Varadero: the best beaches in the caribbean

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Varadero is a beach resort town located in the Hicacos peninsula near of the city of Cardenas in the province of Matanzas, Cuba, about 140 km at east of Havana city. It is one of the most attractive and great tourist beach destinations not only of Cuba but of the entire Caribbean.
It has an extension of 30 km whose major part are beaches of crystal clear waters and fine white sand, which together with the warm Caribbean weather make them considered among the best in the world, so much so that in a recent survey carried out by Tripadvisor travelers, Varadero Beach is considered one of the best beaches in Cuba and resulted in the second place of the best beaches in the world in 2019 according to Tripadvisor. You can walk its streets, squares and beaches quietly thanks to Cuba being considered one of the safest destinations in the world.

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Varadero Beaches

The Hicacos Peninsula includes in total six beaches among which Varadero Beach is the largest and best known. Then it is followed by Rincon Francés, La Alameda and then other smaller ones that are located between the rock of San Bernardino, on which the famous Xanadú mansion sits, and Pirata caves, in the Chapelín ecological reserve.


If you are looking for accommodation in Varadero you can stay in one of the many hotels of the city , among which stand out some of the best hotels in Cuba. One of the preferred options for visitors are the  all inclusive modality. In the follow list you can find some of them.

Varadero All Inclusive Hotels

  • Blau Varadero
  • Melia Las Americas
  • Iberostar Selection Varadero
  • Iberostar Bella Costa
  • Royalton Hicacos
  • Villas Experience Varadero
  • Be Live Experience Tuxpan
  • Roc Barlovento Hotel
  • Melia Varadero
  • Iberostar Laguna Azul

Other accommodations (bnb and hostels)

Another mode of accommodation that you can consider if you want to spend some cheap vacations to Cuba are the hostels and guest houses or bnb, which began being the preferred option for backpackers but today however it is a preferred mode for all types of guests since the comfort of their homes combined with excellent service that they offer make them compete in excellence and quality with the most luxurious and comfortable hotels.

What to do in Varadero?

If you are looking for what to do in Varadero, you cannot miss in the list visiting the beaches of Varadero, where you can not only delight in its warm and transparent waters but you can also practice many modalities of water sports, rent water implements such as boats, water bikes, navigate in catamarans, snorkeling in coral reefs, etc. If you come with children, one of the best attractions you can consider is the Varadero Dolphinarium or the Josone Park if you are looking for shopping while entertainment or you can go through the Convention Center Plaza America, there you can find restaurants, pizzerias, cafes and mini-parks for children’s entertainment.

Other activities to do in Varadero are to visit the Cueva de Ambrosio, Cueva Saturno, o the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. To bring a souvenir back you can buy handicrafts at the Varadero Street Market. If you want to enjoy the best rum in Cuba as well as know its history you can visit the House of Rum.

If you like golf you should know that One of the best-known events in the area is the golf championship held at the Golf Country Club House, to which golf lovers come from all over the world.

Varadero Weather

The climate in Varadero is typically tropical with temperature variations. As in the whole island of Cuba the most notorious seasons are summer and winter. In the coldest months (January – February) the average daytime temperature is 26.3 ° C, while in the hottest month (August) it is 31.7 ° C on average, while at night it rarely drops of 20 ° C.
The rainy season occurs from May to October. During this season there is a risk of tropical cyclones, although officially the hurricane season runs from June to October.

Other Cuba Destinations

On the other hand, Varadero enjoys an excellent connection with other destinations such as Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Viñales, not only because of its proximity to Havana but because it has the second largest airport on the island: Varadero Airport Juan Gualberto Gómez.

Varadero: the best beaches in the caribbean

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