Varadero travel guide

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.

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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.

Holiday destinations related to Varadero:

  • Cayo Coco
  • Guardalavaca
  • Cayo Santa Maria
  • 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.