After our two days in Trinidad we packed up our bags and hopped in the car to hear to The Bay Of Pigs en route to Varadero. We were hungover, it was hot as hell and neither of us were feeling like putting our butts in the car for a fully day, but we really wanted to see the crab migration that takes place in the bay this time of year (yes, I am aware that is a weird bucket list item).
I have to tell you that we got 100% lost on every leg of this day trip. The road signs in Cuba definitely leave something to be desired (especially when you are more or less in the middle of nowhere) and just in case you didn’t know it’s pretty damn hard to read a map when you have access to no signs. Lack of internet access is not a thing that this directionally challenged girl loves when trying to get somewhere new – BUT we made it.
This is how it went.
Bay of Pigs:
This was really just a drop in, so I won’t give it a full run down, I’ll just hit the high points. Playa Giron is right at the entrance to the Bay of Pigs and houses the Bay of Pigs museum, which you should absolutely stop in to check out. It’ll take you at least an hour to really read everything and get the Cuban perspective on the events, which is (as you may imagine) quite different than the version we learn about here in the states.
If you are there during the spring you may get a chance to watch the crab migration, which is insanely cool. During this time of year the small red land crabs can be seen running across the highway to the beach – spoiler alert, they don’t always make it. We heard that during peak migration the road is literally blanketed in crabs, but during our visit we got to see a smattering of crabs running across the road, not an entire wave. These bright creatures are so so so interesting and cool to watch make their journey.
I have never seen water as beautiful as the water around Varadero. Ever. It was so blue that it looked almost fake. As with all of our stops in Cuba, we stayed in a Casa Particular, but we decided to splurge on this leg of the trip and get one right on the beach with our own private balcony- it was absolutely perfect.
There isn’t much to explore in Varadero, although we did walk around the town, but this leg of the trip was all about relaxation. Taking in the sound of the waves on the beach. Reading outside on our balcony. Swimming in the perfect water. Snorkeling with the fishes. Riding a catamaran around the oceanfront.
If you have time for a relaxing stop in Cuba to just let yourself slow the hell down and enjoy life – this would be the perfect place. Crack open a Cristal and soak it all in.