Varadero is a resort town in the Matanzas district of Cuba and is one of the largest resort town in the Caribbean. Boasting of more than 20 kms of white sand beaches, it has a large tourist influx throughout the year. The first mention of this place was made in 1555. The annual rowing regatta started in 1910, and both famous and infamous people like Al Capone stayed in Varadero.
Being the most famous part of Varadero, it is highlighted by Parque Natural de Varadero, a natural reserve with a beach, and the two caves, Cueva de Ambrosio and Cueva de Musulmanes.
The green oasis is more enclosed and beautiful than Parque Central. The gardens here date back to the 1940s with the name of the park being derived from the former owner, Jose Fermin Iturrioz y Llaguno and his wife, Onelia. They created this neo classical styled mansion here. Now it is a public space of. enjoyment for all.
Near the Varadero airport, a path leads down to the Saturn cave the pinnacle feature of a complex cave system. This beautiful cenote serves as a respite for tourists from the sun bathed beaches. Tourists swim in the waters and admire the formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
Built in 1929, this palatial mansion was owned by a wealthy American entrepreneur. Constructed with Italian Marble, rich woods and thermal insulated ceramic tiles, today is a golf clubhouse and a lavish retreat as a hotel. On display are some of the old furnishings, information on the entrepreneur and some old photographs.
Varadero Ecological Park
This is a protected area and is a natural reserve, with an assortment of plant species such as cactus and orchids, a lagoon with spectacular birds and a huge fauna of insects and lizards. Narrow hiking trails wind throughout the preserve.
At Delfinario, dolphin lovers can come close to the extent of hugging and cuddling these friendly creatures. Tourists can engage in swimming with them and also engage in fun tricks with these playful creatures.
Cayo Piedra Underwater Park
The underwater park is a popular diving and snorkeling attraction. This underwater park contains military equipment, namely a towboat, a missile launching gunboat, an AN-24 airplane and the yacht Coral Negro. Divers can spot turtles and sharks in the waters too.
Iglesia de Sant Elvira
Just east of Parque Central is this colonial style building which resembles a displaced alpine chapel. The chapel has a very colonial and homely feel with it’s warm wooden interiors and lush green courtyard.