Things to do in Varadero - Cuba

varadero beach cubaVaradero is considered one of the world’s best beaches, Cuba's most popular tourist destination and largest resorts in the Caribbean. Immensely beautiful with perfect temperatures, miles of white sandy beaches and calm tourqouise waters, it makes an ideal spot for lovers of water sports, such as suba diving, snorkelling, sailing, kayaking and swimming. If you are planning a trip to this Cuban destination there's a great choice of hotel and private accommadation on offer. Here's a list of the best things to see and do, in and around Varadero.

Varadero is much more than just Sun and Beach

Varadero travel skydiveAround Varadero beach, there are plenty of attractions and activities to keep you busy and get you away from the hotel. This Cuban town is quite different from the rest of the island and an excellent family destination with impressive tropical beaches, so you'll find no shortage of things to do in Varadero beyond sipping on a Cuba Libre by the pool. Varadero is popular with tourists who prefer to stay at all inclusive resorts, but boutique homestays continue to attract a growing number of independent travelers and those seeking a more authentic, colonial style of Cuban comfort.  

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Where to eat cheap when visiting Cuba

Cuban Tropical fruitCuba has more than enough culinary delights to rival any other tourist destination in the Caribbean. So it is impossible not to surrender to some of the marvellous Cuban dishes that seduce visitors so much year after year. Cuban meals are mainly influenced by Creole cuisine, an exotic mixture of Spanish, African and Caribbean food which can be easily found in local places throughout the island. As Cuba is a tropical country, one thing to seek out are stalls selling great fresh fruit-based drinks. Eating on a budget in Cuba is not hard and there is plenty to suit all tastes, eating habits and the pocket too - you just need to know where to look for the best food.

How and where to eat cheap in Cuba

Coppelia Cuban ice-creamTry out the different food cuisine all over the island and sample the various styles of Creole seasoning. Cubans also have a big appetite for ice cream, which is available everywhere in the large cities as well as near the National Hotel in Havana, where you will find the island's most famous ice-cream parlor - Coppelia, a huge temple to the art of making (and consuming) ice-cream. Upon arrival you will often see a long queue of Cubans patiently waiting their turn. Tourists (or those paying in CUC) are served from another counter without any waiting time.

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La Canchanchara - The Flavour of Cuba

Vasijas Canchánchara en TrinidadWhen it comes to Cuban cocktails or drinks, the Mojito, Daiquiri, Cuba Libre and a few choice others are without doubt one of the things that make the island special. The Mojito is linked to the famous bar that proudly claims to have created the cocktail. La Bodeguita del Medio is a benchmark for Cubans around the world. However, the Daiquiri, can certainly not be separated from Ernest Hemingway’s character while The Floridita, a bar sometimes known as "Hemingway’s sip" which personally confuses me, since the literary master said in one of his writings that he was a regular at El Floridita Bar where he wet his letters with the Daiquiri cocktail. Ernest also made the Mojito popular by drinking it daily at La Bodeguita del Medio. I wish I had asked him which was his favorite.

Even though I have a passion for storytelling, it is not any of these cocktails I will focus on in this post. I prefer to talk of a Cuban drink that is not rooted in bars, pubs or entertainment venues of Havana, nor is it a beverage made by accident for the sake of mixing some ingredients. This most typically Cuban drink owes its birth to the Cuban Manigua in the eastern fields of the island, amid cries of war, revolution and struggle. A drink associated with the burdens of the machete and snap of the steels in the frenzy of battle. I am referring to the Canchánchara.

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