Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa, Varadero, Cuba

Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa is a resort of formula all inclusive, located in Varadero, Cuba. For adults, this hotel offers a natural setting, thanks to its proximity to the white sandy beaches and sapphire blue sparkling water of the lush tropical gardens. Thanks to its fresh water swimming pools, its wedding packages, restaurants of specialties, its care and its European treatments at the spa, as well as its land, and water sports, this hotel promises an unforgettable holiday. You have the choice of several restaurants and bars and a different show in the evening if you are staying a week. The staff is very courteous and friendly.  

Tips

Do not you forget to take an adapter/transformer of 220V if the current of your country is different.
If you you go there for the golf, remember that you must pay the transport to go to there and even the buggy rental golf. You must also register in advance for the days you want.
The internet service is not good then do not count with him if you really need it.
If you want to go around a bit, there is a shuttle bus which departs from the hotel to visit the old Varadero and its craft market. There are also other optional excursions and a full tour of the peninsula by bus that you can godown and take again so many times as you want with the same ticket.

The Blue Hole, St. Ann and St. Mary, Jamaica

The Blue Hole is a place hidden up in the mountains with waterfalls and natural swimming pools, on the border of the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary, at about 25 minutes from the town of Ocho Rios, in Jamaica. You can find two sections; the main Blue Hole and the waterfall of about 20 feet in height. You will find a path going along the river and you can walk from one to another. You can jump into the Blue Hole or just walk around if you prefer; the only thing is that you must be very careful because the rocks could be very slippery. The best thing to do, specially if you are there for the first time, is to hire a guide, he could tell you where it is better to walk or jump. Remember you are in a place that isn’t too commercialized yet and there’s no first medical aid nearby if something happens to you. On the other hand, the good thing is that you are really visiting a place in nature.

Tips

The site is open form 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM.

You must pay the entrance (15,00U$) and provide some extra money for your guide’s tip. If you are going with a group of 10 people or more, you can negotiate the price of the entrance.

Don’t forget to bring your water shoes, your swimsuit, a towel and a waterproof camera.

If you feel adventurous, there is a Tarzan swing you can use to jump into the hole.

Try not to visit the place when the cruise ships are docked in Ocho Rios, you’ll be better when there are a few people visiting the place.