Varadero is the main sun and beach destination in Cuba, thanks to its fine sand and calm transparent waters. Located in Matanzas province, what most distinguishes Varadero, in addition to its natural attractions, is the wide range of luxury hotels, mostly belonging to the Iberostar and Meliá hotel chains.
But these facilities are located in a limited part of the extensive area (22 km) encompassed by the beaches of Varadero. This means that, if you walk along the coast, you can find quieter paradisiacal beaches, without buildings. Visitors can also go diving and enjoy marine life and sunken ships here.
Other conveniences of Varadero are the proximity to Havana, just 2 hours away if you travel by private or collective taxis and the existence of an international airport.
However, this destination offers many other options for the tourist, that can be enjoyed from any Varadero accommodation, including a casa particular. The dolphinarium, with the possibility of swimming with dolphins, is a luxurious activity, which can be complemented with a visit to the nearby amusement park.
Various excursions can be organized to natural places of interest, such as the Bellamar Caves and the Saturn Cave, where you can also swim. Josone Park is another natural option, which includes a swimming pool, an amusement park, and a boat ride, as well as many food outlets.