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 ...
... so. As I am fully aware that this blog has mad scientist across the world gripped, I will say it in advance, you’re welcome. While all kids of the modern world should avoid Cuba; I’ve seen no laptops (other than my own), nobody has a mobile phone and the internet is near on impossible to access; which frankly makes me writing this blog right now pretty pointless, I’m off back to the pool!
I’m now continuing this on the plane back to Canada, I ...
... were on in Varadero, you wander why you’re not a ‘beach person’. The beach was spotless, lots of water activities available (which we got involved in, some good some a little more dangerous) and everyone was so friendly. It was lush!
We had these cute little houses on the resort which we stayed at in pairs, very convenient for us because we could just pop round to each other when we need the after sun! The pool was ...
... go ahead through some villages by the coast, and stopped to take some pictures of the coats and sea. Then we moved to the place by the river, and took a speed boat ride. They gave us to drive speed boats down the river and come back. those boats been simple and not that fast as I expected, but still got some adrenalin. After the boats, we watched local poeple dance, probably they been original Taino people or descendant. But ...
... 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 ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Tuxpan Varadero
This hotel was THE BEST hotel i've EVER been to!!! I LOVE CUBA!
Great Time, good food
I have just returned from my fourth stay at the Tuxpan and each time the place continues to get better.The food has really improved with lots of variety and flare. The nightly entertainment has has a cast of really hard working people with lots of talent. The people are helpful and make you feel at home. The beach is great and you close to town check out calle 62 it's loads of fun with live music and dancing. I am counting the days until my return.
A very lucky escape!!!
Thank god for this web site! we were due to fly to the sol club las sirenas on the 08th october 2003, the holiday had been booked for 14 months, we were really looking forward to it. After reading numerous awful reports, i became very hesitant, the friday before we few, we received a telephone call from the travel agent, telling us there was minor work going on but would not spoil our holiday, we were not convinced, a further report on this site over the weekend i felt proved our long awaited holiday was going to be a disater. A further visit to the travel agent again, they they told us the same, no real problems. We flew on the 8th october. on arrival at the airport we were greeted by a rep, who told us the hotel was not fully open, they asked us to transfer to another hotel, a choice of 2 was given. my husbend wanted to go the the sirenis,but after all the bad reports i had, had enough. After persuading my husbend we took the upgrade. This was to the LTI what a fantastic hotel, the accomadation, choice of food literally everything was first class. During our stay we met many people who had been to the sirenis and asked for a transfer, we were told the rooms were fullof mould, ants, bedding of poor condition and the room filthy. The food was totally awful, one person who we met descibed it best to be condemed, and a health hazard. Theyare taken action with the holiday company. We had a lucky escape. The rep asked us what hotel we should have been staying at, when we told her, she offered to pay a taxi for us,to let us see the sirenis, we declined this as we did not want to waste time.She told us that we would not want to be there. We really had a fab time at the LTI and would really recommend Cuba. On the way back home, we had to do an emergency landing in canada, where we stayed the night. Whike hanging around the airport we spoke to many people, alot had asked to be removed from the sirenis due to the very bad conditions, some people were moved, but other stayed, as the tour operator wanted addition money for the move. We did not hear any body say a good thing about the sirenis, everyone we spoke to was going to complain they also new people who were going to complain on the return to the UK. Our travel agent has been brilliant, they accept that they were lied to from the tour operator, hence giving us wrong information. The agent has wrote down who they spoke to, when and what was said. If you are going to stay at the sirenis, think again, although we never got there, I'm really glad we took the upgrade, after hearing what the rep told us about the hotel and other very dissatisfied holiday makers.
Beautiful beach, friendly people, one of the best!!!
We went to Varadero in April 2003 and we loved our trip. We traveled to Mexico, West Indies and Dominican Republic and this is the most enjoyable trip we ever had. The hotel was not the best but we spent most of our day by the white sandy beach. Staff were great and Cuban people are really friendly. When we got there we had a room on the first floor and there was a mildew smell, we asked for another room and they gave us one on the third floor with an excellent view of the ocean. The room was always clean and well maintained on a daily basis.The buffet was alright but not great.The beach grill was more canadian fast fried style food. The ice cream was super!! Service and staff were excellent!!We took a cab to visit Havana and it was well worth it!! We are beach people and definitely are planning to go back to one of the world's BEST!!Our sincere thanks to Tomas,Alain,Raoul,and Jorge for the awesome and friendly service!!
Monique & Jean
Not the greatest
This was my first trip down south and my last. The hotel is old and not very clean. The bartenders and waiters/ waitresses were not very friendly. Havana was dirty, the people were pushy, kids even tried to grab our water bottles. The food was HORRIBLE! Most of it made me sick. There were two days I did not leave the room or should I say, the toilet. The staff could care less that you were there at all. I must stress that I am not a fussy person, I will eat almost anything, I do not expect people to bend over backwards for me. I tried to do as much as I could but I was bored and wasted my money. I was told afterwards that I should have spent the extra money and went to a 5 star resort but I am not willing to put myself through that again!!!!
Tuxpan Varadero Cuba
Stayed at the Tuxpan May 18-25. The only complaint I have is with the air conditioning...it does not take much of the humidity out of the air. The staff are amazing...the food is good...the beach...the pool are fabulous...try everything you possibly can..mopeds..jungle tour..havana trip...experience Cuba....eat with the locals and get to know them...bring lots of one dollar bills to hand out as tips...candies...soap...gum...these people are great!
LTI - the staff were great
The LTI was my first experience with an all inclusive with kids. It was great. The children's area was great. The staff were wonderful with the kids everywhere on this beautiful site, but don't expect to just leave your kids there, you must look after them. We were there for a family wedding and and the wedding coordiator was amazing. She made sure all the details were completely taken care of and even acted as translator for the ceremony. Most of the staff were very friendly and eager to help. The food is good with a wide variety, even kept my picky kids happy.The bbq pork sandwiches and fries at the beach lunch bar were great and so were the burgers at the pool bar.We had a great guided trip out on the hotel's small catameran for snorkling just in front of tryps beach. We saw lots of sealife, just ask at the beach activities centre, it costs extra but was worth it. Staff really appreicated gifts of small children' s clothes and McDonald toys- bring things for their children!!!The staff stopped by the night club at night and were great at helping your practise your latin dance moves. The hairdresser on site braided my 3 year old's hair and did an awesome job for very reasonable price. The trip to havana is a must- this a beautiful country with wonderful people-you must experience it.
We visited Cuba from Feb 5 - 19/03. The hotel is not with the LTI chain anymore. The Tuxpan is in a great location - close to the golf course and you can walk to downtown Varadero which we did often. The food and entertainment were good. The staff was the best. Anything we needed or wanted to know was handled promptly. There was lots of stairs to climb, except to your room where you had the option of an elevator. The Havana tour is a must. Next time we will do the Tropicana show. We golfed 6 times in the early morning which was the best time. The Xanadu Mansion is a must see. Make sure you take the horse & buggy ride, the double decker bus, the miniature trains, and of course the yellow 3-wheeled taxies. Josone Park and the Varadero museum across the street from each other are worth visiting. The museum charges $1.00. The Tuxpan is a 3.5 star hotel, but I would have given it a 4. Overall, we had a great holiday and plan on returning.
My friend and I left Feb. 7, 2003 from Mirable in Montreal to go to Varadero Cuba for the first time and it was amazing! Many people would tell us that the weather was cold, the food was not good that two girsl in Varadero would be boring, no action. Well, I can assess that I have been travelling for 10 years and this is one of the best trip so far... The weather was excellent (30 degress average all week), the Tuxpan Hotel was very nice, the rooms were small but always impeccable, the food was excellent, I had some beef and chicken brochettes, there was a great variety of pasta, chicken, steak on the grill, scalloped potatoes, fresh vegetables and fruits, etc... A good surprise for us was that when we arrived to our room on the first day, we had the most beautiful view of the ocean, our room was on the 4th floor and it was breathtaking! On our second day, we left a basket of body creams for the cleaning lady and she wrote us a thank you note, she was very happy, she made some swan out of towels, it was beautiful. We were told by our Travel Agent that the discotheque La Bamba at the Tuxpan Hotel attracted many tourists so we decided to book at that hotel because my friend and I love to dance every night. We were disappointed on the first night because the discotheque was closed (no people showed up the week before) the staff at the hotel said that only people that stayed at the Tuxpan Hotel could go so we asked that the discotheque open on the second night and we promise them that we would ask many people at the hotel if they want to go dance, so they opened it for us and we had a blast all week!! On our last night, there was at least over 100 people at the disco, it was great! You can ask a Cuban staff member to show you how to dance Salsa, it is a lot of fun. The beach is incredible, the water is very clear, a turquoise blue, the sand is like walking on a carpet, there are beautiful sea shells that are brought back by the waves. The first and second days, there were no waves but the rest of the week, there were small waves, just enough to dive into and have fun! We always had chairs on the beach and there was a snack bar that served great hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries, hum!! Raoul always have a great smile and you ask him to make you a Rum Collins, very good! The Cristal Cuban Beer is excellent! I would like to end by saying that the Cubans are very friendly and happy people and their Country is the most wonderful place I have been so far. CUBA Si!!Johanne and TaniaQuebec (Canada)
An Awsome Place to stay!!!!!!
We went to an all inclusive trip through Go Travel Direct to L.T.I. Varadero Beach Resort in April, 2002.
As soon as we got there we were greeted with drinks and tons of men and women that worked on our resort.
The entertainment that we had at night was fun and always involved the people in the crowd. As for
the staff that worked there, they were incredible people, very polite and helpful. At one point in our trip we
had rented a car and little did we know that all of the cars were standard, so, we got a 5 minute crash course
from our doorman Padero. We also hooked up with 2 people that worked at our resort (yes they
were Cuban) and we hung aroung then for our entire trip. They took us to a lot of places that tours don't offer
We went to a cave called Saturno Cave to go swimming, which was beautiful, it's all crystal clear water.
No tours go there though. Although I dont think that all of the locals are nice, I just consider us very lucky
that we actually met 2 good looking cuband that were sincere. To sum this up, go to LTI, you wont be disappointed.
Right now we are planning at trip for late summer, early fall. Hope to seee you there.