Caribbean Islands Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Forums Style Refresh
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 27, 15 at 11:33 AM
  • Introducing MeganM
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 24, 15 at 03:23 PM
View all Caribbean Islands activity »
  1. 1 Volcanoes, Rainforest, and Beaches
  2. 2 Anguilla or Turks & Caicos?
  3. 3 What is the best Caribbean island for white sandy beaches
  4. 4 Saint John retirement
  5. 5 Barbados or St. Lucia in late August
  6. 6 Young couple planning June/July trip to Caribbean..where should we go!?
  7. 7 Cuba by car
  8. 8 Trip Report So Green, So French, Beautiful Martinique
  9. 9 20th anniversary
  10. 10 The great advantages including with the use
  11. 11 Recommendations for mid-November 2015 honeymoon destination
  12. 12 cheap living & travelling in Dominican Republic
  13. 13 Seek Advice on 9 days in Samana and possibly Cabarete
  14. 14 Sunny Beach Weather in February
  15. 15 Safe for Family
  16. 16 Christmas destination
  17. 17 Best way to get to Martinique?
  18. 18 Spring Break 2016 --- Is the Caribbean for us?
  19. 19 Trip Report USVI St John trip with kids and Westin St John stay
  20. 20 Girls Week (late 20s) Recommendation
  21. 21 Honeymoon Destination
  22. 22 Where to stay with teens on Turks and Caicos
  23. 23 shore excursions
  24. 24 Trip Report just be careful
  25. 25 Restaurants in Aruba
View next 25 » Back to the top

Cuba Info-Please help!!!

Jump to last reply

We are headed to Holguin in early February and would like some feedback on weather and interesting tours to take. Also, has anyone stayed at the Melia(now Paradisus) Rio de Oro?

  • Report Abuse


    Hi Linda:

    I haven't stayed at Holguin, but you can get some weather details at the following link. Just type in the name at the top left of the screen.

    http://www.weatherunderground.com

    You are at the very eastern end of Cuba and about 800km east of Havana, but only 400 km from the Turks & Caicos or the Dominican Republic. So weather should be very nice in February. Jamaica is also only 300 km away.

    As to tours etc., in general you should look to take a Rum factory tour or perhaps a cigar factory. Also you would only be about 100 km (64 miles) from Santiago de Cuba, the second largest city in Cuba. Very historical as I understand it.

    Have fun and enjoy Cuba.

    Steve

  • Report Abuse

    Hi Linda - we stayed at the Rio de Oro 2 or 3 years ago. Did two weeks from the end of January/first wk in Feb. The weather is going to be like Florida - you'll get sunny hot days but not that steamy hot weather like in Mexico. The nights can be cool - we had some nights as low as 16C and in the open air dining room, it can be a little breezy. Don't be surprised to see the staff wearing the sweater part of their uniforms, so take a light jacket or sweater for the evenings.
    This is a beautiful resort with massages ($20 U.S. an hour thereabouts!) offered in a little hut right on the cliff overlooking the beach. The massage table sits on a glass block floor so you can watch the surf below while being massaged!
    The Cuban a la carte restaurant was very good - you need to book your dinner here, so book early in the week.
    Take U.S. dollar bills (especially to pay for some t.p. when you get off the plane in Holguin) and/or good used clothing, hair accessories or makeup, chocolates, toothpaste/toothbrushes & pens and pencils and paper to give as tips to the room maids and other staff who you feel deserve some extra kindness.
    Say hello to our favourite staffer, Nirma - I think she is now heading the wait staff in the steak restaurant.
    Interesting tours include (if still on offer) the tour of the sugar factory and train ride on an antique steam train into the countryside; the village tour that takes you through a doctor's office (good time to drop off some Tylenol that you might have on hand) and a school (pens, pencils here) topped off by a pig roast at a farm. My husband did the 'swim with the dolphins' (only $43 U.S. back then) over at Bahia de Naranjo which is only 5 minutes away from the resort..the dolphin show was great. And if you want to just explore on your own, take a $5 cab ride over to Playa Guardalavaca and sit and have a beer or two, look out onto the beautiful beach and listen to the travelling singers who will want to entertain you.
    Have a great time, and if you have any other questions, do not hesitate to write.

2 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement