Discover Cuba’s most famous beach destination and a diver’s paradise on holidays to Varadero

A catamaran sails across Cuba’s turquoise blue northern shores, jungle hills in the distance and a 12-mile stretch of creamy white sands just moments away. Varadero holidays are all about Cuban cocktails, seafood grills, palm tree shaded pools inviting you for a dip and a spectacular beachfront lined with wind glade boards and kayaks.

Away from Cuba’s enigmatic cities which cater to culture vultures, holidays to Varadero are an unapologetic Caribbean escape for sun worshipping, shoulder dropping beach-goers where you can expect tai’ chi in the morning, spa therapists giving you baby soft skin before lunch, speed boat trips to virgin islands and moonlit dips from your luxury swim-up suite. If that’s all a little too relaxing there’s always the thrill of swimming amongst angelfish, blind shrimp and stalactites in the crystal clear waters of subterranean natural caves.

Deliciously warm, tranquil waters are the perfect little jewel for boat trips across to the family of cayes on the eastern tip of the peninsula and renowned scuba diving sites, but equally, the stunning bleached out beaches make it just as satisfying to sit back under a straw thatched parasol and enjoy blissful views with a good book and an Old Havana rum.

We can tell you the best places to stay in Varadero whether you want a luxury adults only eco resort or a family friendly hotel jam packed with activities. Give one of our Personal Travel Experts a call and we’ll craft your perfect Varadero holiday.

  • The region is a haven for divers with approximately 30 sites located within easy reach of the resort
  • Varadero offers shallow, clear and warm waters making it perfect for family holidays
  • For a day trip away from your resort you can Varahicacos Ecological Reserve which offers hiking trails, caves and hundreds of bird and plant species
  • Our featured Cuba tours either feature a stay in Varadero or you can add a beach break on to the end of your itinerary

Top hotels in Varadero


from £1,634

Meliá Marina Varadero

from £1,405

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT -5 hours


• There are two currencies in Cuba - the Convertible peso (CUC) and Cuban pesos (CUP) and you will mainly use CUC during your time in Cuba
• US dollars and US traveller’s cheques aren’t as widely exchanged as they used to be.
• Traveller’s cheques are mostly accepted, but not all hotels exchange them – go to an international bank instead.
• There’s a minimum fee of 8% to exchange currency and 3% on credit card payments.

Flying time to destination:

9¾ hours to Havana

More facts

When to visit

Jan 25°c
Feb 25°c
Mar 27°c
Apr 27°c
May 29°c
Jun 30°c
Jul 31°c
Aug 31°c
Sep 30°c
Oct 28°c
Nov 27°c
Dec 25°c
Further climate information

Recommended Varadero Hotels

Royalton Hicacos Resort & Spa


7 nights, All Inclusive, 06 Dec '19

from £1,818

Paradisus Princesa Del Mar Resort & Spa


7 nights, All Inclusive, 06 Dec '19

from £1,619



7 nights, All Inclusive, 21 Sep '19

from £1,634

Meliá Marina Varadero


7 nights, All Inclusive, 21 Sep '19

from £1,405

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Suggested Varadero Tours

Kuoni Insider

Take in the soft white sands of Varadero where walking on the beach is like stepping on flour and the sea is the clear blue you imagine.


Denise Gadsby

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