Varadero, Cuba – Flora and Fauna

Varadero, Cuba – Flora and Fauna

During our visit to Varadero, Cuba I didn’t see all of the species of birds, reptiles and plants that were there and photographed even fewer species. Many of the species have been included in other blog entries as part of the day’s story. Others didn’t fit elsewhere. This blog entry will serve as a collection point of images of the various species that I photographed. Where I have included the image in another blog, clicking on the image will take you to that blog entry.

Northern Mockingbird –  Mimus polyglottus

Ruddy Turnstone – Arenaria interpres

Hummingbird

Killdeer – Charadrius vociferus

Common Ground Dove – Columbina passerina

Mourning Dove – Zenaida macroura

Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis

Smooth-billed Ani – Crotophagi ani

Nightly Stage Show – Barcelo Marina Palace – Varadera, Cuba

Nightly Stage Show – Barcelo Marina Palace – Varadera, Cuba

Each night, the resort’s auditorium was filled to capacity for the nightly stage show. We had gone to a few of them and this particular evening I was outside the building taking some night shots when I decided to head over to the stage area to see if I might be able to catch the last of the evening’s performance. Continue reading

Barcelo Premium-Marina Palace, Varadero, Cuba (night time images)

Barcelo Premium-Marina Palace, Varadero, Cuba
Barcelo Premium – Cayo Libertad-Royal Island, Varadero, Cuba


We were staying at the adult-only island complex referred to as Barcelo Cayo Libertad or the Royal Island. Barcelo Cayo Libertad occupies an island at the extreme end of the Varadero Peninsula approximately 24 km from the town of Varadero itself. Guests at Barcelo Cayo Libertad have full access to the facilities of the larger Barcelo Marina Palace complex. Continue reading

Heading for Cuba – Spring break – March 10 -17, 2012

Heading for Cuba – Spring break – March 10 -17, 2012

It was Spring break time and my wife was certainly looking forward to some R&R. Continue reading

Weather, weather, weather!!!

Weather, weather, weather!!!

A Jamaican friend of mine once commented on how funny it was to hear Canadians asking what the weather would be like in Jamaica. Except in hurricane season, the response would always be the same, “Today should be about the same as yesterday. Tomorrow should be about the same as today.” Continue reading

Cayo Coco – Under Water Snorkelling

Cayo Coco – Under Water Snorkelling

Unpacked my snorkel gear from my suitcase and went on a catamaran cruise which included two dives. Special thanks to Josée for lending me her underwater camera! Continue reading

Blau Varadero – Cuba

Blau Veradero, Cuba

I was down for a simple get-away week to relax and just have some fun (Location).

Of note: a hurricane hit the other half of the island while I was there so the weather was great for photography, less so for ocean and beach fun (I didn’t mind). I took my Nikon D80 and a Canon Digital P&S which I had borrowed from my brother:

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