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Varadero on the Hicaos Peninsula, is the largest holiday resort area in the Caribbean; a bliss of sun, sea and sand that is so picturesque, its very existence is a cliché.

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Holidays in Varadero

The coastline projects off the Cuban mainland (although not attached) to crookedly enfold the shallow waters of Bahia de Cárdenas. Expect luxury accommodation, beach living at its best and enough water sports to keep you occupied all summer long. Although it’s primarily a tourist resort town, don’t think Varadero is lacking in original experiences, there’s still virgin forest, caves, a nature reserve and museums that were once the ex-mansions of millionaires.

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Beach Resort Kicks

It can feel a bit like hotel city here – most come with all inclusive holiday resort packages to temper their bodies in the Cuban sun before quenching themselves in Bay of Cárdenas. And why not? Varadero is at its best when all you want is some much deserved R&R either at the beginning or the end of your Caribbean vacation. If the crowded blonde sands of the main town aren’t your thing however, you won’t be stuck for choice. Try the beaches at the northeastern end of the island that are less about sun bathing more about nature or take a boat to one of the many surrounding islands and be a beach hermit for the day.

Money and Mansions

Tear yourself from the beach and the unbridled culture of luxury just keeps on going – think yachts, designer shopping, up market apartments and fine dining restaurants found in areas like Marina Gaviota. Back in the day (early 1900’s) Varadero was an island for the well heeled; successful businessman built their holiday homes here, some of which have now been converted into museums. Irénée du Pont was the original trend setter and Christened his mansion ‘Xanadu’ – Chinese for ‘Upper Capital’. To follow would be the likes of prohibition big shot Al Capone and the wealth is still tangible amongst the coral stone villas and ceramic roof tiling that caps curvaceous doorways.

Cuevas and Cays

For those swashbucklers looking for more than recliner chairs and sun induced stupors, there are some isolated spots away from manicured lawns and perpendicular streets. Swim between stalagmites and stalactites in the drowned cave network of Cueva Saturno and arrive with a dry bag picnic to the chain of virgin cays (small, sand islands) such as Cayo Piedras and Cayo Cruz. Cueva de Ambrosio off the Autopista Sur Road contains pre-Colombian rock drawings – concentric circles and cultural mementos of the indigenous Taino people and is guarded by a colony of fruit bats.

Best Time to Travel

Varadero has a mild subtropical climate – temperatures are constant year round and there are two seasons – the hot and dry (November to April) and the hot and wet (May to October). Northeasterly trade winds regulate the temperate –highs are rarely over 30 degrees Celsius in the wet season which is a good time to escape the European cold – tropical storms don’t last long and are welcome relief from building humidity. Do, however, avoid hurricane season which last from mid-August to mid-September.

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Why Travelbag?

Booking your holiday with Travelbag really could not be simpler. Call one of our professional and highly trained travel agents today to book your perfect 2018/2019 holiday deal. With a fantastic wealth of tips and hints on the best bars, beaches and restaurants, Travelbag can help you make your holiday completely tailored to your personal taste. So whatever you’re looking for, Travelbag have you covered.

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