Beaches in Varadero

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It's quite possible the primary reason tourists visit the Matanzas province in Cuba, is for the Varadero Beaches. Imagine a long coastline of wide beach front, approximately 13 miles in all, with fine white sands and crystal blue waters. Varadero is widely known as a resort area, and it is one of the most popular locations on the entire island of Cuba. The main beach is called Varadero Beach but there are also many unnamed areas of beach that connect to Varadero that offer beautiful sights and activities, too.

Turquoise, Clear Waters

The water at Varadero Beach is not only warm; it's practically see-through due to its clarity and its shallow depth. Whether you're swimming or snorkeling, you can go out to sea several meters and still not run into deep waters. The sea beds viewable from the water's surface and underwater showcase a variety of sea life including turtles, lobster, fish, shrimp, crab, mollusks and coral. You may also run into a group of the local wild dolphins that can be pretty playful when you're swimming or boating.

Fun Activities

When you visit Varadero Beach, you'll never run out of things to do. Take a dive at one of the 28 popular diving spots in the area and then go for a swim in the underwater caves, passages, reefs and channels. You can rent a sailboard, aqua bike, rowboat, paddleboat or horse and go for a ride. There are also catamaran rides, parasailing or parachuting, and winged boats available for the more adventurous tourists. There are areas along the beach that offer go-kart racing, golf courses and a nice marina where you can go on yacht cruises. Cruise voyages travel out to an amusement park called Parque de Diversiones that has carnival rides for both adults and children or to another Varadero hot spot known as Delfinario, where you'll find a dolphinarium offering impressive and memorable dolphin shows.

The Ecological Beach

One of the main attractions in the Varadero area is a nature reserve called the Ecological Beach. It's basically an untouched and undeveloped area where you can enjoy many different animals, plants and trees in their natural habitat. This beach has one of the oldest types of trees in all of Cuba, "el patriarca," which is actually a cactus that looks like a tree. Ecologists have dated this tree back to times before the Spanish conquest.

April 24, 2010 new by suegabel

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