Varadero beach, the pride of Cuba
A holiday in Cuba is not one if you don’t get to go to Varadero. The 21-km long coastline is the top Cuban destination, after Havana. It has even been crowned second best beach in the world for 2019. Beautiful white sandy beach and crystal-clear water await visitors of the peninsula.
An authentic Caribbean yet unique beach
Located in the north of Cuba, Varadero occupies the entire narrow peninsula of Hicacos. It’s impossible not to feel the ocean breeze all over it 2.5 km width. After some time strolling in Havana, there is nothing like sunbathing on the white and soft sands of Varadero or swimming in its beautiful blue water. If you get a bit further from the shore, you could do some snorkelling and discover colourful marine creatures. However, you have to boat out to reach deep waters for scuba-diving and visit shipwrecks, coral reefs and caves. If you would rather stay on land, you could rent a lounger and/or a thatched-roof umbrella so you can idle all day. Since it’s a popular destination, many would think it would be crowded. However, you don’t have to worry about not finding a relaxing spot over the 21 kilometres of shoreline. Amenities run as well along the coastline. Volleyball games also occurs quite often on the beach. You could join one to top your tan and stay active! There is no denying that Varadero is a perfect stop to enjoy the Caribbean vibe and could even be better than the crowded beaches of the Bahamas. What makes it truly exceptional is that beach vendors wander around. They manage to ride their bikes on the sand while perfectly displaying their wares on hooks or shelves. They are very friendly and don’t hesitate to engage in conversations with them. If you are to buy something – they sell clothes, jewellery, straw hats and musical instruments, you have to bargain to get a fair price.
A perfect place to try your hand at soft water sports
The water around Varadero is very calm and safe. As clear as crystal, it is very alluring and it’s impossible not to take a dip into it. It makes it also easier to try water sports such as kitesurfing or windsurfing for the first time. You can also go cruising around the peninsula by paddleboat or kayak. You will learn a new skill and also get to enjoy a sweeping landscape. You could also boat around in a Hobie Cat-style catamaran and go fishing. All the equipment for said sport are available for rent from your hotel. Beach’s water sport centres also have them if you have planned to rent a villa for holiday or never thought of staying overnight. Many visitors would indeed rather make a quick day trip to Varadero since it’s only 134 kilometres away from Havana. Driving there takes about an hour and public transportation makes the journey for two or three hours, depending on the traffic. A few days in the peninsula could nonetheless be great because there are other attractions in Varadero.