Club Amigo Farallon del Caribe - Marea del Portillo
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Our day began with a visit to Cuba's most famous church, Our Lady of Charity El Cobre whose black Madonna is considered the country's protectress. It is a 30-minute drive into the country in a small village next to dormant copper mines and an active gold mine. The faithful from across Cuba make pilgrimages to the church and it was visited by Pope Benedict in 2012. The church ...
Lecture: Religions of Eastern Cuba by Carlos Lloga, Professor of Religion All Cubans believe in something and religion is more about problem-solving than the after-life. There are major differences in the east and west. Santiaguans feel closer to the Dominican Republic than to Havana. Religion provides a moral code and a coping method through organizations, significations and religious expressions. Religions of Eastern Cuba: .Devotion to the Virgin ...
Today is my 66th birthday. After a very good breakfast buffet, we left at 9:00 AM for a city tour. We visited the St. Ifegenia Cemetery, where Jose Marti is buried in a large mausoleum. Marti was buried in 3 other places after he died in 1895 and moved here in 1952. It is a beautiful cemetery where many wealthy as well as commoners are buried. Many Bacardis, who were always an influential Santiaguan family. Then we went to the Moncada ...
Wandering around Santiago you are never very far away from music. Bars and cafes all over the town have salsa or jazz spilling out of them. We came across this band in the street playing traditional Cuban music but when they found out we were from England they started playing the Beatles. Elizabeth asked them for the Cuban music again so they asked her to join their band. And then a crazy woman with a basket on her head started dancing. Only in ...
... br> It looks like it would be fun and from the stories that Peter and Vilma told, there's not much sleep going on during that week. The exhibition was a bit flat but that's partly because of our dire Spanish. There was some fun stuff - the little comic characters were great and the dragon was really well made.
Walking between sites we were approached by quite a few of the locals. Some of the time ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Club Amigo Farallon del Caribe - Marea del Portillo Pilon
Bored in marea
This place is a retirement home , being a teenager I was bored out of my mind , the entertainment was horrid and the only good thing about this place was the beach!..don't go here if you want even minimal action!..this place is dead!
I have been to Marea a few times, both alone and with friends. I love it there. It is a great safe place to travel alone. If you're looking for a reasonably-priced, simple, basic resort with friendly staff and decent food, then this is the place to go. If you want gourmet and 24/7 entertainment - pay a lot more money and go somewhere else. The beach and pool are clean, the rooms are clean, the staff are friendly and helpful, there is plenty of good food, the entertainment is average and the scenery spectacular. What more can one ask for when on a VACATION!
My family and I have been going to Club Amigo Marea del Portillo/Farallon del Caribe for the past 10 years. The first time was as virgin travellers looking to escape a cold Canadian winter. We were booked into unknow territory, a litlle leary of entring a country not run as our own, but let me tell you... from the moment we left the plane to our very last moment in Cuba we were treated like FAMILY.
We went to Marea Del Portillo last year (2002) and are going back again this November (2003). Sufice it to say, the resort was excellent. I'll break it down for you.
I LOVE Marea del Portillo & the Farallon
marea and the farallon are the best resorts I have been to. I have spent time in Negril Jamaica,at twice the cost and much more enjoyed the Marea. The staff are very friendly and the atmosphere is laid back but you can be as busy as you like. There's lots to do,and the town of marea and Pilon are huge eye openers, safe, fun, cheap. The locals love the tourists and are very helpful in any situation. The food is not the best but I brought my own peanut butter and the meals I had off of the resort were wonderful. I highly recommend the fishing tour which is only $35.00 U.S where as in Jamaica it was $160.00 (same ocean?). I will go back many more times I have already been there 8 times and made some very good friends. Highly recommend this part of the island.
My husband and I travelled to this resort for two weeks in January 2003. We both had a great time. The food was good (nothing fancy) and the people were amazing. We weren't really interested in the night life because we spent the day in the sun and were tired. I heard it wasn't amazing... but as I said we were in bed by 10:00pm. We met several locals and rode by horseback into two villages. Spent the afternoon exchanging stories about Cuba and Canada. The people are very poor - we brought medical supplies, clothing, school supplies. The scuba diving was good with 25+ dive sites (around $30.00US/dive). There is a hair salon (they do great braiding), gift shop, and daily activities. The island Cayo Blanco is incredible - for $4.50US you go on a 45 minute ocean boat ride to a secluded island. Includes lunch and all drinks. There are several wrecks accessible from the shore for snorkelling. All in all, we made seven trips to the island. The price per week was $499.00 Cdn - Can't get much cheaper than that. If you want to just relax, horseback ride, scuba dive this is the perfect resort. If you are a party animal, I would NOT recommended this resort.As an aside, Manzanillo area is the driest, warmest area in Cuba. We were there for two weeks and had only one cloudy day. The temperature was 80 degrees plus everyday. Some areas in Cuba that week were in the low 50's along with Florida.
Cant wait to go back
not a place to go if you like night life and casenos, but to spend a good relaxing enjoyable holliday it cant be beat. The food is plain and not fancy,the same as it is all over cuba, its good and theres plenty of it. The peole and staff are polite, and couldnt do enough for you. All the people you will meat on the beach in the town and on the roads, are the safest, friendlyest you could meat any in the world They all feel like family. We met people there that had been there 20 to 30 times before. It was our second time and we plan to go back every chance we get.
Vacationing here was like spending a week at a retirement lodge. The Marea and the Farallon really cater to the old retirees that are repeat guests. Food was the worst that i had seen in my 6 previous times to Cuba. But the hotel staff is great and the nearby village of Pilon is very safe. The moped one night would not start and a village person took care of me and the moped. He made sure the moped was safe at the police station and arranged for a local to give me a ride back to the hotel. Other places in the Carribbean would have mugged you for sure. This is why i love Cuba!!!....On a sad note, the village person who helped me, her sister worked at the hotel and was fired because i gave her some leftover bare essentials...tootpaste, soap, shampoo, shave cream....they frown upon cuban women talking to men...yet cuban men can talk to tourist women!...the management have truly insulted me at that hotel for this matter!!!
My partner and I rec'd a 7 day trip to the Farrallon Del Caribe resort in Manzanillo (it's actually in Marea del Portillo but the tour operators like to say it's in Manzillo). The resort itself is nice - very clean, great staff; in fact they will bend over backwards for you, all you have to do is ask. You can mingle with the guest in it's sister hotel theMarea Del Portillo. Unfortunately there is not much else to do here aside from the usual excursions you pay extra for. You are surrounded by beautiful, absolutely breath taking scenery, mountains, water. It's a great place to just relax in but if you are looking for night life, Veradero is the place to be. P.S. the two resorts I mentioned above are suitable for older people who seem to enjoy all the relaxation. I've met couples there who have been there every year for the past seven years and they stay about one to two months at a time.
A very quiet, restful place to explore. We felt completely safe walking on the beach, local roads, moped biking, or riding a horse in the mountains.
(Highly recommend the horse back trip)
Rooms very clean and efficient personnel.
Plenty of food served warm and friendly, but not many extravagances, very tasty, but not fancy.
No shortage of drinks in all inclusive, as advertised.
For a couple in their 50's this vacation was very relaxing. Short on night life, casinos and stores in immediate vacinity.
You couldn't ask for any better sunrise, sunsets scenery and friendly staff. Good for young families also. Most people we met were repeat customers,some up to ten times.