I woke up early in the morning and enjoyed the wide-open ocean view in the balcony. Just a day before I was in snow-covered Toronto, and that morning I saw the sea at Varedero, as if I was facing a huge stage that shortly transformed the scenery.

The sky was so dim. A rainbow appeared for a short period. And a rain storm came around the time of breakfast.

A rainbow appeared for a short period

The Hotel Buffet restaurant was on the third floor with plenty of space. The restaurant provided varieties of food, especially for dinner. Two additional restaurants were the green roof buildings in the picture. Reservation was required there for dinner.

Big travel agencies provides customer service at hotels via their representatives. They help customers solve problems encountered in the hotel, may even change the hotel for the guests. They also sell trips to the guests. I recommend to have an appointment with the representatives of your travel agency in case you need someone around to help. As for the trips, do not rush, do some survey before making a decision.

I was a bit shocked when exchange money. I never imaged the exchange rate for Cuban peso was so unreasonably high, 60 Canadian dollars were changed for 39 pesos only. I made another mistake. I thought of using credit card for easy payment and did not bring much cash. I did not expect to have additional 11% charge on payment by credit card.

Money exchange between Canadian dollar and Cuban peso

The rain stopped late afternoon. I stepped onto the beach of Varadero with my camera. The sky were still heavily overcast while sunshine was shining down from a big gap in the clouds. Many people came to the beach after the rain. I walked along the water line in the flow of people. On my way back I saw the stunning sunset I never watched before. Such beautiful sunset over the beach of Varadero was an amazing gift for my first visit. Thank you Varadero!

Stunning sunset over beach of Varadero

[Most pictures were taken with Nikon D80 and Nikon 18-135mm lens]