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Language: Spanish | Currency: Peso (₱) | Local time: UTC-4:00 | Avg. Flight time: 13.5 hrs
Varadero, which is just two hours from sultry Havana, draws thousands of happy holidaymakers year after year...
The stunning beach is the resort's top asset; whether you want to increase your heart rate with water sports or simply lie back in the soft sand. For the adventurous, nearly all activities in Varadero revolve around the exquisite beach where you can have a go at just about any sport that involves water. And for those looking to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life, the incredible views and warm sea will help to wash away their cares.
Beyond the sands, however, the town works hard to live up to the valuable reputation of its main attraction, with a fine gathering of upmarket places to stay and eat. And if you don't fancy getting wet, there's always the option to tour a little bit of the region, and car hire is relatively inexpensive from Varadero Airport (VRA), which is only a 30km drive, or Havana Airport (HAV), which is approximately 150km (two hours) away.
You don't have to go too far to find a taste of the real Cuba during holidays in Varadero, though. At the flea market in the centre of the resort you can mingle with the locals as they hang around outside bars downing ice-cold drinks and casually picking at small dishes of meat and potatoes. And once you've enjoyed a mojito or two, the romantic in you may be tempted by a stroll through the lively Parque Josone, where you can catch some fabulous free shows by local performers.
When choosing your accommodation, there are many four and five-star properties on offer.
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Cuba is in the Caribbean and has year-round sunshine; however, the peak season runs from late in the year through to early May...
Cuba enjoys a warm climate throughout the year. Temperatures during the summer months will often touch 30C, but there can be rainy periods between June and September. The drier winter months still enjoy daytime averages in excess of 21C, while at night temperatures rarely fall below 17C.
If you want to add something extra to your Varadero holiday, why not consider travelling when one of the following events is on in town?
World Music Festival; June: A host of musicians from all over the world join in with the local talent as Varadero turns on the party atmosphere for a fiesta with both a modern and a traditional sound.
Dia de la Independencia (Independence Day); October:This national holiday sees drinking, eating and street parties go on until the small hours as Cubans celebrate the 1868 event that saw Carlos Manuel Cespedes free the nation's slaves and start a war of independence with Spain.
Cuba Golf Tournament; June: Dozens of the golfing world's top talents are attracted to this annual challenge at Varadero Golf Club - the only one of its kind in Cuba.
Looking for something to do on your holiday? Here are a few suggestions for holidays in the Varadero area...
Romance: Take a buggy ride through Parque Josone - a charming, public park built by two lovebirds who lived by the lake in the 1930s.
Relaxing: The soft white sands and striking blue seas can't fail to set the scene for chilling out with a cold drink under the sun.
Active types: Sea kayaking, parasailing and diving are all on the menu at Varadero, if you're feeling energetic. For an extra thrill, you can also leap out of an aeroplane in the skies above Varadero International Skydiving Centre.