Varadero, Cuba Vacations

Our Opinion of Varadero

Once the retreat of American gangsters, Varadero went on to become the first, and most famous beach resort in Cuba. The dazzling 20 kilometre white sand beach is home today to some of the most sophisticated all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
Be sure to pick up some of Cuba's famous rum and cigars. Casual clothing and locally-made crafts and jewellery may also tempt you at Varadero's outdoor market.

Head to Havana, about two hours away, for a day (or several days on our two-centre holiday). Its charm and fascinating history are sure to be memorable.

Come nightfall, Varadero is all about music. Take in a night of mambo-music where Desi Arnaz would feel right at home. It's hard not to see why Cuba is a leader in world music!

Things to know about Varadero, Cuba Vacations

Activities & Sports
Enjoy deep-sea sport fishing, snorkeling, scuba-diving, water sports, tennis and championship golf courses.

Dining & Nightlife
There are a number of night clubs around the centre of town, including the Havana Club and Cabaret Continental in the Hotel Internacional.

Shopping in Varadero's air market is an experience. Find everything from local arts and crafts, interesting souvenirs, clothing, and more. Rum and cigars should be bought only at reputable stores.

Flying time from: 
Toronto: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes. 
Montreal: Approximately 4 hours. 
Calgary: Approximately 6 hours. 
Vancouver: Approximately 6 hours. 
Languages: Spanish, English widely spoken in tourist areas. 
Currency: CUC (Cuban Convertible Peso); CAD dollars easily exchanged but subject to 8% conversion fee (10% for US dollars and 11.24% for credit card charges). US-issued credit cards and travellers cheques are not accepted in Cuba. 
Climate: Sub-tropical with an average of ten days of rain a month from May to October 
Electricity: 110V or 220V (converters required) depending on hotel. 
Canadian citizens require a valid passport to enter Cuba. All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Cuban Consulate at (416)234-8181 or the Cuban Tourist Board at (416) 362-0700.

Cuba tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents.

Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.

IMPORTANT:Each travelling passenger is responsible to pay a local departure tax in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC). This fee is payable in cash at the airport in destination prior to boarding your flight, in the amount of CUC$25 (subject to change). makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.