Sun & Rum: 7 Days, 7 Nights in Cuba – Varadero City Tour

Day 3, Monday, May 16, 2012, was the first of three excursions that my friend and I have booked. We had a late night but good thing this tour started late. This tour lasted for a little over 3 hours and took us to some key spots around Varadero.

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The first stop on the tour was at Casa De Al, a restaurant located in what was supposedly Al Capone’s summer home in Cuba, but one that he never set foot on. Either way, it was a nice house, with an awesome beach front andes a restaurant, the menu looked great. Too bad we didn’t have time or the budget to fit a visit to the restaurant for a review. Will definitely make this priority #1 next year.

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Second stop was at Varadero’s Artisan Markets. There were a bunch of these markets on one of the town’s main streets. We had about an hour to go for a stroll, so we walked around a few of the markets to take a look and made our way up and down the street to get acquainted with a part of the town.

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We walked and checked out a few places, stopped and talked to a few locals, and just enjoyed the atmosphere. The next stop on the tour was a visit to a cigar and rum shop where we could do our shopping for gifts if we chose to do so.

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Our final stop on the tour was at the Mansion Xanadu, which was formerly owned by Irenee Dupont de Nemours, where we were lead to the third floor for a free Cuba Libre cocktail at the scenic Bar Mirador.

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We had approximately half an hour to finish our drink and take in the majestic view from atop one of Varadero’s tallest points.

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It provides a perfect vantage point to the pristine blue waters of Varadero’s beaches, of which they are known for.

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If you are thinking of making a trip to Varadero, definitely take this tour as they take you to key points of interests that you’ll definitely enjoy.

Tour Cost = CUC 9

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