Varadero, Cuba

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We are pleased to welcome you to Varadero, the most famous beach in Cuba and one of the most important destinations in the Caribbean.

The transparency of its waters, the different tones of blue, the fine white sand, the warm weather, the vegetation and the open landscape turn this location into an unforgettable resort.

It is located only 138 km from Havana City, on the northern coast of the province of Matanzas, and close to the cities of Matanzas and Cárdenas, both of them full of history and heritage and cultural values.

From Varadero you will be able to travel to any of the interesting places of the Cuban geography. We will also provide for you our typical cocktails and our excellent cuisine, the good music, the Cuban joy, our dances and culture in its different expressions. All sea-related sports have their ideal place in Varadero. There is also an excellent 18 hole-golf course.

Varadero is also very proud to offer a great security for its visitors as well as the warmth and hospitality of its people who are always willing to share their joy, culture and European and African roots, turning Cuban into the best host. Come to enjoy with us all the blue of the Caribbean and you will make sure that Varadero is more than a dream; Varadero is for you.

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Highlights

Varadero Beach Resort

The beach resort of Varadero is Cuban tourism at its most developed. Occupying the Peninsula de Hicacos, its main attraction has always been its marvelous beach, but this isn't all it has to offer. You can explore its caves and escarpments, a necklace of virgin cays that are easy to get to and the carefully preserved natural landscape at the northeastern end of the peninsula.

Varahicacos Ecological Reserve

Diversity in tropical ecosystems, the presence of a rich flora, national and local, as well as migratory birds on certain moments of the year, makes of this a marvelous option for visitors. Here are also located the oldest saltworks ruins of Cuba and the Caribbean, archeological sites and aboriginal pictographies, looked after by a majestic endemic cactus known as The Patriarch, believed to be over 500 years old.

Matanzas City

Recreated by painters and sung by poets and musicians, Matanzas is also distinguished for the proliferation of bridges that enrich its urban lattice, to the city of Matanzas (been founded in 1693) it is known indistinctly as the “Athens of Cuba”. There, next to a beautiful bay, was also born a popular rhythm of soft cadence and diverse sound bells, fact to dance in living rooms and for couple: the Danzón, and a sui-géneris Pharmaceutical Museum stands out among the cultural proposals.

Peninsula de Zapata Natural Park

An idyllic playground for ecotourists and scuba divers. Sparsely populated and zealously protected, most of the region lies within the Ciénaga de Zapata Biosphere Reserve, habitat of rare birds, crocodiles and a wide variety of ecosystems.

Varadero Experiences

Trinidad de Cuba
The conservation of the historical atmosphere, buildings, colonial layout, cobblestoned streets, paved sidewalks and urban furniture, has made it possible for visitors to appreciate the image of the primitive Cuban villages and consequently those of the Hispanic Caribbean, turning Trinidad into a witness of the epoch and a source of knowledge on colonial values.

Steam Train Ride
Enjoy the ride at this gem of the early twentieth century and experience the journey of the sugar cane to the mill.

San Isidro de los Destiladeros
Very near the state house, there is a 14 meters high steeple tower, still standing in spite of the passing of time. With its three levels, this tower is a symbol of the city’s daily life, whose ornamental elements are characteristic of the Trinitarian constructions of the 19th century. In recent years, diverse archaeological researches have been carried out in this place, classified by experts as the most complete traditional architectural group of the sugar industry in the Valle de los Ingenios.

Casa de la Música
The standout live music venue in Trinidad, offering big-band salsa and traditional Cuban music most nights.

African Influence in the Trinitarian Culture
The African contribution to the Trinitarian culture is vital to define the local identity and heritage. Slaves were the ones responsible for the forming of associations and town councils in honor of a catholic saint, thus disguising their true origins to keep their African roots.

Craftworks
Manual and artistic deftness is part of the identity of the Trinitarian, who transmits it from generation to generation. The origins of local craft date back to the foundation of the town, cultivated primarily as an entertainment among housewives of families with greater economic development. Pottery and ceramics particularly identify the territory, with the Santander family standing out.

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