Magnificent trip to Cuba, a country that has stopped in time if you don't count the white sandy coastline.
We went to Havana, Matanzas, Trinidad, Varadero and Cayo Blanco.
Havana is like an old picture, stained with rough edges, almost burned at the corners, but with enough concentration and power of will you can find the charm beneath, you can feel how once this was a place full of charm and panache, the paradise for the bold and the beautiful, an American "ex leisure resort".
Most buildings show clearly the time toll, with a few exceptions arranged for the tourist to find some civilized concerns with public welfare. The city life flows languidly, with no hustle or rush, people glide through the streets with no apparent destination.
On the other hand Varadero is a long stretch of white sandy beaches occupied by various hotels of modern character, ready to receive the thousands of tourists every year. The feeling is much more energetic and lively.
I couldn't honestly say that service is impeccable...on the contrary we had some setbacks, food for instance is not well catered round here, but once you get your feet on the sand and a Mojito in your hand everything stays behind. Now, if you're looking for a vacation in the sun and cultural exploration isn't your goal at all, I'll advise the Dominican Republic instead, even on a budget you can find a nice hotel with the beach of your dreams.
The last 6 pictures were taken in Cayo Blanco, a secluded little island with incredible white sand so soft you just want to lie there for life. We went there by catamaran and stopped on the way to swim with dolphins, another perfect experience, although short.