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Varadero - Things to do 

You won’t be short of things to do in a resort the size of Varadero. Away from the incredible beaches, there are plenty of other activities to experience too.

Above ground, the resort has some lush parks to explore, such as Hicacos Point Natural Park and Parque Josone. But venture deep underground and you’ll see some of the natural caves that the resort is famous for. One of the most popular is Cueva de Saturno, where visitors can take the plunge and snorkel in the invigorating fresh water.

But that’s not all that’s on offer: there are also different water sports for you to try on your Varadero holiday. Alternatively, take the opportunity to swim in some of the clearest blue water you’ll ever see, or delve into Cuban culture on a day trip to Havana.

City tours and experiences

If you can tear yourself away from the longest beach in the Caribbean for a few hours, you’ll find there’s lots of day trips and excursions you can do from Varadero. Take some time away from the buzzy tourist hub and immerse yourself in local Cuban culture. Havana is just a two hour drive away, so you can see the city’s colonial squares and colourful buildings and still return to those resort comforts come nightfall.

For an experience unique to Varadero, book an evening with the world-famous Buena Vista Social Club. Once picked up from your hotel, you’ll enjoy the sounds of jazz, son de cuba, and soul, as the remaining band members perform an intimate bar gig.

Ambrosio cave

The Ambrosio cave may be small, but it’s still well worth a visit. Take a wander in this cave and marvel at the pre-Colombian cave drawings on the wall. Thought to be over 2000 years old, the cave’s drawings are accompanied by the fruit-eating bats that hang from the ceiling.

House of Rum

Cuba is known for its love of rum, so what better place to learn more about this tasty liquor than at the House of Rum in downtown Varadero? Taste delicious Cuban rum, while the variations of light and dark rum are explained. With special Cuban brands of rum on sale that you won’t find at the airport, you’ll struggle not to leave here with a bottle or two!

Varadero street market

A stroll through the large street market in Varadero is the perfect place to pick up souvenirs and unique gifts to take home. From pashminas and leather accessories to reasonably priced artwork, exploring the market’s stalls is a fun way to spend a few hours.

Josone Park

As if the beauty of Varadero’s beaches wasn’t enough, it’s matched by the sights you’ll see on a visit to Josone Park. If you’re looking for things to do in Varadero on a budget then this definitely ticks all the boxes. Free to enter, this popular park is enjoyed by over 500,000 people every year. Walk through the lush tropical vegetation, enjoy a boat ride on the artificial lake and re-energise at one of the many restaurants. Kids will love the swimming pool, playground, bowling and mini golf course.

Saturno Cave

Inside Saturno Cave

Immerse yourself in Cuba’s natural beauty with a refreshing dip at Cuevo de Saturno, or Saturno Cave. Just a short journey from Coral Beach and close to Vía Blanca, Saturno Cave is a naturally-formed cenote, filled with clear, sparkling waters that act almost as a hand-written invitation to divers and snorkelers. If you’re comfortable swimming underwater, you’ll get to experience the pleasure of swimming between stalactites and stalagmites, which now act as home to shoals of multicoloured fish. If you’d rather not go too deep, grab a snorkel and swim just under the surface: the views of the marine life are awe-inspiring. If you want to avoid the crowds, head over to the cave in the early morning or late afternoon.

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Day trip to Havana

Havana is the capital of Cuba and one of the most culturally impressive cities in the world. It’s only just under two hours away from the resort and perfect for those who want to see the ‘real’ Cuba on their holidays in Varadero. Expect to see fleets of 1950s-style Buicks and Chevrolets and hear laid-back Cuban music echoing down the alleyways. Old Havana is now a World Heritage Site and offers all the sultry, sand-blasted ambience you could hope for. Alternatively, do a spot of shopping at the Paladar Los Mercaderes, but be sure to pack plenty of cash as most of the shops, bars and restaurants don’t take credit cards.

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Cueva de Saturno

Cueva de Saturno’s direct translation to English is ‘Cave of Saturn’. It’s situated one kilometre south of the Via Blanca and is one of Varadero’s top tourist attractions.

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