Varadero Beach Cuba is a 20-km sandy beach along the Hicacos peninsula on the northern coast of Cuba, and it is probably the biggest beach destination in Cuba and for good reason.
Since the entire area is known as Varadero Beach, I can’t really break down the spot into different sections or describe different beaches by their qualities. Overall, the entire beach is roughly the same, with soft white sand, and warm blue water. The surf is usually gentle and great for swimming.
Given the length of the peninsula, the beach tends to be busier at the end closest to the mainland and it gets more and more “private” as you head farther out. Also, there is quite a bit more of a commercial area at the mainland end where you can go shopping or get something to eat before you venture out into into resort territory. The main road is Autopista Sur and will take you all the way along Hicacos to any of the beach areas.
If you are planning a resort holiday in Cuba, there a few world-class beach resorts along Varadero that you can look into. Iberostart Tainos, Villa Varadero Hotel and Suites, Breezes Varadero and Sandals Royal Hicacos are just a few names that come to mind. Really, there are many dozens of resorts so I can’t list them all. Most of them are very luxurious and have excellent facilities. Cheaper resorts are little tougher to find, but they’re there if you are hoping for a bit of a bargain. You get what you pay for though, and you might not be “right on the beach” as you expect.
But if you want to explore the beauty of Varadero beaches, you don’t necessarily have to be staying at a resort. The entire length of the beach is open to the public and free to anyone who wants to enjoy them. On that note though, there are limited public facilities. Many of the resorts do have washrooms that are open to non-guests but don’t count on superb service. Depends on the resort of course.
There are a few other things to do on Varadero Beach. Cuba has a dolphin park about half way along the peninsula, the Dolphinarium and there is a large nature park at the far end.
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