Varadero

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October 16

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Varadero is very different from the rest of Cuba. Maybe there will not be so many typical Cuban charm, which is often shown in films. But Varadero is full of excellent hotels, magnificent beaches and even has the only golf course in the country. Can you imagine how exclusive this vacation spot is?

Juan Gvalberto Gomez Airport, VRA

All North American and European flights are served by a small international airport terminal. It is so small that its importance for Cuba and the resort of Varadero is extremely difficult to believe. However, in Cuba, recently opened to the world, one should not be surprised at such things.

 

Among the entertainment at the airport there are only a few shops and cafes. They do not work around the clock, and indeed, it is better to avoid overnight stays at the airport in any country in the world. The business lounge has Wi-Fi access. So if you fly economically, but urgently need to go online, you will have to pay for the entrance to the lounge.

 

In general, the airport has been developing recently. The migration control zone was expanded, several new windows were opened, the flow of passengers passes quite quickly and without any problems. But you should still be attentive to your things and to people around you as a whole.

How to get from the airport to the city center?

There is no typical city center in Varadero, although the Parque Josone city park is sometimes called that. Therefore, we will consider this park as the center. So, the distance to it from the airport is 30 kilometers. A taxi ride will take from 25 to 35 minutes. And it will cost $ 35. By the way, local currency is very easy to convert to dollars, because the rate is almost always 1:1.

Most tourists still choose a bus. And the easiest way is to request a transfer to the hotel in which you have booked a room. Most hotels are a 40-60 minute drive from the airport. If your hotel does not provide a transfer, the Viazul bus to the bus terminal of the same name leaves for Varadero three times a day. A ticket costs $ 6.

 

In addition, you can ask the driver of any hotel bus if there are any empty seats. Many of them will agree to toss you for $ 5-10.

Quick facts about Varadero

Car rent
from $ 58 per day
Hotel booking
from $ 38 per night
Currency
CUP
Cuban peso

Reference average prices in Varadero

🌭 Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant
$ 5,5
🍕 Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course
$ 25
🍺 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)
$ 1,5
🚌 One-way Ticket (Local Transport)
$ 0,08
🏠 Apartment rent per month (1 bedroom in City Centre)
$ 223

Best time to visit Varadero

Best season to travel: November to April
Prices
Hotel from $38
Temperature
The average temperature during the year ranges from 18°C to 32°C
Precipitation
The average rainfall per year is 1264 mm
Weather

Most precipitation falls in Varadero in the summer. However, for tourists this is not so bad. In the summer, it’s still stuffy and hot. And the temperature in the rest of the year almost never drops below 20 degrees.

Varadero Sightseeings

Varadero is the longest strip of a white sandy beach lined with palm trees. One of the main attractions here is water sports. Crystal clear blue water is an ideal place for diving, sailing, snorkeling and even just swimming without masks and equipment. But also outside the beach you can find some interesting activities, and here are more details about them.

Varadero Beach

The main beach of the peninsula extends over 20 kilometers and is considered one of the best in the Caribbean. From soft sand palms with huge leaves grow here, and the sand goes into clear sea water. Along all this beauty there are about 50 resort hotels, in which almost all tourists often live. But everyone can look into local restaurants, recreation and entertainment areas. Very comfortably.

Saturn Cave

A complex system of caves is situated near Varadero. And the largest of them is Saturno Cave. This is an exceptionally beautiful place, offering pleasant coolness and darkness after the scorching beach sun. Stalactites descend from the ceiling of the cave, stalagmites peek out from the water depths. Here you can swim in the azure fresh water and admire the bizarre rock formations. Special coral walking shoes, snorkel and mask will be useful.

Park Josone

In the heart of Varadero is a real oasis. The park is absolutely man-made. It was built in the 1940s. The park belonged to the owner of a local factory, who built a mansion here for his wife. Neat paths meander around gardens, beautiful fountains murmur, and a decorative bridge is built across a small lake with ducks. Here you can go boating or just relax in the shade of palm trees. And you can finish your tour of the park in a local restaurant, watching the charming sunset.

Mansión Xanadu

This luxurious villa was built for the American rich man Alfred Ireni Dupont de Nemours in 1929. After the revolution, Dupont left the country, and the Cuban government nationalized the villa. The villa is built of Italian marble, rare woods and unique ceramic tiles. This is still an overly rich building. Now you can rent a room here, or you can just have dinner in a restaurant, enjoying the sea view from the second floor. And here is a small exposition of original interior items and old photographs.

Cayo Piedra Underwater Park

Northeast of Varadero is the most popular area for diving and snorkeling called Cayo Piedra Underwater Park. Military equipment and various vessels, including yachts, offshore platforms for launching missiles and taking off aircraft, all this was specially flooded here in the late 1990s to create an artificial reef. Large flocks of colorful fish found their home amid a mountain of rusty iron, covered in corals and various flora, and attentive divers and divers can find turtles, sharks and crustaceans here.

Varadero Museum

In the local museum you can get to know the history of the peninsula in a pleasant marine environment. The museum is housed in a 1920s beachfront house designed by architect Leopoldo Abreu. The project with elegant balconies and a wooden veranda is a typical example of a beach house of the last century. In the early 80s, the house was reconstructed. Now the museum has a huge number of exponats, including antique furniture, stuffed animals and even the remains of a small shark with two heads. The collection is chaotic, but interesting.

What to eat in Varadero

Typically, tourists eat here on an all-inclusive package. This is especially true for the residents of North America, who are the most in Varadero. Since there are not so many restaurants as in other typical resorts, most hotels make sure that their guests can eat well without going far from the beach, however, with typical Cuban food it’s difficult here, because everyone is mainly fed American or European menus.

But in the city you can still find a bunch of food outlets from grocery stalls to the local version of fast food. It is especially interesting to try local burgers, sandwiches and the Cuban version of pizza. Most often, restaurants serve chicken, pork or fish. Menus are usually placed outside, attracting tourists at pretty nice prices.

Be sure to drink mojito in Cuba. This is a typical local drink that is made here the best in the world. The second typical drink is cuba libre, a mixture of rum, cola and lime juice. It is amazing how these Cuban cocktails became popular all over the planet, but at the same time they remain the hallmark of Cuba.

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