2 Cuba Resort Comparisons
All information and pricing was effective as of January, 2016 and is subject to change. The 2 resorts are 37.2km or a 30 minute drive, apart and roughly 6-6.5hrs from Havana. The Mojito is to the East on Cayo Coco and is listed as a 3.5* yet it consistently has higher ratings than the Daiquiri, which is a 4* and is located to the West on Cayo Guillermo.
Depending on your check out time at either resort, consider paying the $18 pesos for the VIP lounge before your flight back home. They serve drinks, food and snacks available, which it is cheaper than purchasing them at the airport vendors. When you are doing your airport check in, ask the counter attendant if the lounge is available.
When in Cuba, you will need a voltage converter to reduce the voltage down from 220 volts to 110 volts. There normally is a 110 volt socket in the bathroom to use for low wattage items like shavers or battery chargers. If you try and use it for appliances that generate heat, like hairdryers, curling irons and flat irons, even though you can plug them into the sockets, the difference in the voltage means it WILL fry the appliance and render it ruined.
Most of the newer personal electronic items like; digital camera, camcorder battery chargers and laptops will work on both voltages, but you have to check the writing on the plug adapter. If it says: Input: AC 110V-240V; 50Hz/60Hz it will work in the 220 volt socket.
Surprisingly, a lot of electronic and electric devices in Canada and the USA dual voltage, but if the plug on it is polarized, with one pin wider than the other, you will still need an adapter in Cuba as their electrical wall sockets are NOT well grounded. Some of the newer Cuban resorts or ones which have undergone major renovations have been changing their hairdryers in the rooms and removing the shaver outlet because of guest misuse.
It is best to exchange your money at the reception desk or resort currency exchange desk at the resort for a slightly better deal than doing it at the airport.
Book the Superior Ocean view or Superior Sea view rooms as there is normally very little difference in price and a big difference in value. This resort is rated #3 of 11 in Cayo Coco on trip adviser. It is listed as a 3.5* but it has the highest ratings for resorts less than a under 5*.
Internet is available in 2016 for $5 CUPS for 60 minutes and has a relatively fast connection fast for Cuba
The resort is older but clean. It has great pools. It is NOT directly on the beach. It is a 2-4 minute walk along a series of boardwalks over a small lagoon, that while does not smell, does have green algae blooms depending on the time of year. The ambiance at the resort is quite laid back. The sand on the Mojito beach is the best of all nearby resorts. There are NO bathrooms within easy walking distance of the beach
Plan to visit the Cigar Lounge for it’s ambience and amazing guitar player who starts at 9:30 PM
It is listed as a 4* and a step up from Mojito. It has large rooms, is more compact and has had recent renovations to the Superior and Seaview rooms. The rooms in the lobby area have not been renovated.
The food can be mediocre, as it is in most of Cuba. It is prepared well, there is lots available though it will be repetitive. The buffet tends to be better than the a la carte Mexican and Italian restaurants. Lobby bar serve fantastic espresso in the AM
Wifi available in Lobby only and costs 3 pesos ( $5.00 ) for 1 hour. Late check out can be arranged the day before you leave and costs $5 pesos an hour. The SAFE for a regular room is $12 pesos and included with a superior room.
The beach is very nice but also narrow. High tide will reach the front beach palapas. Wind is strong enough to support an active Kite surfing program with 20 new boards. There is a launch pad on the right side of the beach towards the Cojimar. Do NOT use the marina Kite vendors that will charge 20 USD as they are scam clients.
The Superior Room comes with 2 Twin beds and the Superior Oceanview room will have a King bed. Varadero Buiding is closet to beach and pool. Baracoa much quieter as it is furthest from pool activities. Camaguey building, close to everything and newly renovated. Trinidad block is right across from the theatre bar which does not close until 1 am. Holguin building is renovated.
NORMAL CUBAN RESORT ISSUES AT EITHER
Sand fleas are highly active after rainy season and through December. It changes with the season and weather; bring bug repellent with Deet. Beds will be very firm and not overly comfortable and do not improve with changing resorts. Limited Hot water supplies are common as is low water pressure, toilets are slow to flush, limited toilet paper. Resorts have an inability to provide condiments, limited laundry availability means beach or room towels may not be replaced often. Slow to repair damaged items at the resort depending on tools, material required. Red meats are often highly salted. Drinking water not regularly brought to your room and can be found in the restaurant or in the bars. Bring your empty water bottles for re-filling.
Take the opportunity to do a half day tour to the local town of Moron as an excursion which departs every Tuesday and Thursday. They provide non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks and a Cuban lunch. If you visit on your own, then you could stop at Pozo de Los Deseos, which is a little restaurant just on the outskirts of Moron and serves lobster at an amazing price.
The 2 1/2 hours, double decker bus ride, costs $5CUC to Pilar beach, which is a stunning. As it is only a few kilometres from the resort, you could opt for a van which departs at your convenience and for 7 people will cost roughly $35.00 CUCs and they will pick you up at your pre-arranged time. The beach loungers cost $2.00 per person.