Varadero

Varadero

Things to do - general

Varadero is a resort town in the province of Matanzas, Cuba, and one of the largest resort areas in the Caribbean.  It is best known as a tourist resort town, with more than 20 km of white sandy beaches. The first tourists visited Varadero as early as the 1870s, and for years it was considered an elite resort. In 1910 the annual rowing regatta was started; five years later the first hotel, named Varadero, which later was renamed as Club Nautico, was built. Tourism grew in the early 1930s as Irénée du Pont, an American millionaire, built his estate on the peninsula (now Maison Xanadu or DuPont House). Many famous and infamous people stayed in Varadero, for example: Al Capone.

After the Cuban Revolution in 1959, many mansions were expropriated from their rich owners. These mansions soon became museums.[citation needed] As a symbol of the new integrated tourism for Cubans and foreign visitors of all social classes, the Park of the 8000 Cubicles (Parque de las 8000 Taquillas) was built in 1960. Visitors could leave their belongings in the basement of the park, had access to sanitary installations and gastronomic services on the first floor, and could rent bathing articles and swimsuits. The surroundings of the park became the center of the city.

Between the 1960s and 1980s Varadero transformed itself into a cultural centre. During those years the central park (8000 Taquillas) (located between 44th and 46th Street) saw countless concerts, festivals and sporting events.

The 1990s brought the start of another hotel building campaign, mostly in the 4-star and 5-star segment. Many of the hotels are operated or co-owned by foreign businesses like Meliá, Barceló, TRYP, etc. (France’s Club Med used to have a property but has since left Varadero.) As international tourism was opened up, the local population expanded with the arrival of people, some in key economic positions, from other parts of Cuba. As a consequence, Varadero has lost much of its social and cultural life and its traditions. The central park, the cinema and various cultural meeting places were neglected in favor of a hotel-centred all-inclusive-tourism and finally closed. The International Carnival, an initiative of Cubans and foreigners started in the 1980s, also ceased.

In addition to its most valued resource, the beach, Varadero has natural attractions such as caves and a chain of easily accessed virgin cays. There are also cultural, historical and environmental attractions in the vicinity, such as the cities of Matanzas and Cárdenas, the Zapata Peninsula and the resort of San Miguel de los Baños. Varadero, which is a free port, also possesses facilities for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports.

Country Cuba
VAR001 - Hostal 4608 Señora Betty

VAR001 - Hostal 4608 Señora Betty

Calle 2da, Varadero
Price from $ 25
Hostal 4608-Señora Betty is an independent house in the heart of Varadero. It has 2 semi-independent More info
VAR002 - Casa Nancy Mayan

VAR002 - Casa Nancy Mayan

Calle 4ta, Varadero
Price from $ 30
Casa Nancy Mayan is an independent house in Varadero, close to the beach. Modern house with private More info
VAR003 - Apartamentos Jose y Elaine

VAR003 - Apartamentos Jose y Elaine

Calle 1ra, Varadero
Price from $ 30
Apartamentos Jose y Elaine in an independent aprtment in the heart of Varadero. House on ground floo More info
VAR004 - Apartamento Bertha y Alfredo

VAR004 - Apartamento Bertha y Alfredo

Calle 24, Varadero
Apartamento Bertha y Alfredo is an independent property right on th beach of Varadero, with 2 bedroo More info
VAR010 - Casa Garcia Dihigo

VAR010 - Casa Garcia Dihigo

Camino del Mar, Varadero
Price from $ 40
Casa Garcia Dihigo is a beachfront independent luxury via with 5 bedrooms ensuite. Wide house on 2 l More info
VAR018 - Casa Menocal

VAR018 - Casa Menocal

Calle 14, Varadero
Price from $ 40
Casa Menocal is a wid and elegant villa with 5 bedrooms ensuite, right on the beach of Vradero. Orig More info
VAR023 - Casa Maria Isabel y Ernesto

VAR023 - Casa Maria Isabel y Ernesto

Avenida Playa, Varadero
Cas Maria Isabel y Ernesto is a beachfront proprty with cuban family with 2 double bedrooms ensuite More info
VAR032 - Casa Yincia

VAR032 - Casa Yincia

Calle 13 no.03 y Camino del Mar. Varadero., Varadero
Price from $ 30
Casa Yincia is a beachfront property with cuban family in Varadero, with two bedrooms ensuite. House More info

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