For those looking for adventure, Varadero is well equipped to handle almost any water sport you can think of, from scuba diving to sailing to swimming with the dolphins.
Just beyond the spectacular beaches, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for local excursions. Explore the ecotourism options offered on the nearby Zapata Peninsula, the largest wetland reserve in the Caribbean, or within the Varahicacos ecological reserve, where you can hike along vegetation-rich trails and gaze at the colourful array of exotic birds. For a more cultured diversion, visit the city of Matanzas, nicknamed the “Athens of Cuba” because of the wealth of celebrated European poets and writers living there during the mid-19th century.
An option that many people take advantage of is a day trip to the capital of Havana which is about a 2 hour drive away. Havana is a beautiful colonial city with many offerings for shopping and cuisine as well as sight-seeing, some even decide to stay in Havana for a few days to be immersed in the culture.
As always, check your tour operator or resort’s website for a more detailed list as well as prices for excursions.
If you are looking to shop while staying in Havana you don’t have to look far. There are options at many resorts, and if not at the one you are staying at another won’t be far down the beach. Another great option is the Centre Plaza America which is a massive international convention centre. It boasts one of the country’s largest shopping malls, complete with restaurants, boutiques and even attractions.
You also don’t have to go far to find golf in Varadero. Varadero Golf Club is one of the most popular being an 18 hold championship course. It is recommended to book tee times before travelling if possible to avoid disappointment.
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