June 16-18, 2015

After two nights in Santa Clara we again taxied over to Varandero for four nights relaxing on the beach. We stayed in the Melia Marina a new five star hotel built beside a large marina recently built beside the ocean.

[Melia Marina Hotel] [Marina View] [Hotel from pool area]

Rather than heading for the huge buffet for dinner, we dined at four different a la carte restaurants at this all inclusive hotel. The first was a VIP International restaurant on the seventh floor. The second was French, the third night we did Latina food at Don Ernesto's and finally the last night we ate at the Oriental where we had a marvelous "tasting" menu of 6 or 8 courses.

[VIP Restaurant] [Don Ernesto Latina Restaurant] [French Restaurant]

And Jim enjoyed the lobby terrace bar overlooking the marina.

[Orient Restaurant] [Jim at Lobby Terrace Bar] [Poolside]

A short ride on a jitney took us to the ocean with its shallow warm water and beautiful white sand beach. A wonderful relaxing end to our ten days in Cuba.

[Jim with Che <Jim on the Beach] [Beach View] [Robin on the beach]

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