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Holidays in Varadero

The largest resort area in the Caribbean, Varadero holidays are ideal for those who want a relaxing taste of the tropics. Think warm, white sands, swaying palm trees and sapphire-coloured seas and you’re heading in the right direction! Away from the beach, you’ll find lush green parks full of colourful tropical birds, spectacular caves with ancient wall-paintings and some fascinating attractions. On top of all that, a holiday in Varadero will give you ample opportunity to kick your heels up: there’s a sassy, vibrant nightlife to be found right across the peninsula, with plenty of discos and clubs, excellent restaurants and bars selling Cuban rum.

Anyone with even a passing interest in golf ought to jump at the chance of a Varadero holiday: the peninsula boasts the only 18-hole golf course in the whole of Cuba, designed by the world-famous architect, Les Furber. Whether you’re taking your Varadero holidays with the family, friends or with your better half, this tropical paradise offers something for everyone.

 

26 °C

There’s never a bad time to visit. During the hot, dry months between November and April, temperatures range from the mid-20s (°C) to the low 30s.  The cooler months, between October and March, are still warm, with an average temperature of 21°C. The wetter months are December and January.

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10 hours

Flights from the UK take approximately 10 hours, landing at Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport, about 25km from the resort.

Think of yourself lying back on Varadero’s white sand beach, listening to the palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze. Book your Thomas Cook holiday now.

Recommended offers in Varadero

Melia Varadero

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Beachfront
  • Close to Varadero Golf club
  • Havana twin centre option

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6813 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 20kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • Tasty in-flight meals are included on longer flights. Plus, they're fresh and packed with flavour.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

£1012

Blau Varadero

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adults only 18+
  • On a white sandy beach
  • Havana twin centre option

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 8121 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 20kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • Tasty in-flight meals are included on longer flights. Plus, they're fresh and packed with flavour.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

£1176

Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult only 18+
  • Pristine white sand beach
  • Five restaurants

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 6464 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 20kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • Tasty in-flight meals are included on longer flights. Plus, they're fresh and packed with flavour.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

£1246

Melia Internacional

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • New hotel
  • Spa with infinity pool
  • The Level exclusive area

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 509 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 20kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • Tasty in-flight meals are included on longer flights. Plus, they're fresh and packed with flavour.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

£1149

HOLIDAYS IN VARADERO


Varadero is best for

Best for golfers: Get your 18 holes booked at Cuba’s first golf course. Designed by Les Furber, it boasts spectacular views of the sea and the course is challenging enough for even the most-seasoned (golf) clubbers. However, if you’re new to the game, there are instructors on hand to help you get to grips with the basics.

Best for sporty types: Take advantage of the clear blue waters and try one of the many water sports on offer, such as diving, snorkelling, and kite-surfing. If you’d rather stay dry, there are opportunities for catamaran cruises, tours in glass-bottomed boats, and action-packed fishing trips.

Best for beach lovers: Lie back and soak up the sun on one of the picture-perfect beaches. With over 20km of powder-soft, white sands to laze around on, you’ll be spoilt for choice.


Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is Spanish. However, most of the locals and staff working in hotels, bars and restaurants have a basic command of English. Although it’s easy to get by, it’s worth downloading an app or buying a phrasebook, just to show willing. Even the most badly pronounced efforts will be appreciated.

Currency: The currency used is Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC$).

Local time: Varadero is 5 hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: José Martí International Airport.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Varadero is 10 hours.

Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found at www.travel2cuba.co.uk

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cuba for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday.

Find out more: Read our blog on travel to Cuba from the Head of Customer Welfare, Carol MacKenzie


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Getting around

By foot: You can reach most of Varadero’s biggest attractions on foot and it’s a great way to soak up the sights.

By taxi: Charging by the distance, taxis are better suited to shorter trips or pick-ups and drop-offs from the clubs and bars in the centre of the resort.

By Coco taxi: Coco taxis are a fun way to get around, but make sure you set your price before you hop in one of these zippy, three-seat, egg-shaped scooters.


Events

For music lovers: Listen to the sounds of both modern and traditional music at the Varadero World Music Festival in May or June. With musicians doing their thing in venues across the resort, the festival lasts for five days and is a treat for music lovers.

For foodies: Sample some of the local and traditional dishes, as well as others at the International Culinary Festival in March.

For bike enthusiasts: For dedicated petrol heads, the International Honda (or the Big Bike Festival) in June is an absolute must.


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