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Swimming in Viñales

Do you fancy taking a dip whilst in Viñales?

Los Resbalosos Waterfalls Vinales Cuba

Why not spend the day swimming at the local waterfalls?

Or take a trip to the caves whee there is a natural underground pool to swim in?

Or just relax by one of the pools at the local hotels - all allow non-residents to use their pools. 

 

Swimming at Hotel Jazmines

 

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Hotel Jazmines has a large, rectangular swimming pool on the sun terrace, with plenty of sun-loungers to lay on and the best view in Viñales.  It is the largest swimming pool in Viñales, and ideal if you want to swim lengths. There are currently no parasols, but there are shaded areas on the terrace, near the hotel.

Getting to Hotel Jazmines:

You could walk, (but it's 4km uphill, without a foot path!).

You can get to Hotel Jazmines on the Viñales Open-Top Bus Tour.

Or you can hire a taxi. A Taxi will cost you 3CUC (£1.88) each way.  It may be a good idea to arrange with your taxi driver to collect you at a specific time, or ask the front desk to order you a taxi. (You may end up waiting 20 minutes for a taxi).

Entrance to Hotel Jazmines Swimming Pool:

Hotel Jazmines charges non-residents 7CUC (£4.74) to use their pool, of which 5CUC can be off-set against your food or bar bill.


Hotel Swimming Pool - Vinales - Cuba

Swimming at Hotel Ermita

I prefer the pool at Hotel Ermita, because it's closer to town.  You can easily walk there in under 20 minutes, and you can stagger back down the hill after your "Special Mojito" sun-downer! The pool is kind of a lazy 'L' shape, which is great for wallowing, (but not so good if you want to swim lengths).

There is a garden with sun-loungers, a few parasols, and one or two palm trees for shade.

Getting to Hotel Ermita:

You can easily walk to Hotel Ermita in 20 minutes. It's a gentle incline all the way.

You can get to Hotel Ermita on the Viñales Open-Top Bus Tour.

Or you can hire a taxi. A Private Taxi will cost you 3CUC (£1.88) each way.

It may be a good idea to arrange with your taxi driver to collect you at a specific time, or ask the front desk to order you a taxi. (You may end up waiting 20 minutes for a taxi).

Entrance to Hotel Ermita Swimming Pool:

Hotel Ermita charges non-residents 7CUC (£4.74) to use their pool, of which 5CUC can be off-set against your food or bar bill.

Swimming at Hotel Rancho San Vincente

HotelRancoSanVincente Vinales CubaIf you're looking for tranquillity, head for Rancho San Vincente. The pool is my favourite for piece and quiet.  What you miss out on in views of the valley, you make up for in stunning location amongst the limestone outcrops (magotes). 

The pool is a free-formed kidney shape. There is a terrace around the pool with lots of sun-loungers and a pergola with flowers growing over it, for shade.


Getting to Hotel Rancho San Vincente:

You can easily cycle to Hotel Rancho San Vincente, it's flat all the way, but it's over 6km from the town.

You can get to Hotel Rancho San Vincente on the Viñales Open-Top Bus Tour.

Or you can hire a taxi. A Private Taxi will cost you 5CUC (£3.39) each way. It is a VERY GOOD IDEA to arrange with your taxi driver to collect you at a specific time, or ask the front desk to order you a taxi. (You may end up waiting a long time for a taxi).

Entrance to Hotel Rancho San Vincente Swimming Pool:

Hotel Rancho San Vincente charges non-residents 7CUC (£4.74) to use their pool, of which 5CUC can be off-set against your food or bar bill.


Swimming at the Reservoir

About 1km further on from Hotel Ermita is a large reservoir.  The w

ater is clean, and not too deep, and there are some trees for shade. Some of the locals enjoy fresh-water fishing here.

Getting to the Reservoir:

You can reach it easily on bicycle, and it make a lovely day-trip.

Entrance to the Reservoir:

Is free! There are no facilities there at all, and very little shade. Take lots of water and a packed lunch. Please treat the environment with respect, this is the water for Viñales town - you're going to be showering in it later...


Swimming at Los Resbalosos Waterfalls - Viñales

Los Resbalosos Waterfalls Vinales CubaLos Resbalosos is a local waterfall, where the locals like to go for picnics.  There are no facilities on-site, and you will need to climb down a bank to get there, but it's a nice place all-the-same.  The water is clean, the waterfalls are pretty, and there is shade.

Getting to Los Resbalosos Waterfalls:

You can reach on bicycle, (although it's quite a way), and it make a lovely day-trip.

Or you can hire a taxi. A Taxi will cost you 10CUC (£6.25) each way. Make sure you book your return taxi!

Entrance Los Resbalosos Waterfalls:

Is free! There are no facilities there at all. Take lots of water and a packed lunch. Please treat the environment with respect.


Swimming in the underground natural swimming pool

There is a cave the National Park which has an underground natural swimming pool. The water is clean (but pretty cold).

Getting to the underground natural swimming pool:

You will need a guide to find it, but is sometimes included if you go on a horse-trek, (but you would need to ask in advance, as not all horse-treks go there).

Entrance the underground natural swimming pool:

Is free! There are no facilities there at all. Take lots of water and a packed lunch. Please treat the environment with respect.


Swimming at the Beach

ImageHolidaysThere are two beaches close to Viñales, where you go could for a day trip. 

The first is Cayo Jutias - a small island joined to the mainland by a causeway, with 7km of white sand.  It has a restaurant and beach facilities. This is the closest beach to Viñales, and my personal favourite. readonRead more...

The second is Cayo Levisa - another small island (reached by boat), with a hotel, scuba diving and beach facilities. readonRead more...