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Varadero, Cuba – Flora and Fauna

March 22nd, 2012 No comments

Varadero, Cuba – Flora and Fauna

During our visit to Varadero, Cuba I didn’t see all of the species of birds, reptiles and plants that were there and photographed even fewer species. Many of the species have been included in other blog entries as part of the day’s story. Others didn’t fit elsewhere. This blog entry will serve as a collection point of images of the various species that I photographed. Where I have included the image in another blog, clicking on the image will take you to that blog entry.

Northern Mockingbird –  Mimus polyglottus

Ruddy Turnstone – Arenaria interpres

Hummingbird

Killdeer – Charadrius vociferus

Common Ground Dove – Columbina passerina

Mourning Dove – Zenaida macroura

Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis

Smooth-billed Ani – Crotophagi ani

Varadero, Cuba – Heading home

March 17th, 2012 No comments

Varadero, Cuba – Heading home

Our pick-up for the flight home was scheduled for pretty early in the morning so we were up before sunrise. We were supposed to have a wake-up call, breakfast delivered to our room and porter service to get our bags from our room to the pick-up point. Somehow we ended up with none of the above services so somewhere along the way the time or the room number got mixed up. Perhaps someone else got a knock on their door at 6AM and had an unexpected breakfast in bed or …??? Anyway, we were up in time and waiting when the bus arrived to take us to the airport. Read more…

Nightly Stage Show – Barcelo Marina Palace – Varadera, Cuba

March 16th, 2012 No comments

Nightly Stage Show – Barcelo Marina Palace – Varadera, Cuba

Each night, the resort’s auditorium was filled to capacity for the nightly stage show. We had gone to a few of them and this particular evening I was outside the building taking some night shots when I decided to head over to the stage area to see if I might be able to catch the last of the evening’s performance. Read more…

Barcelo Premium-Marina Palace, Varadero, Cuba (night time images)

March 16th, 2012 No comments

Barcelo Premium-Marina Palace, Varadero, Cuba
Barcelo Premium – Cayo Libertad-Royal Island, Varadero, Cuba


We were staying at the adult-only island complex referred to as Barcelo Cayo Libertad or the Royal Island. Barcelo Cayo Libertad occupies an island at the extreme end of the Varadero Peninsula approximately 24 km from the town of Varadero itself. Guests at Barcelo Cayo Libertad have full access to the facilities of the larger Barcelo Marina Palace complex. Read more…

Cuban Taxis – A step back in time

March 16th, 2012 1 comment

Cuban Taxis – A step back in time ( Varadero sampling)

There are plenty of interesting reasons to visit Cuba especially when there is snow on the ground in Canada and Cuban weather is +25C or better. Read more…

Looking out over the Barcelo Premium Marina Palace Resort – Varadero, Cuba

March 15th, 2012 No comments

Looking out over the Barcelo Premium Marina Palace Resort – Varadero, Cuba

It felt like a great day for a bit of a climb so I took my Nikon D300 and my 10.5mm fisheye lens up to the top of the look-out tower and enjoyed the view and the photo opportunities. The above image shows the Music Room (Disco) mid left, the marina construction top  center, and the main reception area top right. Read more…

El Otro Varadero …. The Other Varadero – Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

March 12th, 2012 No comments

El Otro Varadero …. The Other Varadero – Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

We had traveled into the town of Varadero and done the tourist shopping thing already so today the plan was to visit the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve on Varadero Peninsula. In stark contrast to the manicured lawns of the surrounding resort complexes, this bit of preserved natural habitat in the middle of the Varadero Peninsula offered us a look at “El Otro Varadero … the Other Varadero”. Read more…

Another day trip into Varadero

March 12th, 2012 No comments

Another day trip into Varadero

Unlike the blue sky days we had enjoyed so far, today offered a change in weather and the possibilities of a few rain showers.  I had traveled into Varadero the day before for a bit of a sightseeing tour but today Adell and I had planned to go into Varadero for a bit of window shopping and perhaps a bit of souvenir hunting.  The plan was simple – go early, come back early, so despite the possibility of rain, we headed over to the bus stop to await the arrival of the Varadero Beach Tour double-decker bus. While we waited for the bus, I kept myself busy photographing some of the local construction activity. Read more…

Varadero Beach Tour Bus – Varadero Peninsula, Varadero, Cuba

March 11th, 2012 No comments

Varadero Beach Tour Bus – Varadero Peninsula, Varadero, Cuba

For those who don’t mind a bit of sunshine and a bit of wind in the face, the Varadero Beach Tour double-decker bus is a great way to see Varadero and the Varadero Peninsula.  Cost is $5CUC ($5US approx) for a ticket good for the whole day and with unlimited on-off privileges. The bus runs about every half hour with multiple stops along the Peninsula and about every three blocks in town. Read more…

Varadero, Cuba – Morning has come.

March 11th, 2012 No comments

Varadero, Cuba – Day 2 and morning has come.

After a good night’s sleep, we got up and headed over to the reception area of the Marina Palace complex to meet with Air Canada’s representative for the orientation session.  Weather was nice and warm so I also took the time to get a few photos along the way. Read more…

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