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Travel to Varadero - An island lover's paradise

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Almost 100 miles away from Havana, the town of Varadero on the Hicacos Peninsula boasts more than 12 miles of fine sand beach. This is a town exclusively dedicated to tourism, especially since the construction of an international airport just 19 miles away. The peninsula has an abundance of hotels, built along the palm tree-lined shores. Very popular with Canadian, European and South American tourists, Varadero is the most famous Cuban seaside resort of all. Depending on your tastes you can create a sports or relaxation based itinerary, or a combination of the two! Whatever your tastes, if you travel to Varadero you won't be disappointed.

To see

Varadero is the seaside resort of Cuba. Its main attraction is its endless beaches with fine white sand and a turquoise sea.

To do

If you're a fan of watersports you'll get your fix; from waterskiing, to windsurfing, jetskiing to sailing, diving or snorkelling - it's all possible here!

pros

  • +  Its white sand beach, from where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets
  • +  The beautiful, turquoise waters
  • +  A shining sun that never seems to wane
  • +  A wide variety of entertainment organised by the majority of hotels
  • +  Everything you need on holiday in one place

cons

  • -  Almost no life outside the hotel complexes
  • -  A bare landscape apart from the beaches

To think about

Wear a hat and sunscreen if you are going out on the water or to the beach.

To avoid

Avoid making negative or critical comments about Fidel Castro, or ask their opinion on the political regime; this may make Cubans feel uncomfortable.

To try

Cuban cuisine is quite simple and not diverse. Chicken and rice are its main staples. It is common for potatoes, fried bananas and yams to be served with the main meal. Make it your mission to taste the local lobster!

To bring back

Rum, obviously !

Weather Varadero

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Varadero . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Varadero so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Varadero , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather May
Overall rating 65/100
  • Temperature indicators 80% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 24% Rainy

    Rainy - averaging between 3.5mm and 4.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 50% Sunny intervals

    Cloudy with sunny intervals (40% to 60% cloud cover).

  • Swimming indicators 90% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 78% Light warm breeze

    Near optimal comfort: moderate to light winds (between 6 mph and 7 mph) in a warm enviromnment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 68% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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