Holidays in Varadero

Cuba's iconic beach resort town, the postcard-perfect Varadero has long been a holiday landmark and a long-time favourite hotspot for local and foreign holidaymakers alike. Discover just what makes it Cuba's number one beach and resort town with our handy guide to all its attractions and best-loved draws.

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With great watersports galore, your winter-sun holiday can be one to remember in Cuba

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The famous beach town of Varadero, Cuba's number one tourist hotspot has been long regarded as the island's premier seaside resort; and with very good reason too. With its 20 kilometres of sprawling, powdery soft white sands glistening against the everlasting Cuban sunshine, gently bathed by the most crystalline and warm Caribbean waters, it's not hard to see its irresistible appeal.

It stands as the best developed resort in the island, with the largest number of hotels, ranging in every star category and every price range. Some of the island's very best award-winning resorts are indeed placed here and most of these operate on an all-inclusive basis, offering amazing value for money.

For decades considered an elite resort since its establishment as a tourist destination in the 1930s, many famous and infamous people have enjoyed the full glory of Varadero. Follow in the steps of Al Capone and make Varadero your own Cuban beach paradise. We'll show you how to make the best of it.

Water sports galore, golf and offshore virgin cays

With over 20 kilometres of coastline it'll come as no surprise to learn that Varadero offers endless possibilities for all manners of seaside recreation. Whatever you want to do on water you can be sure Varadero will cater to your every aquatic interest. From parasailing to fishing, deep sea fishing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and pretty much any other possible nautical activity you can think of; it's all possible hrtr.

There is no other place in Cuba, in fact, where you can expect to find such a variety of water sports and recreational activities. Varadero simply has the most options when it comes to sea adventures, including swimming with dolphins and enjoying scenic catamaran tours to offshore virgin cays like Cayo Blanco.

Varadero is also the first and only place in Cuba to boast a championship 18-hole golf course designed by Les Furber. And even though there are projects in the pipeline for the addition of three more golf courses around the island, for the time being Varadero remains the only place in Cuba where you can enjoy world-class golfing with scenic views of the Caribbean Sea.

All of this coupled with the outstandingly high levels of accommodation (the best of the best in Cuba can be found here), the endless recreational possibilities and first-class facilities make Varadero Cuba's best (and most developed) resort town.

Lively nightlife, cabaret performances and shows

Varadero is said to have some of Cuba's best nightclubs outside Havana, with some even rivalling the ones in the capital. Whilst some of these can indeed be found inside resorts, some of the most famous ones are independent venues such as the popular Palacio de la Rumba and Mambo Club.

For live shows, concerts and performances the Cabaret Continental is the big favourite while La Cueva del Pirata also offers some cabaret-style dancing performances before it turns into a disco in the late hours (the biggest draw being that the club it's actually inside a natural cave which makes for a unique atmosphere).

And, of course, we can't forget the big elephant in the room, the famed Tropicana Cabaret show, also found here. Although the one in Varadero plays little sibling to the bigger and grander original show in Havana, it's still worth a visit on a free night out on the town, especially if you don't get to see the one in Havana.

Amazing caves and a protected natural park

The caves in Varadero aren't all home to chic and quirky dancing venues. There are some pretty impressive natural caves that can be explored on arranged tours or on your own.

Beautiful stalagmite formations and mirror-like lagoons in which you can bathe present one of the most alluring attractions for visitors to the Caves of Saturno. Some striking photographs to take back home can be made here and bringing your goggles for some excellent crystal-clear diving is highly recommended.

On the other hand you have the awe-inspiring Ambrosio Cave, famous for its bat population and some ancient drawings inside. You can come on a short guided tour or explore it yourself. But if you're serious about cave exploring then you can venture all the way to the Bellamar Caves, famous for the unrivalled beauty of its speleothems, its spectacular crystallised domes.

Lastly, the Josone National Park is Varadero's greenest oasis with verdant gardens that date all the way back to the 1940s. At the midst of it all stands the former neoclassical mansion of the wealthy owners of a rum distillery. Now the house and the park are public places where many people celebrate weddings and birthdays. Look out for the local wildlife, including a variety of birds and have a relaxing stroll by the lake.

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