Varadero travel guide

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You're Going to Love Varadero

With about 13 miles of spotless sandy white beaches, blue waters, and sunny skies, it's easy to see why Varadero has been a vacation destination for more than a century. Even though the town itself is small, you can expect a wide range of choice when it comes to hotels, dining, shopping, entertainment, and activities.

The famous beach stretches along the Hicacos Peninsula, a narrow strip of land that is under a mile wide at its widest point, extending nearly 13 miles out from the mainland. Technically, it is part of the town of Cárdenas. Along with the beach, you can explore the tropical environment. Varahicacos Ecological Reserve is home to many native species of fish and birds. Parque Josone is a beautifully manicured public garden on what was once a stately mansion's grounds in pre-Castro days.

Like the many visitors who have enjoyed this tropical paradise over the decades, you'll find it hard not to fall in love with Varadero's natural charm.

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Its peninsula location on the Atlantic sends constant breezes to temper Varadero's tropical sun. Average temperatures in Varadero range between a pleasant 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit year round, making it a popular destination 12 months of the year.

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Where to Stay in Varadero

With 50 hotels in town, it can be hard to choose. There are many upscale resorts like the large Meliá Las Americas, with vines climbing its impressive lobby as you walk inside. Blau Varadero, the tallest building that emulates an Aztec pyramid, is impossible to miss. Inside, you'll love the 14-floor courtyard with a lush hanging garden. Beny's House is one of the many "casa particular" or private guesthouses, with manicured gardens and a patio to enjoy.

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Shopping Streets

For souvenirs, there are many vendors with carts set up along the beach with crafts and other items. You'll find better prices in the shops in town on locally made wooden carvings and jewelry. Avenida 1 is where you'll find artisan-style goods, including high-end antiques from Cuba's past at the Galería de Arte Varadero, and ceramic art at the Taller de Ceramica Artistica. The popular flea market is also located on Avenida 1.

Groceries and Other

The Plaza Las America, near the tip of the peninsula, is where you'll find a number of shops, including a well-stocked grocery store. El Rapido is a chain stocked with basic staples, and you'll find them in Matanzas. A quart of milk costs about ₱2.00 and a dozen eggs should cost around ₱1.50.

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Where to Eat in Varadero

For fine dining in a refined atmosphere and a menu that spotlights local seafood and beef, you can try Varadero 60, where main dishes start at about ₱10.00. For paella and other Spanish favorites, look to Restaurante Meson del Quijote, with main dishes that start at ₱8.00. The government-run La Vicaria is popular for its large portions of Cuban favorites like lobster with chicken and pork. Mains start at ₱4.00.