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Diving in Varadero

Jutting out into the clear blue water is Varadero, a peninsula of worldwide fame. Divers can find exceptional reefs and abundant marine life during a dive in these warm waters.

Diving in Varadero

Quick facts

Coral gardens and incredible rock formations are just offshore from lovely Varadero. There are several dive shops to be found along the peninsula, locals who know the best places to find wildlife.

Head to the Coral Negro wreck, the Neptuno wreck or the Caribe wreck, all of which make for some great photographs and memories to take home.

There iis even a couple of caves to explore during your time on Varadero. Check out the cenote as well as the El Brinco Cave.

A bit farther out is Cayo Piedra and several other small islands and islets. Some of the best, most unspoiled diving can be accomplished out here, mere meters from the tip of the peninsula.

When to go

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What to see

The rich waters near the peninsula bring incredible marine life to Varadero. You can see all sorts of reef fish, as well as small sharks. Rays and eels can be spotted here near the reefs. Dolphins frolic offshore, and whales can sometimes be seen in season.

Fishermen, you’ve found your spot. Game fish of all kinds; sailfish, snapper, and more are thronging right offshore.


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Varadero is found on the long, skinny Hicacos Peninsula, jutting out from the northwestern shore of Cuba. At its widest point, the peninsula is only .75 miles (1.2 kilometers) wide, guaranteeing that no matter where you look, the beach and the water are just ahead. There are wonderful things to see along the peninsula, and the beachy Cuban mindset pervades it all.

Varadero is primarily a tourist destination, as it has been for many years, at least since the late 1800’s. There are golf courses, natural reserves, and 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) of white sand beaches, all thronged by sun seeking travelers from around the globe.

Other attractions

Aside from the epic white sand beaches along either side of the peninsula, there are plenty of interesting destinations to grab your attention. Check out the interesting Saturno Cave, which is a great hike, getting you out of the sun for a bit. Also take some time to walk around the old parts of the city, examining the Iglesia Santa Elvira, a lovely church with plenty of history.

Getting there

Useful to visitors is the double decker hop on, hop off bus that runs up and down the peninsula. Because the region is so small, renting a bike or moped is a great alternative to a car.


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