Marina Gaviota Varadero: Full Water Service and More


Sweeping additions to Cuba’s largest tourist port, Marina Gaviota Varadero, will not only expand Cuba’s tourism infrastructure but will make the Varadero Beach marina the ideal window for navigation for persons traveling to the island on their own boats of for tourists looking to enjoy the water up close and personal. Marina Gaviota Varadero is more than a marina, more than a sporting facility, more than a spectacular beach and more than a stellar boat repair facility but is also one of the most upscale shopping venues in the country.

With enthralling boat tours, including many overnight trips and excursions up to 7 days, this is a new way for many tourists to see Cuba from the water, while stopping at various ports of call. If you think Cuba might be fascinating from land, wait until you cruise around her shores, stop at historic sites, sleep on the beautiful Caribbean Sea and enjoy great seafood cuisine.


In addition to being the biggest and best marina in Cuba, Gaviota Varadero is also an exciting venue for all water sports, including exciting fishing tours and diving expeditions and a stellar new seafood restaurant that has a five-star reputation and serves fresh lobster at all sittings. KiKe-Kcho prides itself on outstanding service and various fresh seafood delicacies prepared to the customer’s specifications. The restaurant has quickly become one of the most popular on the island.

Everything about this expansive marina is designed to attract more tourists and keep them entertained at spectacular Varadero Beach, already a leading tourist center. Gaviota explains some of the extra amenities; “The commercial spaces of Gaviota Varadero Marina with shops and hotel condominiums total 10 thousand square meters. The largest concentration is in the Commercial Paseo, a must stay in the most famous beach in Cuba, with live music and variety of offers, from handicrafts, cigars and rum, to clothing and items related to yachting activity, which can be enjoyed also by the general public.”


The marina, situated on the Peninsula de Hicacos, is fully equipped with a fleet of vessels, including catamarans and sailboats and has slips for hundreds of new arrivals. Visas and immigration services are provided at the marina which offers many amenities to weary boaters. Showers, laundry, maintenance and repair services, medical insurance and 24-hour security are all available. The idea is that in addition to offering a full water sport and boating center with a first-rate beach, the marina will encourage tourists to arrive by boat. In Cuba, there is no other marina as prepared and equipped to welcome boating guests.

For deep sea fishing enthusiasts, the marina offers guided 4, 6 and 8 hour programs on comfortable fully equipped fishing boats. Fishing off Cuba’s shores promises a variety of challenging catches. The coral reefs around Varadero and surrounding Cuba are legendary for their variety. The marina offers outstanding coral reef snorkeling, interactive swimming with dolphins and much, much more. The overnight “Life on Board” trips are extremely popular. The “Life on Board” catamarans are designed by noted boat designer Fontaine Pajot and are prepared for one night, five night or seven night excursions. This is a great way to experience Cuba.


Stocked with new fishing boats, new touring boats and a sparkling new international diving and of course an amazing beach, the marina has added a new lift capable of hoisting 100 tons. Major repairs on vessels large and small are handled daily at this rite. With the addition of a new Melia hotel, the complex now boasts 1,300 new rooms to add to Varadero’s already magnetic appeal. If Cuba’s magical waters have appeal to you, Marina Gaviota Varadero is a must-visit destination.

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