A Cuban beauty

Varadero has a lot going for it. Jutting into the Atlantic Ocean on the north coast of Cuba, the resort comes with a fantastic 20 kilometres of white sandy beach. The country’s elite built extravagant mansions here back in the Thirties, so they’ve always been onto a good thing, but since the hotels joined them this place has become Cuba’s Number 1 beach resort. Oh, and it has the island’s only 18-hole golf course – with seaside views, of course.

Blue water and white sand

It really is all about the beach here. The locals call it Playa Azul – blue beach in Spanish – because of the warm, crystal-clear water. It’s obviously perfect for swimming, and the range of watersports is second to none. Along the sand, the hotels have their own private areas lined up with sunloungers and umbrellas – and there are also plenty of public spots to choose if you want to explore.

Daytrips to Havana

With its world-class architecture and roller-coaster history, Cuba’s capital Havana is a must-see. From Varadero it’s a 2-hour drive, or you can join one of the guided bus tours from your hotel. Spanish colonial influences are to be seen in the Castillo del Morro, La Cabana fortress and the Catedral de San Cristobal. As for the modern highlights, Revolution Square and the Partagas Cigar Factory are both on the tick list.

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