The superb white sandy beaches of
Varadero span a total length of over 18 km (11 mi), and Cubans rightly claim that they
are the loveliest in the country. The calm, clear waters range in colour from turquoise
to deep blue, with a million and one shades in between. The average temperature in
Varadero is 25°C (77°F), and the ocean, warm year-round, is perfect for swimming and
If the beaches need no introduction,
the same can't be said of the Parque Natural de Varadero, a little-known park also found
on the Hicacos peninsula. This uncrowded, unspoiled natural setting is also one of the
few places in Varadero where you don't have to pay to get in. Fourteen archaelogical
sites lie hidden within its boundaries.
collapse of the Soviet Union in 1990, the development of the local tourist industry has
transformed Varadero's urban landscape, though a few old wooden houses and streets have
survived. Now Varadero's main tourist attraction, the Mansión Xanadu (or Casa DuPont), a
majestic Spanish colonial-style mansion, with carved wooden balconies and windows, is
reminiscent of an Andalusian palace. Today the mansion comprises the Las Américas
As far as nightclubs are concerned,
Varadero is definitely one of the best cities in Cuba. All catering to tourists, these
establishments offer a wide variety of music and atmospheres.
Where on earth
Located on the Hicacos peninsula, in the Cuban province
of Matanzas, Varadero is a long, thin strip of land that juts into the sea.