Some Highlights from Cuba

Hola amigos! I am back from (mostly) sunny Cuba!

I had what can only be described as a dream trip and I have about a million pictures and a million things to talk about. I have quite a lot of upcoming recapping action. So just a heads up I’ll be talking about Cuba for a week. I know, I know, who wants to hear about someone else’s vacation? Please don’t hate me. I will try to make it fun for you. For now I want to talk about the highlights, and then I will get into further detail about our resort, our adventures, the food, etc. I am sure you’re on the edge of your seat. Hold tight.

We stayed at the beautiful Brisas Guardalavaca (pronounced by our travel rep on the bus on the way to the resort as “wadawalaca” said very quickly, which Evan and I had a lot of fun with…repeatedly…the entire trip) outside of Holguin, and here was the view from our hotel room:


Just disgusting. Horrible waking up to that every day.

I have to say this right off the bat, I really only have my resort in Jamaica to compare this to (Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton) and hotel and grounds-wise it did not compare. And I knew it probably wouldn’t so I tried not to compare, but it is difficult not to compare. Lady Hamilton was just so incredibly over the top beautiful and humungous. But Brisas Guardalavaca is a very nice resort in a fun area with a TON to do, and the staff were once again awesome (as were the locals) and I would highly recommend going there. There were so many great things about it. Plus we paid a lot less than I did for Jamaica, so that helps.

So Evan and I went on this trip with Evan’s brother Michael (but I call him Brotherman) and his fiancée Kelly, and this was their third time visiting this particular resort. They have been to a few other places in Cuba, but they really like the Brisas!


Kelly’s sister Mina and her husband also came (it was their second time at the resort), with their two kids who are really awesome to hang out with.


I met them all before at Evan’s cottage in the summer. So there was a good group of us.

We squeezed in a lot of beach leisure time.


A lot. Many hours looked like this:


And my view looked like this:


By the way, I loved Mindy Kaling’s book and I am thinking of a way to track her down and force her to be my friend. She wants to be, she just doesn’t know it yet. I also finished Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson and I was completely sucked into it. It was an impromptu airport buy and it was very good. So lots of beach reading time happened and that makes me happy.

The beach itself was absolutely beautiful.


It was like a movie beach. Fine white sand and perfectly clear blue ocean that stretched on forever.


I really wanted to get in a lot of ocean time so I made it my goal to swim in it every day. I can’t get enough of that salt water on my skin.


I love it. I could float around in there for hours and hours.

We got in some pool time too.



Which is always fun, but I do not love it as much as the ocean.

Evan and I went on a snorkeling adventure just off our resort from a paddle boat we rented…


We borrowed sweet bicycles from the resort and biked over to the local market, and one day we rented a scooter for a couple hours and took it all over the local towns.


It was really cool to see how people live and I was so glad to get in some Cuban culture.

I sang karaoke in front of pretty much the entire resort…


Because I cannot resist karaoke.

Evan and I went on a catamaran adventure!


Where I was able to sneak in some fishing…


I didn’t catch anything, but maybe for the best because one time I caught a musky and it almost bit off my pinky finger (I have a scar), so who knows what would have happened if I had snagged a barracuda.

We made new friends…


And some of those new friends let us wear their berets and play their maracas…


That man in the background also let me play his trumpet.

We swam with the most amazing dolphin ever. I will repeat because this is important: WE SWAM WITH A DOLPHIN.


I know, is she a dolphin or is she Jabba the Hut? She is pregnant so I think that accounts for her extra chins. Anyway, as you can tell she is our new best buddy. It was the highlight of my trip, if not the highlight of my life. It was such an incredible experience.


That was pretty much my face the entire time. I love her!!!

Definitely a lot of shenanigans to tell you about. I am sad to be home (especially when I look at these pictures) but I feel so lucky to have had such an amazing time with my lover!


…and his brother and his lover, and her sister and her mister, and their kids.

I hope you guys had a great week!


10 responses to “Some Highlights from Cuba

  1. Looks like a great trip! Funny you say that about Mindy. I think you are hilarious so I want to make you be my friend too.

  2. You just know I had to say “wadawalaca” three times fast to really get it down pat for when I go there. One day. Bring on the trip posts! It looks amazing!

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  7. I have a question about the ocean. I have been reading all the reviews, looking at the pictures (on Trip Advisor) and wondering if you can actually swim very far in the ocean. I see big beds of seaweed in the pictures. Can you tell me about it please?

    • There was no seaweed on our beach at all that I can remember. And I swam out pretty far, and one day we took a paddle boat out snorkeling. I do not remember any seaweed. The beach was BEAUTIFUL. I haven’t been to that many places, but it was the nicest beach I have seen and definitely the best ocean swimming. And believe me I am picky about that 🙂

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