Varadero (map) is Cuba's top resort town, located on the long and narrow Hicacos Peninsula, on the northern coast of Cuba. It covers 32 sq km (12.4 sq mi) and has a population of around 20,000 people (2011 estimate).
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More on VaraderoThe Hicacos Peninsula is just 1.2 km wide at its widest . It extends for over 20 km from the mainland to end at Punta Hicacos, the northernmost tip of Cuba. To the north is the Straits of Florida while to the south is the Bay of Cárdenas.
View of Varadero Beach, Cuba
Author: Kirua (public domain)
Hicacos Peninsula has been discovered by the Spanish in the 16th century. Salt mining was once a major economy activity in the area, but has since shut down. The ruins of La Calavera (The Skull) Salt Works, the first salt works built by the Spanish in the New World, can still be visited.
Today is today mainly occupied by the Hicacos Point Natural Park, home of 31 species of birds and 24 species of reptiles. The area has over 20 km of fine white sand beaches, making it an increasingly popular tourist destination. Since the 1930s, it attracted many rich and powerful Americans to build villas there, among them the gangster Al Capone. These villas were expropriated by the Cuban government following the revolution of 1959 and are now opened to the public as museums.
Parque Retiro Josone, Varadero
Author: Andersont David Aparicio Mendoza (public domain)
Visiting VaraderoYou can reach Varadero by bus from Havana and Matanzas. Most tourists go there on package tours.
Sights & Attractions in Varadero
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