I was desperate for a little sun and sea. My boyfriend and I booked a trip to Cuba looking for just those things. We stayed in the resort mecca of Varaderro, which has the best beaches in Cuba and some of the best in the world. We stayed at the Mecure Playa De Oro, which we very much enjoyed.
We got what we were looking for, a sunburn that turned into a tan, strong drinks, and a whoooole lot of relaxing. We went into Varadero town a couple times where there are a ton of shops, restaurants, and markets.
I understand that a resort stint doesn’t provide the most authentic experience of the country, if you’re looking for something more like that, plan your own excursions, visit restaurants, talk to locals, and maybe avoid all-inclusives.
I had a great time and would absolutely recommend Cuba and Varadero for anyone looking to get away on a budget.