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Varadero is a fabulous small all-inclusive resort town on the North coast of Cuba that provides all the ingredients you need for a wonderful and relaxing vacation. You might feel tempted never to leave the wonderful all-inclusive resort you are staying at, but why not consider adding an extra dimension to your holiday? Take a Varadero excursion! more...


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Varadero is a fabulous small all-inclusive resort town on the North coast of Cuba that provides all the ingredients you need for a wonderful and relaxing vacation. You might feel tempted never to leave the wonderful all-inclusive resort you are staying at, but why not consider adding an extra dimension to your holiday? Take a Varadero excursion!

Varadero excursions are offered throughout the web, the tour operator and of course the tour desks at the major all-inclusive hotels. Booking an excursion at your all-inclusive resort might be around 5 CUC ($6 US) more expensive than elsewhere but saves you a lot of hassle and… isn’t it more convenient to shop for an excursion while sitting on a comfy couch with a cocktail at hand?

Very popular are the boat tours like the Seafari Cayo Blanco which include an open bar and lunch, the Varasub or glass bottom boat that allows you to go snorkeling without getting wet, the Fiesta en el Cayo sunset cruise and the Seafari Especial Tour which includes swimming with the dolphins that are confined somewhere off the coast. Another place where you can swim with the dolphins is the Varadero Dolphinarium. After a typical Dolphinarium show, you get yourself into the somewhat murky water of the dolphin lagoon and can start interacting with the dolphins and get to perform different tricks with them.

Swimming with the dolphins is a popular theme when it comes to Varadero excursions although many people find this type of activity rather offensive to the dolphins that obviously do not have a say in who they will “meet” or go for a swim with.

When a boat trip is not your cup of tea a trip to Cuba’s Capital Havana might be a great alternative, especially if you haven’t seen anything of Havana yet. Everyone who is interested in Cuba’s history and culture should put this excursion on a shortlist. In general a Havana excursion comes with or without a show at the Tropicana, the finest Cabaret show in the Caribbean. A tour to Havana also gives you a change to get a glimpse of daily reality in Cuba, something that might pass you by once you are lounging on the beach of Varadero.

If you feel like checking out a Tropicana show without the two hour ride to Havana (vise versa), the Varadero version of the Tropicana will do great. After the show, the place turns into one big dance floor and you get to show off your dancing skills with some of the professional dancers! Overnight trips to Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Topes de Collantes and Santa Clara are swell when you like to see a bit more of rural Cuba.

Nature or Eco Tours like a visit to the Ciénaga de Zapata (Zapata swamps) in the province of Matanzas that includes a trip to the Crocodile Farm, a jeep safari that leads through dirt roads, lanes, rivers, palm groves and country villa or a spectacular Jungle tour to check out some of Cuba’s endemic flora and fauna, cater to those of us in search for some trills and adventure while an excursion to a Sugar Mill gives you an insight of the once flourishing Cuban sugar industry.

As you understand by now, Varadero offers countless of opportunities to go beyond the all-inclusive experience. I did not even mention half of the options that are at your disposal. From exploring the Bellamar Caves in Matanzas to Canopy tours and helicopter trips to parachuting out of a plane, there is without a doubt something that will grab your eye; regardless the budget you have at your disposal.

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