Varadero holiday highlights

Come here to make the most of life on the beach and out on the water alongside a fantastic choice of resorts and hotels with plenty of outdoor activities. There’s the spectacular dive sites at Cayo Piedra Underwater Park, the challenging hiking trails and bird rich lagoons inside Varadero Ecological Park and more tranquil adventure at Parque Josone where you can glide around the sunny lake on rowing boats. Mostly though, holidays to Varadero are centered on the gorgeous 12-mile stretch of white sand beach with its warm family friendly waters separating Cuba from the Florida Straits.

From here you can kayak or wind surf or take a catamaran tour of the peninsula anchoring at virgin islands for snorkelling, swimming and diving (motorised watersports are not available in any resort in Varadero due to local laws). The Bellamar and Saturno Caves make for an exciting underground adventure through galleries of crystallized domes, stalagmites and stalactites, where it’s possible to swim and snorkel in dark warm waters. Varadero holidays are a superb choice for a week or two of beach bliss or can be combined with one of our Cuba tours or a multi-centre itinerary with Havana.

Where is Varadero?
Just 90 miles from Havana, the beach resort of Varadero is on the Hicacos Peninsula and at just over half a mile wide you’re never far from gorgeous white sands.

Getting around
Predominantly a beach resort where everything you need and want will inside your chosen hotel or within walking distance, if you do want to explore downtown or beyond there’s the Varadero Beach Tour double decker open-top bus and metered taxis.

Food & drink
Our handpicked hotels give a good choice of restaurants and bars including teppanyaki show cooking, seafood restaurants, casual Italian and buffet style dining. Venturing downtown you’ll find authentic Cuban and Creole classics, romantic cave dining, kid friendly pizzas and pasta and beachfront bars.

Varadero key facts

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


Spanish. English is also spoken.

Varadero good to know


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Dialling code
+53 5


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