Also known as Play Azul
To mean Blue Beach – Varadero, on Cuba’s north-western coast, is accurately named. This exclusive peninsula of white sandy beach, which reaches out into warm turquoise waters, is home to an abundance of resorts and hotels, a nature reserve, virgin forest... and the country’s only full golf course.
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|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 29°C
Rainfall: 1191mm a year
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Cuba’s oldest tourist attraction is about to celebrate its 150th birthday. The Bellamar Caves are a whole series of stunning natural formations which has been drawing gasps from visitors for generations.
Must eat at:
Be swept off your feet at the Villa Du Pont – upstairs it’s the HQ of the local golf club... but downstairs it’s home to Las Americas – a Varadero gastronomic institution, where the accent is very much deluxe. (Don’t forget to order a Mojito at Mirador, upstairs, on your way in).
Must be there for:
Every other year, in and around March, the world’s chefs come to Varadero for the International Culinary Festival, giving you the chance to sample a whole world of innovative dishes, fresh from the kitchen.
- Don’t forget to keep enough small change to pay your 25CUC departure tax at the airport
- If you can, hold off on buying your rum until you’ve visited the Casa re Ron in town.
British citizens wishing to travel to Cuba on holiday need to apply for a tourist visa card.
Duty free shopping:
As Cuba is outside of the EU, you can benefit from duty free prices on certain items purchased when travelling to Varadero through our terminals. More information.
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