Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#185119 - 12/06/05 06:27 PM Trip to Cuba
Danl & the Boop Offline
Ok Chloe, you asked for it; shocked
Our trip to Cuba;
WE hadn’t planned this trip, our friends (Therese & Gary’s) son is getting married in Cuba next July and they were going to this resort to make arrangements for the wedding. On the Wednesday a week before their departure they asked us if we would like to go along. Betty was able to get the time off and “selloff vacations.com” had an all inclusive, with airfare for just over $700.00 cdn. a person “all in”, so we jumped on it.
On Friday Nov. 18th we drove from Cornwall to Montreal, about a 1 hour drive at 3:00 AM for our 6:10 AM direct flight to Cayo Coco, Cuba. Three hours later we were off the plane in sunny 90’ weather. The immigration and customs seemed pretty much the same as in any other country we have visited. We had brought almost one whole suitcase of toys, candies and children’s clothing for friends of Therese & Gary, and the customs officer had a few questions about these items mixed in with my other clothes.
After the 20 minutes or so in this process we were greeted outside by a group of Cuban dancers and musicians then on to nice A/C (that’s air conditioned, not Ambergris Kaye) coaches for the 15 minute trip to the El Senador resort. You can find all about the place with pictures at http://www.el-senador.com/en/index.shtml , most of their pictures are better than ours and this way I don’t have to upload them.
We spent the afternoon unpacking, getting our bearings (which wasn’t a problem as our friends had been here a couple of times before) then a stop at the beachside restaurant for a late lunch and our first look and dip in the ocean.
This was Betty and my first time at an all inclusive, and getting used to having anything to drink and eat on the menu was a treat. The food was great and the beer was cold and quite similar to Belikan, believe it or not, (must have something to do with the Caribbean wheat or water). One thing I did find different was the hamburgs are made with ,,,,, you guessed it ,,,,Ham. The rest of the afternoon was spent exploring the resort and sunning around the pool right in front of our suites.
This resort was built in 2001 by a group of Montreal hokey players including Mario Lemieux who was nicknamed “the senator” hence the name El Senador.
During the week we tried all the specialty restaurants, every bar on the site, (haha) enjoyed a different live show each evening and generally relaxed.
On Monday evening Therese & Gary’s friend, Frank, who is a representative for Sunquest Tours, picked us up and drove us the 35 miles to the closest city (about 60,000 people) “Moron” where he and his wife Imy live with their two children. As their home is too small for a dinner for 20 people, they had arranged for a sumptuous dinner in a restaurant which is in a couples home which has been converted to a type of “bed and breakfast”. The meal was spectacular with lobster, fish, pork prepared in sauces and seasonings I can’t describe with fresh vegetables and for desert a flan you could die for. The reason for the big group at supper was so we could meet as many friends as possible in the short time we had in town and Therese & Gary were making plans for a wedding party to be held in the town next July. That evening was spent sorting toys, candies and clothes to be given to our new friends and neighbours children the next day. Oh by the way at about 7:00 PM the power went off to most the homes in the city, but the street lights and emergency services stayed on. This is done quite regularly all over Cuba as they are in the process of installing new generators and power grid, Frank started a small gas generator and we had enough power for lights and TV for the kids, the power returned about 10:00PM.
On Tuesday we were up fairly early for ham, eggs and veggies for breakfast, then off to visit more friends and distribute some of the goodies. Just before lunch we headed north to “Mayajigua” another city of about 50,000 people and stopped at a restaurant on “Laguna de la Leche” the largest fresh water lake in Cuba for a beer (of course) and then on to “Chambas”, a university town, where many students come from all over the world to study agriculture. A short stop for lunch at a palapa type restaurant in Chambas as we waited for Frank’s brother to join us for the rest of the trip to Mayajigua. Just a note, Betty and I picked up the tab for lunch which included chicken, fish, burgers and such, oh and beer of course, the total for 7 adults and 2 children was about $50.00, beer and all. We now had a group of 10 people and Frank’s Toyota couldn’t hold us all, Frank’s brother rolled up in a 1956 Desoto, fully restored by Frank and his brother and we enjoyed the smooth floating ride the next 30 miles to Mayajigua. Arriving at Frank’s parents home we were greeted by parents, cousins, children and neighbours and it was like Christmas as we doled out the candies, toys and clothing to the delight and squeals of happy children. We had also brought things like Tylenol, toothbrushes, cosmetics and other medicines and toiletries that are difficult to get there. As expected about 6:00PM the power went off but this time we were treated to flashlights, lanterns and candles. About 7:00 we took our tearful leave of our newfound friends and headed back to Moron where Frank picked up some clothes as he was staying overnight at our resort, and headed back to the ElSenador.
The security check at the entrance to the causeway was a quick look into our car without even asking for passports and a pleasant wave goodnight. We arrived just in time to have supper before the 9:00PM closing of the Buffet, then to the evening show and off to bed for a well deserved rest.
The power never went off at the resort as they are situated on a series of keys, (Cayo in Spanish), which are connected to the mainland by a 23 mile causeway and have their own power source.
The rest of the week was spent just relaxing around the pool, playing Ping-Pong, swimming and drinking beer (of course), the girls took dancing lessons and enjoyed massages and pampering. Betty and I even introduced the bartenders to “Panty Rippers” after they were able to obtain Coconut Rum and a couple of nights were quite “frisky” around the bar nearest our suites (the closest to stagger home from).
All in all it was a wonderful experience, the cities are very clean but in desperate need of paint, the average people don’t have cars and the main transportation in town is “traxis” which are an elongated tricycle with the driver up front and two seats in back with a roof over top, something like a rickshaw, they are all over the place. The people are warm and friendly and we didn’t find the police presence any more prevalent than in Mexico.
We brought back cigars and Cuban coffee (which I have been sipping as I write this epistle).
I hope you enjoy our travelogue and although U.S.A. citizens are not allowed to go to Cuba, a trip to a major border city in Canada will provide you with direct flights to Cuba and they don’t stamp your passport.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, or if it is personal, just click on the little envelope with the two people at the title of this page.
Thanks for letting us share;
Dan’l

Top
#185120 - 12/06/05 08:13 PM Re: Trip to Cuba
denverdan Offline
Gosh, that was a great trip report Danl, thanks!

Top
#185121 - 12/07/05 02:41 AM Re: Trip to Cuba
NYgal Offline
Wow Dan'l, what a great review!!!
Hey to Boop laugh
Thanks for sharing your trip with us smile
So glad you had the experience.

Top
#185122 - 12/07/05 03:03 AM Re: Trip to Cuba
Chloe Offline
Dan, Thanks for sharing. Glad you visited among the good people in Cuba, bearing gifts.

Sip one cup of the coffee for me. What a great trip.
_________________________
Dare To Deviate

Top
#185123 - 12/07/05 04:03 AM Re: Trip to Cuba
Danl & the Boop Offline
Thanks all; laugh laugh Boop says Hey right back cool
I'm gonna try and get some pix up smile
Dan'l

Top
#185124 - 12/07/05 05:29 PM Re: Trip to Cuba
Anonymous
Thanks for the great report. I so want to visit Cuba and found your account informative.

Top
#185125 - 12/07/05 06:48 PM Re: Trip to Cuba
Danl & the Boop Offline
frown I think you can see some of our photos on our Frappr site. laugh
http://www.frappr.com/?a=myfrappr&id=147039

Top
#185126 - 12/07/05 06:50 PM Re: Trip to Cuba
Now Danny Offline
That's a great report. I wanted to ask about the passport stamping but you answered my question, thanks. smile

Top
#185127 - 12/07/05 08:03 PM Re: Trip to Cuba
Anonymous
great pics!

Top
#185128 - 12/07/05 08:31 PM Re: Trip to Cuba
Chloe Offline
Dan'l your pictures awesome. You and Boop are looking great, what's your secret.
_________________________
Dare To Deviate

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >

Links
Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!


Things to do

News
Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
BelizeNews.com
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Amandala
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker
Chronicles

PLUS TV
TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
SanPedroScoop
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

Blogs
San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
Tacogirl
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil’ Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
December
S M T W T F S
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Who's Online
5 registered (Judyann H., BrownDogs, azbob, steeplejack, 1 invisible), 37 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,675 Registered Members
44 Forums
64,060 Topics
462,314 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 07:16 PM




AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.