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Sunset on Varadero beach. Photo: J.R. Stechey

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Varadero Recognized as One of Top 50 Beaches in the World

Varadero has been recognized as one of the top 50 beaches in the world. The nomination comes from the World’s Top 50 Beaches. Over 750 travel influencers, journalists, and the company’s Beach Ambassadors determined the winners.

TripAdvisor also lists 30 of the best beaches in Cuba, with ratings decided by travelers’ votes that rank individual beaches.

Varadero Beach on the Hicacos Peninsula in the province of Matanzas, offers over 16 kilometres of stunning beaches and crystal blue waters. The town is the resort capital of Cuba, with plenty of options for accommodations at all price ranges—from luxury to basic rooms for rent. There are dozens of all-inclusive hotels popular with Cubans and foreigners alike.

Varadero Attractions

Varadero offers impressive attractions and activities for all interests. Kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling in the world’s most amazing coral reefs, skydiving, three marinas (Marina Gaviota Varadero, Marina Darsena Varadero, Marina Chapelin (Aquaworld), bus tours, bicycle and motorbike rentals, entertainment, museums, golf and miniature golf courses, restaurants, cafés, bars, and spas. There is something for everyone, young and old.

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In addition, the Xanadu Mansion (formerly the Dupont Mansion) is a beautiful choice for fine dining, a quiet drink in the bar, spectacular views, and luxury accommodations.

A visit to Parque Josone features landscaped gardens, a restaurant, and a lake with rowboats and water bikes.

Children and adults alike will enjoy a visit to Varadero’s Dolphinarium in a natural mangrove lagoon near the Chapelin Marina. It offers daily shows and an opportunity to swim with the dolphins.

Another attraction is the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve. You’ll find three kilometers of protected land with hiking trails on the northeastern end of the Peninsula. Besides hiking, there are also two caves to explore, the Cueva de Ambrosio and the Cueva de Musulmanes.

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Varadero has its own international airport. In fact, traveling to Varadero is just as easy, with buses to cities across the island.

Once you’ve settled into a chaise lounge on the beach, it’s clear why Varadero finds itself on the Best Beaches in the World list.

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