What to do in Varadero?
Our first stop in Cuba was sunny Varadero. The ideal place to relax on the beach and enjoy a delicious mojito. Although there is more to do in this region than just lying on the beach. What that is, you read in this ‘What to do in Varadero?’
What to do in Varadero
1 Lying on the beach
Lying at the beach or swimming pool is the most popular activity in Varadero. And that’s not surprising. Because you can find beautiful beaches and a very blue sea here. Due to the enormous coastline of Varadero, tourism on the beaches is also well distributed. Which ensures that you can also find peace on these beaches.
2 A trip to Matanzas
Half an hour’s drive from Varadero you can find the city of Matanzas. A town that has not yet been taken in by tourism which creates a nice vibe. This city with many beautiful colonial buildings is sometimes called ‘the city of bridges’ or ‘the Venice of Cuba’. This is because there are two large rivers running through this city over which 34 bridges have been built. No other city in Cuba does better. If you’re in Matanzas, be sure to have a cocktail at the Velasco Hotel.
3 Cuevas de Bellamar
The caves of Bellamar are also easily accessible from Varadero. The cave discovered in 1861 is no less than 23 km long. As an ordinary tourist, however, you can only visit 2 kilometers. For this you pay about 8 euros per person. This is on the high side for a 45-minute trip plus a 3-minute 3-minute movie in 3D. You can plan this tour yourself by taking a taxi, or you can buy it in a tour at one of the hotels in Varadero.
4 Sugar, Rum and cigar factory visits
That Cuba is known for its rum, cigars and sugar is no secret. Visiting one of the factories or farmers that produces these goods is one of the popular trips. It’s best to book this through a tour of your hotel. You will pay about 60 euros per person for this with food included.
5 Cueva de los Peces
Anyone who thought you could only spot a cenote in Mexico will be cheated because in Cuba you can do this. Cueva de los Peces is one that can definitely count in terms of beauty. Unfortunately, you have to drive 3 hours from Varadero. You can combine this trip with a snorkeling trip nearby. Or you can stop in one of the local small villages along the way.
6 Trip to Cienfuegos
A visit to the student city of Cienfuegos is also an interesting getaway, but certainly not the most impressive. For example, are you going to Matanzas? Then a trip to Cienfuegos is a bit unnecessary in our opinion. However, these cities are often offered together in a tour despite having to sit in the car for almost 8 hours a day. A little waste of your time.
7 Day trip to Havana
A day trip from Varadero to Havana might seem a little short. But in our opinion this is enough to get acquainted with the city. Because you can see all the big sights in one day. You can make this trip for 20 euros return with the viazul buses. Book such bus rides at least a week in advance online or in the station itself. You can also book a guided tour at one of the hotels. You pay an average of 90 euros.
8 Water activities
As in any seaside resort, varadero offers a wide range of water activities. For example, you can dive, snorkel, sail and even pedal pedal. Every hotel has a different offer. Although there are clear prices indicated in these activities, negotiating never hurts.
9 Oldtimer ride
One of the most striking aspects of Cuba are the beautifully colored vintage cars. You can find them not only in Havana but also in Varadero. A taxi ride with one of these cars should certainly not be missing from your holiday in this country. The best option is to approach one of the vintage taxis and ask for a tour of the seaside resort. Because you can also book these in the hotel but then you pay about 50 euros for an hour. While a taxi can cost a maximum of 20 euros.
10 Jeep safari in nature
A tour that we have not tested ourselves, but is offered everywhere, is a jeep safari in nature. You will be on the road for a whole day and you will pay about 90 euros per person for this. Food included. We didn’t do this because of the price and duration of this trip, as it seemed to us in the heat to be on the road for a while.
Want to know more about Varadero?
Want to find out more about Varadero? Be sure to read our experiences of our first week in Cuba. What do you think about Varadero? Let us know for sure in the comments.