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Varadero Beach

It’s considered by many as the number one attraction and main reason to visit Varadero, and for a good reason, this white sandy beach is rated as one of the best in the world! The calm turquoise waters also makes this popular beach the perfect place for swimming and do all-kinds of water sports. The 21-km (13 mi) strip of nearly uninterrupted beach is also great for taking long walks or simply relax under the sun.

All beaches in Cuba are public but chairs and palapas belonging to a hotel can be used only by their guests.

A typical sight on Varadero’s beaches are the bicycle shopping carts, they are made of shelves and hooks built over a bicycle that can be rolled along the beach by the vendors who have a government’s permit.

Beach Safety — Although the sea is usually calm and safe in Varadero it can sometimes be more dangerous due to higher surf, strong currents or undertow, especially during bad weather (strong winds, tropical storm or hurricane).  You should always follow the flag system:

  • Green Flag: Low hazard calm condition. Go swim.
  • Yellow Flag: Medium hazard moderate surf and/or current. Be cautious.
  • Red Flag: High hazard high surf and/or strong currents. No swimming.
  • Most hotels have life guards who are usually wearing Red Cross symbols on their shirts.