After what I’d describe as probably one of the toughest years I’ve ever experienced Paul and I spent a huge chunk of my redundancy package on a much needed All Inclusive break in Varadero.
Now Paul and I booked a holiday in Cuba years ago. The long and short of it all is that after rescheduling it three times, there was a problem with the hotel just two week before we were flying and we ended up cancelling and spending New Year in Mexico instead. So when the last minute chance of a holiday in Cuba was handed to us on a plate. That’s where we wanted to go… even if it was only for a week.
The ten hour flight was gruelling and it wasn’t as immediately settling as either Mexico or Corfu, but still it was a million miles away from the world we live in and everything we’ve experienced in the past year.
Cuba itself is lovely, its surrounded by beautiful warm blue waters and actually white sand. But I have to say I was a little disappointed by Varadero. Its been built specifically for the tourists. They have this tourist buses that you can buy a hop-on/hop-off ticket for the day and believe me, you need it. The main stretch of Varadero centre is broken up over a very long distance and you could walk, but expect an early start and a late finish if you want to cover the whole stretch in one day. As for the night life, Varadero doesn’t really wake up until about 10pm.
My holiday was relaxing and just what I needed to recharge my batteries and catch up on a lot of reading I’ve missed out on this year. And I do think that there is an element of high expectations from such a long awaited destination. So we’ve decided to go back to Cuba one day. But maybe not to Varadero.

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