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Varadero

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Cuba's original and largest beach resort

First developed for the US market in the pre Revolution 1950s, Varadero is far and away Cuba’s largest beach resort although, it is fair to say, it does divide opinion.

The name Varadero essentially refers to the entire 20km long Hicacos Peninsula, along one side of which runs a continuous stretch of beautiful, sandy white beach. The other side of the peninsula, which in parts is less than 1km wide, faces onto a large lagoon.

There is no town or centre to Varadero which spreads out along the entire length of the peninsula and which is now home to over 50 hotels. The western end of the peninsula tends to be home to some of the resort’s older and more budget orientated properties together with a spattering of basic bars, restaurants and tourist facilities. The eastern half of the peninsula is where you will find the newest and most luxurious hotels.

As by far Cuba’s largest resort, Varadero boasts the widest range of accommodation options as well as the largest variety of typical beach holiday activities, everything from sailing trips to submarine rides to para-gliding. However, if it’s the ‘real’ Cuba that you are after, forget Varadero, and do also bear in mind that, apart from Havana, Cuba’s main centres of historic and cultural interest are a long way away.

Isolated from the real Cuba it may be, but Varadero’s relative proximity to Havana, a 2 hour drive away, is perhaps its strongest selling point. Many visitors are content to combine a few days in Havana with a longer spell in Varadero while, even those who want to see far more of the island, are drawn to the convenience of a few days in Varadero before heading back to Havana airport.

Accommodation in Varadero

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