Hotels in Varadero
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Gran Caribe Sunbeach
Varadero 5.2 mi from city centre
This hotel is located in the heart of Varadero, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cuba, just minutes from...
Aparthotel Mar del Sur All Inclusive
Varadero 6 mi from city centre
The resort is aimed at families in order to enjoy a pleasant stay at Varadero beach. It boasts 48 two bedroom apartments,...
Allegro Palma Real
Varadero 7.5 mi from city centre
It is located 2 hours from La Habana and 25 minutes from the Varadero International Airport “Juan Gualberto Gómez”. It...
Brisas del Caribe
Varadero 11.9 mi from city centre
This hotel is located directly beside one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Varadero Beach. The centre of Cárdenas...
Grand Memories Varadero Resort
Varadero 14.9 mi from city centre
The hotel is located by Varadero Beach, near to the Gaviotas marina. Just 50 minutes' drive away is the beautiful city of...
Be Live Experience Tropical
Varadero 11.4 mi from city centre
The beach hotel is situated on the Hicacos peninsula in the province of Matanzas, which is famous for its warm, turquoise-blue...
Roc Barlovento - Adults Only
Varadero 5 mi from city centre
Located directly beside the beach in beautiful and famous Varadero, less than 1.5 km from the centre. Only a few metres away...
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Varadero is a town on the northern coast of Cuba, on the Hicacos Peninsula in the western province of Matanzas. It is one of the most popular tourist resorts in the Caribbean.
Varadero means “dry dock” in Spanish, who named it in the 16th century, as a place where they could repair their fleet. In the late 19th century, residents from nearby Cardenas started to build second homes in Varadero and tourism began to grow. Varadero now welcomes over 1 million visitors a year.
As expected for a town based on tourism, there is a huge variety of accommodation in Varadero. The most expensive hotels are in the north of the town, facing the sea. Cheaper accommodation can be found further from the beach.
Neighbourhoods of Varadero
Playa Coral is 10 miles to the west of Varadero and has coral reefs, which are close enough to swim out to. Diving equipment can be hired. Further west is the town of Matanzas, which has many examples of 19th century architecture. The church Iglesia de Monserrate is on a hill and offers an impressive view of the area. 10 miles to the south east of Varadero, tourists will find the coastal town of Cardenas which has three museums on the colourful history of the area.
What to see and do in Varadero
Most visitors to Varadero never leave the resort, but it has a number of attractions nearby:
- Varadero Beach: The beach is obviously the main draw for visitors and is considered by many to be the most beautiful in Cuba. It has 12 miles of sand and calm, warm turquoise water to enjoy. There are low banks of rock and coral called cays that visitors can swim out to.
- Cueva Saturno: 6 miles west of Varadero is a beautiful water filled grotto, where visitors can swim around stalactites and stalagmites. There is a small entrance fee.
- San Miguel de los Banos: Situated 25 miles south of Varadero, this was once a thriving spa town, with glamorous hotels and even a casino. The water supply was contaminated and the place was abandoned. Visitors can walk up the steep hill called Loma de Jacan for a stunning view.
- Xanadu Mansion: Built by the Du Pont family in 1930, it is now a small hotel and the club house for the Varadero Golf Club. With its mahogany banisters and ceilings and its marble floor, it was declared a national monument in 2013. Drinks and a lovely view of the beach can be enjoyed from the first floor.
What to eat in Varadero
The unofficial national dish of Cuba is roast pork or puerco, which is usually served with black beans or frijoles and plantains or platanos. A stew of black beans called potaje is also popular. Visitors can enjoy ice cream for dessert or flan a form of Crème Caramel. A variety of fruit juices are available to drink. You should request jugo natural if you want the real thing. Otherwise rum is the most famous beverage in Cuba.
Typical events and festivals in Varadero
Varadero has a number of fun events, held throughout the year. Every February Varadero hosts a motorbike rally where proud owners of their Harlistas Cubanas show of their equivalent of a Harley-Davidson bike. Every June the World Music Festival comes to Varadero, with Latin American artists performing in different place throughout the town. In the third week of October the Melia Golf Club event is played at the Varadero Golf Club.
How to move around in Varadero
Most visitors to Varadero will stay in the resort and will need no other transportation than their own two feet. Those who want to visit attractions further afield can usually rely on tour buses arranged through their hotel. There is a public bus service from Varadero to Havana, which is slow (three hours) but cheap. Cars can be hired at the airport or from most hotels.
The climate in Varadero
Varadero has a tropical climate. Winters are warm and dry with average temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius during the day. Summers are warmer with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius, but also wetter with about 7 inches of rainfall a month compared to about 2 inches in the winter.
More interesting facts about and sights in Varadero
Varadero is the closest point in Cuba to America, a distance of 90 miles. That does not make it any easier for Americans to visit, however.