra money.
Unique Suggestions: Make sure to check before you go with your credit card company.
Fun Alternatives: Take other cards, as it works out cheaper to spend on your card then to pay by cash.
Make sure you take adequate mosquito repellent or they will bite you.They itch for days.Take plenty of sun tan creams as the sun is strong when it comes out.Make sure your in your designated weight before you go to the airport to fly home as they will charge big money for the overloads. Take a comfy pair of shoes as the grounds are big and you'll...more
bring plenty of toiletries cos u can leave them behide for the staff u become friends with. Pack things like head ache tablets cos is no where to get hold of any Plenty of films and an under water camara, i stayed for 15 nights and used 8 films and an under water cam Also bring a old storecard of something of that sort cos u can then leave ur...more
We brought four full, large pieces of luggage each filled with many gifts for the staff. We were told by friends that many people bring toiletry items, pens, papers, crayons, toys, hats, t-shirts, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and the list goes on and on...all to give as gifts to the various staff members that you will get to know. We packed one days...more
***!! hehe, this is soooo of the beaten track. Mind you, it is not meant for tourists to come around but it is the closest Cuban village to the cayos. You cannot purchase anything here, sightsee or go out to dine...BUT you will get a real look at the Cuban people and way of life if you take the time to go around.Best way to get here would be if you...more
As part of our 4WD day tour, we also booked a 'horseback' trip through some mountainous terrain. Although the horses were a bit on the skinny side, they seemed to manage OK and a few spares were brought along as well. The trip over the hills and down into a riverside picnic and swimming area was interesting.more
When we were at El Senador we just went to the gym for a workout every other day and we played a few games of tennis. They have a games room with ping pong tables and other table sports. At the beach you can take out paddle boats or play beach volleyball. At one of the large pools they also organize water sports or water arobics. The have also organized an ocassional soccer game or you can just bike around the island to explore. I also saw people fishing. All this is included in the All Inclusive Package. If you want to pay extra you can take trips to the mainland and enjoy speedboating and snorkeling and perhaps many other sports. Or on the island you can pay extra and enjoy hang-gliding or horseback riding.
My favourite activity at El Senador, Cayo Coco was walking along the beautiful, white sand beach looking for seashells to bring home. Not only did we get exercise to walk off all those calories from the "All You Can Eat Buffet" but we walked in the crystal clear ocean and enjoyed the view up and down the island. For swimming I preferred the very...more