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Vacationing in Varadero 2002

A May 2002 trip to Varadero by leanne123

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Vacationing in Varadero 2002

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Overview

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By far the best things we did were go on a Havana city tour for the whole day, and the Jolly Roger Catamaran tour that started with a dolphin show.Quick Tips: 1. When leaving the resort bring toilet paper! We went to one place that had NONE, and others make you pay! 2. Take lots of bottled water - it gets damn hot in Cuba, and it's so easy to get dehydrated quickly! (besides, I don't recommend the water there). 3. Before leaving for Cuba I had researched a lot, and discovered the poverty that is throughout the country, so we took along some gift bags with soap, shampoo, face clothes, hair accessories, tooth brushes/paste, tampons, candy, pens/paper, etc. to leave with the maids...Read More

Super Club Puntarena

Hotel | "SuperClub Puntarena"

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For a 3-star resort I was pleasantly pleased. Two double beds in the room, with desk, sitting area, and balcony overlooking the ocean/beach. The bathroom was alright, but there were no face clothes provided, and there was some antique form of a hair-dryer. The maids kept the place spotless! She managed to get rid of all the sand we tracked in, and she was VERY greatful for the little "gifts" we left everyday (we made up bags of toiletries like soap, shampoo, tooth paste/brush, tampons, hair accessories, and little extras like candy, pens/paper, and face clothes. Everyday if we saw her she'd thank us repeatedly - it's amazing how we take those little things for granted when we're back home in Cana...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 2, 2002

Super Club Puntarena
Varadero Beach
Varadero, Cuba

SuperClub Puntarena

Restaurant

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At the SuperClub Puntarena resort you have your choice of places to eat. There's a buffet restaurant which serves local cuisine, as well as international. A Chinese restaurant, requires reservations. A cafeteria with pizza, sandwichs, fries, ice cream, etc. A beach-side grill with local cuisine, also requires reservation. We ate at the buffet most of the time - it was ok, but nothing great - my sister hated it, but she's a picky eater. Breakfast was the best - pancakes, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit. We made reservations for the Chinese place one night - I was not impressed, and I'd eat just about anything! The fried bananas for desert were great, though. The cafeteria was convienient - especia...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 2, 2002

SuperClub Puntarena
Varadero Beach
Varadero, Cuba
(954) 925-0925

Havana Day Trip

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Attraction | "Cubana ( I think!)"

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We decided to take the day trip to Havana. It was well worth the $70US even though we didn't get to see some stuff we had wanted. The bus picks you up at your hotel - there was me and my sister, another Canadian couple, and 4 Canaries (is that what you call people form the Canary Islands?!). The drive to Havana took about 2 hours, and we stopped at a few rest stops along the road. You pass by some beautiful scenery, as well as some not-so-beautiful scenery. We crossed the highest bridge in Cuba - what a view! Drove though Matazas, and other towns - beautiful architecture, but it's crumbling away. Our driver, Elio, used to honk the horn at any girls that were walking along the road - he was hilar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2002

Havana Day Trip
Havana
Varadero, Cuba

Jolly Roger Catamaran Cruise

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Attraction

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I was really looking forward to the catamaran tour after hearing so much about it. Our first stop (after being picked up at the hotel) was to see a dolphin show at a nearby lagoon - it was really cute. We boarded the boat and started out for a whole day on the sea, pretty much. The scenery was amazing until we got out to open sea, then all you could see was water! I wish I had brought more Sunscreen - I was quite red by the time we arrived at Cayo Blanco. When we were within sight of the island they dropped anchor and you could go snorkelling (I opted not to since I can't swim well, and the water is VERY salty (burns your eyes)...then we got to eat lobster served in a traditioanl tomato sauce, wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 2, 2002

Jolly Roger Catamaran Cruise
Varadero
Varadero, Cuba