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... beautiful beach in Cuba, some say in the Caribbean. The sand is fine and white like powder; the water is a layer cake of shades of blue making the sky seem almost violet in comparison. When the sun shines directly through the water it is crystalline and when a cloud displaces the sun for a moment it turns dark aquamarine. It is amazing how the sun dances on the water. The waves have no foam, only white bubbles racing to shore. Lounging on the beach ...
... herbs-everything perfectly preserved as it was on the day the pharmacy closed in 1964.
Santeria, the African-influenced religion that is practiced in Cuba both along with and in addition to Christianity, is based on the worship of an array of different African gods and is most vibrant in Matanzas. In order to enhance our understanding of Santeria, we were treated to an Afro-Cuban dance presentation including Yoruba and Bantu dances, followed by ...
... and cheers. As the revolution was 65 years ago, I was surprised by her militancy.
Then the party began. We were offered plates of food and drinks from a table laden with fresh fruit, tea sandwiches, bottles of liquor and cans of beer and soft drinks and an enormous cake decorated as the Cuban flag. These Cubans were a match for any Jewish mother; it was all I could do from being force-fed.
Men and women, young, middle-aged ...
... of the venom. Alrighty….I’m in Cuba looking for snake oil!
Dismissing concerns of how to put this on the U.S. Customs declarations, we proceeded to also take a detour into some farmland for our driver to continue asking for this "medicine." We never did find any on this day.
Matanzas is a quaint city nestled on the north coast of Cuba, approximately 56 miles east of Havana. It prospered during the 1800s because of its ...
... over half an hour for the bus to arrive. Once back in Varadero we returned to our casa to shower before heading out for a late lunch. After eating we went to the telecommunications shop to buy the phone cards Michelle needed to make the international call for her job interview. For $40 CUC she was able to buy two cards which would give her just half an hour of talk time. Obviously the Cuban government is not keen to have its ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Las Americas Varadero
Very nice hotel, very quiet. Rooms were great as we were staying in the "bungalows" next to the hotels, big suites, not very well sound insonorized, we could hear the neighboors talking, and when they were taking a shower, it is as if we were in the shower with them.
We are 74 years old, have travelled extensively, and are very picky. We found the Las Americas fulfilled our expectations for our 2 week holiday March 1st. - March 15 th. / 04. The staff were extremely accomodating and friendly. They fulfilled every request with a smile.
One of the best in varadero
Our one week stay at the Melia in Feb 04 was very pleasant. For starter, we had originally booked to stay at the Sol Sirenas Coral which i had stayed before and had a great time, but somewhere along the line, there were overbookings and we got upgraded to the Melia plus 100 american each in return. The bungalows are huge, food was the best in Cuba and i have been there 9 times now. The beer is served in bottles and cans by the beach, no draft!! Staff as usual in Cuba is pleasant and the safety in Varadero is fantastic. Only downside to this hotel is the pool area. Maybe the one of the worst that i have seen in Cuba. So the beach was the perfect setting.
i had e wonderful time in this hotel the food was exelent the beach is nice and the golf course wow i play evreday go ther you wont regret
Just got back from Varadero for the third time. First time to Sol Club Las Sarenas (don't go), second time to Sandals Royal Hicacos (awesome!) third time Milia Las Americas. Each expereince was very different.
From the moment we arrived at the hotel, everything was excellent. Forget all of the other comments about just okay service. Every staff member was both friendly and attentive. They are both deserving and appreciative of tips (this is how they make most of their living). We were greeted with smiles and a welcome mojito (national drink). The price of food maybe more expensive than outside of the hotel but it is still comparable, if not cheaper than food at other resorts. We found the drinks less expensive, $2 for a beer & $3 for a cocktail. We were not on an all inclusive plan & definately recommend going that route. There are plenty of delicious & reasonanble restaurants in and around Varadero. However, breakfast was included and it was plentiful and yummy. Finally, about all those mosquitoes? What mosquitos? Maybe they are just around in the rainy season.
Stayed at the Melia Las Americas in late FEB03. A very good hotel and excellent value - beautiful lobby (grand piano with entertainment in the evening, fish pond flowing through the lobby), attentive staff.
Loved hotel Las Americas and the beach
We spend one week in this pleasant hotel during the month of march 2003.Hotel with good atmosphere and friendly service.We had a good time there and plan to go back.Watch out for expensive trips to Havana, better to rent a car.
We did stay there for 120 Euros á day booked via ... full board. A wonderful place what the most beautiful beaches we´ve ever seen, we felt like in a fotoshooting-seccion. Blue clear warm and nice water, white sandbeach, amazing!The only but: you have to pay drinks extra which are expensive!
Great hotel. The best on Varadero. Rooms are comfortable, lobby is very nice, and food is good.
BUT if you buy the food there it is *very* expensive. The second time I went, I had meals included and saved a LOT.