Second stop of my vacation was at Varadero,
Cuba with my buddy from Vancouver, Victor Ganados. We stayed at
Villa Tortuga which offered all inclusive stay - all food and booze were
in the house. Cost for 2 nights for Victor and I was US$151 which was
a great deal. The hotel was clean comparable to Quality Inn Hotels in
Varadero boasted of long strip of fine
white sand and crystal clear ocean water; just like
Nassau, The Bahamas and
Varadero was a small town, 2 hours away from
Havana (capital of Cuba). It had a flea market for tourists with
On 2004, Cuba instituted
2 forms of
currency. The CUC for tourists and the local peso for Cuban
nationals. The value of CUC was even higher than the CD$ or US$ thus a
simple white shirt in the flea market was about CD$12.
We did not see any establishment in the area
that accepted credit card so we held on to our cash carefully.
Last picture was myself waiting for our bus for our 2 hour
trip to Havana.