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    Varadero!

    A tourist asked a local whether it’s going to rain tomorrow, “of course not” comes the laconic answer, “Varadero is a special CUC zone”. Cubans have more of a black  sense of humour even though normally on the quiet. For example, if anyone, due to the risky often deadly attempts to leave the country across the sea in bathtubs or self made rafts, changes “Socialismo o Muerte!” (socialism or death) into “Miami o Muerte!” (Miami or death) then they really will be in trouble. Anyway, Cubans won’t let themselves be banned from being humorous.

    I wanted a few days in the town with stories, Varadero (map), where until the first big crackdown sometime towards the end of the 90s things were really good – so I went. Another reason I wanted to visit the place is because it’s supposed to have Cuba’s nicest beaches – in fact in the whole of the Caribbean. Originally I was considering flying straight to Varadero (it has its own airport about 20 km away) for a few days to stay in one of the Al (all inclusive) hotels before carrying on to Havana where I planned on spending most of my holiday. Luckily I didn’t, it would have been unnecessary and complicated. The other variation, a flight to Havana then a trip with a taxi along the very long peninsular, this proved to be the better deal.

    Yes, in those days Varadero must have been very enjoyable; hoards of chicas down at the beaches, on the streets and in bars. One could drag as many girls back to the hotel room as one could or wanted.

    Unfortunately this is now history. At some time the angry old man put a barrier at the entrance of the peninsular, now everything is controlled. All hotel etc. staff must go across the bridge in morning and evening to be controlled. Cubans who don’t work there can’t even get in. For this reason there are hardly any chicas down on the beach etc. OK, there are a few, more later. However, compared with the good old days and the rest of Cuba it’s now dismal there.

    Yes, it’s true, Varadero is less Cuba as Pattaya is Thailand. Those who only know Varadero haven’t any idea about the hardships and worries of Cubans and have never really been to Cuba. The shops here have more stock than in other places around the island; everything is clean, tidy and new. The locals here have got it better than elsewhere. Nice perfect holiday world, the Caribbean Duckburg.

    However, what we want (and many Cubis too) is obvious; to be precise everyone wants the barriers to be removed so that everyone can do as they please. At the moment it looks like this isn’t that much of an illusion, maybe just that will happen soon.

    The journey there

    The journey from Havana is simple. The approx. 130 km (map) journey along the very good road can be made by taxi in about 90 to 120 minutes. I chose the more comfortable version and paid 90 CUC. Even with the Viazul bus (10 CUC) one is there in a jiffy if you can get a ticket (sort this out in time). Of course you can hire a car but just to travel to Varadero and nowhere else you don’t need your own care – too much.

    The advantage of a taxi for me was that the driver promised to help me look for my casa in Varadero. I’d looked for a driver who could speak decent English.

    I answered the question “take chica with you or not?” for me with “yes.” As you know this was unfortunately a mistake, I had feared this beforehand. Once there the girl turned out to be a right bitch and I actually had to check her out on the day before last. I put her on the bus and said goodbye. For this reason I can’t really say much about things with the chicas in Varadero. I have heard that men travelling on their own are approached by Chulos, these are Cubans who arrange. Things should be ok during the evening/night in nightclubs.

    Published on October 7, 2016 · Filed under: Cuba;
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