Where is Varadero located?
Varadero resort is located on the long and narrow Hicacos Peninsula between the Straits of Florida (Atlantic Ocean) and the Bay of Cardenas, on the northern coast of Cuba. It’s 140 km (93 miles) from Havana and 32 km (21 miles) from Matanzas, the largest city in the province of the same name, Matanzas. From an administrative point of view, Varadero is now part of the municipality of Cardenas. It was in January 2011 that the municipality of Varadero was abolished and incorporated into the neighboring municipality, Cardenas.
The Hicacos Peninsula covers 14.4 sq km (5.6 sq mi) and is approximately 21 km (13 mi) long and more or less 1 km (0.6 mi) wide. It’s separated from the mainland by a lift bridge (Puente Bascular) crossing the Kawama channel. The tip of the peninsula, called Punta Hicacos, is the northernmost point of Cuba. The peninsula is surrounded by 10 cayos (islets), several coral reefs, channels and underwater caves. The peninsula takes its name from a type of spiny cactus (Hicacos).
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The different areas of Varadero (Hicacos Peninsula)
A regional map
See also an interactive map with markers at the bottom of this page.
The southwest end of the peninsula is the town area (a.k.a. downtown Varadero) where you’ll find most of the casas particulares and many of the cheaper hotels that are on or off the beach. The northeastern part is home to most of the the more luxurious and/or more recent all-inclusive beach resorts. A large portion of the northeast end of the peninsula is a nature preserve called Reserva Ecologica Varahicacos (3.12 sq. km / 1.20 sq. miles) where you can find an endemic forest, hiking trails and caves.
The entire northern shoreline of the peninsula (Atlantic side) is where you’ll find the spectacular 21-km (13-mi) beach from which Varadero is most famous for. A fine white sand of calcareous origin covers the entire length of the northern shore (beach and seabed). The shallow crystal-clear waters surrounding the peninsula allow bathers to enjoy a pleasant swim.
© Google Earth. In the satellite image above, you can see the location of Varadero. Move your mouse pointer over the markers to view the info. Using your mouse, you can move the image (click & drag) to see other points of interest in the region. Use your mouse's wheel to zoom in or out.
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