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Things to do in Varadero

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The top 14 attractions in Varadero

Beaches in Varadero
Varadero Beach
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I have been to many beaches around the world and in my opinion the three best are the Seven Milles (Cayman Island), White Beach of Boracay (Philippines), and this one, Varadero. All three have white coral sand, but Varadero offers something special. I was there for the first time 12 years ago, and it was almost deserted. I went back this year and there are more hotels, and also more Cubans. Today, Cubans have more freedom, which they didn't have 12 years ago, when, for example, they were prohibited from being on the beach. For me, this as a shame because this beach is like paradise. I love the beach and I'm a passionate sea lover. I now prefer the beach to the mountains and this beach is one of my favourites. It has white sand and turquoise water, and it's ideal for a stroll. All the photos are accessible from my Facebook link and I hope you like them like I like them, and then you can decide for yourself.
Islands in Varadero
Cayo Blanco
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This tour was one of the highlights of my life - perfect for animal lovers. Dolphins in the open sea, following by snorkeling in a beautiful reef. Finally, you can spend the afternoon on the paradise beach eating lobster.
Historical Monuments in Varadero
Xanadu Mansion
This place is situated on the highest point of the peninsula, known as the Rock of San Bernardino. It was originally built as a house to rest for the chemical industry magnate, French American Irenee Dupont, but it has now become the Varadero Golf Course (ranked among the best golf courses to be found in the Caribbean). It also has a restaurant specializing in French food with a great selection of wines. The original construction began in the year 1927 when Mr Du Pont decided to leave the presidency of his company and was looking for a place to rest. It was the first stone building to be built in the city of Varadero. The truth is that the building is beautiful but it contrasts starkly with its surroundings. It was constructed with hardwoods such as mahogany, cedar, and Italian marble, Spanish and Cuban. When we went to visit, you had to cross a swamp and there were lots of mosquitoes.
Of Touristic Interest in Varadero
Dolphinarium
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Children will have a blast at the show put on by the Dolphinarium in Varadero. The entrance fee is 15 CUC and the show lasts for approximately 20 minutes. You can also swim with the dolphins for an additional price and have photos taken with these beautiful captive animals for 10 CUC. Too bad that it lasts such a short time. Highly Recommended!
Of Touristic Interest in Varadero
Swimming with Dolphins in Cayo Blanco
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You can get there by catamaran, tours depart daily from Varadero. The beaches are amazing, the food is pretty good, and the lobster casserole is great. You can swim in the crystal clear waters with a mojito in hand. It is priceless. I recommend the tour!
Nature Reserves in Varadero
Punta Hicacos Natural Park
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The Hicacos Peninsula, which is famous worldwide for its tourist area of ​​Varadero, has a length of 18 kilometers and lies between the Bay of Cárdenas and the Straits of Florida. Punta Hicacos, the northernmost point of mainland Cuba, is a protected Natural Park where there is a beautiful beach of fine sand. and warm crystal clear waters. There are many species of plants to be seen, a pond (which is used as a salt mine), and several caves (like the Ambrosio cave) where they have found fossils of aborigines and cave paintings. It's a good place for diving and snorkeling and, as in the whole area of ​​Varadero, in Punta Hicacos there are also several resort complexes.
Gardens in Varadero
Josone Park
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Varadero is a very beautiful place and a favorite destination with many tourists. There you can find Josone Park, a place that many other locals consider to be a beautiful paradise on earth. Is it all just hype?? Perhaps, but those who visit it do not hesitate to repeat this assessment so we trust that it must be true. Josone Park Avenue is located on 1st and 56, in the center, occupying about 8 acres, all covered with lush vegetation and very well kept. This is a wonderful botanical garden with varied nature, all in a peaceful and loving environment. Loving, yes, because the park was the brainchild of a couple who in 1942 dreamed of a place that their love and passion would last.
Concerts in Varadero
La Comparsita
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Varadero is a real must if you're visiting Cuba. This long, narrow peninsula is entirely dedicated to tourist resorts, but there's also the Comparsita, a place where you listen to live music, watch a cabaret, and of course, dance. This site is frequented by the Cubans themselves, and is an organised outdoor patio with a stage and dance floor, with the bar inside. It's impossible not to enjoy it - quality music, talented dancers, friendly and attractive staff. The club opens after dinner, and stays open until late at night (well, until the morning) and there's always a long line of taxis ready to take you back to the hotel at any time (and low prices ). The entrance to the Comparsita costs 10 pesos (about 6 euro), then all drinks are free.
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Caves in Varadero
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The best things to do in Varadero

There is a lot of much stuff to do in Varadero, a beautiful city in Cuba located 130 kilometres east of Havana. Known worldwide for its beach, there are a range of attractions in Varadero that will capture the imagination of all visitors. Varadero Beach is probably one of the most important Varadero attractions and thousands of tourists travel there. The warm and transparent waters are inviting all year round, making it one of the best paces to visit in Varadero.

Other things to see in Varadero are spots like Saturno Cave, Coral Beach, Ambrosio Cave, Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, or Cactus Patriarch, a giant cactus said to be 500 years old. Other things to do in Varadero include visiting the monuments - although there aren't many enormous
architectural works, there are some places to visit such as the Casa del Ron, the Santa Elvira Church, and the Municipal Museum of Varadero.

As for other things to do in Varadero, the sky is the limit! If you are interested in local products you can see firsthand how the rum and Havana cigars are made by visiting La Casa del Habano, the House of Ron Varadero, or the City Museum. Or you can engage in one of many Varadero activities, such as water sports like diving.

Still wondering what to do in Varadero? On Minube you can search for a range of activities, sights, and accommodations for your stay in this beautiful Cuban city. Don't delay your trip any longer, come and see it for yourself!