This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Varadero. To help you make friends with Varadero before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Varadero, Cuba, is the country's most luxurious and glamorous location. The coastal city boasts twenty kilometres of pristine coast with turquoise, sparkling water. Outdoor activities abound here -- it is possible to rent snorkeling equipment as well as stand-up paddle boards directly from beach vendors. Or you can simply sit back and relax on one of many sun-soaked lounge chairs whilst sipping a refreshing cocktail.
Varadero is renowned for its huge, glitzy hotel complexes and extraordinarily tourist-oriented atmosphere along with its lavish restaurants. However, budget travelers should not let Varadero's reputation scare them off! It is possible to avoid the tourist hot spots and still enjoy Varadero's beauty at a fraction of the cost you might expect from a package tour location.
Located at the southern end of Varadero is the main bus station; here on Calle Thirty-Six and Avenida Primera it is possible to find dozens of casas particulares at the same standard price found elsewhere in the country.
Guesthouses and hostels in Varadero, Cuba, are always called casas particulares. These are generally houses that are set up to accommodate budget travelers and are generally family owned. Do not be afraid to negotiate the prices with your hostel in Varadero, Cuba. Owners of casas particulares are generally your best source of information, but be aware it is often necessary to know basic Spanish.
Casas particulares in Varadero vary greatly in their quality, so it is wise to always inspect your room before agreeing to stay. Hostels in Varadero, Cuba, are located away from the main hotel strip but are still a convenient, short walk to some beautiful stretches of beach. If you have an inkling to venture into the main tourist district, you can either walk or take a taxi. If not, stick to the southern end of Varadero for budget accommodation and cheaper eats. Many casas will also provide guests with meals -- but be aware that these carry an additional cost, though in Varadero these may be your best option for obtaining affordable, quality meals.
Despite Varadero's reputation as a tourist destination, it's still worth seeing. It remains one of the best and most beautiful beach locations in the country, and what's more, it can be easily reached from both Havana and Trinidad.
Written by local enthusiast for Varadero hostelsChloe