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Here, the white sands and blue shores of the Caribbean meet the time-stood-still lifestyle of the Cubans. The laid-back local attitude makes Cuba the perfect place to relax, unwind and switch off – and the sound of the gently lapping waves doesn't hurt either.
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It’s all about the beach in Varadero. Stretched out on a slender peninsula pointing towards the Bahamas, this 20km sweep of soft, pale sand is the stuff daydreams are made of. Make the sun lounger your home for the holiday, with a backdrop of swaying palm trees and a view of turquoise waters blending into the big blue sky.
Varadero is Cuba's – and the Caribbean's – biggest holiday resort, with a fantastic choice of all-inclusive hotels, shops and entertainment to cater to your every whim. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on both sides, watersports fans will be in heaven. You can get into the swing of things on the island's first 18 hole golf course. And if you want a taste of the real Cuba, there are some brilliant days out too.
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Make a splash
Peel yourself off your sun lounger and jump into the clear warm water. Go for a leisurely pedalo ride, explore by kayak, snorkel over coral reefs, try a spot of windsurfing or take a relaxing boat cruise. Most hotels in Varadero will have all the kit you need.
Fall for Cuba’s sultry capital
Salsa rhythms, vintage cars and revolutionary history – they're all part of Havana's rich cultural heritage. Wander through the colonial architecture of Old Havana, sip daiquiris in Ernest Hemingway’s old haunts and look out to sea from el Morro fortress.
Transfer time from Havana
The shuttle journey time between Havana and Varadero is around 4h 10m and covers a distance of around 141 km.
Visit our dedicated Cuba visa page for useful information on the travel documents you'll need.
Cuba has two currencies, the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) and the Cuban Peso (CUP). The CUC is the one used by tourists. You'll have to exchange your money when you get there as CUCs can't be purchased outside Cuba.
Taxis and organised coach services are the easiest, safest ways to travel from the airport and around Varadero.
The power supply at most modern hotels in Varadero is 220 volts. Sockets may take different types of plug, so it's best to take a multi-country adapter.