Holidays to Varadero

Varadero is best known for its spectacular beaches, abundance of wildlife and plants, nature reserves, parks, cays and more

Sprawling across Cuba's curvy Hicacos peninsula, Varadero is renowned as the country's best tourist resort - and it is also the largest. Enjoy beach views and blue skies as you soak up the sun on the 20km beach (one of the Caribbean's finest), or get involved in one of the many activities in the area, such as snorkelling and diving through the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Varadero hotels have such fantastic facilities, you don't even need to leave your hotel. Facilities include swimming pools, gyms, restaurants. and bars - and some even offer car hire services. Many Varadero hotels offer all inclusive packages so you don't have to worry about extra cash. Beyond the realms of your hotel, Varadero is always lively and you can enjoy excursions to nature reserves, parks, cays and more.

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Varadero Travel Information

There are few direct flights from London to Varadero, so the flight time varies. 

  • Population: 27,170
  • Currency: Cuban Peso 
  • Time Difference: (GMT-4 hours) 
  • Flight from UK: 14 hrs 40 mins
  • Language: Spanish 
  • Religion: Christianity 
  • International Dialling Code: +53 5 
The daylight saving time in Varadero is GMT-4 hours; this is followed in summer.
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Varadero Activities


Varadero offers a wide range of activities for the adventurous holidaymaker. For those interested in water sports, there are rich pursuits such as duelling with the waves while surfing, seeing the underwater life while snorkelling at Coral Beach, experiencing the thrill of speed boating, or mingling with sharks while shark diving. Other popular amusements at the island include hiking at the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, or going on a dazzling photography tour around the town.

Varadero Food & Drink


Varadero has a number of excellent restaurants for you to sample during your holiday. La Gruta, Wacoâ's Club and Varadero 60 are some examples; these establishments will serve you an exclusive meal with exquisite presentation in a wonderful environment. The House of Rum, serving all variations of Cuban rum and willing to serve you the way you particularly like, is the ultimate stop for anyone who wants to enjoy Cuba's national drink. Whilst you're there, pick up a bottle to take home.

Varadero Attractions


The first place on your holiday itinerary should be Varadero Beach, one of the most famous destinations in Cuba. Heritage tours around Varadero are illuminating due to the rich history of the city; one such place is the Iglesia Santa Elvira, a haven for relaxation and spirituality. Apart from these sites, the Saturno Cave offers further explorations on holidays to Varadero. On the eastern tip is the Reserva Ecologica Varahicacos, which has trails and an ancient burial cave.

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