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VARADERO

Havana to Varadero

sunny 28 °C

Monday December 9
The bus picked us up at 10:30, an hour late which apparently is pretty common. It was not really an issue as we were sitting in our adopted Hotel San Miguel after having breakfast there for the 5th morning in a row. The staff are really helpful and I would definitely recommend this place (although we didn’t see the bedrooms). We were a bit surprised when the bus stopped for a café break just 45 minutes down the highway but realised we had been the last pick-up and some people had been on the bus since 9 am! The ride along the north coast to Varadero is not particularly scenic and we arrived on time at 1 pm at the apartment hotel we had found in the Rough Guide to Cuba – there were no longer any apartments just an ugly “all-inclusive” package hotel. Fortunately the tourist office was nearby but unfortunately, as per most of Cuban tourist offices, they were useless and just directed us to the next hotel along, which was fully booked. So we picked another hotel from the guide, grabbed a taxi and headed a few hundred metres up the beach road. Hotel Los Delfinos had an absolute beach-front room for $130 for 1 all-inclusive night i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner and a 24-hours bar. We weren’t expecting much in the way of vegetarian food but actually ate pretty well at all meals and even managed to slip a few Mojitos down. Alcohol was included in as part of the “all-inclusive”. And the beach (all 23 kms of it) is spectacular – white sand running into the impossibly turquoise sea of the Florida Straits

We had been told by several tourist offices and by several hotel tour agents, that Casa Partilculares were illegal in Varadero and that none existed - there are dozens, as we discovered after checking in and strolling around some of the streets! They all bear the government plaque and are completely legal

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Posted by kforge 03:33 Archived in Cuba

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