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Feb 5, 2017 - TVaradero

We escaped from Havana easily. We drove through little villages and towns along the north shore of Cuba on CN. On one side we had frequent glimpses of the sea while on the other there was forest. We did not explore the playas because we were on our way to Varadero. We stopped for lunch at Guanabo at a tiny but popular little restaurant. Pizza seemed to be the most requested item so we ordered it....and yes it was the first homemade pizza we had eaten....delicious. We were surprised to see nodding horses along Playa Januco. At the town was...

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Val's Cuba

Dec 21, 2016 - Journée à la Playa Varadero

Belle dernière journée à la plage. C’est en taxi qu’on s’est rendu à Varadero. On a vite trouvé un endroit où nous installer au soleil moi et Sylvie pendant que Dan arpentait les lieux à la recherche d’un endroit ombrageux pour parcourir ses livres. Nous étions encore une fois hors circuit touristique au milieu de cubains qui se baignent en famille. Retour à Matanzas en classique – Chevrolet Bel Air 1955 – wow, une belle de son temps. Une vraie journée de farniente pour terminer le voyage. On s’en vient…. Demain, retour vers Montréal....

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RouleCuba2016

Dec 12, 2016 - Enfin arrivés..yahou

Jour 1 à 3 – Montreal – Varadero- Matanzas – Playa Jibacoa – La Havane C’est fait, on s’est rendu à l’aéroport de Dorval grâce au support de Louis qui nous y a conduit. Le vol jusqu’à Varadero a été sans incident, avec 1 l’heure en retard et fidèle au service Air Sardines. Carmen avait réservé avec “Option plus” pour que l’on puisse être assis ensemble et avoir quelques extras. Le reste du service Option Plus nous a bien fait rire, une mini-bouteille de mousseux, quelques babioles secs comme snack et un kit confort (oreiller gonflable,...

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RouleCuba2016

Apr 17, 2014 - SB: All Inclusive

“Welcome to Varadero, authentic Cuba”. Ironically, the roads from Havana to Varadero have more than one bill board with this inscription. My first reaction upon arrival was, “oh my God, there is more than just pork on the menu, all you can drink beverages, crystal clear beaches and some of the finest beach sand in the world”. This is the type of vacay I needed. Ironically, I am still on this island but all the troubles of life just disappear once you check into one of these all-inclusive and highly Canadian populated hotels. From here on,...

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Xela 2012

Jun 6, 2010 - The end of the line- Cuba

We arrived to a hot and sticky Havana and could immediately tell that Cuba was going to be a different country. There was no no crush of taxi drivers vying for our attention at the airport and the fixed price taxi ride we did catch (no bargaining or buses) took us through clean orderly streets and even highways (hurrah- city planning is seriously lacking in Latin America). This lack of tourist harassment was the norm in Cuba. With the government controlling all activities, things were much more orderly, calm and 'normal', however it made...

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Feb 25, 2010 - Varadero

Feb 25 - Varadero Variable Varadero ... we've had glorious sunshine, torrential rains and strong winds. Yesterday was a total beach day ... until the rains arrived in the late afternoon ... and then Joanne discovered that if she manually edited the channels on the TV, we could get CTV!! We got to see the women's gold and silver wins in the bobsled race ... and the amazing hockey game between Canada and Russia. What a game. After the first three Canadian goals, Victor finally relaxed. This morning it's very, very windy and overcast. So, it...

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Feb 23, 2010 - Thoughts on Cuba

Feb 23 - Our thoughts on Cuba Having travelled through Mexico for two months last year, and spending considerably more time there, it’s natural to make comparisons between the two countries. However, it’s not easy to make comparisons between Cuba and Mexico. Perhaps one of the main differences is that Mexicans, for the most part are more laid back and easygoing, whereas Cubans are more passionate and complicated. So is their music. Cuban music is infused with complicated, syncopated rhythms, while Mexican music is predictable and simple....

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Feb 21, 2010 - Remedios to Varadero

Feb 21 – Remedios to Varadero via Santa Clara We decided to leave Remedios early so we can spend Sunday in Santa Clara and soak up the last bit of Cuban life before we spend a week at the beach in Varadero. Our taxi driver is much calmer than the driver who brought us to Remedios; we are thankful we are not in a rattletrap Lada and for our driver’s professionalism! On the one-hour drive, Victor engaged the driver in a chat about baseball and eventually the discussion turned to the challenges in Cuba. He explained that a doctor in Cuba can...

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Feb 4, 2010 - Barlovento - beach day ... ahhhhh

February 4 - A day at the beach -- Barlovento, Varadero We have decided to reconsider how much "stuff" we are carrying, since we will do a lot of walking from bus stations to casas particulares. In the heat, our 15 pound bags will feel like 50. So, we spent part of the morning going through everything to see what we can leave behind. A phone call to Edddie and he offers to keep a small day pack at the WestJet office until we arrive at the Blau later this month (yeah WestJet!!). The remainder of our day is quite uneventful ... to the pool...

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Feb 3, 2010 - Barlovento ... task day

February 3 - Barlovento, Varadero We are already losing track of what day it is, so we must be on vacation! We both slept very well and right through to 8:55 (5:55 Victoria time). Since our meeting with the WestJet Vacations rep, Eddie, is at 9:00, we both dress quickly and bolt out the door. Eddie is originally from Ecuador and has been with WJV for two years. When we explain that we're here for the month, he says, "So, you're the people." Apparently, we have been the topic of conversation amongst WJV staff. He if very helpful and makes...

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Feb 2, 2010 - Varadero - Day One

February 2 - Toronto to Varadero No wonder people from Toronto love flying to the Caribbean ... three and a half hour flight that left at 10:55 am instead of the 6:00 am departures we often have from Vancouver! The flight from Toronto was FULL, but we managed to get the exit row which had only two seats. Time went by very quickly and we are excited to land in Varadero Cuba. Arrival was quite a breeze considering we both had only carryon bags. The bodeca (currency exchange) used to be across from the luggage carousel but is no longer...

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Feb 1, 2010 - WestJet Vancouver-Toronto-Varadero

February 1 - Vancouver to Toronto After our usual flurry of activity before any long trip--last minute packing, cleaning the house, trying to remember everything--we finally got away on the 5 ferry (thanks Josie for the ride)!. Pacific Coach Lines to the airport and then martinis at the Vancouver Fairmont since we have a long wait for our flight departing at 11pm. WestJet check-in staff very accommodating. The best news, however, is that our plane has only 47 passengers. We are each able to have a row to stretch out ... Joanne slept most...

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