Varedero CubaVaradero is the more exclusive part of Cuba. Here you can find an abundance of hotels, beautiful beaches and a golf course, the only golf course in Cuba with 18 holes. The fantastic beaches with clear blue, warm seawater makes this seaside resort into a real paradise.
Varadero has long been the pride of Cuba and attracted the rich and famous. Nowadays a variety of hotels and resorts offers affordable vacations to this wide sandy beach. Vardero is considered by many as the most beautiful beach in the world.
Varadero is part of a peninsula that extends far into the calm waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The 21-kilometer-long beach of fine white sand is an ideal vacation spot for sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts. The location of Varadero on a narrow peninsula makes it constantly cooled by tropical breezes. But this white beach, against a background of turquoise water and azure sky, is not the only highlight in the province of Matanzas. The nearby towns of Cardenas and Matanzas are well known for their art, history and culture. On the Southwest of Varadero is the Zapata Peninsula, famous for its eco-tourism and history.
The Beach of Varadero
RestaurantsMany travel packages to the main holiday resorts of Varadero are all inclusive. Only a few resorts also offer the possility to book just one room or hotel package, but they are difficult to find.
Most hotels near the Varadero Golf Club are rarely all inclusive as there are several restaurants nearby. There is a very good restaurant at the marina, and several restaurants at the International Mall. The clubhouse of the "Varadero Golf Course" (the ancient House of Dupont) has an extensive menu and a beautiful location where you on one side overlooks the sea and on the other side the golf courses.
In the city of Varadero you can find stalls with food and the local version of fast food such as Pollo Loco, hamburguesas con queso (cheeseburgers), sandwiches and pizza joint. There are also a few restaurants where you can have lunch or dinner at the table.
Cuba Beach: Varadero BeachVaradero is the main holiday resort on the Cuban coast and has more than 20 kilometers of beaches of fine white sand. Because of the gently sloping beach you can go far out into the sea up to the wide sandbanks.
Varadero is located on a peninsula that extends far into the calm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and has a variety of flora and fauna spread over 10 virgin islands. In the sea off the coast of Vardero are more than 40 different kinds of coral, a large variety of fish, lobsters, shrimps, crabs and mollusks. Varadero has 28 dive sites where underwater caves, channels and passages in the coral reefs can be visited.
Highlight of Varadero is the ecological beach. Here the visitor can enjoy a virtually pristine white beach that has one of the oldest trees in Cuba: "El Patriarca". This is a tree-like cactus from the time before the Spanish conquest. If you walk on the beach you can Cayo Piedra see, one of the small virgin islands.
Varadero also has a decent selection of activities. On the beaches are sailboards, aqua bikes, rowing boats and horses to rent. Other options include catamaran trips, parasailing and hydrofoils.
The holidaymakers can rent cars, bikes and motorcycles. Varadero has a go-kart track, an amusement park, several golf courses, a marina where you can take boat trips, and a dolphinarium where the visitor can enjoy a dolphin show, but also can swim with the dolphins.
Some nice entertainment activities are live concerts by salsa orchestras and over 10 discos.
Varadero highlights and activities
- Teh caves of Bellamar:
These caves are the oldest tourist attraction in Cuba, open to visitors since 1860. The caves are extensive and impressive. It's a pretty long way down and it is humid and very hot.
- Josone Park:
A park in the center of Varadero filled with birds, vendors, music and camel rides for the kids.
- Tropicana Matanzas:
Visit the newest Tropicana, the most famous cabaret of Cuba. In a nightclub you can enjoy dinner and show with Cuban dance and music.
- Seafari Cayo Blanco:
Excursion with a catamaran, snorkeling in a coral reef, entertainment, music, lunch and an open bar with Cuban cocktails in Cayo Blanco. You have the possibility to swim with the dolphins or visit a dolphin show at the Delfinario and to enjoy a sunset party.
a dolphin show with the ability to actually swim with the dolphins.
- Varadero Golf Club and the villa Du Pont:
The former home of Irénée Du Pont has a typical green roof and is built in hacienda style in 1928. Today the villa is the pavilion of the Varadero Golf Club. The golf course has 18 holes and is the largest golf course in Cuba. The visitor can admire the beauty of the mahogany Wooden furniture, floors made of the finest Italian marble, the bronze candlesticks and the old oil paintings. In the basement there is "Las Americas", the most luxurious and expensive restaurant in Varadero. On the first floor are five well-appointed guest rooms and a presidential suite. On the second floor is the bar "Mirador" (open 24-hour), with an interior that consists of a mix of Art Deco and Moorish style.
- Cayo Piedra Underwater Park:
In this underwater park northeast of Varadero are several shipwrecks where schools of colorful tropical fish and shellfish have sought refuge.
- Centre Plaza America:
This well known international convention center includes shops, restaurants and a ammusementshal.
- Josone's Oasis:
This is close near to the beach and has typical tropical vegetation in its gardens. Several old mansions have been converted into restaurants.
- Ambrosio Cave:
This cave was first used by the early primitive inhabitants of Cuba as a sacred place for ceremonies, and later as a shelter by runaway slaves. In this archaeological site are well-preserved drawings found.
- Punta Frances:
Punta Frances is a cactus of 600 years old and is as big as a tree. It stands at the end of the Hicacos Peninsula, close to a natural salt pit where leathers and meats were prepared in the course of the centuries.