In one sense we were lucky to experience very inclement weather in Varadero as it forced us to get out of the hotel and look for something to do.
Thus, every morning we found ourselves walking the beach - looking to see what the very rough seas had thrown up overnight.
One of the main joys of this kind of beach combing was our shell seeking expeditions. Over the period of three days of storm we amassed a very impressive collection of the most unusual shells. That saying, they were unusual for Irish people as we do not have many of the more exotic ones at home.
We fully intended to bring home the nicer shells and use them for display and craft work. However, when we went to retrieve our stash on the day of departure they were stinking most foully. We had no option but to leave the majority of them behind.
Next time I would wash them and dry them outdoors before attempting to bring them home.
Here I want to list some of the TOURS FROM VARADERO that you can take while vacationing here. I know I would have liked this information before we went there and what the cost of some of the tours were. So here is an up-to-date list with prices.
"Havana History Day Tour" - Monday to Sunday - 10 hours duration - 67 CUC Pesos
Visit Colonial & Modern Havana, Historic Centre, Cathedral Square, craft market, museum, Christopher Columbus cemetery, Revolution Square. Lunch included.
"Tropicana Varadero" - Wednesday to Sunday - 5 hours duration - 49 CUC Pesos
Visit the newest Tropicana, the most famous cabaret of Cuba. An artistic production featuring Cuban dance, music and history.
"Cienfuegos Trinidad" - Tuesday and Thursday - 14 hours duration - 71 CUC Pesos
Tour the city of Cienfuegos on the way to Trinidad, one of the first villages founded by the Spanish conquerers.
"Seafari Cayo Blanco" - Monday to Sunday - 7 hours duration - 75 CUC Pesos
Excursion by Catamaran, snorkeling in a coral barrier, entertainment, music, lunch and open bar with Cuban cocktails in Cayo Blanco.
There are several markets in town. All selling wooden crafts and jewelry. It's not the best plce in Cuba to buy these things and make "good deals" but if you aren't going anywhere else in Cuba, it's definetlty the place to buy your souvenirs.
If you are a sporty person, you will definetly enjoy an early jogg on the beach. Just you , the newly rised sun and the Caribbean sea! You might meet a couple of young cubans training to be lifeguards.
How could you go all the way to Cuba and not spend at least a day to check out Havana? Havana is fantastic! I put it at the top of my "must-sees" while in Varadero.
Havana is the capital of Cuba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for all of its glorious old Spanish Colonial Architecture. There are so many historical and cultural sights to see in Havana, including the Malecon (sea wall), the Artisans Market, all the old haunts of Ernest Hemingway, Old Havana and the San Cristobal Cathedral, the Plaza de la Revolucion, the old cemetery, the Capitol building, all the 50s cars, the Havana Carnival, and some of the greatest musicians I've ever heard! Sit on a patio, have a local mojito or daiquiri with a local cigar, a toasted "Cubano" sandwich, watch the people pass by, and know you're getting the real deal. It is the most beautiful city I have ever seen.
Arrange through your hotel to take a tour or a taxi from Varadero. Most of the reasonably priced tours include a stop at a cigar factory and a stop at Copacabana (for music, food, and dancing). We did an alternative where for $200 we had a taxi for the entire day. He drove us from Varadero to Havana, he showed us the sights, and drove us wherever we wanted to go. A very polite and friendly driver. It was, I repeat, fantastic!
if you go almost to the end of Varadero you will find a park with cactusesand fantastic beach. Well, you need to pay 1 peso fro entrance like everywhere. And be sure you took some mosquito reppelats before you go to the bush
This is one of the 15 archaeological sites on the peninsula which contain testimony of Indian customs. It is 820 feet (250 m)long and has five interconnecting galleries. The cave contains 72 rupestrian drawings-one of the largest collection of Indian pictographs in the Caribbean islands. During the colonial period, runaway slaves used to take refuge in the cave.
Entrance 3 peso. Be prepared for lots of bats
Air Transat says, "Dont go, u could die" Well god dam i could have died on your plane!!!
What a GREAT Time i had on the scooter! It seems all or most hotels have scooter rentals. Depends on the hotel but seems to be around 24 Convertible Pesos. They try to sell you gas but the gas station in town is cheaper most times and its cool! 20km into town so dont wait till its too dark to get back to the hotel, cause night time can be bad on the roads for small objects! like your self..
Best.. time is 1 hour before sunset. I drove around and took great shots as the sun went down.... What a last night.
It date back from 1938, with an irregular structure in which stones and wood are predominant. The church, whose local tile roof rests on thick beams, has double doors and windows. The upper front side features a suspended half arch that serves as the bell tower and ends in a cross.
My son and I took a day, bus/walking tour of Havana. It was an amazing experience, I really recommend it.
Places we visited: Presidential Palace,Revolution Square,Forts,Ministry Buildings,War Museum,Havana Market,and of course a cigar factory.
We had lunch at a vry nice restaurant with a live band playing it was neat.
I have been introduced to classic American cars by my Father, but I never expected to see them here in Cuba!!You here about the hatred history of these two countries for one another.So you can imagine the surprise I got when I saw this little beauty parked on a street near the market in Varadero!!
There is quite a lot to do in Varadero. The local mall is fun with shops,restauants and bars. There is also horse and buggy rides, mopeds etc.You can also take boat rides on the lake through the swamps.
We did one excursion to Havana and one to Trinidad.
I would recommend everyone who likes a bit of culture to stay in a hotel near or in Havana. There is so much to see.
If I go back, and I will ... I will get a hotel in Havana for a couple of days and then holiday in Varadero (which has very beautiful beaches, but that is nearly all)
If you aren't that kind of person who gets sea sick really easily, take this tour. The bottom of this boat is made out of glass and it takes you to the most amazing coral reefs where you can see beautiful fish without having do get your snorkeling outfit. I think it was about 25$US, which is not that expensive for what you get to experience.
We went on a jungle tour which involved getting there on jetski's. I'd never being on one before and I must admit I was a bit wary of them. It took about 10 minutes to get to grips with the speed and with the small swell on the open sea. After this I could start enjoying it and for a finish I didn't want it to end. You get to stop off at this type of island and see things such as snakes,crocodiles which you could hold(baby one about 3ft in lenght), giant rats, iguana's and tortoises. You also can a much needed cold drink. It's back on the jetski's and hack to base. All in all it was a couple of hours long and wasn't over priced. Two people can sit on each one. Anyway worth a visit.
We also did a tour of Matanzas city of which Varadero is a part of the province. Included in this was a trip to the Matanzas caves. It was an interesting tour with loads of facts on the history of the city and the dicovery of the cave. The caves weren't anything special as such as once you've seen a couple of caves you've seen them all. The city was interesting to the degree that you got to see poverty and the local markets. We got a guided tour on a coach and weren't allowed off, I suppose for time reasons but it was disappointing not to be able to stroll about the streets.
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