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Thinking of going to Cuba mid December… but where to go?Considering Cuba for a one week getaway taking advantage of the low prices.• I know there are 4 main spots in Cuba but which one for December, I want to swim and snorkel in the ocean.• I’m a Punta Cana die-hard and want my room and/or view to be VERY close to the ocean… I could care less about the pools.• When I look at resort photos none of the resorts appear to be very close to the ocean like in Punta Cana• I have heard December can be cold.• I have been told to stay at 4* or better.Looking for best suited recommendations based on the above criteria.Thanks in advance 🙂

I’ve stayed at the Iberostar Varadero (2011), very nice but can be pricey, last year we stayed at Iberostar Playa Alameda, we really like it but the reviews before and since have been harsh, Iberostar Tainos gets very good reviews. Hard to compare Punta Cana to Cuba, and some who try Cuba second are disappointed. Others prefer Cuba. If staying in Varadero, it’s easy to arrange a trip to Havana. Most resorts in Cuba have trees between the buidings and the beach, for us this was never a concern, it’s often a short walk to a beautiful beach, and no motor boats or jetskis.

If you want to be sure of warm weather, further south is better. The south shore of Cuba is a pretty good bet, but doesn’t feature a lot of four star resorts. Good snorkelling off the beach at Los Corales, but not the greatest for ocean view. Los Galeones has great views and decent off the beach snorkelling, but the 299 steps to the beach can be intimidating. Best food I have tasted in Cuba when I was there in 2007, however.

You might want to consider something in the Holguin area. The beaches at Guardalavaca have good off the beach snorkelling, and some resorts have pretty good ocean view rooms. Sol Luna Mares or Paradisus Rio de Oro would be good choices.

Pretty much ALL the resorts I have stayed at are as close to the beach as resorts in Punta Cana. Maybe a few extra steps, but pretty much the same.You defn want 4 or 4.5 and newer resorts if you are trying to come even close to similar expectations of resorts in Punta Cana.Don’t think it will be cold anywhere in Cuba in Dec…..I nevr snorkel, so cant recomend, but any of the resorts you can swim at….

Remember, the price to Cuba is about half of Punta Cana(as a rule, exceptions to everything) so keep your expectations in line with that.

Don’t think it will be cold anywhere in Cuba in Dec….. How about 2C in Matanzas overnight? That was in December 2010. I was at Jibacoa, and it’s the only time I have felt the need to wear my Canadian winter jacket in Cuba! The staff were freezing. Didn’t keep me out of the ocean, however!

Just looked it up for Varadero. The coldest day of 2010 was December 15, with a low temperature of 4°C.

December 15, 2010

My information about 2C was reported to me while I was there. But it officially was 4C, so I guess that’s not cold, eh?

We were there that year! Geez, it was colder than Canada. Seriously, it was one of Canada’s better winters. We should have saved the travel dollars and stayed home. For the most part, we did have a good vacation; but it was mostly huddled up and indoors.

Since then, we have gone to Santiago area. After the hurricane season!! What a difference, wish we had discovered it before; probably would never go back north.

if the air temperature was 4°C; do you know what the ccean temperature was?

I can’t tell you in degrees, but it sure felt warmer than the air!! (of course, water temperatures take a long time to change and won’t fluctuate the way air temperature does)

Don’t think it will be cold anywhere in Cuba in Dec….. How about 2C in Matanzas overnight? That was in December 2010. I was at Jibacoa, and it’s the only time I have felt the need to wear my Canadian winter jacket in Cuba! The staff were freezing. Didn’t keep me out of the ocean, however!

Just looked it up for Varadero. The coldest day of 2010 was December 15, with a low temperature of 4°C.

December 15, 2010

My information about 2C was reported to me while I was there. But it officially was 4C, so I guess that’s not cold, eh?

Of course ANYTHING is possible…..but thats not the norm, and was 5 years ago. That year it was cold all over Florida etc….was DEFN not the norm.So when someone asks what the temp is like in Dec, they are asking in term of "normal/average"…not asking for historical data on what COULD happen in the worse case senario…Or at least I am pretty sure thats what they are asking…….

I used the extreme example, because that is what can happen. I have been in Cuba numerous times in December and that is not the only time I have encountered cold weather at that time of year. I would say it isn’t unusual to have cool weather, and certainly not impossible to encounter single digits.

In Dec. we prefer the South coast for the more reliable weather. We also like Los Galeones because it is small, quiet, adult only and has spectacular views. With nearly 300 steps to the beach and not a lot to do it is not for everyone.

The coldest Cuban days we have experienced have been in Varadeo in April 1998 and in Cayo Largo in March a couple of years ago.

Nice photos of Caracol Santa Lucia eeeefarm thanks for sharing. Caracol is good option but I believe that someone who wants to go to Cuba for the first time and wants something similar to Punta Cana than Varadero would be the best option. Yes weather could be issue here but you never know
I believe that someone who wants to go to Cuba for the first time and wants something similar to Punta Cana than Varadero would be the best option. Yes weather could be issue here but you never know I would agree that Varadero may be closer to what the OP wants, particularly as four star resorts were mentioned and most of my examples are three star (or less!). However, the older hotels often are built closer to the beach and have the best views. Depending on how fussy you are, they can offer great value for your dollar, excellent locations, and I personally have never starved in Cuba! Also, I have had more fun at the lower starred resorts, so I could be accused of being a bit biased. There must be some Varadero hotels with good views of the beach. Can someone post some pictures? There are some good ocean view rooms at Sol Luna Mares, Paradisus Rio de Oro, Breezes Jibacoa,and lots of others. I just haven’t stayed in those rooms, so I don’t have the pictures to post.

Breezes Jibacoa might be a good option if the OP wants to chance the weather. Good off the beach snorkelling, very decent food, nice accommodation, and you can book an ocean view room that is very close to the beach. (Varadero is not known for off the beach snorkelling)

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