DAY 13

-Varadero Tour

 You can stay in the Hotel enjoying its facilities or discover Varadero. Walking through the coast, walking around the city, take a taxi, horse carriage or on a bus open top with stops at important places, bike, car & motorcicle rental. The city has all kinds of establishments. Shops, museums, offer excursions, restaurants, bars, dance lessons, water activities, diving, cultural exhibitions, craft markets, parties, car, etc.

 Is a handy open-top double-decker tourist bus with 45 hop on/hop off stops linking all the resorts and shopping malls along the entire length of the peninsula. It passes every half-hour at well-marked stops with route and distance information. You can buy tickets on the bus itself. It coust 5 CUC a day and you can use it as much as you like. You would be absolutely safe on it so no worries there.

 There's an additional tour bus to Matanzas and all sights in between. Also gimmicky toy train connects the three large Meliá resorts.

 Local buses 47 and 48 run from Calle 64 to Santa Marta, south of Varadero on the Autopista Sur; bus 220 runs from Santa Marta to the far eastern end of the peninsula. There are no fixed schedules. Fares are a giveaway at 20 cents. You can also utilize bus 236 to and from Cárdenas, which runs the length of the peninsula.

 This shop has everything for the first time buyer to the most experienced aficionado! The staff are friendly and welcome the tourists.

 This dolphinarium features a stunt show with dolphins and the audience can swim with the dolphins.

 One of the most spectacular caves in Cuba, the Ambrosio Cave can be found nearby the resort. The beautiful cave which presents five interconnecting galleries is also one of the largest caves of Cuba. The cave is well-known for its fantastic pictographs which attract a large number of visitors yearly. Numerous bats are also living in the huge cave. Some of the highlights of the cave are the “swimming caves” which are perfect for snorkeling.

 Another fantastic nearby cave is the Cueva de Saturno. Besides the stalactites and stalagmites, another highlight of it is the opportunity of swimming inside the cave. It is considered by many one of the most scenic caves of Cuba. The cave is with no doubt one of the most popular attractions of Varadero.

 An extremely popular visitor attraction of Varadero is the beautiful Josone Park. A great thing about this attraction is the entry is free. It contains a scenic pond which offers the opportunity for pedal boating. Another fantastic feature of the park is the little train which takes the visitors around it. As for the natural scenery, the vegetation is lush and there are birds and lizards living here. After a refreshing visit in the park, you can have a delicious meal at one of the great restaurants.

 This par 72, 18-hole, 6269 meter course was designed by Les Forbes, the Canadian architect who spent many years working with the renowned Robert Trent Jones. Both greens and fairways are irrigated. Eight holes have water hazards, and there are many sand traps along the fairways as well as near the greens. Some holes border the beach along the dunes giving the golfer a spectacular view of the sea. There are three putting greens, one pitching green, practice bunkers and two 

 We'll sail from Marina Gaviota on our fully-equipped cabin cruiser with an open bar including beer, soft drinks, and cocktails. Snacks are also available on board. Stop to snorkel at one of the most beautiful stretches of coral reef along the northern-central coastline. Dock at Cayo Blanco for lunch - lobster, shrimp and fish - after which you'll have free time kick back and relax on the beach. After a fun-filled day in the sun, back to the marina, where your driver will be waiting to take you back to the hotel.


Hop on our jeeps for a ride through more than 150 km of Cuban countryside comprising embankments, roads, quarries, palm groves and more. Later we'll stop at Coral Beach for some snorkeling (equipment included), then visit Saturno Cave for a refreshing dip in the subterranean waters.Our route will then take us through Matanzas, a city of great cultural wealth. Our tour of the Yumuri Valley includes a visit to Rancho Gaviota, where you'll be treated to a welcome cocktail, and later, a sumptuous Cuban lunch.

After a narrated introduction to the cultivation and animal husbandry practices of the region, there will be free time for horse riding and water sports. Later we'll visit the lookout at Monserrate, then take a 30-minute boat ride on the Canímar River.

3. Havana/Varadero - Marina Gaviota - Cayo Blanco - Havana/Varadero

We'll begin our cruise by picking you up at your hotel in either Havana or Varadero and transferring you to Marina Gaviota. There we'll board our ship and set out into the gorgeous Caribbean waters that surround Cuba. On board there is an open bar and snacks, as well as music to make this trip as pleasant as possible. Along the way we'll have the chance to snorkel in the beautiful coral reefs just north of Cuba and even swim with dolphins!

For lunch we'll visit the small island of Cayo Blanco to taste some delicious seafood. Relax in the sun or take to the waves with snorkeling, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, parasailing, or good old fashion swimming. After you've had your fill of the beach, we'll head back to Marina and transfer you back to your hotel for a much deserved rest.