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Welcome to destilino.com !
We are Lily and Normand, a french-canadian couple whose greatest passions are traveling and developing websites. Our travels gave us the opportunity to discover many beautiful countries around the world and live tons of wonderful experiences and encounters. You'll find on the right column a chronological list of the trips we made so far.
We enjoy very much sharing our photos and souvenirs with people, and what better place than the web. This website is an index of our web presence. You will find below the links to all of our websites. Some are in the form of a personal Travel Journal, others are simply descriptive Photo Albums, but many are complete information sites (travel-guide style) such as our websites on Cuban destinations.
Our websites collectively contain thousands of photos. We use digital cameras since 1998, see the Digital Camera section to learn more about the ones we used during our trips.
Hoping that you will enjoy "traveling" virtually with us, and maybe find here an idea for your next trip, who knows!
Hotel and Resort Maps
Find here our collection of Hotels and Resorts Maps for properties located in popular tourist areas in the Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, etc.), Mexico, Florida and Central America.
Cuban tourist poles
Varadero (new mobile-friendly design)
The largest resort in Cuba. Appreciated for its beautiful beach more than 20 km long, its wide range of hotels for every budget, its activities, and nightlife.
A resort in eastern Cuba that boasts beautiful beaches and lush vegetation. It combines opportunities for cultural excursions, ecotourism, and beach time.
Cayo Santa Maria (new mobile-friendly design)
This is the main island of the "Cayos de Villa Clara" offering several kilometers of fine white sand beaches, modern hotels, and the biggest dolphinarium in Cuba.
Cayo Ensenachos (new mobile-friendly design)
A one-hotel-one-island concept in the "Cayos de Villa Clara" archipelago that boasts two magnificent beaches, calm waters, and a luxury hotel.
Cayo Las Brujas (new mobile-friendly design)
The brand new beach resort in the "Cayos de Villa Clara", next to Cayo Santa Maria, and home to beautiful beaches, a marina and a dive center.
The main tourist island of the Cuban archipelago "Jardines del Rey", for the ones who like long sandy beaches and calm waters, a perfect setting for water sports.
Small neighboring island of Cayo Coco, characterized by its shallow and calm waters. A popular destination for kitesurfing.
A peaceful island south of Cuba with several kilometers of virgin beaches made of fine white sand. A paradise for walkers, divers, and naturists.
A paradise for diving in a remote and authentic area located halfway between Havana and Varadero, with a huge coral reef accessible directly from the beach.
Cayo Paredon (new mobile-friendly design)
A new cayo under tourism development located east of Cayo Coco, with beautiful white sand beaches and a 19th century lighthouse.
A small resort with a long beach protected by a large coral reef. Popular with diving enthusiasts and for its charming surrounding villages.
Santiago de Cuba (in French only)
A destination south-east of Cuba characterized by its spectacular mountain scenery, its historical cities, and its unique culture and music.
Manzanillo de Cuba (in French only)
Between sea and mountains, this small and remote destination will appeal to those looking for a true immersion in the heart of rural Cuba, and beautiful scenery.
A 2-week tour in the central and western Cuba (in French only)
An individual tour of the Big Island, including: Havana, Matanzas, Jibacoa, Trinidad, Pinar del Rio, Vinales and Cayo Levisa. A great adventure with good friends!
General information about Cuba
Tourist and general information on Cuba, helpful tips to better prepare for a trip to this unique and wonderful Caribbean country.
Information about the international airports of Cuba, including technical data, airport services, list of arrivals / departures, etc.
Climate and weather
To learn more about the climate in Cuba, and access to weather forecasts for all tourist areas and major Cuban cities.
Where in Cuba?
We screened Cuba with the ©Google Earth software and identified the location of hundreds of tourist points of interest: beaches, hotels, airports, attractions, etc.
Mexico and The Caribbean
Samana, Dominican Republic
The Samana Peninsula and its Bay is popular for its beaches but also for its variety of ecotourism excursions, including whale watching from January to March.
Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic
A small island in the Bay of Samana. A peaceful tropical oasis home to a luxurious 5-star hotel and beautiful beaches.
Zipolite, Mexico (in French only)
Small neo-hippie village on the Pacific Ocean, known for its relax and bohemian atmosphere, and its 2-kilometer beach where naturism is allowed.
Tulum, Mexico (in French only)
Trip report of our stay at the Cabanas Copal, rustic little huts on the beach without electricity in a relax and "Au Naturel" environment, South of the Mayan Riviera.
Isla Holbox, Mexico (in French only)
A small fishing island north of the Yucatan Peninsula offering a beautiful setting, a very relax atmosphere, and a unique attraction: swimming with whale sharks.
8-day tour - Riviera Maya and Costa Maya, Mexico
Individual journey of 8 days to discover the Costa Maya and the Mayan archaeological sites of Coba and Chacchoben and the villages of Xcalac and Mahahual.
Jamaica (in French only)
Our stays in hotels offering an "Au Naturel" beach, in he world of reggae music: Negril (2008, 2011, 2012) and Falmouth Rio Bueno (2010). Ya Man!
Turks and Caicos - Providenciales (in French only)
Discover the Club Med Turkoise and its spectacular beach! We found there a very pleasant atmosphere and enjoyed many snorkeling excursions and other water sports.
Western Carribean Cruise on the Voyager of the Seas (in French only)
This 7-day cruise from Royal Caribbean has allowed us to discover: Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel in Mexico, and the Bahamas.
Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Costa Luminosa (in French only)
Trip report of a 7-day cruise from La Romana in the Dominican Republic that brought us to: Isla Catalina, Tortola, Antigua, Martinique, Guadeloupe and St. Martin.
Caribbean cruise on the M.V. Flamenco
Photo-album for this 14-day cruise: Dom. Rep., Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Guadeloupe, St.Kitts, St.Martin, Virgin Gorda, St.Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and Antigua.
Bali, Indonesia (in French only)
A unique experience and complete change of scenery! Exciting excursions, friendly people, a diverse flora and fauna, and temples of great beauty.
Turkey (in French only)
A beautiful and exotic country between Asia and Europe, breathtaking landscape, thousands of years of history where great civilizations followed one another.
Central and South America
Pérou (in French only)
Our journey (physical and mental) in the Andes through this beautiful country to explore: Lima, Arequipa, Puno, Lake Titicaca, Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (in French only)
Our tour of cities and villages of the Andean plateau, followed by a cruise in the Galapagos National Park to observe a unique fauna and flora.
Honduras - Isla Roatan (in French only)
A small island surrounded by coral reefs, a popular place for diving enthusiasts (snorkeling and scuba), and those looking for beautiful beaches and ecotourism.
Costa Rica - Région du Guanacaste (in French only)
A summary of our journey through the national parks of the northeastern part of the country, at the program: volcanoes, forest hiking, zip lines, rafting, horseback riding.
Costa Rica - Central plateau and southeast coast
A photo album of our trip including: San Jose, Arenal Volcano, Irazu Volcano Poas Volcano, Jaco, and Manuel Antonio National Park.
Panama (in French only)
For nature lovers, this small Central American country has so much to offer. We stayed at the Gamboa Rainforest in the Soberania park, near the canal.
El Salvador (in French only)
A tiny Central American with stunning scenery, smiling people, a vast choice of excursions, and a pleasant climate.
Guatemala - Honduras - Belize
Photo Album of our journey through Guatemala with a short incursion in Belize and in Honduras to visit the Mayan archeological site of Copan.
Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar
Photo album of our trip to Spain (Granada, Malaga, Costa del Sol, Ronda and Seville), Gibraltar and Portugal (Algarve, Lisbon, Evora, Sintra and Belem).
Greece - Historical tour and stay in Crète (in French only)
Trip report of our journey through this country so rich in historical monuments and beautiful scenery, followed by a beach holiday on the island of Crete.
France (West and South) (in French only)
Travel journal and numerous pictures of our trip to France in June 2000, through the western and southern regions of the country.
France - Germany - Switzerland
Photo album of our trip in Europe in the spring of 1995, including Germany (Bavaria), Switzerland (Lausanne) and France (East and South regions).
Benelux (in French only)
Photo Album of our trip to Europe in 1999, a tour through Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
Tunisia (in French only)
A exotic country rich in history that we discovered during a tour that led us from north to south, and across the Sahara desert.
Nevada and California, USA
Photo album of our tour in the South of the United States starting in Las Vegas, Nevada, and then through California (Calico, Fresno, Yosemite, San Francisco, Monterey and Los Angeles).
New York, USA
Photo album of one of our trips in the vibrant city of New York in the heart of Manathan, the city that never sleep.
We love snorkeling! (multiples countries)
Discover the wonderful underwater world. Information and hundreds of pictures and videos of this rich, colorful, and so fragile ecosystem