When most people dream of a trip to Cuba, they envision the laid-back and pastel-lined streets of Havana. But many overlook the fact that there is so much more to Cuba, namely the gorgeous resort town of Varadero, Cuba.
Sprawling seductively along the palm-lined Peninsula de Hicacos, about 2 hours by car east of Havana, Varadero is also known as Playa Azul (Blue Beach) and is one of the largest resort areas in the Caribbean.
Varadero all-inclusive resorts allow you to not worry about all of the details, so you can sit back and enjoy your vacation to Cuba from Canada.
Things to Do in Varadero, Cuba
When you stay in an all-inclusive resort in Varadero, you are never wanting for things to do. But should you want to venture off-property, head to Varadero Beach, where Palapas sprouts from soft white sands, the palms rustle overhead, and the shoreline dips into a silky blue sea. Here you can snorkel, sail, kayak, or swim.
For a bit of adventure, go to Saturno Cave (Cueva Saturno). Part of a complex cave system, this is a hauntingly beautiful cenote that offers a refreshing respite from the sunbaked beaches. Stalactites drip from the roof of the cave and stalagmites rise from the water below. Water shoes and snorkeling equipment are handy to have on a visit here.
For animal lovers, Delfinario is a wonderful place where you can commune with dolphins. It all begins with a show, followed by an up-close-and-personal dolphin encounter (if you wish) in a saltwater lagoon. You can even swim in the water with them, and the experience is captured on video for optional purchase.
Best Resorts and Hotels in Varadero, Cuba
Iberostar Bella Costa. For a relaxing and comfortable stay, the Iberostar offers spacious rooms with flat-screen satellite TV, DVD player, bathrooms complete with bathtubs and complimentary bath amenities, coffee maker, and refrigerator. Select rooms come with a terrace. The hotel itself offers activities such as a large swimming pool, where you can lounge underneath grass canopies, a hot tub, a fitness room, an indoor pool, water sports, and a tennis court. A buffet breakfast is served each morning.
Royalton Hicacos Varadero Resort & Spa. The Royalton Varadero reviews are in, and they are amazing! This quaint, adults-only resort provides guests with an authentic Cuban vacation experience. The property boasts thatched-roof buildings peppered with bridges, small fountains, and lush greenery. The luxurious property offers all-inclusive facilities designed to make guests never want to leave and is punctuated with unparalleled service and attention to detail. Round that out with world-class cuisine, this resort is tailor-made for the discerning traveler.
Paradisus Princesa Del Mar Varadero. With total relaxation and beautiful natural settings firmly in mind, the Paradisus Princesa offers guests an exceptional all-inclusive Cuban experience. Enjoy the outdoor pool and Jacuzzis in this adults-only, eco-friendly resort and spa, right on the beach. Spacious suites and elegant bungalows offer stunning garden or sea views, with modern facilities and swim-up pools on the ground floor. For the more discerning guest, the Royal Service floor is offered, with preferential attention, a swim-up pool, and spectacular Presidential suites. Savor culinary treats with their buffet and à la carte restaurants featuring international haute cuisine and luxury cocktails. Get pampered at the YHI Spa with body and beauty treatments, massage cabins, and a gym.
Muthu Playa Varadero. Set in lush, tropical gardens that open up to a beautiful beach, the Muthu Playo offers spacious, all-inclusive accommodation in Cuba. The interior is just as elegant, with a large, open-air lobby and a wide variety of activities. Enjoy large swimming pools, a gym, a kids’ club, a tennis court and ping-pong by day, then evening shows and disco by night. Among the water activities offered are kayaking, pedal boats, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving, water skiing, and fishing. A wonderful choice for both couples and families alike.
Sanctuary at Grand Memories. This unique, adults-only, all-inclusive paradise offers a selection of services and amenities like no other. Discover gorgeous beaches and clear azure waters right out your door, with luxurious suites, butler service, and 24-hour room service for an exclusive tropical getaway. There is everything a guest would want for a relaxing stay. Lounge by shimmering pools, dine on international cuisine, sip luxury drinks at the bar, enjoy non-motorized water sports, and get pampered with health and wellness facilities.
We offer many different all-inclusive packages, such as SunWing Cuba Vacations. With affordable packages from Toronto to Cuba, it’s easy to book online.