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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.