Notable Building in Varadero

Mansión Xanadú

Everything east of the small stone water tower (it looks like an old Spanish fort, but was built in the 1930s), next to the Restaurante Mesón del Quijote, once belonged to the Du Pont family. Here the millionaire Am…
Park in Varadero

Parque Josone

If you're set on sight-seeing in Varadero, ensconce yourself in this pretty green oasis. These landscaped gardens date back to 1940 and take their name from the former owners, José Fermín Iturrioz y Llaguno and his …
Marina in Varadero

Marina Gaviota

At the peninsula's eastern tip, Marina Gaviota's impressive marina built in the early 2010s encompasses a wide malecón (main street), luxury apartments and the ultra-posh Hotel Meliá Marina Varadero with designer sh…
Cave in Varadero

Cueva de Ambrosio

For something completely different in Varadero's tourist circus, decamp to this large cave 500m beyond the Club Amigo Varadero on the Autopista Sur. It's known for its 47 pre-Columbian drawings, discovered in a rece…
Museum in Varadero

Museo Municipal de Varadero

Walking up Calle 57 from Av 1, you'll see many typical wooden beach-houses with elegant wraparound porches. The most attractive of the bunch, Varadero's Museo Municipal, has been turned into a balconied chalet displ…
Park in Varadero

Reserva Ecológica Varahicacos

Varadero's nominal green space and a wildlife reserve is about as 'wild' as New York's Central Park. Bulldozers have been chomping away at its edges for years. There are three underwhelming trails. Highlights are th…
Marine Reserve in Varadero

Cayo Piedras del Norte

Five kilometers north of Playa las Calaveras (one hour by boat), Cayo Piedras del Norte has been made into a 'marine park' through the deliberate sinking of an assortment of vessels and aircraft in 15m to 30m of wat…
Church in Varadero

Iglesia de Santa Elvira

Just east of Parque Central is this tiny colonial-style building resembling a displaced alpine chapel.