Varadero, Cuba: where the beaches never end

How to beach?

Simple: find some place in a shadow (unless you don't have the tan yet), spread the towel on the white sand and relax. Do nothing. The holiday is to relax, isn't it?

Our beaches, in a global comparison, are uniquely beautiful, not overcrowded, and allow for long walks (early morning hours recommended). There are, of course, boats anf floating devices for rent in hotels. The water is very clean. A simple swim is an excellent exercise, if the waves permit.

Where to stay (hotels)?

Big, 4-star hotels will host you within $90 - $190 price range (depends on the season, December-January being most expensive). Small hotels without pool but sometimes quite close to beach $40 - $50. These are usually booked out in the top season.

Advantages to stay in a hotel: pool, internet, 24-hour service desk, international TV channels.

Where to stay (our casas)?

Private Bed&Breakfast facilities (called in Cuba casa particular ) have grown increasingly popular in the recent years.
You would typically pay $35 - $40 per room and night. No extra charge for children.

Advantages to stay in a casa: genuine Cuban house, price lower then hotel, friendly service and advice, some casas have kitchen, tipping not expected.

What to eat?

There are restaurants of all classes in Varadero, some located in hotels, other with free acces along the main Avenida . In the recent years many privatly owned paladars have opened, such as the Las Terrazas restaurant shown on the picture.

The prices for a full meal vary between $10 and $20, with lobster (langosta) and fish topping the price list. The paladar prices are similar to restaurants but the service is better. Economy tourists are saving on restaurant expenses by renting an apartment with own kitchen, such as Casa Cuqui .

Where we are?

The image explains our location in relation to the Varadero International Airport [VRA], which is located westwards. The city on the bay shore is Matanzas - a possible stop on the way to Havana. Book Hostel Olivia for a short stopover with airport pickup.

Please feel free to explore the map at the bottom, too.

How to get there?

Rental cars are hard to get (especially in December/January) and expensive.

Bus travel is very popular among holiday makers in Cuba and the VIAZUL bus company offers comfortable, air-conditioned coaches travelling to all major tourist destinations on the island. Currently (2016) there are 4 daily departures to Havana with the ticket price of $10.00 one way.

Map of Varadero, Cuba

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