Arts & Crafts Square
That souvenir you are searching for or the little artisanal treasure you desire can be found in this colourful square which features the best of local artistry.
In the far north of the Hicacos peninsula, home of the most famous beach in Cuba, the tourist village Plaza Las Morlas has many leisure and entertainment options along its splendid promenade. This new Varadero resort features gastronomic, entertainment, well-being and water sports options along with a great resort combining beach and marina. See more »
Distance: 2.2 Km
Several years ago the most oriental part of the Hicacos Peninsula was designated an ecological reserve so as to protect its flora and fauna. Varahicacos is the name of this great environmental project which also aims to preserve the numerous caves where evidence of the first inhabitants of the island can be seen.
Distance: 3.9 Km
The main centre for business tourism in Varadero, equipped with the spaces, technology, staff and experience required for this area. One of the highlights of its facilities is the plenary room, accommodating 500 people, and the exhibition area, covering almost 2,000 m2. Opened in 1997, it recently underwent a complete renovation.
Distance: 4.8 Km
A narrow stretch, parallel to the beach, of more than 60 hectares, with playing areas, forests of native vegetation and lagoons, making it an enormously attractive setting. Club House with all the services required for enjoying the golf experience on the only professional course in Cuba and with one of the best designs in the Caribbean.
Distance: 5 Km
Situated on the tip of Hicacos Peninsula, this marina aims to become the largest marina on the Island and is therefore extending its mooring capacity and has created the full infrastructure necessary to service the tourist yachts. This marina is already very well known in Varadero for its recreational activities, such as trips on the Crucero del Sol, catamaran sailing, diving, life onboard and fishing.
Distance: 5 Km
Shops, bars, specialist restaurants, function room, bowling alley, arts and crafts gallery... numerous spaces to round off the All-Inclusive options and to share with visitors to the Marina Gaviota Punta Hicacos. There are also marina services here (berth and mooring), a diving centre and a catamaran terminal, always with interesting options for sea lovers.
Distance: 10.2 Km
The main tourist destinations of Cuba have their own Casa de la Música, a name which defines the best dance spaces in the country. The Casa de la Música of Varadero features the most renowned salsa musicians and other popular music inviting guests to follow the beats between drinks.
Distance: 16.2 Km
The oldest statue in the western hemisphere dedicated to Admiral Christopher Columbus was erected in 1862 in a park in the old City of Cárdenas. Founded next to the eponymous bay, southwest of Varadero, in the 19th century it was the centre of one of the most productive sugar plantation areas in Cuba and the site where the national flag was first hoisted.
Distance: 43.8 Km
Known as the Creole Venice for the high number of bridges that set it apart, the City of Matanzas is located on a beautiful bay, beside the Yumuri and San Juan Rivers. Parque Libertad is the main town square which is home to some valuable historic buildings such as the Pharmaceutical Museum. The Sauto theatre and the Museum of the Slave Route, the first of its kind in the Americas, is also among the main attractions of Matanzas.
Distance: 46.9 Km
Located in the outskirts of the city of Matanzas, The Yumurí valley offers one of the most spellbinding views in Cuba. There are many lookout points in the mountains (150 m) that surround the valley, interrupted only towards the west. However, the best perspective of the Valley can be seen from the viewpoint at the Bacunayagua Bridge (the highest in the country and considered one of the seven wonders of Cuban engineering) from where the splendor of the valley can bee fully appreciated. There are ecotourism trails in the valley that lead to an old native settlement, a flower farm and to a cove on the mouth of the Bacunayagua River, where tourists can enjoy a refreshing swim.
Distance: 47.3 Km
Around the Canimar River, one of the deepest in Cuba, there is a park that invites visitors to enjoy its peaceful natural beauty with horse or boat rides or fishing and snorkelling excursions. The river flows into the bay of Matanzas next to the Morrillo Castle, built in 1720.
Distance: 107.5 Km
Approximately 10 000 specimens of the 16 species of crocodiles are raised at the Crocodile Breeding Farm in Guamá, Zapata peninsula, approximately 100 km from Varadero. Visitors may view the Cuban and American species as they sleep in the mud or taste its meat at the neighboring restaurant that specializes in exotic dishes.