Discover an idyllic beach retreat
Showcasing one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, a Varadero holiday is a great way to get away from it all.
As a popular destination, that is favoured by a wealth of top celebrities, it's a fabulous place to stay and play this summer. With its access to soft powdery beaches and truly postcard-worthy surroundings, sprinkled with hideaway caves, pockets of dense forest and plenty of secluded coast line, there will never be a dull moment.
Things to do in Varadero
There is something for everyone on a Varadero holiday. If you can tear yourself away from the pristine beaches, explore the sights nearby, like the beautiful Church of Santa Elvira and Museo Municipal Varadero just off the main street.
If you're an avid golfer, make sure to time your holiday with the Varadero Golf Club tournaments, held in June and October each year. If not, admire the interesting architecture of the Mansion Xanadu next to the 18-hole golf course, which is also excellent for evening cocktails.
There's also a great music scene to be experienced. Head to Parque Josone, a public park dating back to the 1940s for fabulous music at night or plan your getaway for June, when you'll find the National Rock Atenas Festival. For an evening to remember, head to the Cabaret Cueva de Pirata – a pirate cabaret in a cave. It's guaranteed to be swashbuckling fun!
If sports are your thing, head to nearby Matanzas' Victoria de Girón to experience the thrill of baseball in Cuba. You can also see a fantastic performance in Teatro Sauto in Matanzas for a cultural night out.
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Varadero's northern stretch is full of grand hotels and resorts that offer incredible ocean breezes and picturesque panoramas of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Bahia de Cardenas on the other. From big name hotel brands to luxurious resorts, you'll find lavish and affordable accommodation on holiday in Varadero, a cheaper alternative to Mexico's Cancun.
You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing something to do. Kids and adults will enjoy the Delfinario, where you can swim alongside trained bottlenose dolphins and see the largest crocodile farm in Cuba, the Boca de Guama, while culture vultures will enjoy hanging out in the centre of town. Feel the beat in the lively Mambo Club for a fantastic time dancing the night away and don't forget to enjoy a refreshing mojito. You will also find all sorts of cuisines from Chinese to Swiss, but try the House of Al Capone, a restaurant in the mobster's former home for a slice of history with your meal.
Vibrant Varadero holidays for everyone
Varadero is the thin peninsula on the northern coast of the island of Cuba, in between the larger cities of Cardenas and Matanzas, which means it has plenty of sea views and enjoys easy access to city life. With its warm, sunny weather and stunning crystal waters, there isn't a bad time of year to go on holiday to Varadero.
There is so much to see and do on holiday in Varadero that you will never run out of things to be amazed by. Go deep-sea fishing just west of Varadero in Marina Marlin and see what you can reel in. Discover the marine life of Cuba at the Aquaworld Marina Chapelín, and learn to scuba dive with Barracuda Diving Centre.
For a fantastic out of water outing, check out the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, also fun for the whole family. Nearby, see the amazing Cueva de Ambrosio, a cave in Varadero with 47 pre-Columbian drawings only discovered in 1961. Use the Varadero Beach Tour on a hop-on, hop-off bus to get around the area, or just stroll along the scenic streets.