On Cuba’s Atlantic coast, the narrow Hicacos Peninsula juts out into the turquoise waters of the ocean, bound by kilometres of beaches. This is where you’ll find Varadero, a restless resort town out to show you a good time. It does so with its seemingly endless strip of white sand inciting total relaxation, its luxurious properties perfect for pampering and its gorgeous golf course.

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Go to Varadero for the ultimate all-inclusive Cuba vacation. Choose from the best resorts in Varadero, on one of the best beaches in Cuba. Book exciting excursions to nearby attractions like the Varadero caves called Cueva de Ambrosio, or seek out Havana tours from Varadero to take in Cuba's fascinating capital.

VARADERO TRAVEL GUIDE

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DESTINATION FACTS

Language

Spanish

What to eat

Arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), seafood, and a meal at famous mobster Al Capone’s former abode (La Casa de Al Capone), now a restaurant with a seaside view.

What to bring back

Bottles of Varadero’s white sand and all types of artisanal Cuban crafts (musical figurines? Sun hats?) from seaside stalls or kiosks. 

Fun Fact

Once used as a dry dock by Spanish settlers, Varadero started welcoming wealthy families in the late 19th century. They came here to build vacations homes that were eventually turned into museums or embassies after the Cuban Revolution. For a prime example, head out to Mansión Xanadú, built by a French-American millionaire, now part of the Varadero Golf Club and still open for visits.

Important Info

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.


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