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I decided to stay in Cuba for one week, so I could visit other places besides the capital Havana too. I knew that Cuba has many beautiful beaches as well, so I put one of them in my plans. I went get some information about Varadero at the travel agency Cubanacan, at hotel Plaza. This beach is well known and quite close to Havana, so it is easy to get there (about 130 km from the capital). There are many travel agencies, but hotel Plaza is in the centre of the city and it was close to my apartment. The buses leave the hotel early in the morning and come back to the same place at night.
Varadero is a 20 km peninsula with beaches all along. There are many resort hotels around, but all beaches are public. There is a bus that goes around the peninsula, for 5 CUC, so if you want to visit more places, it may be a good idea to ride this bus. It stops at many points and the price is the same.
As there are many Caribbean hurricanes around Cuba, it may be better to avoid the period of July to November. If you cannot visit in another period, you just need to keep yourself informed in order not to have troubles with the weather. I went to Varadero in January, which is winter in Cuba (December to March). The weather was nice. It seems that it is the best season to visit Varadero. The sea water is very clear, light blue and mild. Summer is from June to August. I heard it is very hot and humid, so I don’t even want to imagine how it is like.
As it was a one-day trip, I didn’t have enough time to go to other parts of the beach and I didn’t go to the city centre. I decided to stay in the hotel and enjoy what they offered at the hotel. This trip had everything included, the bus trip, breakfast, lunch, drinks, and a room to change clothes and to take a shower before leaving. It costed 74 CUC (74 dollars).
If you have more time, I think it is a good idea to stay more in Varadero to enjoy the beaches and relax. The water is very calm and mild. I only saw big resorts close to the beaches, but I heard there are cheaper casas particulares as well.
In the way back, we stopped at Mirador de Bacunayagua, to stretch the legs, go to the toilet and to eat something. Walking through the bar, there is an observatory. I didn’t think it would be interesting, but the view was very beautiful, and we can see the biggest bridge of Cuba from there. After the stop we went back to Havana. The trip wasn`t too long, I could enjoy the beatiful beach and relax, so it was perfect for me.
In the next post I`m going to write about Trinidad, a small historic and charming town.
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