Matanzas

Out of the 14 provinces the island is divided into, Matanzas is probably the one with the highest number and the greater density of tourism attractions, among which, the beach resort of Varadero is the most well known and demanded in the international market. More than a century ago, on December 5 of 1887, the City Hall of Cárdenas approved the first urbanization project for this beach area, located in the most septentrional spot of the country and stretched for 22 kilometers along the north coast of the peninsula of Hicacos, a piece of land that had been exploited for more than 300 years only because of the existence there of productive salt mines and dense forests. That is why, it wasn't until late 1920's that, in the hands of multimillionaire Irenee Du Pont, Varadero started to earn a place in the north American market and, after the 1930's, in the vacation itineraries of the Cuban high classes. .

Today, this tourist resort –which together with the City of Havana, receive some 70% of the total number of visitors who come to the Island– has an international airport, a solid and diversified hotel infrastructure and multiple options to satisfy all kinds of preferences.

Very fine white sands and transparent waters of unthinkable blue hues, are the major virtues of this well preserved beach, perfect for the practice of all nautical-recreational sports (with or without engine) and, in particular, for the practice of Scuba Diving, since there are 32 diving sites in an area whose limits are the Bay of Matanzas and the eastern tip of the Jardines del Rey archipelago.

Scenarios very praised by divers can be seen at the so called Blue Eye of Mégano, an enormous cave located in the reefs near the bay of Cádiz (close to the limits with Villa Clara), and the Cayo Piedras del Norte marine park, first and unique attraction of its kind in the country, covers an area of approximately four square nautical miles.

A 40 meter long boat; a rocket launch boat, an _AN-24 passenger airplane; a 102 meters long corvette and a tugboat are the intentionally sunken pieces that, since 1996, can be seen in this area, located approximately eight nautical miles to the northeast of the beach. The area is accessible for professional and amateur divers.

The ecological reserve of Punta de Hicacos has a different proposal for visitors: getting acquainted with the caves of Ambrosio and Los Musulmanes, where tens of aboriginal paintings are preserved; visiting La Laguna Mangón, where the existence of 662 bird species and 24 reptiles has been reported; traveling well back in natural history to experience the presence of the Patriarch, a cactus that is more than 600 years old.

An international air dive center; Varadero Golf Club, unique 18-hole par 72 professional golf court in the country; swimming with the dolphins of the aquarium; tens of excursions to the north keys on board sail boats and catamarans; aqua ray rides on to the narrow channels of the south; the opportunity of organizing a meeting at the Plaza América Convention Center, or enjoying the services of the green lung of the beach resort, Josone Park, are some other of the attractions offered by a city with lots of places to have fun at night.

The famous beach resort is also very close two other important places: Cárdenas and Matanzas. Cardenas, also called Flag City for being the place where the national flag was raised for the first time, is only 13 kilometers away. And the distance to the capital city is 35 kilometers.

The city of Matanzas (founded in 1693), land of poets also known for its many bridges that enrich the urban area, is also known as the Athens, and the Venice of Cuba. Right there, next to a wonderful bay, a popular Cuban rhythm was also born: Danzón.

The caves of Bellamar, with almost 2 kilometers of spaces; the ruins of the Triunvirato sugar mill; and the fascinating Canímar River, of navigatable and quiet waters whose limits are marked by an exuberant vegetation, compliment the charms of the city of Matanzas, close to which –on the way to the city of Havana– the vast Yumurí Valley will make a stop and enjoy the privileged Bacunayagua lookout.

In this very area, in the midst of the quietness of the valley, Matanzas offers to its visitors the opportunity of receiving specialized anti-stress, beauty and weight loss treatments, as well as other programs conceived to improve the quality of life under exceptional conditions.

Also 40 kilometers away from Varadero, the town of San Miguel de los Baños gathers natural conditions to attract visitors interested in enjoying the kindness of its mineral-medicinal waters. Decades ago, there was here a beach resort and a building known as Gran Hotel considered by specialists a replica of the Great Casino of Montecarlo.

On the south side of the territory, the Great Natural Park of Montemar, located in the Ciénaga de Zapata Reserve of the Biosphere, is particularly attractive for those who prefer to enjoy the multiple specialties of nature tourism; though there are here many spaces of interest for those who rather go open sea diving or speleodiving in sunken caves.

A strategy designed for the preservation and care of its environment during almost four decades, together with scarce presence of population settlements have allowed this ecosystem to stay almost untouched. It is also considered the largest reserve of humid soil in the Caribbean, with outstanding places like the Salt Mines of Brito (ecosystem of coastal salt marshes), La Boca (the largest crocodile farm in Latin América) and the shelters of international fauna La Salina and Santo Tomás, which was classified as the most endemic area in the planet.

Hotels in this beach

Hotel Islazul Acuazul     3 stars

Standar Room

The Acuazul is a friendly well-designed resort located in downtown Varadero close to the beach. This hotel is an eight-floor, modern building for guests to enjoy a pleasant stay.

Prices Form:     € 36 (per room/night)

Hotel Gran Caribe Arenas Blancas     4 stars

Arenas Blancas Fachade

he Arenas Blancas hotel is located on the northern coast of Matanzas, surrounded by the world-famous beaches of Varadero, known for its white sand and warm, clear water.

Prices Form:     € 93 (per room/night)

Hotel Arenas Doradas     4 stars

Arenas Doradas Pool

Arenas Doradas Hotel is at ten minutes from the town of Varadero Centre and just 25 min drive from Varadero international airport. Its Tropical gardens and its sunken pool-bar are the principal atraction of the Hotel.

Prices Form:     € 69 (per room/night)

Hotel Barcelo Marina Palace     5 stars

Marina Palace Hotel

Located right next to Marina Gaviota, one of the most important marinas of Cuba, this Varadero hotel offers the ideal setting to enjoy a holiday with your family or partner.

Prices Form:     € 78 (per room/night)

Hotel Gran Caribe Barlovento     4 stars

Swiming Pool

Located just in the main road to Varadero, Barlovento Hotel offers an exceptional atmosphere, excellent facilities and a pleasing colonial architecture. The hotel consists of 233 rooms and 17 bungalows.

Prices Form:     € 69 (per room/night)

Hotel Brisas del Caribe     4 stars

Twin Beds Room

The 4 star All Inclusive Hotel Brisas del Caribe is at 30 km distance from the Varadero international airport and in the town of the Balneario.
This is a deluxe hotel, "All Inclusive" surrounded by beautiful gardens, and decorated with the most diverse architectural elements;pagodas, circular, constructivist forms and an oriental-style garden.

Prices Form:     € 73 (per room/night)

Hotel Horizontes Club Tropical     3 stars

Standar Room

Club Tropical Hotel is located very close to the beach, 20 km from the Varadero international airport "Juan Gualberto Gomez" and 2km to Varadero downtown. It has 143 well-comfortable rooms. The all-inclusive Club Tropical Hotel offers a suggestive combination based on nautical sports and the animation.

Prices Form:     € 39 (per room/night)

Hotel Coralia Club Playa de Oro     4 stars

Standar Room

Located very close to the sea, 8 k m to Varadero downtown, 5 minutes to the main museums and 35 minutes from the airport. The hotel features a modern architecture and a careful interior design, Coralia Playa de Oro Hotel; an all-inclusive option provides the most varied offer of restaurants, bars and leisure activities.

Prices Form:     € 51 (per room/night)

Hotel Iberostar Tainos     4 stars

Standar Room

It's Located in the Blue Beach of Varadero, in front of the sea,surrounded by tropical gardens at only a few minutes from Varadero town, and 20 minutes from the international airport.

Prices Form:     € 116 (per room/night)

Hotel Islazul Mar Del Sur     3 stars

Standar Room

Mar del Sur is a spacious complex with facilities designed to cater to group and families. The hotel is available on Accommodation Only (apartments) or All Inclusive plan (standard rooms).

Prices Form:     € 33 (per room/night)

Hotel Melia Las Americas     5 stars

International Convention & Shopping Center.

Melia las Americas is situated on the most beautiful Varadero beach. This deluxe hotel is surrounded by the Varadero golf Club & Plaza America international convention & shopping center.It is the only five-star deluxe holiday and conventional hotel in the resort and part of Las Americas Resort complex.

Prices Form:     € 119 (per room/night)

Hotel Paradisus Varadero     5 stars

Restaurant

The luxurious Ultra All Inclusive 5- star Paradisus Varadero hotel (429 rooms) is located in the finest area of Varadero Beach. Enjoy the wonders of this paradise of luxury and comfort. The rooms have a view of the blue-green sea, bay or exotic tropical gardens.

Prices Form:     € 172 (per room/night)

Hotel Hotetur Palma Real     4 stars

Standar Room

The only hotel facing the sea on the south part of the Varadero Peninsula, standing out of a petite hill. Managed by the spanish Hotetur chain, the Palma Real has undergone many recent renovations and now offers fabulous value in the hub of Varadero.

Prices Form:     € 42 (per room/night)

Hotel Playa Alameda Varadero     5 stars

Facade

This hotel is situated on the tip of the Hicacos Peninsula (is the latest of the Varadero hotels), in the beautiful Varadero beach and right next to Hicacos nature reserve. . The hotel is 6 miles (10 km) away from downtown Varadero, 15 minutes from Varadero's international airport and 100 miles (160 km) east of Havana.

Prices Form:     € 116 (per room/night)

Hotel Islazul Oasis     2 stars

Standar Room

The Oasis Hotel was one of the first hotels built in Varadero. Although all remodeling process it has been going through, it maintains its colonial architecture in the way it was conceived. Their main attractions are the five tennis courts designed according to international standards.

Prices Form:     € 32 (per room/night)

Hotel Blau Varadero     4 stars

Standar Room

The majestic Blau Varadero Hotel is one of those hotels recently built at the end of the Hicacos Peninsula. It features a modern architecture that seems to emerge from the crystalline and turquoise waters in front of which this facility rises with an excellent sea view.

Prices Form:     € 119 (per room/night)

Hotel Gran Caribe Varadero Internacional     4 stars

Cabaret

Located in one of the best eastern beach strips of Varadero and with more than 40 years of history the recently rebuilt Varadero International Hotel offers 163 rooms arranged among the main building and some cabins with all-inclusive modality.

Prices Form:     € 56 (per room/night)

Hotel Iberostar Varadero     5 stars

Hotel Entrance

Iberostar Varadero Hotel is a newly built hotel. It opened its doors in the last months of the year 2004; it is located at the end of the peninsula, 18 km away from downtown (20 minutes by car). For this reason, the beach surrounding is practically virgin.

Prices Form:     € 174 (per room/night)

Hotel Barcelo Solymar     5 stars

Swimming Pool

It is located in one of the best areas of Varadero and has 525 rooms including 328 standards, 4 suits and 120 bungalow and 73 bungalows suits. Also, it features beautiful gardens and facilities to practice nautical activities like windsurf, kayak, catamaran or diving.

Prices Form:     € 123 (per room/night)

Hotel Tryp Peninsula Varadero     5 stars

Lobby Bar

This Hotel is located alongside the beach, next to the Mangón lagoon and perfectly integrated with its natural environment. The center of Varadero is about 14 km away, the International Airport 45 km and the capital, Havana, 145 km.

 

Prices Form:     € 113 (per room/night)

Hotel Islazul Varazul     3 stars

Hotel Vew

Varazul Hotel takes part of the Acuazul- Varazul-Sotavento tourist complex. It is located 100 meters away from the beach, 10 km to the Varadero airport (about 15 minutes by car) and 2 km to the Varadero downtown (5 minutes by car).

Prices Form:     € 31 (per room/night)

Hotel Gran Caribe Villa Cuba Resort     4 stars

Restaurant

Villa Cuba is a famouse resort because it is located in the best part of Varadero beach. For many years Villa Cuba beach has been the favorite for many cubans people. The beach in this part is amazing and the sand is very white and clean. For these reason, people prefere this water for the acuatic sports.

Prices Form:     € 93 (per room/night)

Hotel Gran Caribe Villa Tortuga     3 stars

Swimming Pool

Villa Tortuga is at the beginning of the Balneario Varadero Beach. It is located in a quiet part, before the Varadero bridge. it has vast open spaces and lush green gardens that perfectly contrast the turquoise blue of the sea lapping against the white expanse of its sandy beaches.

Prices Form:     € 54 (per room/night)

Hotel Islazul Herradura     2 stars

Restaurant

Herradura Hotel is located near the beach, just 1 km to the Varadero downtown and 21 km from the airport. The building has the shape of a horseshoe and it is opened to the sea like a large swimming pool.

 

Prices Form:     € 25 (per room/night)

Hotel Sol Sirenas Coral Resort     4 stars

Standar Room

This hotel provides a four stars all-inclusive system offering 660 rooms equipped with all comfort, larges gardens with plentiful tropical vegetation and a varied entertainment program including tours, visits to the gulf course, honeymoon packages, among others that will make your stay unforgettable.

Prices Form:     € 89 (per room/night)

Hotel Melia Varadero     5 stars

Junior Suite

In one of the most exclusive areas of the Blue Beach, located very close to the beach, the all-inclusive Melia Varadero hotel is located. This resort has 490 rooms for the enjoyment of business or holidays trips.

 

 

Prices Form:     € 113 (per room/night)

Hotel Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort & SPA     5 stars

Restaurant

In one of the best areas of Varadero beach, only 30 minutes to the International Airport of Havana and 10 minutes from Varadero city, the Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort & SPA is located. This tourist complex is just for adult people over 18 years and works in all-inclusive system. It is part of the Sol Melia Spanish tourist chain that is growing in the tourist sector of the island.

Prices Form:     € 176 (per room/night)

Hotel Aguas Azules     4 stars

Hotel Aguas Azules

Beach-front All-Inclusive resort in Varadero, with lovely grounds and accommodation with distinctive Spanish flair.

Prices Form:     € 69 (per room/night)

Hotel Cubanacan Tuxpan     4 stars

Hotel Cubanacan Tuxpan

A few meters away from Playa Varadero, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, the Tuxpan Hotel, resembling an ancient pyramid, may initially make you think you are in Mexico. Once you enter the Hotel, however, Cuban rhythms, and a warm welcome, will drive home the point: that this is the right place to enjoy an unforgettable Cuban holiday.
 

Prices Form:     € 87 (per room/night)

Hotel Barlovento     4 stars

Hotel Barlovento

Located on the main access to the Varadero, guest at the Hotel Barlovento can enjoy a privileged setting, featuring a large, spectacular pool and colonial architecture. Just 5 minutes from downtown, this property is a good choice for couples and families.
 

Prices Form:     € 69 (per room/night)

Hotel Club Karey     3 stars

Hotel Club Karey

Club Karey breathes the atmosphere of a traditional hacienda, but it is actually an All Inclusive resort made up of a collection of attractive buildings and gardens, excellent value at this completely remodeled 107 room.
With a simple, relaxed atmosphere, Club Karey is ideal for families & couples who want a laid back vacation.
Located on a beautiful white sandy beach, 25 minutes from the airport and less than a km. from Varadero’s resort centre.
 

Prices Form:     € 64 (per room/night)

Hotel Oasis Las Morlas     4 stars

Hotel Oasis Las Morlas

Las Morlas is an attractive and modern hotel equipped with the necessary facilities and services for an enjoyable stay in Varadero. Located in a magnificent beach area, Las Morlas is characterized by its comfortable and functional facilities, as well as its excellent quality and variety. Facilities include: swimming pool with childrens section, complimentary lounge chairs, towels and umbrellas by the pool area, complimentary lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach, terrace-solarium, la aguja swim-up bar, beach bar, Las Olas beach snack-restaurant with grill/ barbecue.

Prices Form:     € 68 (per room/night)

Hotel Villa Cuba     4 stars

Hotel Villa Cuba

Bordering the white sands of Varadero beach, Villa Cuba is a comfortable, simple hotel with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Variety is the spice of life at this complex with a choice of swimming pools, restaurants and bars nested in the colorful gardens. There is also a good selection of watersports to enjoy on the waterfront or simply lie back and relax in the sun.

Prices Form:     € 93 (per room/night)