A 13-mile-long peninsula with white sands and clear shallow waters, Varadero is one of the "best beaches in the world" and Cuba's top seaside destination. Regularly paired with Havana and Trinidad as part of our City and Beach combo holiday, Varadero is a paradisiacal place to unwind after a busy spell of sightseeing. With stunning scenery, a vibrant bar and restaurant scene and an underwater world as colourful as the Cuban culture, Varadero the perfect addition to any holiday itinerary.
At night, Varadero pulsates to a non-stop tropical fiesta with Latin and international melodies filling the warm evening air. Local bands perform in the streets and everyone dances to the hypnotic rhythm of salsa.
The tropical breeze, sparkling sea and powder-soft sands make Varadero an idyllic beach destination. Beneath the palm trees lies a haven for families, couples, friends and solo-travellers alike.
Awaken your senses at one of the resorts or spas along on the beach, and make the most of your stay with a few unforgettable excursions.
First-time visitors often mistake this Caribbean island as a beach-only destination, booking their entire stay at a Vardero resort. As British travel journalist Fred Mawer (The Telegraph) puts it:
The Caribbean’s most fascinating country: a heady mix of faded Spanish colonial cities, sputtering Fifties Cadillacs, wonderful live music, world-class cigars and an arcane communist system ...
With so much to enjoy in Cuba, you may regret holing up in an all-inclusive hotel for your whole trip.
Fred Mawer, The Telegraph, Travel Destinations, Cuba
Cuba offers visitors heaps of history, culture and natural beauty, best appreciated in a mix – like a Cuban cocktail. That’s why we always recommend that our clients, at least first-time visitors, combine their time at the beach with a spell in the capital, a City and Beach Holiday. As Cuba Direct’s Cuban-born founder Miguel Gibson puts it, “If you haven’t seen Havana, you haven’t truly seen Cuba”.
Most of our itineraries are crafted to give clients the best of both worlds, offering a few days in the city (for music, dancing, architecture and history) followed by a relaxing stint on the glorious beaches of Varadero or Cayo Santa Maria.
Depending on your holiday style, we recommend you combine your stay in Varadero with time in Havana and Trinidad (our Classic Cuba Multi-Centre does just that). If you’d prefer the freedom of a Fly-Drive Holiday, take a look at our suggested Open Roads itinerary. To travel with your personal, English-speaking driver-guide in an individually-tailored private tour.
A Cuba Direct client, Phil Levy, recently returned from a tailor-made multi-centre holiday and was kind enough to share his experience with us in pictures. Read about his trip to Cuba by following this link or downloading his photo album.
If you’re in the early stages of planning your holiday, or just trying to get a feel of our specialised service, download our Cuba Direct Brochure