Sounds crazy but that’s exactly what we did. And now that JetBlue is offering the first direct charter service to Cuba from the US, I feel now is a great time to write about just why you should go there……..for longer!
I had always heard that Cuba is not known for their food. Whatever the case may be, what Cuba may lack food-wise it makes up for with its beaches. Of all the beaches I have been to, Varadero has to have some of the best. The sand feels and looks like flour and the water it turquoise and so warm, its unbelievable.
We split our 4 days into 2 days in Varadero and 2 days in Havana. The drive is about 2 hours between the two cities. Numerous companies and all the hotels can set you up with one of the famous vintage cars and a driver or you can literally just walk out the front doors of the airport and wing it, which is much more the Cuban way to do things!
Where to Stay
Varadero – The Pardisus Varadero by Melia $$
The main beach area is huge so it was easy to snag a chair every morning without rushing out the door. You can splurge on the “Royal Service” option as it provides for a more exclusive experience and a private pool area that’s makes it worth it!
Havana – Hotel Saratgoa $$$
Not only would I say this is the nicest hotel in the city, but the rooftop pool deck and bar proving 270o views of the city, including the National Capitol Building, is the reason to stay here. It is walking distance to all the cites and pedestrian only area of Old Havana
Do not miss the epic daiquiri at El Floridita in Old Havana. Known for being one of Hemingway’s old stomping grounds this place is always full of tourists however the service, live music, and daiquiris make it worth it.