Boasting more than 20km of white sandy beaches, Varadero is first and foremost a thriving beach resort with a true Caribbean vibe. Sit back and relax as hard as you like; no-one will judge you for it. In fact, it’s encouraged! It really is all about the beach here, and the beach is called Playa Azul, which means blue beach in Spanish. True to its name, the warm, crystal-clear waters of Playa Azul are perfect for swimming, and the range of watersports is second to none. Off the beach you will find Cuba’s only 18-hole golf course complete with stunning seaside views – an opportunity not to be missed!
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10 Facts About Varadero

  1. Fun fact: Many famous and infamous people have stayed in Varadero, including Al Capone.
  2. The first mention of Varadero was in 1555. The salt mines of the peninsula, closed in 1961, supplied most of the Spanish Latin America Fleet from 1587.
  3. Tourists began visiting Varadero as early as the 1870s. For many years, it was considered an extremely exclusive resort.
  4. Varadero is proud to have one of only a few golf courses in the whole of Cuba. Fidel Castro ordered Cuba's golf courses to be closed down because he considered them a symbol of elitism.
  5. Varadero is home to the Casa del Ron, or House of Rum, which is actually a museum-come-shop dedicated to the good stuff. Samples definitely included.
  1. A 600-year-old-cactus as tall as a tree - it actually resembles a tree, grows at the end of the Hicacos peninsula in Varadero.
  2. 5km north of Playa las Calaveras, Cayo Piedras del Norte has a marine park with deliberately sunk vessels, including a towboat, a missile-launching gunboat, a plane and a yacht.
  3. With flat roads between the mountains, Viñales valley is one of Cuba’s best cycling spots. This national park features beautifully rust-red soil, tobacco plantations and limestone crags.
  4. The US is only 140 km from Varadero - Florida’s Key West is just to the north west of the peninsular.
  5. On the Autopista Sur, you'll a cave filled with 47 pre-Columbian drawings, discovered in 1961. The black-and-red drawings may be a solar calendar drawn by escaped slaves.

More About Varadero

Beyond the resorts there is so much to see and do, you will need a return trip! Visit Museo Municipal for a fascinating look the region's history via the revolution and beyond. If you're a history buff or culture vulture, you'll find plenty to draw you from your Varadero resort hotel here. At Casa de la Cultura, the cultural centre is a must for those who want to experience the local culture. Here you will find Rumba dances, local art museums, and poetry. If you want to be a little more adventurous try learning the Rumba or Salsa.

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