Varadero, Cuba

Eyewitness Cuba Tour 

I hired Eyewitness Cuba to transport my group to Varadero where we would stay overnight.  The tour is from 8:00 am-3:30 pm and it cost $140 CUC for 4 people. (It is to be noted that the prices have slightly gone up, check website for accurate pricing). While driving to Varadero, we stopped at various locations to see several different sights.


I fall asleep  on car rides- Maria caught everybody sleeping!









Bacaunayaga Bridge

Cubans consider Bacaunayaga Bridge one the sevens wonders of the world as it relates to Cuban civil engineering. Stop here to enjoy a refreshing drink in a pineapple, souvenir shopping, and great photo opportunities.





Random Photo with a guy from Europe
Maria Posing on the outlook
One of the tallest bridges in Cuba


Pineapple Drink


Bellamar Caves

Bellamar Caves entry fee is 5 CUC. The caves have stalactites, stalagmites, krastic chrystals, underground stream forms and more.   When we arrived it was an hour wait and due to limited time, we decided not to wait.

Cueva de Saturno or Saturn Caves

The cave is a cenote filled with fresh clear water. You can swim and dive into the water although there is no actual diving board. It is a little rocky, I recommend water shoes. Watch your phone, unfortunately, my phone was damaged and I lost all my pictures that were on my phone.





Michelle, Renee & Maria


People were climbing on top of the long rock and diving in.




Beach along the coast, but I do not recall the name of the beach but the clear blue water was breathtaking.

Water is so clear it looks fake





 Lunch was great and the music added a nice ambiance.


Beef Ribs
Chicken Fajitas
Rice & Beans



Varadero Beach

While walking to the beach we were stopped by an older Cuban lady named Maria. She talked to us about her life in Cuba and invited us over for tea and coffee. She asked us asked for clothes and other items. In that moment I regretted not bringing items to give away to the local people. Next trip, I will be sure to bring necessities such as shoes and personal hygiene items.

As we arrived on the beach, we met Daniel and his little 5-year-old sister Danielles. Daniel was cracking open a fresh coconut for his sister. He offered me and my student Renee a sip and we graciously accepted. They became our friends for the time we remained at the beach.  The beach was beautiful: water was warm, sand was soft and the sun setting made for a picturesque background.


Danielles and I playing in the water
Renee, Danielles & I
Loving my bathing suit
Sexy  Pose
Sunset at Varadero Beach



We stayed at beautiful Airbnb home with 3 bedroom and 3 bathrooms. It was a great location as it was only a 5-minute walk from the beach. We loved our host and enjoyed spending time with them. We enjoyed dinner that evening that was cooked by our host for an additional $20 CUC. We watched as she went step by step of how to prepare and cook the Cuban food. For dinner, we ate rice, beans, pork, plantain, cucumbers, tomatoes and flan for dessert.  For 5 CUC we were provided with breakfast: mini pancakes, eggs, fruit, ham, cheese, bread and freshly squeezed juice.


Airbnb Host


Rice and Beans
Tomatoes & Cucumbers


Mini Pancakes
Fruit Plate


Calle 62

After dinner, our friend Daniel from the beach came back and picked us up from our Airbnb. We went to Calle 62 to listen to live music and salsa dance. The great thing about this place that there was no entrance fee.


  1. I love the island culture because it is so refreshing. Thank you for taking us along on your journey through Cuba.

  2. I just want you to know that I don’t like you, because I’m super jealous of this trip. These pics are gorgeous! It really looks like you and yours had an awesome time!

    • LOL, I had to laugh out loud! Don’t be jealous, it just means you have to plan your next vacation to Cuba! I had so much fun and I loved this province due to the beach, lodging and the locals we met.

    • I actually went like 2 weeks before he made his announcement. Yes I am so confused about 45 and his desire to not have a good relationship after Obama has started to make new relationships. I still plan to return despite his negativity.

  3. Loved hearing about your adventures and seeing all the photos! Sounds like you had a great time. Cuba is in our bucket list, so I will have to keep these places and tips in mind!

  4. This sounds like a fun trip. Maria seems like a fun person to be around. I would have taken the same shot of you all sleeping lol. The food shots make me want to visit Cuba even more. I also love your yellow bathing suit.

  5. Varadero, Cuba sounds like a funky good time. I love making friends with a local, they can really show you a good time. The beach looks so relaxing and refreshing.

    Yellow is a great color on you.

  6. Wow! Looks like you had a fun time. Cuba is on my list of vacation spots. I can’t wait to go! Thanks for sharing your experience. I love your bathing suit and the water looks very inviting.

  7. Oh my goodness, this looks like a phenomenal trip. The food looks so delicious. I just started traveling again and I went to Barbados. Cuba is definitely on my list of places to go.

  8. I love that you traveled to Cuba and explored more than just the most popular tourist destinations. I know this was an epic girls trip you will cherish forever.

  9. When I went to Cuba I actually didnt go to Havana I stayed solely in Varadero. I loved it and I should of did more tours but I didnt so I loved your review on it. Varadero had one of the prettiest beaches I even been on.

  10. I did absolutely NOTHING in Varadero and loved it. lol Good to know there’s actual tours because I was beach bummin the whole time. I’ll definitely look into these activities next time I visit Cuba.

    • Can you believe we almost didn’t make it to the beach! I was tired after touring and I was bummed about my phone but I was like lets get up and go. It was only a 5 min. walk, we met cool people, water was warm and the views were great.

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