Breezes Bella Costa, Varadero – Beaches, Sun, and Sea!

Every winter, the flock of snowbirds heading to Cuba for the winter grows slightly, as the idea of leaving behind the ice and snow in favor of beaches, sun, and the sea appeals to more and more Canadians, and very soon to even more U.S. Americans. Cuba is very close to opening its doors to U.S. American citizens, and this means that the best beaches in Cuba will be saturated with even more tourists in the years to come. 

In late December I decided to make a trip to Varadero for a second time (and my fifth time to Cuba in general), only this time it would be over New Year’s day. My final choice for an all-inclusive resort came down to Breezes Bella Costa. I booked my entire trip 5 months in advanced and this gave me the most affordable price for a 4 star resort in Varadero over the holiday season.

What can I say! I was excited upon my arrival. The customs process at the airport was flawless, quick, and efficient. Soon after we were outside the airport and on our way to Breezes Bella Costa, which is only a half-hour ride from Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport.

Breezes Bella Costa is a well-known resort in the popular resort town of Varadero, located just two hours from Havana. It over looks one of the most colourful segments of a beach that’s considered one of the best in the Caribbean. It’s surrounded by tropical gardens and open spaces that guarantee a sense of peace and relaxation.

A beautiful canopy located on the grounds of Breezes Bella Costa resort.

 

The Beach

Varadero Beach is the most popular beach in the island. Having more than 20 kilometers of beaches, the chief Cuban seaside resort and one of the best known worldwide, has exceptional natural features for the visitors’ enjoyment. Varadero beaches shallowness allows swimmers to go several meters into the sea and have a good time at the wide sandbanks.

The seabed can be sharply seen through its warm crystal-clear waters. Varadero also stands out for its fine white sand of calcareous origin covering the length of the shore. Being a peninsula it has varied and luxuriant flora and fauna spread out among nearly 10 virgin islets, sea bottoms with more than 40 species of coral, a range of fish, lobsters, shrimps, crabs, 70 kinds of mollusks and charming dolphins that can sometimes be seen from the shore or riding a catamaran.

View of the beach and sunset from the beach bar restaurant

View of the beach and sunset from the Beach Grill restaurant.

View of the private beach of Breezes Bella Costa resort.

Two girls walking down the beach in bright lime and pink beach wear

 

The Food

I go to Cuba with no standards or expectations. I think once you do, you set yourself up with disappointment. Lunch at the beach snack bar was the best. Serving hot and cold foods buffet-style it also offers a station where you can get mouth-watering stone oven pizzas made with as many or as little toppings as you’d like.
 
A personal size pizza made at the snack beach bar.
 
Breezes Bella Costa has a dinner buffet restaurant and 3 à la carte restaurants, Italian, Japanese, and Beach Grill. I had the majority of my meals at the buffet restaurant. The food was always fresh and plentiful, consisting of chicken, turkey, pork, beef, and various types of seafood. The variety in fruits, natural juices, cheeses, breads, and salads was extensive.
 
Dinner plate consisting of grilled fish, prawns, lobster, and broccoli
 
A seafood platter with crab legs and claws
 
An assortment of cheeses, including brie cheese, and a bottle of red wine.
 

The Facilities

Breezes Bella Costa has a Kids Club for children between the ages of four and thirteen. Children will have the time of their lives with supervised games and activities as well as their own pool. There are also a variety of included land and water sports.

A couple of people sailing in the Caribbean ocean in Varadero, Cuba.

If you’re a golfer, you definitely want to stay here. The resort is located right next to the Varadero Golf Club, a special attraction for professional or amateur golfers.

Two golf carts and one person playing golf in a golf course.

The resort has an outdoor pool and 2 jacuzzi. There are also plenty of palapas, sun shelters, and lounge chairs both at the beach and pool area.

View of the main pool at sunset at the Breezes Bella Costa hotel and resort

The lobby bar of Breezes Bella Costa

I mentioned in my previous post that you should definitely venture into the town of Varadero during your stay. There you will be able to find many restaurants and shopping outlets. You can walk to the town but it will take you about 45 minutes to get to the main area, so why not just take a taxi from the hotel? A regular taxi will cost you between $10 and $15 Cuban dollars, and a ride in a fancy oldtimer taxi will cost you about $20 Cuban dollars.

An oldtimer parked outside the lobby of the Breezes Bella Costa resort.

 

The Entertainment

In all honesty I’ve never been a big fan of the night entertainment offered at most resorts, but the live shows offered at Breezes Bella Costa were excellent! They have a different theme every night and the dancers and singers are very talented.

A Michael Jackson impersonator standing on stage with one girl on each side.

I specially enjoyed the Michael Jackson show.

Cuba is different than the other Caribbean countries since it is a communist country but they also enjoy free health care and education. They are slowly switching to a market society. This means the hotel staff usually have a better education then you do. Most can read and write three or four languages.

Now more than ever the dream of a memorable vacation is at your fingertips through the Breezes Bella Costa resort, leaning out excellent beaches, food, and entertainment which are conceived as a formula of pleasure for the senses minute by minute. Cheers!

For more information about prices visit the Breezes Bella Costa website.

Special thanks to The Superclubs Breezes Varadero for hosting me as their guest.

7 Responses to Breezes Bella Costa, Varadero – Beaches, Sun, and Sea!

  1. Will, it’s looks like a very nice place to stay. The food looks really good too. It’s a shame that most Cuban’s can’t eat that well, because they can’t afford it or just can’t find the food. These resorts go all out for the tourist. The keys were off limits to Cuban citizens a few years ago. They weren’t allowed in, only those who worked in the hotel resorts.

    Carmen {Carmen's Luxury Travel} February 1, 2015 at 8:53 PM Reply
    • Hi Carmen, yes it is a shame. It’s amazing to see that these resorts manage to get their hands on so many products, from Spain and Canada. Many people that worked at this resort would ask me and my wife for apples from the fruit bar, so we always gave them as much as we could. My very first trip to Cuba was to Havana, and I did not stay in a hotel. It was during that trip that I got to see the “real” Cuba.

      Will Castillo February 1, 2015 at 9:15 PM Reply
  2. Never paid more than ten dollars for a cab ,great place to stay,staff very friendly.villas are very nice as well.Go you will love it.Jim from Ajax Ontario

    Jim Patry February 2, 2015 at 10:18 AM Reply
  3. Don’t worry i think it’s gonna take a long time before we see americans in Cuba

    Marc-André February 3, 2015 at 6:01 AM Reply
  4. Thank you very much for this review. I booked an all-inclusive vacation 2 months ago because of this article and it ended up being one of the best times I’ve had in Cuba. Will be back soon!

    Paul Davies August 20, 2015 at 1:09 PM Reply
    • Hi Paul, thank you kindly for your comment Paul. I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in Breezes Bella Costa. I would loved to be able to go back myself. Cheers!

      Will Castillo August 20, 2015 at 1:12 PM Reply
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