Travel Blogs from Varadero
We are in Cienfuegos. I am ending my day at the Hotel Jagua in Room 606, eight doors down from Room 614 where Castro slept on the evening of August 18, 1960. But I am getting ahead of my story.
The day began with breakfast at the Hotel Melia Varadero which I mention only because they have not one, but two enormous buffets. For our morning activities, we drive back to Matanzas, passing the only golf course in Cuba-nine holes. One of the men in the ...
... return"). These men constitute the "Cuban Five" whom were taken prisoner by the US for attempted terrorism against US Cuban citizens in 1998. Cuba argues that they are innocent, but the US does not. Tack another reason up on the grudge board between the US and Cuba that I learned today.
After lunch in Santa Clara, we drove to Varadero - a popular tourist beach and sister city to Cancun. In our resort, there are LOTS of Canadians. I think we're the only white ...
... esa agua haga Milagros,” (I don’t think that water can make miracles.) Everyone around had a good laugh, especially my uncle.
Finally, we headed to Varadero – on what was probably the worst day of the year to visit a beach community. A cold front dropped the temperature into the low 60s, with high winds. Much of Varadero is your quintessential beach strip lined with hotels, tourist shops, bicyclists, horse-drawn carriages, ...
... us because we could just pop round to each other when we need the after sun! The pool was right by our houses and the private beach was literally a minute walk behind us – it was definitely a place to relax and unwind after the miles of walking we did in Havana!
High lights of the trip:
- Finding a salsa bar where Cubans went to dance! We had been asking all holiday ...
... Reef. This dive was much shallower at a maximum depth of just 12m. During the forty five minutes we were submerged we saw a lot of tropical fish and colourful coral. Feeling exhausted we took the opportunity to snack on our way back to land. On the way back to our casa particular we found a street vendor to buy lunch from which satisfied our immense hunger. Diving always seems to build up a big appetite. After a refreshing shower we relaxed for a while ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews BelleVue Sunbeach Varadero
We stayed here from March 29th,2004 to April 5th 2004. Was pleasently surprised room was good size even though we did not have a balcony. We did however have a seperate sitting/tv area and sleeping quarters. Large bathroom with 110volt. Our maid was excellent we left small gifts for her and she left us a thankyou note every day. The one morning we decided to sleep in she came and checked on us asking if we were OK she was worried we may have been sick as we left early every morning to go on excersions or to the beach which was very close. Food was as good as could be expected seeing that its buffet food you had to choose wisely of course but there was fresh baked bread everyday and awesome deserts. They also made igreat ice cream. The entertainment was loud and started about 10pm every night which sucked if you had to be up early the next morning. Lots of europeen travellers and lots of smokers. I'D WARN ANYONE ABOUT GOING ON ANY SCUBA EXCERSIONS IT WAS A TOTAL CATTLE BOAT (there's only one scuba shop and the day we went there was about 60 other divers) it's a shame because the water is SO BEAUTIFUL!! If you wannt a good meal in Varadero I'd highly recomend the Torro Steak House a little pricey but well worth it. Its several blocks from the hotel so I'd suggest renting a scooter we did and had a blast it was $15.00 US and we took it from 5pm to 9am.
Fun in the sun
This was my first trip to Cuba and I had a great time. The hotel is great for someone who is looking for some warm weather and a beach. The hotel was no frills and basic. The food was very bland but edible, you had your choice of a pizzeria or buffet restaurant. The staff were all great and really friendly and made sure you had a good time. The nightly shows were good for some jokes but that's about it. The hotel is conveniently located right downtown so you can easily walk around and do some shopping or hop on the bus for $5 and go further out. The facilities and our room were very clean at all times. The drinks were served in really small cups so I would recommend bringing your own cup.
You don't need a converter as the room was 110V.
Stayed in S.B in Jan 22-29 , so here are my two cents.. The Room : we were lucky to have a north facing room in the newly renovated north tower , we have a clear view of the blue ocean and can see the nightly show from our windows. The room is bright , clean and spacious , no complaint there. The Beach : The sand are fine but it is ALAWYS wavey because of the north wind , if the wind is not too bad , you can walk out 75m and it is still chest hight , but if the wind picks up , you won't be able to go out at all. The Food : As in other reviews here , food in Cuba is mediocre at best ..Sunbeach is no exception , very basic food, pork, fish and chicken and fresh fruits will be daily staple , I unfortunatly , had some FUNKY tasting vegi soup in my last day of stay, and was subjected to 48 hrs of diarrhea , fortunatly it was our last day and the fligh back home was only 4 hours : ( I kind of blame this to myself , because my wife got the soup but when she tasted it , she said it tasted funky and is not eating it .. but I was thinking some Cuban people never see a buffet in their life and don't want to wast their food or further reinforce our wastful image .. I choke it down , we ate the same thing that meal with the exception of the soup .. and I am the one got ill so I am pretty sure that was IT !Had it not been this incident , I would have rated S.B at 4 out of 5 , but I did get sick from their food so a 2 is more accurate.Finally , don't be put off by my review , there are always safer food to eat at the buffet .. just use common sense , if it tasts, look or smell funky..it probably IS...that goes with all Cuba A.I resorts regardless of how nice a place you go to.The upside , Cuba is safe , its people are super friendly ... young and old , poor or poorer .. they will always make you feel welcome in their country.Go see for yourself ..and if you have time .. be sure to visit Havana while you are in Cuba.
We had a great time. We left toronto on the 14th and got back on the 29th. They held their Christmas gala on Christmas eve. We were in for a shock. I could taste the turkey, dressing and just perhaps cranberry sauce. However our feast turned out to be lobster, shrimp, salmon and some other delectable delights. All in all the food was more than satisfactory. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Walking the beach was a delight. a person could walk all day and not do it all. Certainly wouldn't have to think twice about going back. I must congratulate all the staff for their courtesy and helpfulness. The bartenders outdo themselves with their humour and abilities to prevent problems with those who have had too much to drink. Go on the double decker bus and see the whole penninsula. there's definitely a lot of money being poured into the east end. However my preference is the west end. It is safe to wander all the streets night or day. Cubans are a sociable people and that's one of the many reasons I always enjoy going to Cuba.
Went to Varadero the week of January 3 - 10, 2004. My experience in Cuba will be one to remember for a very long time. The beaches were breath taking and the locals were very polite despite there were a few on the beach trying to sell you getaway packages or souveniers. If you said "No, Gracias" they were very polite and left you alone.HOTELThe hotel was your average 3 star hotel. Nothing great about the hotel. Don't expect this hotel to be a high class resort. It gave you a place to sleep, a place to eat, a place to get your awesome tan. Despite we had to request another room (slight odor) our stay was great. They gave us a beachfront view (with no balcony) and the house keeping always left lovely figures made from the towels/bed coverings once they cleaned the room. Sunbeach is one of the better 3 star hotels as we met some guest on a 2 week stay that transferred to the Sunbeach hotel since the hotel they had wasn't great compared to sunbeach. FOODThe only negative about this trip is the food. It was very bland. I never put so much salt on my food in my entire life. Good thing Hotel Sunbeach had a buffet and a pizzeria. The breakfast buffet was great. You were able to make your own omletes, lunch and dinner you would have to make around the buffet and decide if you wanted to dine there. I mostly ate at the Pizzeria. I recommend...."spaghetti with no meat just the tomato sauce and cheese. (get extra everything if you like your pastas saucy and cheesy...and to go with your spaghetti...cheese pizza. that made my day. But if you are one to try differnt dishes...then the buffet will be okay...i just recommend you bring some seasoning salt and a few ketchup packets as there is no flavor to the food. BEVERAGES/ALCOHOL.if you are an avid drinker i suggest you not drink any Rum before your trip as the main Liquor besides your "Cerveza's (beer)" is RUM. Rum Punch, Rum Punch Espescial, Lime, Strawberry or Pineapple (you guessed it ) RUM. if you are not a coffee drinker you will be come one. There coffee is EXCELLENT.MARKETS AND BARGAINING.if you are going to the market place...BARGAIN. Sometimes the item they sell you for $5.00 they will sell to someone else for $3.00. Use your skills and see what deals you can get. You can not deal in shops only at the Market place. Also we bought 10 mini cigars from the Sunbeach Souvenier shop for $9.00 and when we got to the airport on our way home those 10 mini cigars were $3.00. So there are some things that they will rip you off with.BEACHESClear blue water with fine sand. So lovely. Anywhere on the Varadero strip is a great place to lie on the beach and enjoy the water and sun. EXCURSIONSWe went on the "Reef Goddess" advenuture. It was $39.00 USD. This included your transportation to/from hotel to the marina, the boat ride to the Coral reef, an hour of snorkeling, an hour at the beach and lunch. We had lobster that was grilled on the BBQ to perfection. this was an additional $10.00 USD. They also offered day or over night trips to Havana, or a day out at sea to swim with the the Dolphins. Excursions started at $25.00 USD - $150.00 USD.OVERALLYou get what you pay for...THIS WAS WORTH THE MONEY. This was such a relaxing vacation that I would recommend to anyone that just needs to get away and enjoy themselves. If they offer 10 day trips i would suggest that as it takes about a day or 2 to adjust and going home on the 7th day is just to early and staying 14 days is just too long.
For the money great!!!
I went to SunbeaCH WITH 2 LADYS FROM WORK FOR THE MONEY IT WAS A GREAT GETAWAY. The rooms where very clean and the staff was great. The beach was just beauiful . We had a short walk across the rd to the beach but it was 2 minutes away. The food not so great but we went on off season so the hotel was very quiet. however if you travel single its perfect you have access all around Varadaro from your door steps. We travelled Taxi, buses, and by horse and buggy . It was a great vacation and cant wait until are next get away and will definatly be returning.
First of all I would like to say that this hotel is not a 4 star or 5 star hotel. It is a 3 star if even that. We had a great time at this hotel, there was four of us. The food was just there, not great, not bad - they had lots of foods to pick from, so even if you hated some foods there was others that made up for it. Every day practically you get the same food. Sometimes the food is reused. For example I would see certain foods on the table at supper time, then in the morning I would see the left over food being served for breakfast. Yes this sounds sick, but remember I am not comparing this $1000 all inclusive trip to a $1600.00-$2500.00 trip. You get what you pay for, I loved it and for the money we paid we saved enough to spend lots of money on local merchandise, trust me the merchandise is cheap down there, and it's advised to bring to luggage bags, one full of your items, and there empty so that you can fill it with all the items you buy in Cuba.
We went to Sunbeach in February of 2003 and had a wonderful time. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was not very good, but we didn't go hungry, mostly ate at the pizzeria which wasn't too bad.
I have to say I searched everywhere for information on the sunbeach hotel and I could not find one thing about it so for the benefit of all you people planning to go to the sunbeach hotel, we had a wonderful time and hope this review will help you.
It's very cheap and nice hotel
I went to Varadero in Jan 2002. It is middle class, cheap hotel in a centre of Varadero. SunBeach Hotel is old but very clean. They serve very good, fresh food. There is Italian a la carte restaurant and Self service restaurant. I can reccomend this hotel for onyone who want to spend not too much money and have lowely memories. Have a nice holiday