Palacio De La Rumba
For many, visiting the beautiful peninsula of Varadero is all about relaxation. The picture-postcard beaches and warm tropical waters beckon for days of idle sunbathing, while luxurious all-inclusive resorts tempt guests to simply flop by a poolside and sip ice-cold Mojitos.
But there’s another side to Varadero. Once the sun dips behind the horizon, countless bars, discos and nightclubs flicker into life. For those looking for a place to drink and dance until late, there are more than enough venues that stay open well into the early hours.
The biggest night out in Varadero
There’s one venue that stands out above the rest of the competition. Located next door to the Hotel Bella Costa and situated right next to the beach is Palacio de La Rumba (popularly known as La Rumba). This hugely popular nightclub is generally regarded as party central in Varadero - a mecca for those that want to catch up with friends, hit the dancefloor and party to the sound of contemporary international hits and locally-flavoured music.
The crowd that flocks to La Rumba includes a loyal following of regular locals, but there are also plenty of tourists who head here to get a taste of what Havana’s lively nightlife is really all about. It’s this combination of party loving Cubans and carefree holidaymakers that helps to create such a vibrant, feel good and energetic atmosphere.
The variety of music is fantastic and includes a wide mixture of mainstream pop, reggeaton, hip hop and Caribbean beats. If you come to La Rumba on the weekends, you’ll also be able to catch live salsa music.
Doors open at 10pm and the party keeps going until 3am. As Varadero’s most popular club, things get pretty packed out, so you might want to show up earlier in the evening if you want to avoid putting up with the long queues to get inside. For anyone who wants to truly experience the famous party atmosphere of Havana, La Rumba is an essential visit. Not only does it offer a mix of eclectic music and a great all-round atmosphere, but it’s also the perfect place to mix with locals and get a true sense of modern Cuban nightlife.
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