We travelled to the beautiful beach town of Varadero, Cuba earlier this year, staying at a couple of small Airbnbs and exploring the local scene. We had a blast sinking into the Varadero vibe and learned a lot while we did!
So we put together a little guide on what you need to know before you head off on your own Cuba beach vacation. It includes our top travel tips, recommendations and discoveries.
Our Recommendations for Varadero, Cuba!
The beach of course! The amazing beach runs for 20kms along the peninsula, past the town and into the resort zone. Anywhere you decide to dip your toes is going to be amazing. It's the reason you're in Varadero and it doesn't disappoint! The sand is soft and the water is lovely. The only reason you'll want to get out is.....
Check out Factoria Varadero 43 Cerveceria for a surprisingly amazing frozen daiquiri, or Nonna Tina for mojitos! Other options are Casa de la Música, La Bodeguita del Medio and Snack Bar Calle 62.
Start your morning right or kick start the afternoon by grabbing a café con leche from El Golfito or Panderia Doña Neli. We enjoyed some of our best coffees in Cuba at both of these places.
For Cuban Food
A relaxed, no-frills restaurant serving classic Cuban meals is Sabor Cubano. The atmosphere is casual and friendly and the food is both delicious and affordable - a "must try" is the ropa vieja.
For Getting Around
We recommend walking to get around but cabs are plentiful and can be found on Avenida Primera very easily.
There are shops and stores in town that sell essentials –– such as water, snacks and toiletries –– for locals and tourists. Many of which are open late!
You can grab extra cash at ATMs, banks or by visiting the money exchange located in the Centro Comercial Hicacos.
Etecsa internet cards can be purchased at any of the Wifi Etecsa shops throughout Varadero town. The one we visited was at Avenida Primera and Calle 42.