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View on Cuba from Varadero

A November 2003 trip to Varadero by Rafal

Beach in Varadero, Cuba Photo, Varadero, Cuba More Photos
Quote: I recently visited Cuba, an island of many sufferings, terrors, and mistreatments in the past and at present. This island will surprise any seasoned or novice visitor.

View on Cuba from Varadero

Overview

Beach in Varadero, Cuba Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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VARADERO. The Varadero Peninsula is located approximately 140 kilometres east of Havana. It is a closed enclave for Western tourists with recently created hotels. The majority of hotels are "all-inclusive" and visitors have many options to enjoy the beaches, Atlantic Ocean and the sun at their designated hotel or like us, to take a walk along the Varadero Peninsula. Vardero Town Site. Two main roadways limit the Varadero town site primary where all daily activities could be observed. All town activities are between Calle 25 (west side) to Calle 64 (east side). While crossing the bridge over a man-made canal and what used to be Hicacos Peninsula, you can realize that this island is an en...Read More

Hotel Palma Real

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Hotel | "Hotel Palma Real (Spanish Hotetur)"

Hotel Palma Real Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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Palma Real is a very clean and tidy three-star hotel in the hub of Varadero. European travel agencies advertise this hotel as four-star, but by our Canadian standards, this is a decent all-inclusive three-star hotel. The hotel complex features a main buffet restaurant and three additional restaurants (including a la carte), which are open all day. The food is fresh and tasty with plenty of different options. Two bars serve you many domestic drinks. Two large swimming pools and plenty of sunning area in a quiet environment offers a pleasant vacation time. The hotel beach is one of the best in Varadero and is accessed in a short walk. At the clean beach, you could use lawn chairs and the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2004

Hotel Palma Real
2nd Avenue and 64th Street (Ave 2da y Calle 64)
Varadero, Cuba

Beach

Attraction | "Walking Along Beaches in Varadero"

Beach Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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For some, beach activities mostly entail worshipping the sun on chairs or taking a stroll along the Atlantic Ocean. Varadero Island is 23 kilometres long. It is a closed enclave for Western tourists with recently created hotels. The majority of hotels are "all-inclusive" and visitors have many options to enjoy the beaches, Atlantic Ocean, the island, and the sun at their designated hotel. Varadero Island is Cuba's largest and fastest developing resort. Separated by a partially man-made canal from the rest of Cuba. This 23km-long island offers many beautiful beaches and shallow waters to be enjoyed by visitors. The man-made canal made Varadero Island into a tourist ghetto from which mos...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2004

Beach
Main Strip In Varadero
Varadero, Cuba

Old Havana (Havana Vieja) Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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Below are links to my presentation on Old Havana or better known as Havana Vieja! This city is like a great masterpiece of art, literature, and music. It’s a city of happiness, sadness, different colours and scents, and a mosaic of mixed cultures. I (we) explored this city on foot, using an excellent guidebook and map without any official government provided guide. I wanted to see city on my own and see what others would not even notice in front of their eyes. I wanted to experience and observe a life of daily Havana from behind the "visible scene", which is shut to the average Western tourist. While walking, our hearts sunk many times. We had SILENT conversations with the passing loca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

Old Havana (Havana Vieja)
Old Havana
Varadero, Cuba

Matanzas

Attraction | "Matanzas from the Bus Window"

Matanzas Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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On the way to Havana from Varadero, we passed Matanzas, a rather grimy city with industrial outskirts set around the bay. This is Cuba's deepest port. To view more of my photos, go to Matanzas, Cuba from the Bus Window.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

Matanzas
Between Varadero and Havana
Varadero, Cuba

Varadero

Attraction | "Varadero, Town Site"

Varadero Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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Two main roadways limit the Varadero town site. All town activities occur between Calle 25 (west side) to Calle 64 (east side). While crossing the bridge over a man-made canal, you realize that this island is an enclave for Western tourists only. The local Cuban population generally is employed as workers in many of the hotels. You can see beautiful beaches with turquoise water from any point of Varadero Island. The main activities in the Varadero town site are limited to local markets, art galleries, and some late-night discos. At the local market, you can find many fine handmade crafts. Thanks to the rise in tourism, many local artisans (craftsmen) are students, graduates from art schools, or ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

Varadero
Prima Avenida
Varadero, Cuba

Sunrise or Sunset

Attraction | "Watching Sunrise or Sunset"

Sunrise or Sunset Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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My favorite place to watch a sunrise was from the roof of Hotel Palma Real overlooking Cardenas Bay and Atlantic Ocean at Varadero Peninsula.

To view my photos, go to Sunrise in Varadero, Cuba, Images from Varadero, Cuba, and Varadero,"Hard Working" Day on the Beach.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

Sunrise or Sunset
watching sunrise or sunset from any place
Varadero, Cuba