Varadero Travel Guide

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Cuba's premier beach resort and tourist Mecca, Varadero, is situated on a spit of land that reaches out into the Atlantic, a two-hour drive to the east of Havana. Varadero is internationally known for its transparent waters and beautiful setting and is the largest resort complex in the Caribbean, with more than 50 hotels. Growing numbers of sun-seeking European, Canadian and American tourists flock here for the warm aquamarine waters, sun and fun that are afforded by all-inclusive packages. There are 23 world-renowned dive spots along this 13-mile (21km) stretch of beach, not to mention numerous restaurants, cabaret spots, nightclubs, water and land sport opportunities, skydiving centre, golf courses, and much more.


Varadero's largest shopping complex is Plaza America where fancy boutiques and all manner of shops cater to American-style consumerism. There are a number of artisan markets that sell a wide variety of souvenirs along Avenue 1. For cigars the Casa del Habano sells excellent quality cigars.


Most tourists take advantage of the all-inclusive tourist packages offered by the hotel complexes where food is served buffet-style, and many of these hotels offer their buffets to non-guests as well. Outside of the resorts there are various options. Private restaurants (paladares) in people's houses are not allowed in Valadero and all restaurants are government-owned. Good Cuban restaurants include Restaurante La Vega and Restauranted Esquina Cuba. Parque Josone has several good restaurants as well as a variety of fast food outlets.


There are many bars offering live music, cabaret shows are popular, and dance clubs and discos cater to Cubans and tourists alike.


There are over 30 dive sites around Varadero and dive centres offering dive courses. Deep sea fishing, windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking and sailing are all offered. Land-based activities include golf, skydiving and bowling.


August 22, 2006 change by giorgio

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