Varadero Peninsula

varadero map matanzas cuba


Varadero-Matanzas= 35 km
varadero-Havana= 140 km
Varadero-Playa Giron= 139 km

Parque Central (Parque de las 8000 Taquillas)

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Dirección: Avenida 1 entre Calles 44 y 46, Varadero
El Parque Central (Parque de las 8000 Taquillas) fue completamente remodelado y ahora se llama Centro Comercial Hicacos, donde se pueden encontrar muchas tiendas y boutiques, así como la famosa y popular sala de helados Coppellia en el segundo piso. El nombre "Parque de las 8000 Taquillas" proviene de su propósito original cuando fue construido en los años 60. Los visitantes podían dejar sus pertenencias en el sótano del parque, tener acceso a instalaciones sanitarias y restaurantes en el primer piso, y alquilar artículos de baño y trajes de baño.

Parque de Artesanías de Varadero


Along the Hicacos Península with an extensión of 22 kilometers of beach you will find the famous Varadero Beach Resort located in the province of Matanzas. A visitor may want to reach Varadero by road from Havana (around 2 hours drive) or by plane landing at local airport the Juan Gualberto International Airport located half way between the city of Matanzas and Varadero.

According to archaeological studies, the territory was inhabited by Taino Indians. During the colonial period there was no important settlement in Varadero just a small fishing community up until a group of families from neighbouring Cardenas agreed to built summer homes in about 1920. It was not until 1915 that the first hotel was constructed in Varadero.

The area reached full development during the 1940’s. Currently the beach resort has reached an unprecedented growth, accompanied by the diversification and qualification of its tourism product.

In Varadero has been built the major hotel infrastructures on the island: first class hotels, cabarets, restaurants, different water activities, golf course, stores, a combination of options that satisfy the taste of a demanding vacationer. Among some of the complexes that stand out are the excellent services of the Melia Hotel Group like Meliá Las Americas, Paradisus Varadero, Sandals Royal Hicacos, Xanadu Mansion, Iberostar Varadero, Barcelo Marina Palace Cayo Libertad, Paradisus Princesa del Mar among others.

Varadero is the tourism destination per excellence for those that prefer sun and beach. To its most precious resource, the beach, you can find multiple natural attractions like caves, a rosary of easy accessible virgin keys, and others of cultural, historic and environment characters closely linked with the cities of Matanzas, Cardenas, Zapata Peninsula and the San Miguel de los Baños Beach Resort.

Varadero is perfect for family tourism, couples, weddings and honey moon and to participate in events and incentives. Facilities for congresses are complemented with the Plaza America Convention Center. On the other hand, Varadero’s marine floor has over 40 types of coral, fish diversity, lobster, shrimp, crabs, tortoises and over 70 types of mollusc. Marinas like Chapelin, Darsena of Varadero, and Puerto Sol guarantee the perfect conditions and means to practice immersion, with appropriate vessels, trained personnel, diving training centers.

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Sightseeing Bus

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Panoramic sightseeing tour around Varadero in open-top double decker buses with differents 46 stops linking all the hotels, shopping centers, markets, marinas, golf and downtown Varadero and itinerary times during all day. The buses pass every half hour or so.

Golf Courses

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Varadero Golf Club, the first 18 hole Golf Course in Cuba, was designed by architect Les Furber, President of the Canadian company Golf Design Services LTD (GDS). It covers a narrow 3.5 Km strip located between "Breezes SuperClubs ", LTI "Tuxpan", "Bella Costa", Meliá "Las Américas", "Golf & Suites Resort", "Meliá Varadero","Sol Club Palmeras", and "Sol Club Sirenas" hotels.

Barracuda Diving Center in Varadero

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The Barracuda Diving Center in Varadero is located in Retiro Josone, Calle 59 y Playa, Varadero, province Matanzas, near to Hotel Arenas Blancas, with 25 well trained diving teachers, professionally.


Things to do


  • ✓ Jasone Park.
  • ✓ Varadero Street Market
  • ✓ Santa Elvira Church
  • ✓ Central Parkd
  • ✓ Artistic Ceramics Workshop
  • ✓ Rum House
  • ✓ The House of Habano
  • ✓ Varadero Municipal Museum
  • ✓ Convention Center Plaza America

Naturals and Parks

  • Varahicacos Ecological Reserve
  • Dolphinarium
  • Ambrosio Cave
  • Todo en Uno Park
  • Cactus Patriarch
  • Buceo y esnórquel
  • Buceo con tiburones
  • Golf Courses


  • La Gruta
  • Salsa Suarez Restaurant y Bar
  • Xanadu
  • La Arcada
  • La Panchital
  • La Sangría
  • La Vicaria
  • La Casona del Arte
  • La Casa De Al
  • Kike-Kcho

Bars in Varadero

  • Beatles Bar
  • Kiki's Club
  • Calle 62
  • La comparsita
  • Casa de la Musica
  • Cabaret Continental
  • La Cueva del Pirata
  • Varadero Havana Club
  • Varadero 60
  • Waco's Club