Tourism in Varahicos
tourism, a product of growing demand in the International
tourism market, has a promising site at the eastern end of
the Hicacos Peninsula, with its rich natural diversity. A
practical virginal zone, the area covers 31% of the total
territory of the Peninsula and was declared an ecological
reserve in 1974 in consideration of its exceptional natural
botanical and fauna values. The area is home of the largest,
most well preserved forest and coastal vating scenery.
Park, Varadero's Tiny Green Lung
Extending 9 green hectares and located almost in
the center of Varadero, this park offers a varried of dining
and bar service. It was originally designed as a country retreat,
with its huge stone mansion, fine woodwork and glasses, and
an artificial lake, and was completed in 1942.Its name is
formed from the first three letters of the names of its first
owners: Jose and Onelia, his wife. The park has a sugar cane
juice stand, and a bar, "La Gruta", right on the
lake side. It also has a swimming pool, and a children party
hall, and can be leased for banquets, business dinners, and
Parque Retiro Josone
of them of great archeological value, some of them underwater,
others turned into night clubs, the Varadero Caves and their
surroundings deserve all attention of the visitor.
Ambrosio (ceremonial site) and the Musulmanes (dwelling
out of the 15 archeological sites discovered at the Peninsula
that reveal the customs of the area's indigenous population
are both located in the Varahicos natural Park. The first
one is a 250-meter long cave with five interconnected galleries.
Inside there are 72 rupestrian paintings, which constitute
one of the largest sets of such drawings in the Caribbean
islands. During the colonial period, it also served as safe
heaven for maroons, or Black runaway slaves.