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Text and Photos by Roberto Campos
Although it is considered to be the most beautiful beach in Cuba and one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean, Varadero is a destination with an appeal that goes beyond just the sun and the sea; tourists are also attracted to its natural, cultural, historical and recreational beauty.
Located on the Hicacos Peninsula, north of Matanzas province, Varadero comprises 22 kilometers of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters lined with dozens of mostly four and five-star hotels, which are visited every year by half of the tourists who come to Cuba.
Its other attractions include natural caves, large virgin cays and magnificent coastal landscapes, with many species of local fauna.
Diving and water sports lovers will also find that Varadero offers many exciting activities, with marinas, diving centres and fishing spots, and the possibility of exploring seabeds with more than 40 types of coral and other species, including 70 types of shellfish.
Varadero's water sports facilities provide visitors with excellent conditions for diving, including fully-equipped diving boats and qualified personnel. They also offer lessons for beginners and for experienced divers wishing to improve their skills. Upon completion of the course, graduates receive their international certificates.
A dolphinarium, open daily, also provides the possibility for tourists to experience an unforgettable swim with dolphins. Varadero's 18-hole golf course, currently the only one in the country, is also available to those wishing to practice that sport in the most ideal conditions.
Fans of music, dancing and singing can visit countless nightclubs along Varadero's beautiful beach; an amphitheater with space for several thousand people that hosts great musical events, and the famous Tropicana Cabaret, on the road between the city of Matanzas and the beach.
For those wishing to combine their vacation with an educational experience, the Plaza América Convention Center, located right next to the beach, holds conferences and seminars all year, including economic, scientific, and cultural events, and trade shows. Plaza América, where the 2013 International Tourism Fair will take place, is an ideal location with first-class facilities, including a press centre, an international communications centre and a shopping centre. It also has a team of specialists and interpreters.