Hotels - Faro de Luna

About  Faro de Luna

The 3 star Hotel Faro Luna is situated in a discrete cove along the southern coast of Cuba, 20 km from the city of Cienfuegos and is the perfect site for scuba diving enthusiasts.

A smaller and more intimate neighbor to the Hotel Rancho Luna, this sister property has similar furnishings. In all other regards, it's a different kind of fish.

The hotel stands atop a craggy bluff, and the beach is a five-minute walk away.

There's a delphinarium (dolphin and sea-lion shows) and a scuba diving outlet a stone's throw away, but the little village here otherwise lacks all facilities.

Car rental is offered, and you can sign up for a series of local excursions, including by horse-drawn carriage.

The hotels' 46 air-conditioned sparsely furnished rooms are in three buildings standing four-square behind the beach. All rooms have ocean views (the sunsets here can be spectacular), with those in the 200 block preferred. They have satellite TVs and in-room safes, and some rooms have refrigerators, but the balconies and patios are shared with adjoining units.

The large pool here is probably this hotel's chief asset. And you can rent lounge chairs etc. on the nearby beach, where Cuban families gather on weekends (a few Cubans also use the hotel, although most guests are on budget end tour groups passing through for one or two nights).

Dining in the sole restaurant gets boring very quickly, with only a limited menu on offer, and the pool bar can usually conjure up nothing more than simple ham and cheese sandwiches. To spice things up, guests here can purchase a day or night pass to the nearby Hotel Rancho Luna. Service at Faro Luna is hit and miss, although staff are courteous enough.

Castillo de Jagua, Cienfuegos

Castillo de Jagua

Above a fishing village overlooking the narrow entrance to the Bahía de Cienfuegos is a Spanish fortress built in 1745 to keep out pirates who had grown accustomed to trading with locals. Castillo de Jagua Fortress was declared National Monument. It's completely refurbished (even the drawbridge works) and has a historical museum with weapons and other antiques. The dungeon houses a bar and restaurant. Choice of dishes from the world’s cuisine and “La Dama Azul” (The Blue Lady) paella as the main course. It also offers cocktail, drink, and juice service, livened up with live music and special nights with the production of the Blue Lady's legend. Local legend holds that the site is haunted by the ghost of a mysterious female figure dressed in a blue gown; given the fort's notorious history, who can say for sure?

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