The Varadero Hop On Hop Off Tour buses are open-top double-decker transport perfect for moving around Varadero cheaply. The system is rather simple; you buy a ticket for 6 CUC and you can hop on and off as many times as you want during that whole day. With no less than 45 stops in Varadero you can basically visit anywhere you wish. The stops are located near the most prominent tourist attractions, all hotels in Varadero, the Varadero Dolphinarium, Park Josone, Museums, Varadero Beach bars and even Paladares in Varadero. Every half-hour a bus will pass by each stop, there being three buses in constant rotation throughout the day. The lower deck is air-conditioned and the upper deck is open-air and a perfect for the kids and to see the sights!
A visit to Varadero is not complete without visiting to this beautiful park and lush gardens. Located on 1st avenue in downtown Varadero, Josone Park, is characterized by its extensive gardens with a pleasant fresh water lake over which a large arched bridge spans. The park is an oasis for migrating birds that nest in the trees within the park and also the resident ducks and swans that live here all year round. Over recent years, the manager of the park has slowly included other bird species like macaws, parrots, flamingos, and even ostriches. Great for kids and all the family, you can rent rowing boats to crisscross the lake while also seeing the lush gardens and impressive birds wandering around the grounds. There are various restaurants within the grounds for all tastes.
When entering into the House of Rum Varadero be prepared to taste some of the delicious varieties of Rum made in Cuba… The variations of rum, light and dark is thoroughly explained, as is the whole process of making rum which makes the visit very educational. Learn more about every possible liquor made in Cuba in one place. The two floors building in downtown Varadero also offers a concise selection of Cuban cigars. On Calle 62 in downtown Varadero, you will find liquor that is neither at the airport nor the Resorts in Varadero so if you’re looking for something unusual or a special Cuban brand of rum, more than likely you’ll find it at the Varadero House of Rum.
While in Varadero do you want to learn how the sugar cane is processed into the sugar you use back home? This inexpensive museum in Varadero is informative and offers a fun filled half day excursion that begins with a trip to the sugarcane plantation where you meet the cane machetiers who will happily take pictures with you and your family. You’ll be able to try chewing some sweet sugar cane straight from the ground and visit an old processing plant to see exactly how the cane is converted into the sugar we use each day. The Sugar Cane Museum in Varadero offers rich insight into the industry that once powered Cuba’s economy, especially cities like Trinidad and Havana. See more Museums in Cuba
The nearby Varahicacos Ecological Reserve is offered as an excursion from most hotel reception desks and is well worth a visit as an all day excursion to see the real Cuba. Boasting the accolade as the largest wetland reserve in the Caribbean, the Varahicacos ecological reserve, offers breathtaking low level hiking along vegetation-rich trails with colorful array of wild exotic birds which include parrots, Caribbean flamingos, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and stalks. Especially apt as an educational trip for both adults and kids alike, the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve is truly sensational.
Although not comparable to the historic Tropicana Cabaret in Havana, the Cabaret Mediterraneo offers a professional two-hour show in an open-air location beneath thatched roofs and brushed by the sea breezes. Located on Calle 54 y Primera Avenida, which is right next to the Internacional Varadero Hotel. Brilliant choreography, lighting and costumes bring the show to life. The entrance fee is 25 CUC, however this includes drinks and some bar snacks plus your own table and waitress service. The Cabaret Mediterraneo is worth a night out away from your hotel in Varadero and as a personal adventure for couples and singles alike under the Caribbean stars.
Just when you thought Varadero was a newish beach resort you then find the Municipal Museum! The museum exhibits items that give an insight into the history of the city. These include personal effects from past residents and founders of the city, objects, documents, maps, and testimonies of Varadero’s historical moments, people and patriotic figures that helped shape the town into what it is today. The architecture of building alone is reason enough for a visit. The traditional Caribbean architectural style of the city which is based on vibrant colors of wood and other materials brought from surrounding mangroves. The museum opened in 1981 and provides some in-depth history of the Cuban city of Varadero. The Municipal Museum of history of Varadero is installed in a building dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. Its construction took place in 1919, and was erected in the style of the great houses in the old colonial plantations of Cuba at the time. Admission fee is just 1 CUC See all the Museums in Cuba
Yes, Varadero has an amusement park! Tucked in just behind Parque Josone on the main road its located right next to the Cupet gas station and very easy to find. Amongst the various rides you’ll find; go-carts, bumper cars, mini roller coaster and stand alone rides for infants and younger kids. There is a mechanized mountain ride which soars to about 20 meters above the ground. You can play pool, 10 pin bowling and there’s even a Karaoke room. The Varadero Attraction Park also has lots of shops and a nice bar which is very reasonably priced.
Varadero Golf Club was designed by the famous Golfer and Canadian Golf course Architect Les Furber, is the first 18-hole golf course on the island of Cuba. If you enjoy a game then the course has its challenges, especially crosswinds on the 16th and 17th holes. Even if you don´t intend to play Golf, the Xanadú Mansion is at the golf Course and is part of the club house, situated on a rocky embankment called San Bernardino crags, this beautiful house was designed by architects Covarrocas and Govantes in 1927 for the Dupont family and French/American millionaire Irenee Dupont de Nemours. More about Varadero Golf Club and other Cuban Golf Clubs
Watch the captivating Dolphin show and spend 15 minutes in the water with dolphins! This will be the highlight of your Varadero Vacation! Feel the rush touching dolphins or, if you have the courage, get pushed by your feet across the water. Another fun part of swimming with Dolphins in Varadero is the dorsal tow; the dolphins will take you through the water surface as you are holding on their dorsal fin. Varadero Dolphinarium has it all! Both adventure and fun!