Club Amigo Farallon del Caribe - Marea del Portillo
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... revolution. We've heard about him before (I really do need to learn all my Cuban heroes). We visit the oldest building in Cuba (16th century) it has heavy wooden doors and ceilings, with mahogany and ebony furniture and stone floors. It does feel old, but more importantly it's cool. Again no pictures inside 5CUCs. The town hall is on the other side of the square to the cathedral and it was from the balcony here that Fidel gave his victory speech on January 2nd 1959. Santiago de Cuba ...
... of the 26 July revolutionaries when they returned to Cuba in 1956. We have passed a number of places in Bayamo and beyond called Granma. We are advised Granma was the name if the sailing boat that Fidel, Raul and Che, along with 70 or so others, came from Mexico to Cuba in. Nothing to do with wrinklies then! We have also seen quite a few other tourist buses today, many Canadians and more English speakers than before. At the hotel there are noticeably a lot. After freshening ...
This morning we said goodbye to Santiago de Cuba nestled between the Sierra Maestra and embarked on our three-hour journey to CamagŁey, which we’ll call home for the next three nights.
Along the way, we made a pilgrimage to El Cobre to visit the Sanctuary of La Virgen de la Caridad, the Patron Saint of Cuba. Legend has it that in the 1600s three young men found a wooden statue of the Virgin ...
... because the transportation in Cuba leaves something to be desired and many students miss Monday morning classes as a result.
Due to the high cost of fuel on the island, the most popular forms of transportation include bicycles, horse-drawn carts, vintage American trucks converted into buses, and hitchhiking—none of which are very speedy. We also learned while traveling, that every few kilometers there is a government official known ...
Today we explored Santiago de Cuba, which, aside from being one of the island’s oldest cities (founded by the Spanish in 1514) and the second largest city (second only to Havana), has the distinction of being Cuba’s “Hero City.” It is here in Santiago that the Cuban Revolution began on July 26, 1953, and where Fidel Castro accepted the surrender of Batista’s army in 1959.
Our first stop of ...
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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.