Varadero is Cuba on growth hormones, a large and sprawling resort complex that has little or no relation to the country as a whole. The setting itself is like a paradise. A 20km swathe of unbroken white sand perched on the wafer-thin Hicacos Peninsula. One of the largest beach resorts in the Caribbean, Varadero is Cuba's most popular tourist destination.
Along Varadero's seductive stretch of palm-fringed sand, water sports are a prime draw. Crystal clear seas in striking hues of blue provide the perfect playground for SCUBA diving, sailing, snorkeling, and swimming. Those who can bare to leave the beach will find other things to see and do, such as crystal-encrusted caves, lush parks, and close-up dolphin encounters.