Varadero - Genuine Caribbean Tresaure

varadero cubaVaradero is the largest resort in Cuba hosting a huge amount of foreign tourists every year. The Cuban coastal city is a fantastic Caribbean destination to spend an unforgettable holidays ensuring plenty of fun and outdoor adventure coupled with its magical Cuban atmosphere and calm, pristine beaches. Considered the most popular holiday resort in Cuba and one of the best beaches in the world, not just the Caribbean, tourism is the town’s main source of income and along the postcard Varadero beaches you'll find a huge choice of all inclusive hotels and resorts.

How to get from Havana to Varadero

Varadero is located in Hicacos Bay to the north of the Island in the Matanzas region (35km from the town of Matanzas) and about 140 km reach from Havana a drive that takes around two hours by highway. This wonderful Cuban destination is home to the well-appointed international Varadero airport, hosting numerous weekly flights from Europe and North America, although not all Cuban cities have air links with Varadero city.

cuba varadero transportThe cheapest option to get to Varadero beach will always be the Viazul bus (ticket costs 10 CUC per person and trip). Another option to travel from Havana to Varadero is by one of the many public and private taxis which serve the route with prices ranging between 70 and 90 CUC, (remember costs are always negotiable). A fun way to get around in Varadero is by taking a Coco taxi. This yellow painted motorcycles have a coconut shape, perfect in hot weather or you can visit the city on the Varadero Bus Tour for just 5 CUC.

Varadero Accommodation

There are more than 50 foreign and Cuban hotels in Varadero, mostly 4 or 5 stars and equipped with all the necessary infrastructure and facilities to offer all inclusive vacation packages. Hotels in Varadero tend to offer their own entertainment which typically consists of shows, sport and activities. For the more adventurous Varadero city boasts plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, shopping centers, night clubs, banks and exchange offices.

hotels in VaraderoWhile the mainstream tourist sector continues to expand with plenty of new developments, there are also a good selection of private lodging in approved accommodation in Varadero, typically comfortable family homes renting out suites or apartments. More affordable and ideal for those looking for a little more culture from their Cuban vacation, private lodgings named casa particular Varadero, offer you the chance to soak up the genuine atmosphere of Cuba and enjoy the best of your Caribbean holiday.

Varadero Weather

varadero cuba weatherExtending for over 30 kilometers from end-to-end and comprising of a richly diverse landscape, Varadero boasts 22 kilometers of fine white sand, clear waters, pristine beaches and a warm tropical climate cooled by pleasant sea breezes. A constant sea water temperature of around 25 degrees means it's always good for swimming. Although any time of year is good to visit, December is the best month to visit Varadero when the region celebrates many of its festivals and when Varadero beach throbs to the sounds of tropical mambo and this tropical paradise parties with evening shows at renowned nightclubs such like La Tropicana and Cueva de Pirata, Mambo Club, La Bamba disco, Mirador Bar, House of Music and Benny Bar.

Varadero Beach

varadero scuba divingWater and outdoor sports lovers in Varadero will appreciate plenty of opportunities for fishing, diving, sailing, snorkeling, swimming and yachting. Varadero is considered a free port boasting three marinas and has about 20 different areas for diving featuring coral reefs, abundant colorful fish and crystal clear waters. Diving courses are available for everyone beginners and professionals alike with no shortage of internationally recognized schools and dive centres.

sun adventure sports varaderoNearby is the only underwater park on the Cuban island, Cayo Piedras del Norte. The most recommended areas for snorkeling and scuba diving in Varadero are the beaches of: •Cueva de Saturno cave •Playa Coral •Las Mandarinas

For fun outdoor activities and sun-drenched adventure sports Playa Azul and the beach at Varadero are well equipped making them popular Cuban destinations for families with children, featuring plenty of activities ranging from the sedate dolphinarium (including a swim with the animals), golf and tennis courses to skydiving, tennis, pedal boating, cycling, camel and horse riding tours.

Varadero Shopping

varadero shoppingIf anything makes Cuba distintive is for its rum, cigars and coffee, and in Varadero you will find everything within reach. A must-see is to visit the Varadero Rum House to sample and experience the island most iconic pecularities. Also worth going to Casa del Habano to taste and purchase the wide range of Cuban cigars. A cultural visit you find at the building Vigía Edition, a unique publishing house in the world that performs books with rustic materials, disposable paper and natural elements. Another entertaining visit is to stroll along the Cayenes fair. These are small stalls in the Varadero craft fair where you can buy traditional souvenirs.

Caribbean Ecotourism

things to do in VaraderoSome other tourist activities and guided tours can be done from Varadero. Its surroundings are popular ecorourism destinations, such as carriage or horse-riding, bicycle routes and archeological excursions. If you want hiking trails there is some excellent walking paths to explore at the Varahiacos Ecological Reserve.

Local trips and excursions from Varadero include:

  • Swimming with Dolphins in Varadero
  • Safari to Cayo Blanco in Varadero
  • Boat/Dinghy Adventures
  • Canimar River Trip
  • Guama Steam Train & Sugar Tour
  • Musulmanes and Ambrosio Caves

Other things to do in Varadero:

  • Cayo Piedras del Norte Park Marine
  • Varahicacos Natural Park
  • Saturno Cave
  • History National Museum
  • Josone Park
  • Xanadú Manor
  • Matanzas

To take with you the best out of Cuba, nothing better than a combined travel tour Havana and Varadero via Cienfuegos. An alternative to enjoy a fully complete town-history-culture-beach vacation in the Caribbean.

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