Saturday, May 12, 2012


25 Things to Do in Varadero Beach Cuba

 Top 25 Things To Do On Your Varadero Holiday In Cuba

1. Tours and Day Trips

2. Relax on world famous Varadero Beach
3. Cruise on Catamaran in Varadero Warm Carribbean waters

4. Diving and Snorkel and scuba diving cruise trips off Varadero Island

5. Enjoy a Cuban Cigar at the Happy hour bar on the rooftop of the Dupont house.
6. Enjoy a round of golfing at the world famous 18 hole PGA golf coarse in Varadero

7. Horse Back Riding on the beaches of Varadero

8. Mojiotos in Parque Retiro Josone, Varadero

9. Drive a Classical Antique Car on the streets of Varadero

10. Take a Cuban Bus or "Camel" to Matanzas Varadero
11. Visit the Cuba history Museum, Varadero

12. Tour the Cuban Mansion of famous American Gangster Al Capone on Millionares Row on the
beach of Varadero

13. Coco Taxi ride Around Varadero

14. Relax with a mojito on the beach while watching the amazing Varadero Sunsets

15. Get your very own Custom made Cuban palm tree straw hat downtown Varadero
16. Drink a super healthy Cuban Coconut Milk on the beach in Varadero

17. Eco walk through the world UNESO Ecological Reserves at the Paradius Varadero

18. Go Sea Shell Hunting right on Varadero beach

19. Visit the Cuban fresh food Market in the town of Varadero

20. Must see the Cuban Delfinario show and ride a dolphin in Varadero
21. Watch the early moring stunninly peaceful sunrise on Varadero beach

22. Extreme risktakers can go Skydiving from 5,000 feet in Varadero, not for the faint at heart

23. Rent a Scooter for the day and explore the peninsula of Varadero

24. Take the Pirates ship party sunset party criuse

25. Party, Dance Sing all night long with salsa, rumba, tango and dance till the sun rises at La Rumba night club on Varadero beach

Tuesday, February 23, 2010



Varadero's largest shopping complex is Plaza America where fancy boutiques and all manner of shops cater to American-style consumerism - holidaymakers looking for a spending spree will not be disappointed. There are a number of artisan markets that sell a wide variety of souvenirs along Avenue 1. For cigars the Casa del Habano sells excellent quality cigars.
When it comes to shopping, Varadero is one of the best locations in the island. All the hotels have their own shops, but if you want to be adventurous and go into town, there is even more to find.
The main shopping center in Varadero is Caimán, which has many shops selling gifts, art and crafts, souvenirs, clothes, alcohol and tobacco. Other well-stocked shops can be found between Calle 54 and Calle 64. If you are interested in art, you should visit the Taller y Galería de Cerámica Artística, the city's most famous art gallery which not only exhibits works of art, but also sells works by the best Cuban sculptors and potters.
For cigar aficionados, there is the Casa del Habano which trades in the finest tobacco products. If literature is your passion, you should visit the Hanoi library in Calle 44, one of the most comprehensive in the island that has books in English and French, as well as an enormous stock of books in Spanish.
Lovers of Salsa and Son—two endearingly popular strains of Afro-Cuban music with roots that go back centuries—will really enjoy a visit to the shops ARTEX and Max Music which have the best in traditional Cuban music, cassettes, and CDs. Both also have book sections.
All your photo needs are catered for at Photo Service, which sells film and batteries, develops film and even has a camera repair service. For casual clothing, as well as various beach items, there is Benetton in Calle 42.
In addition to these recommended places, the crafts markets and shops of Matanzas offer a whole host of other options.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Varadero is a resort town in the province of Matanzas, Cuba, and one of the largest resort areas in the Caribbean. Varadero is also called Playa Azul, meaning "blue beach" in Spanish. Aerial photo of Varadero.

Varadero is situated on the Hicacos Peninsula, between the Bay of Cárdenas and the Straits of Florida, some 140 km east of Havana, at the eastern end of the Via Blanca highway. The peninsula is only 1.2 km wide at its widest point and is separated from the island of Cuba by the Kawama Channel. This spit of land however extends more than 20 kilometers from the mainland in a northeasterly direction and its tip, Punta Hicacos, is the northernmost point of the island of Cuba. At the northeastern end of the peninsula there is a nature reserve with virgin forests and beaches. The Hicacos Point Natural Park is a 3.12 km² (1.2 sq mi) ecological preserve established in 1974. It contains the 250 m 820 ft long Cave of Ambrosio, Mangón Lake home to 31 species of birds and 24 species of reptiles and the ruins of the La Calavera The Skull Salt Works (one of the first salt works to be constructed by the Spanish in the New World).[3] The cays developed off shore, such as Cayo Piedras and Cayo Cruz del Padre are the western most part of the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago.
Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport, situated west of the peninsula, is Varadero's airport. It is the second-most-important airport of the island after José Martí Airport in Havana, and serves international and domestic flightsThe first mention of Varadero was in 1555.4 The place was first used as a dry dock (Spanish: varadero) and the salt mines of the peninsula closed in 1961supplied most of the Spanish Latin America Fleet since 1587. However, the foundation date of Varadero as city was only on December 5, 1887, when ten families from the city of Cárdenas obtained a permission to build their vacation homes between today's 42nd and 48th Street.

It was established as a municipality Spanish: municipal at the administrative re-distribution of July 3, 1976[5] from territories previously part of Cárdenas.
edit Tourism Varadero Beach gets 500,000+ visitors per year.Varadero is foremost a tourist resort town, boasting more than 20 km of white sandy beaches. The first tourists visited Varadero as early as the 1870s, and for years it was considered an elite resort. In 1910 the annual rowing regatta was started; five years later the first hotel, named Varadero and later Club Nautico, was built. Tourism grew in the early 1930s as Irénée du Pont Nemours, an American millionaire, built his estate on the peninsula. Many famous and infamous people stayed in Varadero, for example Al Capone.
After the Cuban Revolution in 1959, many mansions were expropriated from their rich owners. As a symbol of the new integrated tourism for Cubans and foreign visitors of all social classes, the Park of the 8000 Cubicles Parque de las 8000 Taquillas was built in 1960. Visitors could leave their belongings in the basement of the park, had access to sanitary installations and gastronomic services on the first floor, and could rent bathing articles and swimsuits. The surroundings of the park became the center of the city. Between the 1960s and 1980s Varadero transformed itself into a cultural centre. During those years the central park 8000 Taquillas located between 44th and 46th Street saw countless concerts, festivals and sporting events.
Varadero BeachThe 1990s brought the start of another hotel building campaign, mostly in the 4-star and 5-star segment. Many of the hotels are operated or co-owned by foreign businesses like Melia, Barcelo, TRYP, etc. (France's Club Med used to have a property but has since left Varadero. As international tourism was opened up, the local population expanded with the arrival of people, some in key economic positions, from other parts of Cuba. As a consequence, Varadero has lost much of its social and cultural life and its traditions. The central park, the cinema and various cultural meeting places were neglected in favor of a hotel-centred all-inclusive-tourism and finally closed. The International Carnival, an initiative of Cubans and foreigners started in the 1980s, also ceased.
In addition to its most valued resource, the beach, Varadero has natural attractions such as caves and a chain of easily accessed virgin cays. There are also cultural, historical and environmental attractions in the vicinity, such as the cities of Matanzas and Cárdenas, the Zapata Peninsula and the resort of San Miguel de los Baños. Varadero, which is a free port, also possesses facilities for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports.
Varadero receives about 500,000 visitors per year.
Varadero is primarily visited by European, Latin American and Canadian tourists. The number of U.S. tourists visiting Varadero, although increasing, has been limited because of the restrictions that make it illegal for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba as tourists.



Varadero Beach has a high concentration of all inclusive Hotels located along the most popular stretch of stunning white beaches in Cuba. Varadero holidays offer a cosmopolitan atmosphere with a fabulous array of water sports on offer that include snorkelling, diving and water skiing. Other things to do in Varadero include deep sea fishing, sky diving or exploring local caves or visit the local towns of Cardanas or Pinci del Rio to witness a more traditional Side of Cuba. Holidays to Varadero are not just about the fantastic accommodations and stunning beaches, try out the local bars, restaurants and nightclubs to soak up the traditional Cuban atmosphere with the help of the salsa beats and tumblers of rum! Varadero Hotels are mostly Luxury all inclusive with fantastic amenities to make your stay in this wonderful resort the holiday of your dreams.

Hotetur Sunbeach Varadero :All Inclusive Hotel, from €52 --> €30

Hotel Hotetur Palma Real Varadero All Inclusive Hotel, from €75 --> €42

Hotel Internacional Varadero All Inclusive Hotel, from €82 --> €56

Hotel Oasis Turquesa Formerly RIU Turquesa Varadero All Inclusive Hotel, from €68

Hotel Club Kawama Varadero All Inclusive Hotel, from €76

Hotel Barceló Marina Palace Varadero All Inclusive Hotel, from €105



Restaurants specializing in Asian, Cuban, Italian, Spanish and international cuisine as well as barbecued meat and shellfish promise satisfaction for every taste. Cafeterias offer lighter meals and fast food as well. Coppelia Ice Cream Parlour has countless flavours of creamy Cuban ice cream.
Varadero’s plentiful cabarets feature Cuban and international drinks and rhythms. Theatres and the Amphitheatre host variety shows, while others, such as the International Festival of Music and the Electronic Music Festival feature many genres of popular music. Movie theatres show Cuban and foreign films in the original language with Spanish subtitles.
Deep in the cliff overlooking Matanzas Bay is Bellamar Cave, one of the Caribbean’s largest and most beautiful underground formations. Two kilometres of underground passages are covered in peculiar stalagmites, stalactites and calcite crystals




Varadero Beach
Cuba's trademark beach boasts fine, white sand and an average year-round water temperature of 24ºC-26ºC.
Cayo Piedra Underwater ParkThis park to the northeast features several shipwrecks where schools of colourful, tropical fish and crustaceans gather.

Varadero Golf ClubIs a magnificent 18-hole championship course on the peninsula, marked by an intricate system of lagoons in the British “links” tradition.
This well appointed international convention centre incorporates shopping malls, restaurants and amusement centres.
Near the beach has typical tropical vegetation in its gardens and groves, as well as lagoons. Several old mansions have been converted into restaurants.
Ambrosio Cavean archeological site first used as a ceremonial spot by the area's primitive inhabitants and later by runaway slaves, has well preserved pictographs.
A 600-year-old-cactus as tall as a tree grows at the end of the Hicacos peninsula, near a natural salt pit where leathers and meats were prepared over the centuries.
CárdenasIs noted for three unusual monuments: replicas of a bicycle, a horse-drawn carriage and a crab cast in concrete that represents the abundant crustaceans in the area.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


This is a guide to assist you to plan your next Varadero vacation. Her we have information about Varadero Hotels, Car Rentals, Vardero Restaurants and things to do while you are Vacationing in Varadero.