Gran Caribe Club Bucanero
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So at 7.15am we caught a taxi to the bus station with all our stuff hoping to get 2 tickets to Santiago for the Festival of Fire. Thank god we were lucky enough to get tickets as we weren't the only ones there. It was a pretty good bus we just watched 4 movies. We only went about 350kms but it stopped 11 times and took 13hrs!
We arrived at 8.30pm and a guy was waiting for us to take us to our house but that accommodation was full so then we ...
... tan ancestrales como actuales.
Al día siguiente conocimos al inmenso Henry y su auto pequeñito, quien nos llevo hasta Guantánamo a todo ritmo Elvis Crespo. AH, AH, AH, APRIETA! Ahí, hicimos nuestro corto pero significativo paso por la ciudad de Guantánamo y por el último de los 5 templos que existen en la isla. Fue solo por el día, pero solo el primero de los viajes a la ciudad que se divide en Norte, Sur, Este y Oeste.
... different but I countered it was similar and just cheaper as we did not eat in a tourist area. She also indicated she gets her beef from Scotland. The *****es sat elsewhere which was fine.
Off to put on long pants before walk to confirm restaurant name from last night. Back to finish yesterday's diary. A second quick shower and diary before 0900 departure for city tour. The dinner of those who ate at the hotel varied ...
... my overall view of Cuba’s revolution until I see a bit more of the country.
The domestic flight to Santiago was in a very old Russian plane where humid air leaking into the pressurised cabin during take-off and landing and condensed to look like smoke thick enough to hide your feet from view. From the airport in Santiago I accepted a taxi offer from an old guy and ended getting a lift in his battered old 1950s car that took a ...
... day in Santiago we took a taxi out to El Moro, the old city fortress along the coast. It was gorgeous! The sea was that lovely turquoise colour that invites you to just jump in. We resisted the urge to jump and spent an hour exploring the fortress and dungeons before hopping back in our taxi to the city again, The Cathedral was open so we decided to pop in. Only for the briefest visit because there was a Mass on, and we were being trailed by a group of semi-lepers and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gran Caribe Club Bucanero Santiago de Cuba
Nice for the view the staff and it's kind people
Spent the new years week in there and was in the ocean when the year 2003 exited and 2004 entered. Beatiful sky, exceptional surroundings and a lot stars.
If you are into a sandy beach kind of vacation(Varadero is the best) since the Hotel buchanero beach wasn't that good and sea was full of big rocks. People had cuts in their legs etc.
They have two bars one facing the beach (go their website), another facing the 'sunset' and the ocean. Hey ask Fidel to make you a Mohito.
Amazingly friendly and helpful staff and they seemed to be doing it from the heart (not expecting things from you like in Varadero).
Yes the disco was non existent and they usually play salsa but ask them to play 'regetano' (spanish reggae) and then let the fun begin.
This resort was a little bit for mature people(families, elderly etc) but still was nice. Chance to meet a lot of visitors from Europe as well, (Italy, Holland, Germany, Austria, France and of course our fellow Canadians).
Had established a lot good contacts there(although was alone).
The rooms are OK(not a five star hotel and there are la ittle quirks here and there) but cleanliness wise it was in tip top shape. But who wants to spend time in the room anyway. You can use shower on the beach and sleep on the beach or by the pool as well.
Food is open buffet and the selection was a bit poor when compared to Varadero(4+ star hotel, there) but still satisfactory and there you don't need much food anyways.
One of the good things I liked there was both bars had stools and enough room to sit and enjoy very interesting conversations with people from Europe and Canada.
Again if you are into stay/sleep/have fun in the nice beach all day and party in the international clubs all nite kind of person, go to Varadero. But if you are to enjoy the beauty of the view, amazing night sky and sunsets Hotel Buchanero is the answer.
I loved the staff, the people of Santiago and there was plenty to do, if you had an imaginative mind outside of scuba diving and sun tanning. The city of Santiago has incredible architure, history and warmness that only other cities in Cuba can dublicate.Food wise, I would rate Bucaneero a ***, Disco, what disco ? Non existant. Beach, rocky. value for money - priceless !
You will fall in love with it time after time!
The Bucanero hotel is just amazing. I have been there 7 times in the past 10 years ( I started going there when l was only 15 years old) and it just gets better every time that l go there. The staff is great and they become like a part of your extended family. The resort is small, but that is what makes it so great, you don't have to fight for chairs, food, spots on the beach, bikes, like you do at resorts that have 700 or more guests. The beach is beautiful, the pool is refreshing, and the landscape is breathtaking. There is always activities in the daytime and evening. There are activities for the children so the parents can just relax and enjoy their vacation too. The city of Santiago is not too far away, it is a nice 30 minute drive or so. You can go to the disco or even go into the small town outside the resort. The food is good, the drinks are fantastic. It is about as safe as you can get in any resort, anywhere in the world.
Loved the Hotel
Just wanted to let you know, my husband and I stayed there 2 years in a row. We had a great time. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The food was good. Would recommend the hotel to anyone who would like to go to Cuba.
Top hotel, very friendly
I travelled all round Cuba this august and spent 2 days at this hotel.
What can I say, peaceful, relaxing, friendly service, good food (for Cuba) just mind the crabs and iguana's!!
This hotel has a bar and a mini restaurant on the beach where they'll make you fish or burgers, chips and salad. Alternatively you can walk up to the main restaurant and get a wider selection.
The beach isn't very big but there aren't that many guests there anyway so it's not a problem.
There is another bar near the main restaurant and this serves all the usual drinks (daiquiri, mojito, cuba libre etc) but don't expect all the international brands. You might be sick of rum by the end of your holiday!!
We went into Santiago one night and it is pretty rough to be honest.
The people there are very poor even by Cuban standards and they will try anything to get your money, going as far as picking $40 out of your pocket- I speak from bitter experience!
You should have fun if you go out at night there though and I recommend the casa de Artex for a fun night out dancing, just be careful not to go anywhere where there are no other tourists though because this is where they might try to rob you.
I love the hotel and their employees they are the best, I fund my real love in that hotel. Thank You
Well i have visit the hotel several time and I alway like that place. I fund my real love in that hotel. Thank You Bucanero for that. I was their in 2002 August.
A home away from home
Somewhere you can immediately feel at home; friendly staff who care about their guests. Excellent value for money.
Charming, friendly atmosphere
We have spent one week in the Bucanero Resort in Santiago de Cuba: 2 - 10 jANUARY 2003.
Of course it is difficult to separate the appreciation of the Hotel with the rest of the trip. So the south of Cuba is a really wonderfull land, the peole is great, friendly. It's incredible when you are moving by car and you are going to pick up people that are waiting for a passage on the road, most of the people are so polited and clean...we were really impressed by the cuban people. Anyway the Hotel is in a really great position, there is small but very charming beach, most of the people working in the hotel are very nice. It's better to have a second floor room that let you to have a wonferful view.
The food is nothing special, but there are a good choice. The cocktail in the very nice beach bar are very good, the coffe is great. The real problem of the Bucanero resort is that is not well connected with Santiago (25Km far). The bus-navette organised by the hotel need a minimum of passengers (5) and there is only three times in a day (cost anyway 6$ for person, two way. A taxi cost 15$ each way, but you could share it with 3 or 4 people). There are free bicycle in the hotel, but the stupid thing is that you can pick up it only before 4.30 p.m., that depend from a stupid rule
decided by the chief of the animation (David), so you can't take advantage from the best time for an excursion (that is the sun-set). The best period to go in Santiago is december,january,february.
If you go in july-august is really very hot and humid, so you should consider that the air-conditioner in the Bucanero's room is terribly noising.
Spent 2 weeks their food was not great, drinks were o-k if you tip them all the time, rooms seemed nice chamber maids were great if you tipped or gave them cloths they would take care of you ,if you no what i mean, for the money i would not recomend it for a single person.
The greatest holiday I ever had!
Please tell the diving teatcher CHEO that I´ll always love him and I really miss him!!
Sonja (March/April 1999)