This trip was very organized. Our tour package was informative, and left us no chance to wonder how to take care of the necessities.
For our first day, we drove to Sunwing's pickup lot and we left our car there - and the keys to the staff. A shuttle van then brought a few of us to Pearson Airport to catch our 3hr flight to Varadero.
At the airport in Cuba, our assigned bus driver was already there waiting for us. He confirmed our names and the rest of his passengers, and took us to our assigned hotels. During our 45mins drive from the airport, our bus driver recited a few words and also mentioned that it was his birthday. He then pointed at a jar by the windshield with 'TIP' boldly written on it. It sure made the bus chuckle.
At the hotel, different travel representatives present themselves at the hotel lobby every morning to guide travellers and answer questions.
Our all inclusive package included: 3 Meals daily plus snacks; All drinks (domestic beer & cocktails, select international brands). We got high on cappuccino. Our food was not something to brag about, no complains either. It gave us energy and kept us alive. Also included in our package was one dinner at a well presented restaurant (avoiding the word 'fancy').
We liked the hotel and the food. Our hotel was also not very far from the town. We walked there a few times to shop for supplies and also to get to know the place and people a little better.
The beach. Aleks didn't like it. But what did she know she was not even two. Understandably, this was her first time being at the beach and she wouldn't even walk on the sand. Later on though after the initial shock was over, Aleks was enjoying making sand castles and swimming with mommy.
There were also numerous bars at the beach serving free drinks. We drowned ourselves in cappuccino... ok a few glasses of pina colada too.