With about 13 kilometers of white sandy beaches, blue waters and sunny skies, it is easy to understand why Varadero is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean. Even though the city itself is small, Varadero surprises its visitors with a wide range of hotels, restaurants, fun activities and beautiful exotic landscapes.
According to Cubans, this small town in the north of their country is home to the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean Sea.
Here are some things you need to know if you want to spend your holiday there:
Playa de Varadero – Heaven on Earth
Varadero beach is the corner of heaven of Cuba, being declared by several publications the most beautiful beach in the world. Snow-white sand, turquoise crystalline waters and reef-shaded reef umbrellas are exactly that tropical image that comes to mind when we dream of the perfect vacation. Moreover, in Playa de Varadero, visitors can take scuba diving lessons, snorkel or sail the sea with a cruise boat.
Saturn Cave – An Underground Surprise
Cuba is full of natural wonders, and the amazing caves around Varadero are among them. The best known of these is probably Cueva de Saturno, a prehistoric cenote cave, 20 meters deep, with a wide opening and a lot of fascinating stalactites shaped by nature. Scuba diving is the best way to explore the cave, and because the water in the cave is very crystalline, swimming and snorkeling are also possible.
Dolphinarium – Swimming with dolphins
Your vacation in the Caribbean would be incomplete without the chance to get close to everyone’s favorite animals: dolphins. These smart and graceful animals present a show four times a day, astounding their visitors with stunts, tricks and all sorts of fun things. Those who want it can even swim with the dolphins, an opportunity you rarely find in other parts of the world.
Josone Park – A mesmerizing green oasis
The incredible Josone amusement park in the center of Varadero, full of tropical and aromatic plants and colorful birds, is an ideal place to walk. In the artificial lake within the park you can take a boat tour, and if you do not want to venture out on the water, you can take part in a mini-golf or outdoor bowling session.
These splendid gardens date from 1940 and take their name from the former owners, José Fermín Iturrioz y Llaguno and his wife, Onelia, who owned the Arechabala rum distillery in Cárdenas (nearby) and built a neoclassical mansion here.
Best time to go to Varadero
Being located on a peninsula, the Atlantic is sending constant winds temper the tropical sun of Varadero. Therefore, the exotic resort has average temperatures between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius, making it an ideal destination in all 12 months of the year.
Varadero is not the most accessible destination from the point of view of accommodation, but if you book in advance, you will find plenty of hotels and private houses at reasonable prices.