Cuba's sun and beach options, which are key elements in the Caribbean Island's leisure industry, are based on the existence of breathtakingly beautiful places that attract both national and foreign tourists.
The island's privileged location in a region of crystal-clear and warm water, in addition to excellent beaches, is a good complement to that tourist modality, especially in summertime.
The world-famous Varadero Beach, in the western province of Matanzas, stands out among Cuba's many coastal resorts.
According to many experts, Varadero is the best beach in the Cuban archipelago, despite strong competition from the islets in the tourist destination known as Jardines del Rey (King's Gardens).
A score of kilometers of excellent beaches, complemented by natural attractions such as caves, pristine keys and crystal-clear water, benefit from a broad infrastructure that meets the needs of the most demanding tourists.
Varadero's sea bottoms are inhabited by more than 40 types of corals, a myriad of fish, lobsters, shrimps, crabs, turtles and more than 70 species of mollusks.
In addition, the marinas Chapelin, Dársena de Varadero and Gaviota guarantee excellent conditions and means to go diving on appropriate boats crewed by highly skilled sailors. The marinas also have diving centers, hyperbaric chambers and transportation in case of an emergency.
The best dive site in Varadero is the so-called Hoyo Azul Ojo del Mégano, a huge underwater cave that is 70 meters in diameter and has coral reefs and huge schools of multicolor fish.
Varadero is more than sun and white sand thanks to the natural attractions of its nearby caves and keys, in addition to cultural and historic traditions from local towns.
Golfers can go to the Varadero Golf Club, where they can enjoy pure air, exuberant vegetation and quietness, elements that are indispensable when practicing that sport.
The club is located on Peñas de San Bernardino, where millionaire Irenne Du Pont de Nemours built a nine-hole golf course in a private land of 180 hectares, a few meters from the coastline on one of the best beaches in the world.
The new golf course was designed by architect Les Furber, president of the Canadian company Golf Desing Services. It combines several styles, including the classic one, which is characterized by wide streets flanked by trees and wide and unprotected greens.
Thousands of rooms run by major foreign hotel chains are complemented by a large network of extrahotel facilities that expands to meet the growing demand from foreign tourists.
Congresses and meetings are held at the Plaza América Convention Center, which has a plenary hall for 600 people and seven additional meeting halls. It is an excellent place to hold events that combine leisure and work in a pleasant and quite atmosphere.
Varadero is highly demanded by foreign tourists who find a wide range of options to spend excellent vacations in Cuba.