The Hicacos Peninsula better known as VARADERO is the largest and most popular beach resort in Cuba. Its 21-km (13-miles) pristine white sand beach is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful in the world.
Thousands of visitors come to Varadero every year to relax and enjoy the calm turquoise waters and warm sun of this Caribbean paradise but Varadero has much more to offer than just a glorious beach. Although it lacks some of the authenticity and cultural-rich environment found in colonial cities such as Havana or Santiago de Cuba, Varadero still provides a taste of the Cuban culture with its numerous art galleries, museums, cabarets, quaint bars and cafes, handicrafts markets, live music, cigar and rum shops, etc.
Nature lovers can also take a break from the beach to enjoy hiking trails, caves, ancient wall paintings, and the fauna and flora of the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. Varadero is also home to one of the only two golf courses in the country, the other one is in Havana. Watersports, such as diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, catamaran cruise, kite surfing, glass-bottom boat, etc., is of course a predominant sector of activities offered all year long. Varadero will also appeal to people who are looking for a more festive nightlife-scene with its numerous bars, discotheques, cafes, and cabarets.
You’ll find in Varadero a large variety of hotels, resorts, and casas particulares (Bed & Breakfast private homestay). Many of the newer hotels are operated and/or co-owned by foreign hotel chains such as: Melia, Barcelo, Riu, Iberostar, Blau, H10, Accor, Superclubs, Mercure, Be Live, Blue Diamonds, ROC Hoteles, Hoteles C, etc., and the majority of the older hotels are managed by the Cuban hotel chains such as: Gaviota, Gran Caribe, Islazul, and Cubanacan. The quantity of rooms available in Varadero represents approximately 50% of the total number of hotel rooms in all Cuba. For sure you’ll easily an accommodation according to your budget and taste.
Visitors come mostly from Canada, Europe and South America. But in the last few years tens of thousands of Americans visited Cuba legally with the People-to-People Ambassador Program licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department, these trips must include some cultural or educational components in order to be approved. But according to the recent talks and steps taken to restore full diplomatic relations between USA and Cuba, we might see in a near future even more Americans who will be able to discover and freely enjoy this tropical paradise.
Lily & Normand