Real Life in: Cuba – Part 2 (Varadero)

I bet you guys thought I forgot about the rest of the Cuba series! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out the first part of the Real Life in Cuba series here).

Our stay in Cuba wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Varadero, so we bundled ourselves into a taxi and set off on the two-hour journey for a day at the beach.

Varadero - Our Taxi - Reallifewithlou.comVaradero - Taxi Ride -

We made a pit stop about an hour into the journey to stretch our legs and take in the sights – and what a gorgeous sight it was. Lush is the word that keeps coming to mind when I think of Cuba – the greenery was so…well…green!

Varadero - Lush Greenery en Route - Reallifewithlou.comVaradero -Amazing Bridge en Route - Reallifewithlou.comVaradero - Pit stop en route -

We got to Varadero and tbh were a bit at a loss because we expected to just rock up at the beach, but actually you (ideally) need to get a day pass to one of the hotels and that gives you access to their amenities, food and private stretch of beach. There are other options but this was the best one for us.

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We strolled around the (massive) resort, had some lunch and made our way to the beach.

Varadero - Walking through resort - Reallifewithlou.comVaradero - Beach View - Reallifewithlou.comVaradero - Lou on the beach - Reallifewithlou.comVaradero - Leo on the beach -

I don’t know if you’re the same, but I absolutely love being near the water – not necessarily in it, mind you – just near it! This beach was so stunning and serene…

Varadero - Beach Stunning View - Reallifewithlou.comVaradero - Beach -

…Well, not for long by the time we arrived – I mean did you even go to the beach if you didn’t leave with a picture of yourself jumping?!

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…or making a man do push ups with you on his back?!Varadero - Push Up Fail - Reallifewithlou.comVaradero - Epic Push Up -

That’s all for now, but there’s one more part to come – featuring more of our adventures in Havana. There may even be a cheeky salsa video…

Have you been to Cuba? Let me know what your favourite parts were in the comments below. Or if you’re planning to go what are you most looking forward to?

Chat soon! xx



32 thoughts on “Real Life in: Cuba – Part 2 (Varadero)

    1. We were there for a couple of weeks and it was brilliant. As a Nigerian I have been fascinated by the links between Cuban and West African culture for a long time so it was interesting to learn more about that. Dancing salsa again for the first time in a while was another bonus!

      I checked out your article – a great read. I think it’s definitely striking how little people make and live on. It seemed to me like the tourism industry was the best way to get by for a lot of people. Hopefully the increased tourism helps with development on the whole.

  1. beautiful beaches, awesome that you were able to get out of the city and enjoy this special place.

  2. Oh my god! It looks perfect! Your photos are truly amazing! So vivid and the colors full of life! Cuba is something of a heaven on Earth!

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