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Varadero - Overview

The bustling resort of Varadero is a 20km-long peninsula situated along Cuba’s northern coast. It’s known for being one of the largest holiday resorts in the Caribbean, and one of the most popular too. It’s not just the many hotels that make it a favourite amongst tourists, but also its outstanding natural surroundings. The peninsula is only 1.2km wide, which means you’re always in walking distance of beautiful white sand beaches. Varadero has an extensive list of activities, whether it’s snorkelling alongside sea turtles in the crystal clear waters off the Cuban coastline, or experiencing Cuba’s nightlife in its bars and restaurants.

History and culture

Varadero’s history and culture is present all over the town. The beach was first built up in the 1930s and was designed to be Cuba’s biggest tourist hotspot. Throughout the 1950s and 60s it was a destination for Cuba’s rich; flooded with doctors, lawyers and businessmen. After a change in power during the early 1970s, Varadero opened up to tourists from around the world. It’s estimated that 1 million tourists visit the peninsula each year to get a taste of Cuba’s famous history and culture for themselves.


Aside from its beautiful white beaches and crystal clear seas, Varadero has some of the most vibrant nightlife in Cuba. Dance to salsa, merengue, and live Cuban music in one of the bars or clubs, many of which stay open until the early hours. But before the party gets in to full swing, be sure to visit one of the restaurants in the town centre. Renowned for their impressive local cuisine and abilities to cater for guests’ needs, there will definitely be something on the menu for you.


Varadero - FAQs

Is Varadero good for snorkelling?

Playa Coral is the best beach in Varadero to go snorkelling.

Can I visit Havana from Varadero?

Havana is a two-hour drive from Varadero. Explore this fantastic city with our Footsteps of Hemmingway Tour. Combine your beach holiday in beautiful Varadero with this four-day tour that takes in the sights of western Cuba. Follow in the footsteps of the legendary author Ernest Hemmingway and discover his favourite parts of the remarkable city of Havana and the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vinales Valley.

Where can I go scuba diving in Varadero?

Please speak to your holiday rep or hotel and they will be able to advise.

Can I skydive in Varadero?

Please speak to your holiday rep or hotel and they will be able to advise.

What is the nightlife like in Varadero?

Nightlife in Varadero is varied. Havana Café and Mambo Club are both great places to visit.


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