Varadero; enjoy the best night life
Cuba, has been as one of the destinations for people who loves traveling and then can live unforgettable moments in contact with nature, and in turn meet with nice people and a wonderful history.
Obviously, each tourist has his own interests, however, we all want to visit a place who let us meet a little of everything as: excursions, beaches, a delicious gastronomy and have time to enjoy each moment and rest.
Approximately 145km away from Havana is a marvelous Paradise, which has been the most visited place every year.
For sure, Varadero is ideal to practice watersports, relax on the beach, and also enjoy of activities that are made in each hotel.
To fully enjoy the excursions, is recommended to take about 3 days approximately and so can participate in as many excursions as possible.
How to reach Varadero from Havana?
Varadero belongs to Cardenas Munícipality and is located in Hicacos Peninsula, in Matanzas province about 145k east of Havana.
As it is one of the most relevant touristi destinations of Cuba, the access normally is without complications, it can be reached in 2 hours and half from Havana.
If you don’t want to spend much money on moving, then the best way to reach is ride a bus, the Viazul company has its terminal in front of Havana Zoo and it offers its services to distinct tourist destinations.
The price of ride a bus is approximately $10 and the journey normally takes 3 or 4 hours a day, from 6 a.m. Other alternative to moving is with ride a taxi, of course their charges aren’t economic, is calculated that the price of ride an official taxi are between 90 and 100 CUC, compared to the 50 or 60 of a common taxi.
However, if you prefer to drive and don’t want to ride on public transport, then the ideal is to rent an automobile for $50 a day, to this we add insurance and gas that would be like $10 extra.
By other side, we have that, international flights also reach to Varadero airport, it is located about 20km away of the peninsula.
Later, from airport you move on a taxi to Varadero or also you can reserve one of the transfers that hotel offers.
Varadero has more than 60 hotels who are placed on a wide hotel area, which is extended by 23km of all Hicacos peninsula.
It has available cheap, regular, and luxury hotels. On luxury category we have Ocean Varadero El Patriarca, which is a 5 stars resort who is located in front of the incredible Varadero beach. It is surrounded by green extensive areas like Cactus “el patriarca” which is a legend with more than 500 years of history.
Now, if you don’t want to be in resorts and go to Cuban Varadero, then you can stay in some family house with a price of 30 CUC, being this an excellent opportunity to deeply know the local life. Cuban people are very good hosts and they like to meet people of another countries and other idioms and cultures.
What can you do in Varadero?
Like has been previously commented, Varadero is the most visited touristic place of the island, its paradise beaches expand across a Peninsula, so it is characterized for has a type of fine sand of crystalline waters and very fine white sands.
Now, apart from relaxing on its incredible beaches, you can practice different watersports as surfing, yachting and water skiing, do catamaran tours, and even do high-risk activities such as parachuting.
It has to be mentioned that this beach has 20 places that are destined to diving where you can enjoy the crowd of corals and their wonderful marine fauna that only this place can offer, those courses can be purchased in hotel complexes.
Therefore, Varadero propose different options to have fun outdoors, among them we have: riding on a bicycle, on a horse, tennis courts, golf courses and even deep sea fishing.
In this area are created wonderful excursions to Varahicacos Ecological Reserve, located east of the peninsula, to the southern estuaries, just in front of the bay.
Also you can visit Josone Park and International Dive Center, as well as Muslims Caver, which is one of the most relevant archeologic places in Cuba.
To diving the best place is Coral beach and Saturn cave, since, by its warm crystalline waters, it lets to know different species in deep sea.
By other side, we have Ron house, to taste exquisiteness offering free menu and liquor sales service, which is the favorite of Cuba.
By night, Varadero has a diversity of activities for visitants, generally, nocturne life of this place is characterized by have a good entertainment.
Is important to say that one strengths of Varadero is its shows, parties, disco parties outdoors, and a mixed atmosphere between tourists and Cubans that creates an ideal atmosphere to go out to enjoy the night.
Prices normally vary, they aren’t same for Cubans than for tourists, in the same way the number of corresponding drinks in each entry.
The rumba palace; this is a good site with good references to spend the night in Varadero, it’s geared toward tourist, it has lively music, anyway, a party atmosphere. The entry for visitants is 10 CUC, and drinks are cheap.
The Comparsita; is one the few open bar options, entry is economic, it has a variation of music, it’s organized by salsa, rock and reggaeton concerts like AC/DC. Atmosphere iis very comfortable with its Cuban style.
It has an entry perfomance and later has a crazy party, negative side of this place is that is too small to organize parties, however, is recommended.
Kastillito; is a classic place located in Varadero, part of the dance floor is outdoors, front of the beach, been very nice to dance here and take some drinks while you feel the sea breeze.
This place is very touristic where visitants and Cubans frequent it at the same way. So if you are organizing your vacations and you wish a place where you can enjoy distinct activities, then do not hesitate to visit Varadero.
If you like to enjoy sun and tanning, then you must visit the authentic beaches in Cuba, they are distinguished for their transparent waters, ideals to relaxing some days and enjoy of its extraordinary nature.
It should be noted that Cuba is a country conformed by various island, which is known in the Caribbean as Cayos. Generally, Cuba is located between the Atlantic Ocean (“Océano Atlántico”) and the Carribean sea (“mar Caribe”). For this reason, those beaches are considered the best in the world.
The best Cuban Beaches
Next, we will know some beaches that are most visited in Cuba.
⦁ Varadero Beach (“Playa de Varadero”), the most popular beach in Cuba, itself, is the most demanded beach by tourists who visits the island, it is located in Hicacos Peninsula (“Península de Hicacos”) in Matanzas Province (“Provincia de Matanzas”). It has approximately 20 kilometers of white sand, being the most famous beach of territory, so the Varadero is considered, itself, a tourist attraction.
It is a marvelous combination of fine white sand and its transparent and clear water where you can practice watersports, particularly, diving. By the night, entertainment is great, it has various sites where they offer drinks, food and good music, until dawn.
⦁ Ancon Beach (“Playa Ancón”), is the best beach of Cuban Island, many considers as the most attractive beach of all territory, its white sands, blue tone waters who it’s difficult not to take a picture. And how to not mention the beautiful sunsets that give us with that contrast of orange colors. It is located almost 12km away from Trinidad, it is emphasized on closeness with Trinidad because this beach is combined with the colonials architectural jewelry who has Cuba, and it’s named as World Heritage by UNESCO. It would be intrigue to not visit it, even if it’s to enjoying some party nights.
⦁ El Pilar Beach and the famous Cayo Guillermo, this marvelous beach is located northeast of Cuba, it has about 13km2 and every day it is transforming on a very visited destination by tourists, however, it makes decrease its authenticity a little. The population maintains that, in Cayo Guillermo, the best beach is El Pilar, many American novelists visit it as the famous Ernest Hemingwa, and is supposed that by its calmly and nature beauty is considered an ideal place for writers. The wide sand dunes rise up to 16 meters above water’s level, it is being the highest in the Carribean and it’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy of fishing on mainland standing out as one its attractions at first place.
⦁ Cayo Largo’s Beaches; is established as the natural pool of Cuba, it should be noted that in this place are a big part of the most privileged beaches congregation of Cuba, such as Tortuga and Sirena Beaches determinate as true natural pools, as well as dozens of excellent complexes who has been installed in last years.With more than 20km of white sand and its turquoise waters that are a nature beauty, this beach is selected by tourists that visits it, because it is attractive at sight, also that it is a nice place to spend nice vacations.
⦁ Cayo Saetia, an excellent beach for who loves nature, this island is located in Holguin province which is known as “City of parks” (“Ciudad de los parques”), there we can find one of the best beaches of cuban territory, Holguin beach.
Apart, in Saetia Beach you have the alternative of exploring exotic tropical nature, as well as the fact of practicing different sports. This place is a perfect combination of marvelous beaches and a beautiful natural landscape. By other side, it is a good economic opportunity for anyone because they don’t spend a lot of money for enjoying alternatives that offers one of the most exclusives Caribbean Islands.
⦁ Santa Lucia Beach, it’s characterized for its coral reef, it’s located north of Camagüey and it expands through 21 kilometers of an incredible beach of Cuba, where you can find a diversity of flamingos, migratory ducks, colored tropical fishes, among others marine species, what makes it be the most relevant in the area.
Therefore, it’s an extraordinary place for diving lovers and for who loves marine view, been the most recognized for having the most relevant reefs of the world. It’s important to note that Santa Lucia Beach has become, in last years, on one of the favorite places for newlyweds, at the moment of selecting a honeymoon, and who have lived that experience express that everything lived is unforgettable.
⦁ Cayo Levisa: this beach is excellent on diving, it’s in north area of the western of Pinar del Rio province, on Colorados Archipelago, knowing as Santa Isabel Archipelago, to reaching to this destination you take 2 and half hours by road and 30 minutes more by ferry, it counts of 3 kilometers of extraordinary beaches with its incredible white sand and have a hotel of 40 rooms.
⦁ On Cayo Levisa you can be more relaxed, because you can appreciate more nature and not an area full of hotel chains. Apart that, to enter is done by boats who depart from north coast of Pinar del Rio and can be fixed with Viñales Area.
However, those beaches who have been mentioned in this list, are being the best to have incredible vacations; if you have considered the possibility of pamper yourself, then decide for one of them that sure it won’t disappoint you.
Dare and enjoy together your family or friend, this extraordinary experience you’ll never forget because their natural beauties and calm that here it’s appreciated. Anyway, they are the best beaches of Caribbean and the most recommended by tourists.
Santa Clara City, Cuba
Santa Clara is the capital city of the province of Villa Clara, so it is determined as a wide platform to go to anywhere in Cuba. This city was founded in 1689 by distinct families who are remembered by a monument built with columns placed on the church of Carmen square.
To reach to Santa Clara, you can ride a train, airplane or buses. When you arrive to your destination you have to move on from the terminal or airport to the center of the city, using local taxis that are horse-drawn carriages who have seats placed on each side, those taxis normally charge 2 pesos. But you can also find common taxis, however, they charge a bit more.
The historic center is too small, so the tour from the central square to the boulevard is nearby. About three blocks from the central square you can find a hostel called Hostel Las Arecas, although it is said that it’s a house in all words, it offers a variety of rooms with air, big bed, and bathroom for only 25 CUC a night. The Hostel is located at San Miguel street which is almost reaching the boulevard. The owners offer a good service and a nice cordiality
What tourist places are offered by Santa Clara?
Once you are stayed at Hostel Las Arecas, you can walk a little to the historic center, there you can find the Divina Pastora church and the church of Carmen park, both are located nearly to the center of the city, also nearly is located the memorial of the guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara.
The memorial of Che Guevara is located at Revolution Square (“Plaza de la Revolución”). At the top of the square you can appreciate a big statue of Che Guevara and in the lower part you can find the entrance to the museum and to the mausoleum, where were buried the remains of his body, which were found in 1997 in the Valle Grande of Bolivia.
This statue is located west of center, this place is called sculptural complex of Ernesto Che Guevara, it can be added that, as well as here are buried the remains of Che, also are buried the remains of other compatriots who gave their life on a battle made on Bolivian territory.
This museum is small, however, you can visualize the diversity of the pictures who talk about the life of Che, also some objects who he used in the revolution.
Near the museum are places where people can go and taste typical food and drinks of the place before continuing the tour to the city; such as the assault of the armored train which is an emblem of the Battle of Santa Clara, it is located in the park who has the same name, the entrance is paid to look the wagons without the need of enter to the park.
This park is located east of the city; itself is a train that was assaulted in full battle when they took the city, almost 10 minutes away from the train you can find another bronze statue of Che who carries a child.
The entry to the museum and to the mausoleum of Che is completely free, but to the armored train you have to pay to can enjoy the exhibition.
Food places located in Santa Clara.
In Santa Clara you can find various options where to eat for a low price. Next to the Hostel Las Arecas you can appreciate the Cuban coffee shop, there you can taste some snacks of tortilla with cheese for 2,5 CUC and even Hamburgers for 5 CUC.
A few steps away we have the Chocolate Corner (“Rincón del Chocolate”), this coffee shop is more sophisticated, it has even an air conditioner, there you can taste of an exquisite Italian coffee, bonbons and tarts.
But if you want to taste a delicious street pizza, then the right place is Lorda, located between the park and the boulevard, the pizzas have a cost of 10 pesos and they are so good.
Another nice place is the pizzeria restaurant La Toscana where they prepare local and foreign food and their cost is higher. However, you can ask for the restaurant menu of the local food who is less expensive.
If you want to connect to internet, you can do it with the public WI-FI of ETECSA which signal can be enjoyed in Remedios and Leoncio Vidal parks. However, if you want to get a 30 minutes’ card or an hour of internet, you have to go to the ETECSA store located on the Marta Abreu street.
When you are walking the boulevard you can appreciate, by the commercial Street, the restaurants, stores, the Cuban supermarkets and coffees. These types of pedestrian streets of Cuba are normally very lively.
In the Leoncio Vidal park located in the center of the city, we can found several emblematic buildings such as the Theater of Charity, The Jose Marti public library or the Central Hotel.
If you keep through the tour you can enjoy the monument of the Divina Pastora church, which is the most relevant of the city, so much so always has its surroundings fully of people both Cubans and tourists, and this is caused because the street has music, kiosk with beer sales and street foods everywhere, and even more if it’s a holiday like the carnival.
Once you finish your tour with the big revolutionary monuments of this emblematic city of Santa Clara, it’s a good idea to taste the delicious ice creams from the very known ice cream shop La Coppelia, it’s a local very wide with tables very comfortable where you can taste its ice creams, calmly, whether talking or see the moves that are made outside of the ice cream shop.
So you can’t go back from this emblematic city without having tasted the delights from La Coppelia, located one block from the park, just down the Colon street.
Consequently, if you are thinking to visit Cuba, you can’t miss the chance of walking through Santa Clara the emblematic city of Che Guevara. Know his history and experiences during his revolutionary battle.
Every corner of this city hides a memory of a past Cuba, with evidence reflected in every block, however, you can appreciate a very nice environment, for the cordiality of people