Varadero beach is located in Matanzas province, about 35 km from the city head and 130 km from Havana, has a length of 22 km of a beach of great quality.
Varadero is one of the best spas in Cuba and its first beach and sun destination. It also ranks as the second most important tourist destination on the island and the largest beach and sun destination in the Caribbean, surpassing well-known resorts such as Cancun, Pink Sand Beach or Grace Bay. It is probably one of the best beaches in the world.
What to see and do in Varadero? What are your best tourist places?
We show you a list of the best places to visit:
1- Josone Park
Josone is a beautiful park that is composed of several hectares of varied vegetation, with majestic trees and a small lake. In the park you can enjoy romantic moments with your partner or moments of tranquility with the family. If you take a boat ride on the lake, you will see several species of birds and plants. The park has natural, historical, architectural, cultural, floristic and ornithological values.
There is an old neoclassical mansion built in 1942, surrounded by a large and beautiful garden. The property was built by a couple who owned a distillery in the nearby town of Cárdenas. It was his private residence and resting place. The name of the park is due to the union of the first letters of its owners, José and Onelia, and it has a beautiful love story. We recommend visiting it.
2- Visit the Varadero Dolphinarium
The place has a large pool surrounded by vegetation where several dolphins live, offering several daily shows. With an extra payment you can swim 15 minutes with them and make beautiful photos. If you go with children, it will be a memory they will never forget …
It also has a playground for infants and souvenir shops.
3- Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.
It is a protected area towards the end of the Hicacos peninsula, on the east path and very close to the Autopista Sur. The reserve has historical, natural, scientific and educational values that make it an excellent option when we get tired of the sun and the beach.
It is a good place to spot several species of terrestrial, aquatic, migratory and endemic birds of the island. Lovers of ornithology will be very happy in this place.
It presents a wide diversity of ecosystems of the tropical-coastal type, also with many autochthonous plants and reptiles. It also has the ruins of the oldest saltpans in Cuba and the Caribbean, and archaeological sites with aboriginal pictographs.
4- The Cave of Ambrosio
The cave of Ambrosio is one of the archaeological heritage of Varadero. You can get there by the South Highway, about 500 meters past the Amigo Varadero Club.
Discovered in 1961, it houses more than 40 pre-Columbian paintings in its 300 meters. The Cave of Ambrosio was settlement, first of indigenous people before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors and later of escaped slaves. The drawings in caves are proof of this.
5- Varadero Golf Club
The Varadero Golf Club occupies a narrow strip of land near the sea and borders the Meliá Varadero, Meliá Las Américas, Sol Club Palmeras, Golf & Suites Resort, Varadero SuperClubs, Tuxpan and Breezes Bella Costa hotels. It is 35 km from Varadero airport and 140 km from Havana City.
It was designed by the famous architect Les Furber and has a combination of styles. It is surrounded by sand traps and lakes; with holes located next to the sea as traps or obstacles. It has the unique feature of having several saltwater lakes that communicate directly with the sea.
Varadero Golf Club has hosted two important tournaments such as the Grand Final of the European Challeguer Tour and the AUDI Golf Cup of Spain.
6- Visit the Xanadu Mansion
Built in 1930 by the North American millionaire Irénee Dupont and decorated in the style of the 30s, the place has a warm and spiritual atmosphere. Today it serves as the Club House of the Varadero Golf Club. The installation is open to the general public for your visit, but there is a lodging service offered in its six luxury rooms. There is also a very luxurious restaurant with a bar and select wine cellars.
7- Visit the artisan fairs
In Varadero there are several craft fairs. There you can find from fine clothes, paintings and typical hats to souvenirs and crafts to decorate the home. It also sells jewelry and jewelry made with coral.