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... their time with drinks or food at the local cafe of their choice. the bus dropped us near a small harbour which although well constructed against the worst moods of the Atlantic ocean was clearly made for the local fishing fleet. Alas it now held a few boats and yachts for the richer incoming flood of tourists and escapees from more northern countries. The towns name is Playa San Juan and although I thoroughly enjoyed the harbour, the thing which really made ...
... as curious about us as we are of them because they would roll on their side and look me right in the eye! They were delightful! We found a couple of pods of them and followed them for quite some time. I must say that I loved every second of it. They are mesmerizing. And frankly it was very moving. I found myself crying at one point. No idea why. Was just moved. Not sure what this says about me. But in other news I also cried at the Opera ...
... rest of the week with the thought that we had the car so it could be anywhere on the island since we weren't dependant on bus routes. As it turned out we ended up in the exact same town we had lunch in the day before! The hotel was actually just a room in an all inclusive resort so on the plus side there was a pool and lots of activities but on the negative side it was pretty smelly and we did have a bit of a cockroach incident*. On Tuesday we took the opportunity to put some ...
... The islands are getting ready for Carnaval which starts this weekend. We found the main shopping mall areas with many shops and restaurants, and yes, weird people! The streets are narrow and colorful and any open area had sidewalk tables for coffee and sweets. Stages were under construction in any open areas for the bands that would play throughout the weekend.
We didn't have a lot of time since the ship was leaving pretty ...
When we got up this morning after another rough night at sea we were right back where we started from, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Some other lucky people would be in cabin 7050 tonight, just starting their cruise, whereas for us our holiday is finished. :-(
At the end of each voyage every passenger receives a copy of the Cruise Log and we eagerly looked to see how many nautical miles the Braemar had sailed this trip. I have ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Barcelo Varadero Guia de Isora
In the second half of february 2006 my wife and I stayed for a week at the Barcelo Varadero Hotel, Playa Las Arena.
Very nice hotel
We stayed in Barcelo Varadero for one week, at block A, second floor. We had a nice view to the sea and the main road.
There is three swimmingpools: the topmost pool was full of children (because the water was warmer, I believe). Middlemost pool was beside the bar and entertainment and the lowest was quite peaceful. The water was cool, but swimmable. Really refreshing, but only for one minute swims...
The food at the snackbar was ok (and also quite cheap). Pizza was terrible, but the hamburger and salad tasted good.
My wife and I have just returned from a package holiday (arranged by First Choice), staying at the Barceló Varadero.
I stayed with my parents and teenage son during Christmas.
We all had an really good holiday - the food was fine and very good value we felt, and the atmosphere was very relaxed and not too English. We even joined in with some of the organised activities - the entertainments guys were so encouraging and friendly
We are 2 adults and two children. We were in Varadero for two weeks in october and the experience was great.
It's not a luxury aparthotel but the facilities as well as the food & service are excellent.
First of all, we waited 2 hours for our room to be ready - just had to sit round reception, despite having a check in time of 2pm - it was not ready. Our apt was at the furthest point from reception, and there was no one to help me and my 50 something mother with our luggage, so we had to cart it ourselves through the rows of sunbeds.
We stayed at Barcelo Varadero from the 5th of April 2004 up till the 12th of April 2004. We will never go again to this hotel because of the loud entertainment. From 10 till 22:30 there is entertainment for children and adults. No problem so far, but this entertainment needs loud music. We where moved to a more quiet room, but still there was music. The beds where teribble. The promissed Dutch tv channel by the travel agency wasn't there. The room was dirty and we even had a visit of a cockroch.
February 13th to February 20th 2004. We got moved to Barcelo Varadera after Tamaimo Tropical at Los Gigantes had managed to give our apartment to someone else! Barcelo Varadera is very nice indeed with very well appointed apartments, three swimming pools, evening entertainment (which seemed to be good but which we didn't see), and a very good mini-market. The hotel just feels 'posh' with a marble foyer and very pleasant front desk staff. We were in Block C - C must stand for Cockerel (a local bird which woke us all up at 5 o'clock every morning!). As far as eating out, go to Ristorante Varadero 100 yards down the hill. Harry from Vienna and his lovely Columbian wife run this super restaurant with great friendliness. If you like fish, the huge mixture for two people at around 20 Euro is stunning. 400 yards away from the apartments is a black sand beach with great waves for jumping around in. All in all a very nice place to stay.
I had a realy nice time
I had a great time in barcelo Varadero, nice staff, good entertainment and a lot of nice pools. Everyday they had a show for children and they loved it after that a show for adults. It's a realy nice place to stay for families. Playa de Arena itself is very small and not much to see, we had a good entertainment at night so I didn't care at all.