Since it looks like Cuba/USA relations are thawing rapidly, I have to wonder if there are any great all-inclusive, clothing optional resorts in Cuba that we should all be looking into? I thought I read that Superclubs had some properties there, but this was long ago.
Anyone know the straight dope? Thanks!.........Jake
Been to Cuba many times. As stated, Cayo Largo is the nudist capital of Cuba. But, it's a small island south of Cuba and the only thing there are resorts and the beach. It's not really "Cuba" it's a resort island. Trip Advisor will have lots of comments on this island.
We have stayed at Breezes Jibacoa, now called Memories Jibacoa and some other Varadero resorts. It's located about half way between Varadero and Havana, about an hours drive to either location. It's on a secluded cove, with only one other resort near by, it's adults only (TOPLESS only) and is nice for a quite stay, with a beach and easy access to Havana.
Last stay in Cuba was in Nov 2015, on Cayo Santa Maria. There is a nude beach here and a resort on this beach. There are also several other resorts (about 12) further along the beach. The nude beach though is off to one end, and is very deserted. The water is warm and clean but can be rough on windy days.
Problem with Cayo Santa Maria is that it is on an island 49 km off the east coast of Cuba, on the Atlantic. There is no real CUBA here either, just tourists.
The nearest Cuban town is a long drive on a 49km causeway back to the main island of Cuba, no Cubans live on Cayo Santa Maria, and there is a security check point to pass before getting on the causeway. It's to keep Cubans out, and tourists safe. Also stayed on Cayo Coco another island resort further down the coast of Cuba.
If you want to experience Cuba, and stay in a resort, I would suggest the Varadero area.
Every time we've been there we were told no areas where off limits. In fact when we landed in Santa Maria, the airport still had military bunkers with fighters inside, lined up on the far side of the runway.
I have pictures of the nude beach in Cayo Santa MAria (sans people).
The food in the resorts is not great. We caught a stomach bug last trip that layed us up for about 4 days. Hygiene and food handling in the buffet, is not up to Canadian or US standards. Eating in the Al-a-Cartes is a better experience. Think of Hedo food on a poor day, before Superclubs sold out. Resorts are over "Stared" so we typically drop one star from the rating when looking for a resort (nothing less than Cuban 4 star).
To Cuba's credit though they are refurbishing a lot of the resorts, in anticipation of an American invasion.
All the resorts are owned by the Cuban government, and leased to major Spanish or Canadian resort chains.
American cash could be exchanged right in the lobby, for Cuban tourist paso's, but unlike Canadian cash, there was in Nov 2015, a 10% sur charge. Any credit card will work in Cuba, as long as it isn't drawn on a USA bank. ATM's work to (well at least on our Canadian cards)
I have several reviews on Trip Advisor for Cuba.