By: Mercedes Ramos / Photos by MINTUR

The International Tourism Fair, Cuba's most important professional tourism event, will hold its 33rd annual event in Varadero from May 7th to May 10th 2013. Its natural beauty, bliss and fun activities are more than reason enough to dedicate this fair to the most important beach resort in Cuba. Brazil, cradle of samba and the picturesque Rio carnivals will be a featured part of the event. We invite you to experience, with us, this new adventure showcasing the Caribbean.

 VaraderoVaradero is Cuba's main beach resort and is considered the country's tourism capital since it welcomes more than a million visitors annually, 50% of them from Canada.

According to tourism industry statistics most Canadian travelers consider the sun and beach as key deciding factors when looking for vacation spots, especially during the coldest period from December to March. In Cuba, Varadero is the ideal location to soak up the sun, enjoy plenty of rest and witness beautiful landscapes.

Located only 140 km east of Havana, just north of the Matanzas province, Varadero is a dream place for taking a vacation. White sandy beaches and crystal clear shallow waters, stunning underwater landscapes that amaze diving enthusiasts and more are among the attractions that draw visitors to the area. Along its 22 km of beaches, there are 49 hotels, most of them with 4-star and 5-star All Inclusive facilities.

The latter offers visitors the certainty of enjoying magnificent vacations with the added value of a relevant tourism centered infrastructure that includes a variety of restaurants and bars, discos, night clubs, stores, marinas, rent-a-cars and other facilities.

 VaraderoIn the water sports department, marinas at Varadero offer packages such as diving sessions, fishing trips, catamaran and yacht trips and others. In addition, each hotel has water sport spots where you can rent non-motorized equipment. There is also a dolphinarium where you are guaranteed to meet and even choose to swim with some of the most beautiful animals that inhabit our oceans.

Nature lovers can also enjoy other attractions such as caves and a chain of easily accessed virgin cays. The nearby Bellamar caves, in the Matanzas city area, is a must-see if you want to experience an underground world, home to crystals and rock formations untouched by time. There is also the Zapata Swamp, the best preserved wetlands in all of the Antilles, with a crocodile farm, great lookouts for bird watching and trekking trails.

 VaraderoFor history lovers, there also organized trips to several interesting places such as Matanzas' historical centre, the Bay of Pigs, and Old Havana among others.

If you are taking a family trip, the magnificent Blue Beach, has several other options like the Josone Park with its lush green oasis of palm trees and plenty of spots where you can stop at wonderful restaurants and have lunch or dinner overlooking a peaceful lake.

All of these facilities, in addition to the beach and the sense of security that the beach provides, has made Varadero a place that tourists cannot fail to include in their list of travels.