This coastal resort town showcases Cuba’s hospitality with ease and grace. Varadero is a vibrant tourist resort town boasting an exquisite 20 kilometres of golden beaches, swaying palm trees and refreshing waters lapping onto the shore. Ocean lovers will be in for a true coastal paradise, with the best of the Caribbean proudly displayed and on offer for tourists from all over the world.
The story of Varadero Tourist City
Varadero was initially used as a dry dock in the 1500’s, it was in 1887 that ten wealthy families were granted permission to build their vacation homes in the region and thus the city of Varadero was born. In the 1800’s, the first tourists arrived and the city was known as an elite tourist resort for the wealthy. In the early to middle years of the 1900’s, millionaires began visiting the region and acquiring mansions along the peninsula. Visitors included Al Capone and Irénée du Pont, who built his estate in the 1930’s.
Between 1959 and the 1990’s, tourism took on an equalising role and the Cuban government converted the many mansions into museums in an attempt to incorporate tourism for visitors of all social classes. With the abundance of museums, hotels and tourist resorts, Varadero soon became an international tourist destination and is Cuba’s most popular tourist destination to date.
Accomodation in Varadero
Varadero is a tourism hub, so there are over 50 vacation resorts along the coast and in the lively city centre. With an array of exclusive resorts as well as a bevy of comfortable, family friendly hotels and low key, budget friendly lodges, there is guaranteed to be an accommodation option that will call your name! Most of these resorts are booked months in advance and offer all-inclusive vacation packages, but there are a few hotels that will be able to accommodate spontaneous travellers.
Attractions in and around Varadero
Varedero Beach is undeniably the prime attraction in the city. With over 20 kilometres of sun-kissed golden sand, sparkling waters and swaying palm trees, this is a beach that will have you craving the opportunity to soak up the golden rays. The natural attractions in Varadero are certainly in abundance with a number of enchanting caves and a series of virgin cays. Experience the natural beauty of Varadero or indulge in the rich tapestry of culture and history in the cities of Matanzas and Cárdenas.
The Zapata Peninsula and the San Miguel de los Baños also offers a number of historical and cultural landmarks.
If lazing on the beach becomes tedious or you simply want a more exciting experience, then opt for scuba diving, yachting, deep sea fishing and a variety of other water sports off the coast of Varadero. From Central Park to the Caribbean beauty, in Varadero there is ample opportunity for an unforgettable vacation so start planning today!