Varadero is a popular beach resort town. Along its 20km of Atlantic Ocean coastline is a string of all-inclusive hotel and spa complexes, and a golf course. Near the peninsula’s eastern tip is Reserva Ecológica Varahicacos, a preserve with trails and an ancient burial cave. Parque Josone is a park with a pond and gardens.


How to get to Varadero

We flew from Lima International to Mexico City (6 hours) (3 hour stop over) and then to Cuba (3 hours).

  • Taxi - We took a taxi from Havana to Varadero (2 hour drive) costing approx. £70-80. Taxis are available inside the airport and can be negotiated, this is the only way, and there is no Uber.

  • Car Rental – Be sure to check if you can drive here prior to booking. You can also reserve a car online via Rentalcars

  • Hotel transfers - You can arrange with your hotel for a pick up. This is most probably the safest and most reliable option


The airport in Havana is slow, be warned!! We waited almost 2 hours for all of our luggage to come out into the baggage claim hall. Once you clear through immigration you have to make sure you stand by the luggage carousel as the bags from multiple flights come out onto the ONE carousel. It is a long and tiresome process, particularly frustrating if one bag comes out an hour later than the rest!! Be patient, though, grab a chair if you can find one and just wait it out.


Where to stay in Varadero

Varadero is the place to come if you’re looking for lazy days by the beach or pool. It’s teaming with all-inclusive resorts catering for adults only to family friendly. All the hotels offer day trips to Havana or other nearby places.

Varadero is a long Peninsular with white sandy beaches all the way along it.

After almost 3 months in South America and 3 weeks at altitude in Cusco and La Paz we decided we needed a break and it worked out it was Nathans 2nd birthday so we booked ourselves into a mid-range all-inclusive resort to regain some strength.

Memories Varadero – all inclusive.

We spend 6 nights at this resort, enjoying the beach and pool area. Most importantly we spent Nathan’s birthday there.

The resort is huge and luckily for us we were staying by the beach, with a restaurant nearby.

We spent most days on the beach/pool. In the evenings the hotel put on various shows in the theatre. Nathan also went to his first foam party on the beach which he did certainly not enjoy.


Things to do in Varadero with children

Varadero is mainly an all-inclusive resort type area so doesn’t really paint a true picture of what Cuba really is. Varadero have some of the best beaches in the world and the water here is crystal clear. It’s pretty easy to lose a few days here lounging around eating and drinking your money’s worth!

  • Varadero Beach – Idyllic beach whether you’re in a resort or not. Public can access to the beach available.

  • City tour – These tours a done in an old school muscle cars, imported from USA. Most are maintained to a high standard and are definitely worth taking a ride in.

  • Coral beach – Calling all divers, if you looking for some underwater adventure, this is the place for you.

  • Varadero street market – Good place to buy souvenirs and the vendors are pretty laid back.

  • Swimming – Most hotels have children’s swimming pools which are essential to cool off from the Cuban heat.

  • Beaches – As the hotels are all beach front hotels, it’s easy to spend the day on the beach as the waters are calm and shallow enough for the children to paddle and swim.

  • Children’s clubs – Most hotels offer children’s clubs where you can watch them play or even rehearse for the evening’s entertainment.

  • Theatre shows – Evening shows with dancing and live music. Our kid really enjoyed running and dancing with the other children.

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