Located on the northernmost part of the island of Cuba, Varadero Beach runs along the narrow Hicacos Peninsula for 22 Km (over 13.5 miles). It has a wide strip of fine, white sand that slopes gently into the sea, whose warm, clear waters encompass an incomparable range of blues.
Varadero began to be developed as a summer vacation resort in the 1940s, but it was not until the last ten years that its network of hotels and other facilities was given an unprecedented boost. Its tourist offer was both diversified and upgraded.
Its main attraction has always been its marvelous beach, but this is not all it has to offer. You can explore its caves and escarpments, a necklace of virgin keys that are easy to get to and the carefully preserved natural landscape at the northeastern end of the peninsula. In addition, Cárdenas, the nearby city of Matanzas, the Zapata Peninsula and the San Miguel de los Baños Spa offer cultural, historic and natural attractions.
Varadero's Plaza America Conference Center has all the facilities needed for conferences and incentive tourism.
Varadero is a free port and has exceptionally good conditions for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports.
You can access Cuba's most visited beach by road. The world-famous resort is 130 kilometers east of Havana. You can also travel by plane, landing at Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport, on the road that links the city of Matanzas with Varadero.
In addition to traditional sun and beach offers, Varadero has an amphitheater at the entrance to the resort, where major international events have been held.
Facilities for congresses are complemented by the Plaza America Convention Center. You can also enjoy archeological attractions like Ambrosio's Cave and the Musulmanes (Muslims) Cave.
In addition, the Varadero Golf Club, designed by architect Les Furber, chairman of the Canadian company Golf Design Services is located in Peñas de San Bernardino. The golf course combines different styles, including classical, with broad streets limited by trees, and wide and unprotected greens.
The complement to the golf course is the Club House, where players meet after a golf session. The Xanadu Mansion, as it is called, was designed by architects Cavarrocas and Govantes in 1927.
On your way to the beach, on the left bank of the Canímar River, you will find the Tropicana Matanzas Cabaret, a version of the world-famous Tropicana Cabaret in Havana.
Dozens of restaurants and cafeterias of different categories are available in the resort area, offering a wide range of gastronomic offers, including popular fast food, seafood and delicacies from Cuban and international cuisine.
Some 14,000 rooms are available for vacationers who visit the resort. They are distributed in two-, three-, four- and five-star hotels, many of which are run by foreign companies.
One of the newest establishments is the Princesa del Mar Hotel, which is owned by the Cuban chain Gaviota and offers more than 400 rooms equipped with all the amenities demanded by today's tourism industry.
Families and couples can stay at the Barceló Solymar Beach Resort, the first hotel run by the Spanish group Barceló in Cuba.
The oldest logging facility in the world-famous beach resort, the Varadero Internacional Hotel, founded in 1950, is a traditional six-story compact building featuring an architectural design from the 1950s.
Varadero's seabed is home to more than 40 kinds of corals, hundreds of species of fish, lobsters, shrimps, crabs and turtles, and more than 70 kinds of mollusks.
Marinas such as Chapelin, Dársena de Varadero and Gaviota guarantee excellent conditions and eans to go diving, including appropriate boats, trained personnel, diving centers, hyperbaric hambers and means of transportation in case of an emergency.
The main diving site in Varadero is known as Hoyo Azul Ojo del Mégano, a huge 70-meter-wide cave that is famous for its underwater walls, coral reefs and schools of multicolored fish.
In addition, the Cayo Piedras del Norte Marine Park, the first and only attraction of its kind, covers an area of nearly two square nautical miles.