Varadero is part of a peninsula on the North side of Cuba that stretches out into the calm waters of the Atlantic. Its 21-kilometre strip of fine white sand is an ideal vacation spot. Its location on a narrow peninsula ensures that it is constantly cooled by tropical breezes.
The weather in Varadero can be described as mild tropical. Average day time temperatures range between 22 and 30 degrees Celsius. There are two seasons, dry season and wet season. Dry season runs from November – April and wet or rainy season runs from May through October
Getting around –
Your transfer to and from the airport to your resort will be included when you book a package vacation. If you are planning to venture off property it is recommended that you purchase an excursion through your tour operator or resort. Getting around is quite simple in Varadero –buses, taxis, car and bike rentals are all available readily.
The official currency of Cuba is the Cuban Convertible Peso which you can only exchange while in Cuba. You can bring Canadian or Euros to exchange for Pesos however US dollars incur extra fees, so avoid them if you can. Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted as long as they are not issued by a US bank.
Language spoken –
Spanish is the official language in Cuba. In tourist areas English is commonly spoken by resort staff although it is not their first language.
The common voltage used in Cuba is 220 volts; therefore if you are travelling from Canada or the US you will need a convertor to use any of your electrical appliances.
What To Do:
For those looking for adventure, Varadero is well equipped to handle almost any water sport you can think of, from scuba diving to sailing to swimming with the dolphins.
Just beyond the spectacular beaches, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for local excursions. Explore the ecotourism options offered on the nearby Zapata Peninsula, the largest wetland reserve in the Caribbean, or within the Varahicacos ecological reserve, where you can hike along vegetation-rich trails and gaze at the colourful array of exotic birds. For a more cultured diversion, visit the city of Matanzas, nicknamed the “Athens of Cuba” because of the wealth of celebrated European poets and writers living there during the mid-19th century.
An option that many people take advantage of is a day trip to the capital of Havana which is about a 2 hour drive away. Havana is a beautiful colonial city with many offerings for shopping and cuisine as well as sight-seeing, some even decide to stay in Havana for a few days to be immersed in the culture.
As always, check your tour operator or resort’s website for a more detailed list as well as prices for excursions.
If you are looking to shop while staying in Havana you don’t have to look far. There are options at many resorts, and if not at the one you are staying at another won’t be far down the beach. Another great option is the Centre Plaza America which is a massive international convention centre. It boasts one of the country’s largest shopping malls, complete with restaurants, boutiques and even attractions.
You also don’t have to go far to find golf in Varadero. Varadero Golf Club is one of the most popular being an 18 hold championship course. It is recommended to book tee times before travelling if possible to avoid disappointment.
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