Varadero Journals

Relaxing in Varedero

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An April 2007 trip to Varadero by MichaelJM

canteen food Photo, Varadero, Cuba More Photos
Quote: We ate as much as we could—too much—on this all inclusive holiday in Cuba.

Relaxing in Varedero

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Overview

Wall to wall beaches Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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The highlights of our Varadero stay must pivot around the view from our bedroom window and the intense blue seas. Each day, we started off with pelicans flying across our field of vision, hovering over the sea and then diving to successfully catch their breakfast. I’ll never tire of watching their antics. The parkland of Varadero was a mass of color and, of course, the vision of the high speed fluttering of the hummingbird was just so amazing alongside the sight of the lone egret that used to pick its way across the lawn each day. The flora in Varadero was superb with the bright flowers being shown off to perfection against the bright blue of the sea and sky.Varadero is around 140km from Hava...Read More

Sea Food restaurant

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Restaurant

Realaxing environment Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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A pizza restaurant by day, this place transforms into a sophisticated seafood restaurant by night. One small problem, the starter—seafood soup—is not a favorite of either of us. We tried it, but even with lashings of pepper, it still tasted fairly gross to both of us. A few spoonfuls later we looked at each other and decided that we couldn’t possibly eat and so virtually a full bowlful was returned to the kitchen. We were only reassured that we were not alone in rejecting the soup.My second course was a much better and refreshing plate of tuna served with a tossed salad, complete with some olives, and extra ones from my wife’s seafood salad. It was a truly amazing combination of fla...Read More

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Palma Romantico

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Restaurant

Romantic fiddler Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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The restaurant Palma Romantico, the gourmet restaurant as it is variously called, is next door to the Mama Mia and I suspect uses the same kitchen facilities. It was a four-course meal and I started with a white and green asparagus with a mousseline sauce, although I’m still not sure what that was. It was well presented although, as is usual with this vegetable, difficult to cut. I managed it by folding it in half and treating it like spaghetti. Not the most delicate of operations, but it managed the process quite adequately. The thick, vibrant orange, piping-hot pumpkin soup was superb and the sweet, milky bread rolls went down a treat. I started off with a fragrant, medium-sweet,...Read More

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The El Haberno

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Restaurant

canteen food Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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The El Haberno is the main buffet restaurant for the resort where most of our meals were eaten. Effectively, it’s a huge eatery with as much ambience as a workers' canteen. I however, don’t want to be too negative about it as there are hundreds of guest in this resort and they all needed to be fed efficiently. A good tip is to carry a jumper to leave over your Chair whilst you’re visiting the buffet as we did hear a number of couples who’d started their meal, returned to the buffet for a top up, and found their table cleared and occupied by new people. It never happened to us as we always marked our territory!! The choice at breakfast was immense with freshly-prepared eggs whilst yo...Read More

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mama mia

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Restaurant

Sunset outside over the restaurant Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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This was one of the a la carte restaurants that required a booking. We had no problems and had our table reserved by just after 9am. The restaurant was at the far end of the resort and, although nothing special, it was smaller and had full waiter service. We were escorted to our table for two, and then invited to make our selection of antipasto, a great variety ranging from stuffed red peppers, ham, pasta, rice, salads, and one of my favorites, olives and jalapeno peppers. By the time we had returned to our table, the waiter was offering us water and red wine. I was a bit dismayed that he’d used the smaller glass for wine, but I soon remedied that by consuming the water and transfe...Read More

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Varadero

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Attraction

Varadero Photo, Varadero, Cuba
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We’d been told that there was a bus that went to Varadero every thirty minutes, one that you could hop on and off at will, paying only five pesos. We wandered to the bus stop at the entrance to the hotel and, a little behind schedule, a doubledecker bus, absolutely crammed with people, sped past us. Obviously, 10:18am is a popular time, so we didn’t hesitate when another bus arrived, offering a trip into town for two pesos a person.This fully air conditioned bus, a step up from the community bus we’d seen for locals, followed in the wake of the tourist bus and didn’t do badly for customers, delivering us efficiency to the site of Varadero’s downtown market, apparently the high spot fo...Read More

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Varadero, Cuba