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A hotel in Varadero is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Varadero hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Varadero are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Varadero hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Varadero hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Varadero have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Varadero
An upscale full service hotel facility in Varadero that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Varadero hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Varadero
Full service Varadero hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Varadero
Boutique hotels of Varadero are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Varadero boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Varadero may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Varadero
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Varadero travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Varadero focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

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Small to medium-sized Varadero hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Varadero traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Varadero hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Varadero
A bed and breakfast in Varadero is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Varadero bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Varadero B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Varadero
Varadero hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Varadero hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Varadero
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Varadero hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Varadero lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Varadero
Varadero timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Varadero often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Varadero on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Varadero
A Varadero motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Varadero for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Varadero motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Town of Varadero
Town of Varadero
Nickname(s): Playa Azul (Blue Beach)
The former Varadero municipality (red) within  Matanzas Province (yellow) and Cuba.  The rest of Cárdenas municipality is shown in orange
The former Varadero municipality (red) within
Matanzas Province (yellow) and Cuba.
The rest of Cárdenas municipality is shown in orange
Varadero is located in Cuba
Location of Varadero in Cuba
Coordinates:  / 23.13944; -81.28611  / 23.13944; -81.28611
Country Cuba
Province Matanzas
Municipality Cárdenas
Founded December 5, 1887
Established July 3, 1976 (Municipality)
• Total 48 km (19 sq mi)
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2010)
• Total 27,170
• Density 566.0/km (1,466/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
Area code(s) +53-45

Varadero (Spanish pronunciation: [baɾaˈðeɾo]) is a resort town in the province of Matanzas, Cuba, and one of the largest resort areas in the Caribbean.

Varadero: Geography

Aerial photo of Varadero

It is situated on the Hicacos Peninsula, between the Bay of Cárdenas and the Straits of Florida, some 140 km east of Havana, at the eastern end of the Via Blanca highway. The peninsula is only 1.2 km wide at its widest point and is separated from the island of Cuba by the Kawama Channel. This spit of land however extends more than 20 kilometers from the mainland in a northeasterly direction and its tip, Punta Hicacos, is the northernmost point of the island of Cuba. At the northeastern end of the peninsula there is a nature reserve with virgin forests and beaches. The Hicacos Point Natural Park is a 3.12 km (1.20 sq mi) ecological preserve established in 1974. It contains the 250 m (820 ft) long Cave of Ambrosio, Mangón Lake (home to 31 species of birds and 24 species of reptiles) and the ruins of the La Calavera (The Skull) Salt Works (one of the first salt works to be constructed by the Spanish in the New World). The cays developed off shore, such as Cayo Piedras and Cayo Cruz del Padre are the westernmost part of the Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago.

Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport, situated west of the peninsula, is Varadero's airport. It is the second-most-important airport of the island after José Martí Airport in Havana, and serves international and domestic flights.

Varadero: History

Josone Park

Varadero was mentioned for the first time in 1555. The place was first used as a dry dock (Spanish: varadero) and the salt mines of the peninsula (closed in 1961) supplied most of the Spanish Latin America Fleet since 1587. However, the foundation date of Varadero as city was only on December 5, 1887, when ten families from the city of Cárdenas obtained a permission to build their vacation homes between today's 42nd and 48th Street.

It was established as municipality (Spanish: municipio) at the administrative re-distribution of July 3, 1976 from territories previously part of Cárdenas. In August 2010, the Varadero municipality was abolished according to a Law approved by the Cuban National Assembly, becoming again part of the Cárdenas municipality.

Varadero: Tourism

Varadero Beach gets 1 million foreign visitors per year.

Varadero is best known as a tourist resort town, with more than 20 km of white sandy beaches. The first tourists visited Varadero as early as the 1870s, and for years it was considered an elite resort. In 1910 the annual rowing regatta was started; five years later the first hotel, named Varadero, which later was renamed as Club Nautico, was built. Tourism grew in the early 1930s as Irénée du Pont, an American millionaire, built his estate on the peninsula (now Maison Xanadu or DuPont House). Many famous and infamous people stayed in Varadero, for example: Al Capone.

After the Cuban Revolution in 1959, many mansions were expropriated from their rich owners. These mansions soon became museums. As a symbol of the new integrated tourism for Cubans and foreign visitors of all social classes, the Park of the 8000 Cubicles (Parque de las 8000 Taquillas) was built in 1960. Visitors could leave their belongings in the basement of the park, had access to sanitary installations and gastronomic services on the first floor, and could rent bathing articles and swimsuits. The surroundings of the park became the center of the city.

Between the 1960s and 1980s Varadero transformed itself into a cultural centre. During those years the central park (8000 Taquillas) (located between 44th and 46th Street) saw countless concerts, festivals and sporting events.

The 1990s brought the start of another hotel building campaign, mostly in the 4-star and 5-star segment. Many of the hotels are operated or co-owned by foreign businesses like Meliá, Barceló, TRYP, etc. (France's Club Med used to have a property but has since left Varadero.) As international tourism was opened up, the local population expanded with the arrival of people, some in key economic positions, from other parts of Cuba. As a consequence, Varadero has lost much of its social and cultural life and its traditions. The central park, the cinema and various cultural meeting places were neglected in favor of a hotel-centred all-inclusive-tourism and finally closed. The International Carnival, an initiative of Cubans and foreigners started in the 1980s, also ceased.

Cuban with a bike.JPG

In addition to its most valued resource, the beach, Varadero has natural attractions such as caves and a chain of easily accessed virgin cays. There are also cultural, historical and environmental attractions in the vicinity, such as the cities of Matanzas and Cárdenas, the Zapata Peninsula and the resort of San Miguel de los Baños. Varadero, which is a free port, also possesses facilities for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports.

Varadero receives more than 1 million tourists annually.

Varadero is primarily visited by European and Canadian tourists. The number of U.S. tourists visiting Varadero, although increasing, has been limited because of the U.S. government restrictions that make it difficult for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba as tourists. Varadero is home to one of two Canadian Consulates in Cuba.

Varadero: Demographics

In 2007, the municipality of Varadero had a population of about 20,000 between the Hicacos peninsula (7,000) and the two incorporated localities of Santa Marta and Boca de Camarioca. With a total area of 32 km (12 sq mi), it has a population density of 771.3/km (1,998/sq mi). Starting from January 2011, the Varadero municipality was abolished and incorporated into the neighbor municipality of Cardenas. Therefore, Varadero is now only acknowledged as the region in the Hicacos peninsula, properly the beach area. Many of the workers in the tourist sector commute in from Cardenas.

Varadero: Notable people

  • José Miranda (b. 1986), Cuban born US footballer
  • Leonel "Bebito" Smith (1909–2000), swimmer
  • Lance McClain; Blue Paladin in Voltron: Legendary Defender (b. July 28)

Varadero: Transportation

Varadero: Roads

Main road is Autopista Sur, which begins before crossing the bridge over Laguna Paso Malo and ends 19.4 kilometres (12.1 mi) at a cul de sac at Barceló Marina Palace. Traffic from Vía Blanca and Carretera a into the Barceló Marina Palace merges into Varadero on this road near Kawama Airport. The paved highway has two lanes in both directions for most of the route, but a portion is closed off reducing it to only a single lane in each direction. Side roads cross this road as regular intersections with only a partial cloverleaf at Laguna Paso Malo.

Varadero: Bus operators

There are several bus operators, some providing connections from resorts to town and others as public transit operators within the main town.

  • Omnibus Hiacacos
  • Tranmetro
  • Transgaviota – airport transfers from resorts to Varadero Airport
  • Transtur – airport transfer from resorts to Varadero Airport
  • Varadero Beach Tour – hop on and off double-decker bus service from resorts into the town

Varadero: Twin towns

  • Mexico Cancún (Quintana Roo, México)
  • Uruguay Punta del Este (Maldonado, Uruguay)
  • United Kingdom Driffield (East Yorkshire, England)

Varadero: See also

Yank tank or "Almendron" at Varadero in November 2007.
  • List of cities in Cuba
  • Municipalities of Cuba

Varadero: References

  1. Statoids (July 2003). "Municipios of Cuba". Retrieved 2007-10-07.
  2. "Mejor atención al pueblo y más funcional". Periódico Granma. 23 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
  3. Cuba Travel. "Varadero, Cuba". Retrieved 2007-10-14.
  4. Cuba Travel - Varadero history
  5. Fifth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names, Vol. II, published by the United Nations, New York, 1991
  6. Varadero. http://www.netssa.com/varadero.html
  7. Article from the Cuban newspaper Juventud Rebelde about an initiative of the inhabitants of Varadero that aims to save their traditions: Añoranza por el parque ("Longing for the Park") see an external link to a translation below
  8. Statistical Yearbook 2007
  • Varadero travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Media related to Varadero at Wikimedia Commons
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