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To Do in Varadero

Besides the lovely white beach ... what else is to do in and around Varadero?

At the next pages you will find information on what to do in and around Varadero. For some of these attractions it is possible to make a tour / excursion reservation at the tourist desk of your hotel in Varadero




Rio Canimar

Rio Canimar

Live deeply a complete day where you can combine diverse kinds of activities.
From water sports with the practice of snorkeling and swimming, an approximation to speleology, with a visit to a beautiful close located cave and a walk in one of the most beautiful natural parks of the island: Río Canímar

Where you can enjoy fully its surroundings full of adventure: boat and horse riding, flora and fauna watching, a dilicious and typical farmer lunch, as well as a pleasant nap to breath a pure air full of life which is abundant in this beautiiful place. You can enjoy with your friends and family.

You can book this excursion at the tourist desk of your Varadero Hotel

Tour de Azucar

Tour de Azucar

You will visit the Sugarmill factory "Jose Smith Comas" in Cárdenas a city 20 kms from Varadero.
It is a guided visit with a detailed explanation of the sugar cane production in the mill. You will taste the delicious sugar cane juice called "Guarapo". You will also visit a sugar cane-field to see workers cutting the cane with the "machetes".

A unique experience is when you take a steam train from the beginning of the 20th century up to Cárdenas Train Station.
After this a tour around the historical city Cárdenas and its many monuments.
You can book this excursion at the tour desk of your Varadero hotel, casa particular or resort

Santa Elvira Church

Santa Elvira Church VaraderoIt date back from 1938, with an irregular structure in which stones and wood are predominant. The church, whose local tile roof rests on thick beams, has double doors and windows. The upper front side features a suspended half arch that serves as the bell tower and ends in a cross

Address: Ave #1, e/ 46 y 48, Varadero, Cuba

Map Santa Elvira Church Varadero

Art Gallery

It exhibits paintings, sculptures, engravings, serigraphs, cloths, photographs, as well as original paintings and reproductions of renowned Matanzas artists. Exhibits also extend to works by contemporary Cuban painters, like Manuel Mendive, Flora Fong, and Zaida del Rio.

Parque Retiro Josone

Parque Josone Varadero Cuba

A parque since 1942, with beautiful trees and tropical flowers, a little lake where birds love to stay, it's possible to row a boat at this lake.
This park's heavy gate opens onto a lush green oasis of palm trees, vibrant Guacamayos (Macaw Parrots) and a beautiful artificial lake.

There are also four dining options available here: Dante offers Italian food, La Campana for authentic Creole, Antiguedades specialises in seafood, and El Retiro serves international cuisine.
The serenity and sheer beauty of the surroundings enhances the prospects for entertainment, which are found here. There is a bowling alley, shooting grounds, boating on the lake, camping facilities and a swimming pool. This attractive combination makes the park one of the most appealing sights in town.

Tour - Guama

Guama Cuba

You will go through Matanzas province, from North to South to admire the beauty of the ecological reserve of "Ciénaga de Zapata". Here you see the natural park called Montemar.
A visit to the tourist farm "Fiesta Campesina" and the CITMA, Environmental Reference Center a Scientific Development Center. You will be taken to the Caribbean coast to enjoy the beach of the tourist center Punta Perdiz and have lunch.
On the way back, you will visit a crocodile farm and go by boat to Guama, the replica of an Indian village put up in the middle of the Treasure Lagoon.

You can book this excursion at the tourist desk of your Varadero Hotel



Tour - Havana & Fabrica de Tabacos

Partagas Cigar Factory in Havana

A daytrip to the capital is a must for all visitors to Cuba.
Havana is a city full of contrasts, with an unforgettable atmosphere and unique charm. You will travel 1 hour in an old timer car throught Metropilitan and Modern Havana, visit colonial Havana, a cigar factory, ron museum "Havana Club.

You will walk through the small streets, pass throught Cathedral Square, San Francisco de Asis Square, Arms square, Old Square, and go to La Bodeguita del Medio, the bar where writer Hemingway used to go for his Mojito drink.
Lunch in a typical Cuban Restaurant of the city. You will see the Revolution Square, the Capitol, a few historical big hotels of the city, and much more ...
And at alst ... you will also have a chance to browse through local merchant streets.

You can book this excursion at the tourist desk of your Varadero Hotel

Tour - Jeep Safari

Varadero Jeep Safari

An adventure through, rivers, off roads, quarries, royal palm tree groves and small countryside communities.

- A visit to a Cuban farm family.
- Visit to the Yumuri Valley
- Sojourn in "Rancho Gaviota" (one drink included)
- Horseback riding across the farm, and boating throughout the lake
- A visit passing through the city of Matanzas
- A visit to "Saturno Cave"

You can book this excursion at the tourist desk of your Varadero Hotel

Tour - Havana & Pinar del Rio Overnight

Tabaco in Vinales

Day 1:
- Visit to Great Military Park "Morro – Cabaña" to observe La Habana from its lookout
- Trip during one hour in old classic car by Metropolitan and Modern Havana, continuing the travel by bus.
- Lunch at typical Cuban restaurant in Havana

- City Tour by foot to Old Havana that include La Bodeguita del medio, Bar Floridita, Arms Square, Old Square, San Francisco de Asís Square and Cathedral Square, Visit the City Museum "Palacio de los Capitanes Generales"
- Lodging in Half Board in a midclass hotel in Havana

Day 2:
- Breakfast
- Departure to Pinar del Río
- City Tour Pinar del Río that include visit to a cigar factory and rum factory "Guayabitas del Pinar"
- Tour trough beautiful landscape of unique knolls in Cuba, located in the internationally well known Viñales Valley
- Visit to the Indian's Cave with a boat ride trough the underground river, trip trough Viñales Town, Mural de la Prehistoria
- Lunch in a Cuban typical restaurant in Viñales Valley
- Return to Varadero and drop off at your hotel

You can book this excursion at the tourist desk of your Varadero Hotel

Havana do it yourself tour

Havana Miramar

You stay in Varadero on a package deal BUT ...

A trip to Havana without a packed tour bus and at least 30 other tourists ... that is what you want right?

Well here we go, step by step!

1. Be relaxed
2. At your hotel in Varadero, make a reservation for the reliable and comfertable airconditioned Viazul bus the night before your departure at telephone number: 614886, or go to the Viazul bus station and buy tickets for the next day (about 10 CUC pp). You can also ask this at the reception of your hotel.
3. The next day, be at the Viazul bus station 1 hour before the bus departs, this is because otherwise they sell your seats.
4. Hop off the bus at the first stop after the tunnel in Havana

Simple as that :)

Stay the night in a Casa Particular
Next day you go back to Varadero with the Viazul bus


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