Travel Blogs from Varadero
Before I get to Havana, I want to show you how different publicity is in Cuba. There are no outdoor billboards advertising Coca Cola or Havana Club rum along the highways. In their place are signs advertising the glories of the revolution. It is as if the only signs you see on U.S. highways are praise for Barack Obama.
You will smile at some of the examples of the advertising arts that I have discovered along the way with my ...
20klm of stunning turquoise beach at perfect temperature and soft sand…. A girl at information told me "You haven't been to Cuba if you haven’t gone to Varadero", she was damn right. Truly awesome. Horse drawn carriages are still a means of transportation here :-)
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Transport from Habana - You can pay $200 return in a car or pay $10 and get a ...
... s. We loved the heat, but it also didn't give us much of an appetite, so we stuck to the cute little Taco stand next door. Since they didn't speak English and our Spanish was no better, our first taco ended up with only cheese, but it was still good.
In the evening we did a bit more roaming around, taking in the local musician's at a restaurant down the street and buying a bag full of tasty pastries for about twenty-five cents. There are ...
... they just pretend to be local people, just because of the tourists and their tips. In my opinion the show wasn't impressive, it was easy trick to get some more tips from tourists. After the show we enjoyed lobster lunch. It was first time for me to eat lobster. First time do not lie, it was delicious.
After nice lunch we went to visit Bellamar caves. The cave was quite long and deep in the ground. Inside was ...
... nothing to share with them, then they asked us to buy sea stars, or Cuban cigars, rum, whatever what I want, but we told them, than we do not want anything and maybe later we will think about this. Well, these guys didn't look like thieves and been friendly, but probably the poor situation in family makes them to catch tourists and offer various stuff.
Today we stayed in a hotel territory, after the beach we went for the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBreezes Varadero
Heureusement que nous avons reçu un rabais de SunWing pour nous avoir déplacé d'hôtel (de Jibacoa à Varadero)... ce qui fait que notre voyage nous aura coûté moins de $600 par personne pour être dans une suite junior... donc difficile de se lamenter !!!
Mais la nourriture était vraiment pas bonne (pourtant, je ne me plains jamais, même à Cuba après 5 voyages), le service décevant (bon service requiert pourboire en argent, sinon, ne vous attendez pas à grand chose... même si vous avez déjà tippé dans la même journée à la même personne - je n'ai jamais vu cela) !
La plage était vraiment belle, toujours de bonnes chaises disponibles. J'ai eu plus de plaisirs et de service à jaser avec les vendeurs itinérants sur la plage, imaginez... !
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Breezes Varadero
Can't beat the Cuban heat
I just want to say that I fell in love with Cuba. Not only is the country beautiful, but the people, even though they are amongst the poorest in the world, they are truly a happy and loving people. The people in the resort work 14 hour days, with hundreds of guests, but all the staff that I met, remembered my name and greeted me with kisses and hugs. If you speak a little Spanish, they are so grateful that you are trying to speak their language. The beach is beautiful. It is not a private beach, which I thought was nice because it gives you a chance to interact with guests from other resorts as well as some locals. I want to go back to Cuba tomorrow (I just got home 3 days ago). When I return, I will be staying at Breezes Varadero. Me gusto mucho Cuba!!!
I would definitely retun!!
We stayed at the SuperClubs Breezes Varadero in January 2003. It was better than we could have imagined! The staff were incredibly friendly, and at no time did we feel that we needed to tip to get excellent service. We have a gardenview suite that had 2 patios overlooking beautifully blloming trees and bushes. The beach was clean and beautiful, and the ocean was warm and very clear. The pool we found to be chilly, but we prefer the ocean anyway. We only ventured into the pool for the free scuba lesson. Scuba diving is included and very worthwhile. It was amazing how far you could see underwater and the variety of colorful fish and plant life was incredible. The birds everyone mentioned took us by surprise initially. The trick is either to cover your food with a napkin if you leave your table and intend to return, or have your table partner guard the food while you leave, and return the favor when they want to get up. I did not find their presence annoying, they birds are tiny, and we never encountered bird droppings, although I am sure it could easily happen. The 3 a la carte restaurants are great, my favorite was the Italian restaurant which had excellent food and very friendly service. The regular buffet was also great. We didn't ever have issue with the food. We found that it was well prepared and tasty. Some things do not taste like they would at home, even if they look similar, so be prepared. Nothing tasted bad at all, quite the opposite, we wished we had recipes for some of their creations. i do think there was some food recycling going on - last nights dinner might find it's way into today's lunch in various forms, but there was never a freshness issue. Besides, who goes on vacation for the food? The free bikes are in good shape and we toured all over Varadero with them. We went into the city to shop in the markets and local shops, and we took them through the park and to the mall. There is no problem taking them on the major roadways, we always felt safe.
We were never hassled by the local people and felt very welcome in the town. One gentleman at our resort was arrested when he bought underground cigars, so watch out and only buy them from Gov shops. He was released shortly after, but I do not think it's a good idea to try to buy them from people off the street. There are lots of little lizards running around the resort. The are tiny and fast, and are scared of humans/harmless. I think their presence is the reason we did not see many insects. Overall, I think this resort is incredible. We have travelled to other resorts in the Carribean, and this was one of our favorites. Friends who have stayed at other Cuban resorts and who stayed at this one upon our reccommendation were very impressed too.
Over rated place
We arrived in Cuba eventually to have to lug our cases of the bus at the hotel through a back window in the bus at over 2 mtrs since the bell boy could not be found, here we go ! First room was on the 2nd floor of the storey above the disco, absolutely awful so moved to 278 near pool, miles better but had an army of ants. Next problem was for a la carte, supposed to be booked up for a week - rubbish, insist and proceed although ususal tips etc required. Can things get any worse - yep ! Buffet was an infestation of birds at food, lunch buffet same and left overs from the morning, evening was leftovers from previous because either the birds had gone to bed or they did not want their leftovers ?! Staff were lazy behind bars and at buffet, entertainment staff during day very poor. Snacks at night very poor. If you want peanuts of nibbles only between 18:00 and 21:00 when people are eating main meal - my major moan ? Drinks are watered down with almost no international brands. Still had a good time due to weather, fellow disgruntled tourists and clubs and of course swims in the small hrs of the morning which always made it. Certainly not 5* and barely 3*. Needs a revamp and staff generally very cold and lazy. Senor Angel (head waiter) likes the feelly feelly approach ?! For anyone who met us thanks for the memories.....
Euan & Gloria
p.s. To cap it all we had to lug our own cases throught the same window again and had to bung the check in guy 5 bucks for the so called excess weight - my friend. One last thing on boarding you get these two guys playing a guitar singing to you as you leave. 'No tear for Manchester' To which I replied 'only tears of joy'.
Breezes in the first few days appears beautiful and has lots of things to do. Then you find out that like Clint Eastwood you need a "fist full of dollars" to get the best. My findings are as follows: - The rooms and bathrooms are in need of refurbishment. Jimmy,s buffet is plauged with birds eating of tables and and the servery dishes, bird **** compliments the tableware. (cats are required). Depending on the size of your "under cover tip" you can get in at any a la carte restaurant at any time and get the best food. You need to eat at 19.00hrs or you are limited to choice and the food is not up to standard at a later time. The food is generally bland but there is always plenty of it. They have very good entertainment staff but they are not used to their full potential, proving it on the one night that the disco was full (they were fantastic at singing and dancing). The piano bar is air conitioned and has a very good atmosphere. The local drinks are displayed and the international drinks are hidden away in cupboards until complaints or requests or put foreward. The Bar staff went through a three day period of standing around looking good (Rumours of potential redundancies were filtering through to the guests or could the tips be drying up?). The pool and hot tubs are fantastic but there is no shade so forget it until about 17.00hrs. The beach and sea are the best i have seen, you cannot lie there long as there are no mattresses for sun beds so watch out for the bad back! Water sports are a joke unless you have got the dollars then you can have anything at 5 minutes notice eg 15 dollars for scuba diving. While we were there, trying to get information out of the Water sport reps was like trying to "nail jelly to a ceiling". Havana was fantasic and what a place that could be! The EL Galleon and mambo club is a must for lobster and a good dance (outside resort). Golf is expensive but good If you have booked for breezes you need the following: - Thermal cups Air beds Air pillow Air gun for birds or pet cat. Your own tennis racket and balls Breezes can contact me at any time as I have the way foreward and also money saving ideas which would also bring comfort to the paying guests! Breezes in my mind is no better than the three star all inclusive holiday i spent in Jamaica. There were lots of complaints from people who were staying at Breezes and were given the free pass to the restaurant of their choice or the complimentory bottle of cheap champagne. Watch out at the air port even the check in staff are asking for tips by saying that your baggage is over wieght and offering standard seats together for tips. FIVE YANKEE DOLLAR goes a long way!
Not for me
If you are looking for a 2 star quality hotel go to this hotel. If you are looking for that supposed 4 star hotel think again! If you are looking to lose weight on a holiday then maybe this is the place for you! I found the birds flying around in the buffet restaurant quite disgusting. They were constantly pecking off the serving spoons and where food was not covered they were quite happily tucking into that.
Then it was not unusual to find bird muck at your table. Thank goodness for bananas in their peel, though now I don't think I can face a banana for a while. It is not a quaint thing to see these birds at your table, we don't tolerate in Canada so why should we tolerate it in Cuba. That was my main gripe but watch your beach towels whilst you are there. $15 if you lose them and someone is out there trying to make money off of that as we were approached when ours were stolen. Trying to be positive - the pool was very nice but people 'reserve' the best places and rarely return. To me the whole place had a jaded look about it, the staff did what they had to do but no more. Thank goodness there was a no tipping policy. All in all it was not what I would have expected and I wont be back!
Honeymoon 18/06/03 - 02/07/03
I'm not fully convinced that I went to the same hotel as most of the other people who have left reviews on here because (and I can honestly say that my opinion isn't clouded by the fact that we were on honeymoon) I really loved Superclubs Breezes Varadero. The room was a good size, (we had a junior suite) clean and reasonably well equipped considering this is Cuba!! There certainly wasn't any sign of mold but the air conditioning was a bit too noisy for my liking but we found that if you left it on all day while you were out then the room was perfectly cool enough to sleep comfortably in come night fall. The staff were really pleasent, friendly and attentive though if you can raise a smile out of Barbara at the beach grill you are a better person than I am!! The maid does do some wonderous towel sculputres which were different most days. The restaraunts are good, especially the Italian (I recommend the smoked salmon for starters and the carbonara, wonderful), though the first morning when we went for breakfast we weren't sure if we had walked into the buffet or an aviary!! There were a lot of birds flying about but you soon got used to them. Oh, don't forget to take a marker pen to the Cuban restaraunt, you will need it!
I will freely admit to being a fussy eater but I certainly didn't go hungry anywhere here at Breezes, quite the opposite infact. The facilities are good, there are plenty of things to do though we chose to do nothing but lounge on the beach and drink ice cold 'Cristal', which is the local beer and more than acceptable. The wife loved it and she doesn't normally like beer! I would recommend going when we did if you want a quiet relaxing holiday as this is thier low season. In our first week there we literally had the pool to ourselves for a couple of days, absolute bliss. On saying that though the vast majority of people headed for the beach which was absolutely glorious, white sand and clear blue warm water, so we joined them there. The grounds were lush with a vast variety of different plants and trees which made it more interesting than just being awash with palm trees. To sum up, we didn't want to leave and I certainly would not hesitate to go back to this hotel. We had a fantastic time and met some great people. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. The best place to get your cigars is in the departure lounge on your way home, they are cheaper there than even the factory shop! And if you haven't done it before go swimming with the dolphins, excellent.
Got married there
My husband and I were married there last August. Though the advertisements are for free weddings, to have a person perform the wedding it costs 300$ american. Not too bad. They decorated with fresh flowers, lots of champagne for our guest party (11 all together) and cake. They only needed our birth certificates and passports. As for the resort we were initially dissappointed. Our parents were stuck in a building that was musty and the AC wasn't working too well. When we complained they showed them another room that was just as musty in the same building. But we took our complaints to the travel guide and they were relocated to a better room, clean cool AC and no mold! Food was okay. The cuban resaurant was a lot of fun. Beach is GREAT! Cristal beer is good, sort of like a mix between coors light and Molson Canadian. it is 4.9 percent. Book all of your scuba and snorkle tours early, they get booked solild fast. FYI no toilet paper in public bathrooms off the resort ie) airport so bring some on your carry on!
Anyway, we plan to return for our one year anniversary in one month.
Make sure your Bags are shrink wrapped
Flying from the UK DO NOT use Cubana Air. The poor service (only one drink offered during the whole 9.5 hour flight with each meal and no option to purchase between meals) was appaling for the length of light - the films were old (harry potter one and Oceans eleven) on the way out and only one on the return journey. You are flying on cuban turf so cuban laws apply. British police have no jurisdiction and therefore you are not represented either way. Answer the the Cuban Police not UK. I was advised this by the Gatwick police when i reported the theft of items of value from my luggage on my return journey. Turns out that Gatwick airport is the only Airport in the UK who, in the event of crime, will call the outbound airport with the intention of catching the culprit and recovering your goods. Sounds good?Yeah well Cuba is the only country in the world who refuse to talk or accept correspondence. So you can kiss your camera, designer shirts, duty free, D&G aftershave and toothpaste (not a typo - they nicked half a tube of colgate) goodbye. In hindsight i should have paid more attention to the TWO shrink wrapping machines greeting me as i walked through the doors into the airport. A bit of a hint if ever i missed one! The hotel was spot on, clean and a wobble from the beach which is stunning, clean and relatively empty to. It was calm in the morning a little more bouncy in the afternoon but as hot as a bath and just as clear. You can walk out for a fair way too - far away enough from the beach to do what you need to! :-) The trip on the jungle tour was OK, i couldn't help feel sorry for the animals (zoo) but the jetskiiing made the 2.5 hour trip worth while. Food as most have said was ok, i read these reviews before i went and just thought the complaints were typical of over indulgent Americans and Canadians but i have to say if i'd have gone for two weeks i'd have turned into egg and rice. Beer ok, spirits watered down - or their rum wasn't as strong as it should have been. The staff were lovely but then most are in carribean islands so nothing special there. DO NOT FLY CUBANA AIR if you can help it. ALWAYS SHRINK WRAP your luggage on return flight. IT'S CHEAPER TO BUY CIGARS ON THE RETURN FLIGHT THAN IT IS AT THE HOTEL OR IN HAVANA
Very tired of trying to get what we paid for
We went to Cuba for one week February 22nd. We were both very tired and sick of the winter and looking for a nice relaxing holiday. We booked the golf package at Varadero before we left Ottawa and our holiday was to Breezes Superclub Varadero. Well.. when we arrived we were told by the Air Canada representative that we were at SuperClub Jiboca not Varadero and we said no we are at Varadero because our agent told us that was where we were going or we would never have booked the golf as Jiboca was too far away. We fought with the agent to no avail and we were told that was the way it was and to get on the bus to go to Jiboca. We did as we were asked but my husband was furious (you know being golfers and all we were quite disappointed). We travel by bus (1 1/2 hrs) only to find out that we are not on their list nor do they have a room for us. GREAT !! Now my husband is angrier than ever - great start to a relaxing holiday. Now he speaks to the staff as calmly as he can but on occasion gets quick ticked because they seem to be nonchalent about the whole thing..we were tired..FINALLY four hours later we are told to take a taxi to Varadero as they had a room for us and we were on the list there. ($50.) They were not sure at the time whose fault the mix-up was so they did not know if we were going to be reimbursed. We had to speak to the travel agent at the hotel for Air Canada. We finally arrive at Varadero - exhausted, tired, hungry and still upset. Now we try to book our golf times and were told we didn't have the golf package. We said we do have it...here is what we were given by our travel agent in Ottawa and they said no that is not the correct piece of paper so we would have to find out about that too. Now we go to the room. It is damp and smells musty but the way we were feeling we just wanted to lay on the bed and try to calm down. We were told the Air Canada agent would be in the lobby the next day at noon. Well we arrived in the lobby at noon and she showed up at 1:30. We told her oura about the Cab Fare and the Golf Package. Still we could not book tee times but she was looking into getting our $50. back. Finally on Monday (we arrived on Saturday) we get word that we do have the golf package and can book tee-off times but of course you had to take left overs because everyone else booked the good times when they arrived at the hotel. You can't book tee-off times in Canada for Cuba. We also ended up getting our $50. back. As well, our package like most packages has different restaurants with the resort you book. Our all in-clusive said you could visit their 3 restaurants once each during our stay and of course for no charge. Well try to book one of those restaurants IF you don't do it soon after you arrive. It is like pulling hens teeth. and when you do book you get a time at 9 PM at night.. On the bright side the weather was good except for Sunday. We had wasted all day Saturday getting settled but no one seemed to care and nothing was ever done because we were so inconvenienced. The food was okay. They had quite a bit of variety but the meat wasn't great and it was pretty much the same same every day. Anyway once we were settled and had our golf times we did okay but only started to relax the day before we left....would I go there again?? Yes but only if I stayed at one of the other hotels like Melia Americas. Actually Breezes Superclub Varadero was okay...guess we have to remember we are visiting a communist country. If it had not been for those first few WASTED days we would feel better about our holiday.
Loved the Golf
Four of us spent March Break at the Breezes Varadero. Although rated as a 4 1/2 star in many Tour Magazines, we were somewhat disappointed and would rate it a 4 star. Excellent beach and if you're a golfer make sure you take the golf option. It was well worth the price. One of the better golf courses in the Caribbean (one par 5 has four islands).The resort is relatively small but well spread out. This means lots of room at the beach and hardly any lineups at the numerous bars (except there is no pool bar that you can swim up to for drinks)Make sure you go for an oceanview room. We had an oceanveiw junior suite - from balcony, looked left and saw the ocean, looked right and saw the ocean. The bathrooms, though, are starting to look their age and require renovations.The maid service was excellent and they really appreciate you leaving little gifts of cosmetics etc each day. They make interesting swans from the towels and bedspread. The majority of the rest of the staff were very friendly, but at times we waited a little too long for coffee at breakfast.The main disappointment was in the quality of the meals. We found out that they lost their chief chef the Tueday before we arrived, so that may have been the cause. The hot buffet was luke warm - and that was at opening times. The Italian Restaurent was excellent with the food being excellent one night and very good the next (Although you only recevie one coupon for each of the three a la carte restaurents, you can go to them about 15 minutes after their opening and see if they have any cancellations). The other two a la carte restuarents were only good (steak was tough). The best meals were at the Beach Grill (chesseburgers, hot dogs and pizza). Since we've stayed at 5 star resorts in the past, this resort did not meet our expectations.