Hotels in Jibacoa, Cuba

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Best hotels in Jibacoa

Jibacoa is a Cuban seaside village with something of a split personality, at once a tranquil rural backwater and a busy coastal strip. Roughly an hour’s drive from both Varadero and Havana, Jibacoa itself is an idyllic village in the Mayabeque province. This natural wonder is shaded by lush green mountains, running with clear streams, and fronted by 2 miles of stunning coral reef. But its hinterland hints a past spent sating the world’s sweet tooth—home to sugar mills, plantation mansions, and a railway named after an American chocolate tycoon. And nearby is an historic distillery, still producing Cuba’s most famous rums.

Things to see in Jibacoa

Jibacoa’s natural surroundings are notable, from the coral reef fringing the coast to the limestone terrace that reveals a new perspective from the top. A few minutes’ drive west is another great view—Bacunayagua Bridge, an amazing piece of architecture that’s Cuba’s highest and longest bridge. Neighboring Santa Cruz del Norte is home to the country’s greatest distillery: Ronería Santa Cruz, where the famous Havana Club rum is produced. Head a few miles south of Jibacoa and you’ll discover the Jardines de Hershey. This lush, wild garden was once owned by chocolate tycoon Milton Hershey who also owned Central Camilo Cienfuegos, the former sugar mill nearby. The Hershey Electric Railway, part of Jibacoa’s former chocolate empire, still runs to this day and stops in the center of town.

Hotels in Jibacoa

From 4- and 5-star luxury hotels in Jibacoa to more economical options, accommodation is available for all budgets and tastes. You’ll find plenty of amenities to keep your stay comfortable—from Internet service, to first-class restaurants, to fitness facilities—at high-end Jibacoa hotels, making them the best choice for families or groups. At the other end of the scale are the discount Jibacoa hotels which are an obvious choice for budget travelers. In between, the local villages and towns do have a few small hotels, perfect for those who want to immerse themselves fully in Cuban culture.

Where to stay in Jibacoa

Jibacoa village itself is small, with few accommodation options. But there are several areas nearby offering a wider choice. Turning off Via Blanca and heading towards the coast, you’ll hit the first cluster of hotels in Playa Jibacoa. Strung along the shoreline, there’s a healthy mix of resorts, smaller hotels, and B&Bs here. If you keep following the road, it leads to Arroyo Bermejo Beach, where there’s another cluster of hotels and inns. If the available options and areas don’t suit, Santa Cruz del Norte is only about 5 miles away, which offers a much greater range of hotels.

How to get to Jibacoa

Its proximity to both Havana and Varadero makes travel to Jibacoa extremely easy, whether for a day trip or an extended stay. The area’s main road is Via Blanca, running between Havana and Matanzas, but few of the buses that travel along it actually stop in Jibacoa. Hiring a car is probably the most convenient way to get in and out of town. And with 2 international airports nearby (Havana’s Jose Martí and Varadero’s Juan Gualberto Gómez), flying in is convenient and easy. Within Jibacoa, walking or biking are the preferred methods of getting around. Or, for a trip with a difference, hop onto the Hershey train!