Varadero has to have one of the finest beaches in the entire Caribbean. Although
large resort hotels now line the shore, the beaches are so expansive that they will
very seldom be crowded. And what beaches! No need to search for the perfect spot,
since Varadero is located on some 20 kms of white powdery sand that makes up the
Peninsula de Hicacos.
Naturally watersports are a key ingredient of your holiday, and most hotels offer
a wide range of activities.
The "mojito" - a unique combination of sugar, fresh mint, soda water, lime juice
and rum - is a refreshing drink in the hot Cuban sun. A popular Cuban drink, Ernest
Hemingway made the mojito famous with his taste for the Caribbean beverage.
The Parqui Nacional Cienaga de Zapata is a 300 square km area that has been dedicated
as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The park is a great area for tourists to get photos
of many animals and birds. It is complete with a crocodile farm and Laguna del Tesoro
(Treasure Lake) for fantastic fishing. Those who are lucky may catch a manguari,
which has the body of a fish and the head of a crocodile.
Cubans love music, and you should try to find some local groups who perform live
outside the confines of the hotel strip. Although availability of necessities for
tourists has improved dramatically over the years, it is still a good idea to take
any familiar items you may need, such as toiletries, film, and certainly any medications.
Language spoken in Varadero Spanish. English widely spoken in most areas.
Currency and exchange used in Varadero
The Cuban Convertible Peso is the local currency, although Canadian dollars are
recommended. Most hotels have a money exchange office on site, although not all
will exchange Canadian travel cheques. Visa and Mastercard cheques and credit cards
are widely accepted. Regrettably, American Express cheques and credit cards are
not commonly accepted. ATM's are not available in Cuba.
Voltage in Varadero
110V or 220V (Adapters may be required at select hotels and are available on a very
limited basis. We suggest you bring your own.) Vacation packing checklist Click
here for a vacation packing checklists
Mandatory Check-in of Mobility Aids
Many countries, including Cuba, require that any mobility device (wheelchair, scooter,
walker etc.) be screened and x-rayed prior to being loaded onto the return flight.
Therefore, passengers are not permitted by the Airport Authority to 'gate-check'
their devices. The Airport Authority will provide wheelchairs for passenger's use
while in the airport at the check-in counter.
While on vacation in Varadero
Sunwing suggests the recommendations below while traveling on vacation to Varadero
to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Resort Check-in Information
Please have your Sunwing hotel voucher ready for check-in at the hotel's reception.
Based upon your arrival and check-in time, it is possible that your room may not
be ready. Pack your bathing suit, shorts and sunscreen in your carry-on so that
you can enjoy the facilities until your room is available.
Our welcome briefing provides valuable information on Varadero, your hotel services,
money exchange, shopping, and excursions. We will also inform you about the departure
procedure and answer any questions you may have. Make sure to attend yours.
Help in Destination
Your friendly Sunwing destination representative is available in Varadero should
you require assistance. Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or
binders located in your hotel for a schedule of when your Sunwing destination representative
It is recommended that you drink bottled water while in Varadero. Most hotels offer
bottled water in your hotel room and can also be purchased in the hotel's shop and
in grocery stores. The ice and drinking water served in the hotels are generally
made from purified water.
Long Distance Calls
Long distance telephone charges in Varadero can be quite expensive. It is recommended
to make a collect call or use your calling card. Service charges may apply when
calling from your hotel room.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Please use your safety deposit box for all your valuables, cash and travel documents.
Some hotels in Varadero provide safety deposit boxes free of charge while others
may require a nominal fee. You will be required to pay a penalty fee if you lose
Traveling to foreign destinations can be very exhilarating. Tourists must be aware
that potential problems and risks to your personal safety could exist anywhere.
Please use the same personal safety precautions and common sense on your vacation
that you would at home e.g. apply sunscreen frequently, do not swim alone and do
not display cash. Avoid venturing out alone and beware of dark or isolated areas.
Taxes and Tipping
Generally, taxes are automatically added to purchases. The tipping percentage is
similar to that at home. If you receive good service, please express your gratitude
and offer a tip.
Your Flight Home
Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders located in your
hotel to reconfirm your flight from Varadero and its departure time. As a friendly
reminder, make sure that you have packed your flight documents, medication, or any
articles that you must have with you at all times in your carry-on luggage. Seat
selection is on a first come, first serve basis at the airport, unless previously
booked and paid for prior to your departure.
Documents needed to visit Varadero Canadian Citizens must carry a valid Canadian Passport Canadian Citizens please click here Non-Canadian citizens please contact the Cuba consulate
or embassy prior to booking or contact Sunwing for further assistance.