Discover the 10 most famous attractions in Varadero!
Many travellers describe Varadero as the best beach in the world. With a fine white sand beach stretching for 20 kilometres and water sparkling with all the shades of blue, this treasure trove of nature brims with caves and cliffs, unspoilt keys and amazing seabeds.
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In Varadero you can do almost any water sport imaginable. These include diving, sailing and swimming with dolphins. You can even participate in a round of golf at the impressive championship course at the Golf Club or go for a stroll around the historic Ambrosio cave. You can also go on one of the many local excursions to explore the available ecotourism options. We have described the most important of this wide range of possibilities below:
Varadero Golf Club: A narrow stretch, parallel to the beach, of more than 60 hectares, with playing areas, forests of native vegetation and lagoons, making it an enormously attractive setting. Club House with all the services required for enjoying the golf experience on the only professional course in Cuba and with one of the best designs in the Caribbean.
Plaza Las Morlas – Marina Gaviota Varadero: In the far north of the Hicacos Peninsula, home of the most famous beach in Cuba, the tourist village of Plaza Las Morlas has various leisure and entertainment facilities along the promenade. This new Varadero resort features gastronomic, entertainment, well-being and water sports options along with a great resort combining beach and marina.
Varadero Dolphinarium: Classic family destination for Varadero visitors. This park contains huge pools with dolphins. Tourists can play and swim with the animals and have a photograph taken as a souvenir. Four shows are put on for the public every day in which the dolphins perform juggling tricks and play with balls and hoops. Horse riding is available just outside the dolphinarium.
Josone Park: It was built at the beginning of the 1940s by the owner of the Arrechavala company, the prestigious twentieth-century Cuban rum factory and distillery, as his private residence and a place to relax. The mansion, Neoclassical in style, is currently a restaurant serving Cuban and international cuisine. With approximately nine hectares of space, Josone Park, centred around La Paz Lagoon, is the largest green area in historic Varadero. Its beautiful shaded gardens contain a variety of natural, historic, architectural and cultural features as well as numerous flowers and birds.
Natural Park of Río Canímar: Around the river Canímar, one of the deepest in Cuba, a park has been created, inviting you to explore its peaceful natural beauty on foot, on horseback or by boat, as well as fishing and snorkelling. This watercourse flows into the bay of Matanzas next to the Morrillo Castle, built in 1720.
Ecological reserve: For several years now the easternmost part of the Hicacos Peninsula has been designated as an ecological reserve for the protection of its flora and fauna. Varahicacos is the name of this significant environmental project which is also aimed at preserving numerous caves containing traces of the island’s first inhabitants.
Plaza América Convention Centre: The main centre for business tourism in Varadero, equipped with the spaces, technology, staff and experience required for this area. One of the highlights of its facilities is the plenary room, accommodating 500 people, and the exhibition area, covering almost 2, 000 m2. Opened in 1997, it recently underwent a complete renovation.
Craft market: The largest craft fair in Varadero is located where Calle 15 meets Primera Avenida. The largest craft fair in the city is located where Calle 15 meets Primera Avenida. Here you can buy souvenirs to take home. Choose from T-shirts, wooden statues, key rings and paintings, all created by local artists. There are prices to suit all pockets.
Saturno Cave: A beautiful cave with an underground spring that has created a natural pool reaching a depth of 22 metres and accessible to snorkelers. Crystal clear, cool water in the pool, as well as a bar, relaxation areas and toilets.
Casa del Ron: The House of Rum is the ideal place for trying Cuban rums, along with a real Habano cigar. You can also learn about the history and the production process of the “happy son of sugar cane”.