Hotel Marea del Portillo

Hotel in Marea del Portillo

It's not Cayo Coco, but it barely seems to matter here. In fact, Marea's all-round functionalism and lack of big-resort pretension seem to work well in this traditional corner of Cuba. The 74 rooms are perfectly adequate, the food buffet does a good job and the dark sandy arc of beach is within baseball-pitching distance of your balcony/patio.

Servicing loyal repeat-visit Canadians and some Cuban families means there is a mix of people here, plus interesting excursions to some of the island's less-heralded sights.