Thank you for checking out the second part of our Cuban vacation in 360-degrees. We showed you around the Laguna Azul resort in the last post, let’s take you off the resort and show you some of the things we did in and around Varadero.
Jacquie and I decided that we would only do one or two tours, as they seem a bit contrived and there isn’t much bang for your buck. One that we absolutely agreed upon doing again was the Catamaran tour.
Catamaran, Varadero Cuba – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
The Catamaran trip is a good value. There were two choices for this. You could do the catamaran tour with or without visiting the dolphin sanctuary. We saw the dolphins last time, and even swam with them, but the experience just made us a tad bit sad with the captivity. We opted out of the dolphin portion and had more time on the beautiful beach. When taking this tour, you are picked up by bus at the resort and taken to the Varadero marina. From here, you board the Catamaran and the bar is open…at 10 AM. Some people take great advantage of this, and those are my kind of people. The Catamaran coasts along the water and you can relax on the netting over the water, or inside the boat itself.
Catamaran snorkeling #2, Varadero Cuba – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
Catamaran snorkeling, Varadero Cuba – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
On your way to to the beach and to have lunch, the boat stops at a diving spot for snorkeling. There were a decent amount of fish in this area, helped even more so by the feeding of the fish by the crew. It is a great excuse to swim in the water, but don’t expect to be blown away by very exotic reefs.
Gaviota Beach, Varadero Cuba – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
After the snorkeling, your next stop is to the beach which appears to be owned (or rented) by the tour company. You are fed a choice lunch of lobster or chicken. After lunch, you can relax on the beach. We love this beach because the water depth is rather shallow and because of this, a bit warmer. Aside from Magens Bay in St. Thomas, this may be my favorite beach. It is so relaxing here.
The catamaran departs the beach mid afternoon and you slowly make your way back to the Varadero marina, but not before imbibing on some refreshments, having a dance party, and listening to Guantanamera about fifteen times. We actually did the macarena, and it was a lot of fun. I would never see these people ever again, and also, you know…the cheap rum.
Stay tuned for the final part of our trip where I take you on a Sugar Cane tour!