Upon their return from Varadero, Yordi and Dave relished the vast vacation potential that Europeans and Canadians have enjoyed for many years. There are few comparable destinations anywhere in the world, much less in the Caribbean. Here we list a few of the many highlights but as the country’s leading tourist attraction, there are many more exciting venues awaiting eager Americans than can be listed here.
1. Varadero Beach – Ideally situated on prominent Hicacos Peninsula, this 20 kilometer white sandy beach (Playa Las Calaveras) is what has lured vacationers from inside and outside Cuba to this most romantic destination for more than 100 years. Protected by shallow waters and a magnificently pure reef, the beach is a paradise for water sports, fishing and sunbathing, which rank as the top activities but there is so much more to do that guests never feel they have seen or experienced everything in Varadero or on the peninsula.
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2. Saturno Cave – It is believed that the first natives to live on the peninsula populated its many caves. Saturno (Cueva de Saturno) is the largest, deepest and most accessible natural cave in Varadero. Thousands of tourists have enjoyed this site for many years. If you wish to tour this natural wonder on your own, get an early start on the day because traffic increases as the day goes on.
3. Casa del Ron – Cuba is famous for its famous assortment of rum but in Varadero the Casa del Ron offers not only the best selection but also ample tasting opportunities. The historic setting is a venerable building that features a scale model of Matanzas’ Santa Elena distillery.
4. Hicacos Point Natural Park – Located at the tip of the peninsula, many tourists do not take the time to visit this natural wonderland that offers 24 species of reptiles and 31 species of birds. The flora is equally dazzling. Enjoy the 250 foot long Cave of Ambrosio and the ruins of La Calavera (The Skull) Salt Works. When you need a break from the sun, here’s a fascinating venue that distinguishes Varadero.
5. Josone Park – Parque Central receives lots of attention but the green Josone Park gardens date back to 1940 and are well worth visiting. José Fermín Iturrioz y Llaguno, owner of the Arrechabala rum distillery, and his wife Onelia created the garden. The site has been remarkably well preserved over time. The Retiro Josone mansion is on the grounds and many people like to row on the park’s lake.
6. Municipal de Varadero Museum – Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, this stunning architectural wonder holds memorabilia that details the history of Varadero. Original maps, documents, art and artifacts present a culturally stimulating way to see another side of multi-faceted Varadero culture.
7. Taller de Ceramica Artistica – Cuban artists are respected around the world. Tourists love this shopping tour that is filled with carefully crafted ceramics for practical use and for artistic enjoyment and home décor. You’ll know you are somewhere special from the minute you see the building’s exterior.
8. Restaurants and Nightlife – As might be expected from a vacation haven that appeals to Europeans and Canadians, Varadero nightlife is active and diverse as is the cuisine and high quality service. From Caribbean sounds and dishes to elegant international cuisine, the finest entertainers and chefs in Cuba like this venue for its enthusiastic crowds and spacious stages. Eat and dance the night away. Enjoy!!!