Varadero Beach





A Cuban Classic

While there are many reasons travelers love Varadero Beach, it’s the 12-mile stretch of sand, said to be the loveliest in Cuba, that impresses them the most. A resort town through and through, Varadero Beach has been welcoming visitors since the 1870s, and its reputation as a tourist hotspot grew even more in the 1920s.

Nowadays, massive resort complexes reign here, and with the crowds of beach-crazy tourists comes every imaginable beach activity under the sun.

Beach Attractions

For starters, swimming and snorkeling are popular here, thanks to the beach’s shallow, calm waters. Divers should explore the area’s underwater caves and coral reefs, and anyone with an adventurous spirit and a curious mind should opt for an excursion to the Zapata Peninsula or the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve.

Getting a bit more of the local Cuban flavor will take some effort. A trip to one of the nearby (non-resort) cities like Matanzas or Cardenas should do the trick.

But if you’re not very keen on leaving the beach, here’s another way to experience the country’s distinctive flavor: Have a guarapo, a strong, rum-infused drink served over ice that will cool you down. A freshly made mojito from a local bar will satisfy, too.

Variety for All Ages

Kids will go nuts for the rides at the small amusement park called “Parque de Diversiones.”Adults, on the other hand, will be enchanted by the dining, nightlife and live music options along Avenida Playa and Avenida Primera. Even if you’re not a good dancer, the rhythms of classic Cuban salsa will be irresistible.

There’s a reason more than one million tourists visit this beach every year. Varadero’s blend of Cuban charm with the mega-resort feel make it an alluring spot for vacationers with a wide variety of tastes and interests.

Varadero Beach at a Glance


Country or State:Cuba

Length of Beach:12 miles

Access:By car, by taxi, on foot

Best time to visit:March to April

High Season:December to April

Low Season:May to November


  • Restaurants, bars, shops, golf, spas
  • No lifeguards
  • No public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular