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Traumhafter Strand in Varadero, Bild: murkalor / shutterstock

Experience a paradisiacal time in Varadero, Cuba

Cuba with its capital Havana is an island state located in the Caribbean. 11 million people live on the island. The Caribbean island has its own charm and is particularly known for its joie de vivre, music, dance and cigars.

The positive attitude to life, the beautiful numerous beaches and historic sights make Cuba an attractive travel destination.

A special feature for European tourists is the political situation, which differs greatly from our political worldview. Cuba is a socialist one-party state without freedom of the press or freedom of expression. Varadero is located on the Cuban peninsula of Hicacos and is particularly known for relaxing beach holidays.

Profile of Varadero

  • Location: Hicacos Peninsula, North Coast of Cuba
  • Continent: North America
  • Area: 48km²
  • Length: 20 kilometres
  • Population: 27,170 (2010)
  • Climate: tropical, only minor temperature fluctuations
  • Rainy season: beginning of May to end of October
  • Airport: Juan Gualberto Gomez International Airport

Special features in Varadero

Vintage Car Varadero
In Varadero, too, the classic cars dominate the streetscape, Image: possohh / shutterstock

Varadero is considered the most relaxing resort in Cuba and is extremely popular. The kilometre-long Caribbean beaches and the untouched nature in Varadero are among the absolute tourist highlights. The fine sandy beach and the bright turquoise blue colour of the sea provide a special feel-good factor. In the evening, you can enjoy the sunset on the beach in all its glory.

The western half of the island is home to the historic village of Varadero. This is where the inhabitants live. The eastern half of Varadero is almost exclusively populated by tourists in the form of large hotel complexes and accommodations. Varadero’s main street, Primera Avenida, is also worth seeing. This is where most of the sights are located.

If you are interested in architecture, art or history, Varadero is the place to be. The village was founded in colonial times.
Local artists offer their magnificent works of art for sale at their own street food markets. You will also have the opportunity to take part in historical city tours.

A special feature are the accommodation options in Varadero. So-called “Casa Particular”, which is conceptually similar to a bed and breakfast and run by locals, are typical of the country. If you want to get to know the culture and people in depth, an overnight stay there is recommended. Varadero also offers some large hotel complexes and other accommodation options.

You will also be well catered for in Varadero: colourful tropical cocktails, fresh fish dishes and Cuban national dishes such as black rice with beans are available in numerous bars and restaurants. The special ambience is accompanied by Cuban live music in some bars.

Various day trips are offered in Varadero. Whether it’s a discovery tour to the Cuban capital Havana, a boat tour for maritime fans, an exotic jeep safari or a diving and snorkeling tour – there is something for every taste.

Places to visit in Varadero

  • Parks: The well-known parks Parque Central and Parque de las 8000 Taquillas are located in downtown Varadero.
  • Shopping centre: The Centro Comercial Hicacos is a modern, larger shopping centre with various boutiques.
  • Church: The Iglesia de Santa Elvira is a small, simple colonial-era church near Parque Central.
  • Amusement park: Parque Retiro Josone offers opportunities for pedal boating, eating and drinking, playing mini golf and other outdoor activities.
  • House of Al Capone: The presumably former summer house of the notorious mafia boss now offers a restaurant with a great ambience right on the beach.
  • Dolphinarium: There is a dolphinarium in the hotel zone. A show is offered here twice a day. In addition, photos can be taken or for an extra fee you can swim with the animals.
  • Nature Reserve: The Varahicacos Nature Reserve is located in the eastern part of the island and offers a beautiful hike through nature.
  • Specialist museums: You can deepen your expert knowledge in special museums. Here, for example, there is the House Of Rum. There you will learn everything about the alcoholic beverage popular in Cuba. In the Mi Casa Beatles museum, you can indulge in nostalgic memories about the famous band from the 1960s.

Tips for your stay in Cuba

  • Cuba Beach
    Fantastic beaches in Cuba, Image: jackbolla / shutterstock

    Information: Before your stay, find out about the country, the culture and the customs there. Especially with regard to the political situation, it is advisable to obtain information from the Federal Foreign Office and to observe the rules that apply there.

  • Visa: You can apply for the visa for Cuba online. It applies to tourists who enter the country once and have a stay in the country for a maximum of 30 days.
  • Language: Cuba is a Spanish-speaking country. The English and German languages are rather unspoken there. For a basic understanding, it is recommended that you learn some Spanish before your trip in order to get to know the country and culture better.
  • Security: In principle, Cuba is considered a safe country. Varadero is also well organized due to tourism. Tourists can become victims of property crimes more often. Nevertheless, avoid political discussions and questions about the relationship between Cuba and the USA.
  • Travel time: Varadero is most popular with tourists in the summer months. Varadero is easy to travel all year round, but climatically the period from mid-November to mid-April is particularly recommended.