Varadero lies 87 miles (140 km) east of Havana along the northern coastline of Cuba . The beach is set along the 12.5-mile-long (20-km) Península de Hicacos, which forms the western boundary on the Bahía de Cárdenas. The beach is long, broad and beautiful, extending across most of the entire peninsula.
Varadero is pretty strictly a tourist enclave, with limited access for locals, and routinely policed. Elsewhere in Cuba is much different. It is, however, arguably the safest country in the Caribbean for travelers, including single females. Use your common sense and you’ll be fine.
Located in the province of Matanzas, Varadero is the most famous beach resort in Cuba, and one of the largest resorts in the Caribbean. Also known as ‘Blue Beach’ because of its clear, calm waters, Varadero is fronted by a 20km (12-mile) fine white sandy beach, which is bathed by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.
1. Re: Is Varadero worth it ? Probably not; in the same way that Playa Pilar no longer is. It’s a nice beach, but Cuba has lots of very nice beaches.
Gulf of Mexico
Eating raw or undercooked food is a serious health risk and should be avoided at all costs. Dishes containing beans and roots are typically safe to eat in Cuba since they need to be cooked anyway. Keep an eye out for bananas, yucca, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, frijoles negros (black beans) and other potajes.
Yes- there are sharks .
Though the beach seems inviting and safe most the time, it holds a couple of dangers. One warning is to never leave valuables on the shore while taking a dip. If you cannot leave valuables in your room, perhaps you might consider purchasing a water-proof wallet to swim with.
The cheapest month to fly to Cuba is February.
Budget travelers can survive on around $50 USD per day. Cuba’s local currency is the Cuban Peso (CUP- ₱) and it translates to ₱24 CUP for $1 USD. However as a tourist, you ‘ll be using Cuba’s secondary currency just for tourists, the Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC – $) which is pegged to the US Dollar.
The Royalton, the Blau Varadero and resorts away from the point have a great beach .
Enjoy a day trip from Varadero to Havana , the Cuban capital. Admire the historic buildings and old cars still in use on the cobblestone streets.
Official cost is 90 CUC one way. Travel time about 1.5 hours and they’ll take you right to your doorstep. When you return to Varadero , there is a Viazul shuttle bus to the resorts for 3 CUC.
No, credit cards and debit cards issued by U.S. banks cannot be used in Cuba . Due to the official embargo, U.S. issued debit /credit cards are not recognized by Cuba banks. It’s necessary to bring a sufficient amount of cash with you to cover the entire duration of time that you’ll be in Cuba .