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All-inclusive resorts on the beach are the most relaxing, laid back, enjoyable vacations. They allow you to disconnect completely from the life at home. But a full 7 days on the resort can get boring. Here’s a quick guide to trying things that are around your resort when you’re vacationing in Varadero, Cuba.
The town of Varadero
The town of Varadero exists almost exclusively because of the world of tourism, since the inhabitants of the city almost all work in the resorts that line the beaches of the region. The main street is well kept, the older, pre-Castro buildings are still inhabited and the main park, Parque Josone, is one of the most beautiful public places on the island. What used to be a private park was expropriated by the communist government and is kept by the authorities for everyone to enjoy.
The bars of other resorts
Don’t tell anyone, but if you’re tired of the drinking scene in your resort, it’s not that hard to sneak in other resorts and act like you were a guest. It’s a great way to meet new people. Also, some hotels have bars on their property that are open to others. There also are a few nightclubs catering to tourists, including the infamous Cuevos Los Pirates.
Bay of Pigs
To some, this might come as a surprise, but the Bay of Pigs is one of the most beautiful spots to scuba dive in the Caribbean. Its biggest attraction is the crystal-clear visibility experienced in its waters during most of the year. There are corals, underwater cliffs and schools of exotic fish; if you’re lucky enough you might be able to spot a few rare species during your expedition.
This can be considered a “real Cuban town”, as opposed to Varadero, which is a resort town. It’s a good place to live the real Cuban life. There are a few tourist attractions, including the San Carlos Cathedral, the Pharmaceutical Museum and the Sauto Theater (which dates back to 1863). Plus, the Bellamar caves aren’t very far away. Value travelers will love the restaurant called FrenesiBBQ… if they can find it!
Bridge of Bacunayagua
On the road from Varadero towards La Havana, don’t forget to stop on the bridge of Bacunayagua to take a deep breath and feel vertigo in your legs. This bridge is the tallest in Cuba and stands 110 meters tall over the canyon of the river Yumuri. Both sides of the bridge have impressive views: one on the side of the canyon, the river, and the valley; the other on the side of the Florida straits.
The capital and largest city of the country of Cuba is truly one of the most unique cities on Earth. There is enough to discover for a couple of weeks of adventure and amazement is around every corner. Havana is rough, old, crumbly; it can be exhilarating during the day, and quite spooky at night; small, cheap restaurants offer no-nonsense food, while larger, more elaborate restaurants cater to the people looking for a different experience. Don’t forget to go to the staples: dance and have a drink in the Old-Havana bars, visit the Plaza de la Revolución – a large concrete square – and go to the Capitolio.