Holidays to Varadero serve up endless Caribbean sands and full-scale watersports. And after dark, there's plenty of salsa and seafood on the cards.
A Cuban beauty
Varadero has a lot going for it. Jutting into the Atlantic Ocean on the north coast of Cuba, the resort comes with a 20-kilometre stretch of sugar-white sand. The country’s elite built extravagant mansions here back in the Thirties, so they’ve always been onto a good thing. And since the hotels have been built, this place has become Cuba’s number one beach resort. Oh, and it has the island’s only 18-hole golf course – with sea views, of course.
Blue water and white sand
It's all about the beach here. The locals call it Playa Azul – that's blue beach in Spanish – because of the warm, crystal-clear water. It’s perfect for swimming, and the range of watersports is second to none. Along the sand, the hotels have their own private areas lined with sunloungers and umbrellas. There are plenty of public spots to explore, too, if you fancy a wander.
Daytrips to Havana
With its world-class architecture and roller-coaster history, Cuba’s capital Havana is a must-see. It's a two-hour drive rom Varadero, or you can join one of the guided bus tours from your hotel. Look out for the Spanish colonial influences in the Castillo del Morro, La Cabana fortress and the Catedral de San Cristobal. As for the modern highlights, Revolution Square and the Partagas Cigar Factory are both on the tick list.
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