Known for its stunning white sands and clear blue waters, Varadero Cuba beaches are free of large crowds and full of tranquility.
Reading that got me wondering what’s going on.
Because according to Wikipedia, tourism to Cuba is at an all-time high.
Take a look at these statistics from Wikipedia:
In 2016 with more than 4 million visitors the island earned $3.5 billion. As of 2018 more than 4.7 million foreign tourists came to this Caribbean island. It is estimated that for 2019 the numbers will increase to 5.1 million visitors.
In my mind with that many visitors to Cuba, and since Varadero, is known for its stunning white sands and clear blue waters,…
well, that brings to mind…paradise! Then why are the beaches with Blue Waters empty?
But let me share with you, I like the word Tranquility in Cuba, though. Incidentally, Cuba, had been on my to-visit list. And I nearly made it in 2017.
I had an opportunity to cruise down there through one of the travel company I am with but other matters were on hand.
I’ll come back to that assertion a little later. For now, let’s take a look at what Wikipedia has to say about Varadero.
According to Wikipedia,
Varadero is 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). People who have stayed in the area includes 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.
So, in learning more about Varadero, I came across a blog by Indiana Jo. He is a Canadian who still has the freedom to travel to Cuba, and that he did.
He said that in the spirit of exploration, he added Varadero beach to his Cuba itinerary. He was going to spend three nights in a four-star, all-inclusive resort.
Hey that’s my idea of a vacation, even if I only spend a night or two in a plush room, I go for it.
Indiana Jo, said he did his research and decided to add Varadero to his itinerary because he wanted to see what Varadero beach resorts were really like.
This is what he later wrote:
The result: I left with incredibly mixed feeling. Varadero beach had a lot of good, but there was also plenty of bad and just downright ugly things about the place.
Cuba is a quirky place for sure, but it wasn’t until I started researching beach areas in Cuba that I began to understand how different Cuba was compared to other islands I’d visited in the quest for a spot of sun-soaking.
My ideal beach retreat in Cuba would have been a beautiful stretch of icing-sugar sand giving way to the kind of turquoise waters that are so prevalent in the Caribbean. My accommodation might have been a small, rustic cabana and there would have been a fish barbecue near the beach at night. Not too much to ask in Cuba, right? Wrong.
It turns out that there are two main kinds of beaches in Cuba: tourist resorts which until 2008 did not permit Cuban people to enter (Varadero beach is one such place). In response to my independent traveller friends, there are a lot of “tourists” in Varadero because the Cuban government have contrived it that way.
If that was all you could have used your imagination to get the complete picture of the vacation spot. But Indiana Jo, wanted to be thorough and titillate the crevices of your imagination hemisphere.
He went on to say,
At the opposite end of the spectrum are Cuban holiday/vacation beaches which usually front onto slightly less attractive patches of sand and feature soviet-era accommodation that, as one website colourfully described it: “find the building that looks like it is a nuclear research plant and you have found your accommodation”.
No cabanas, no hammock hotels, just a choice between mega-resorts for foreigners or 1950s hotels and holiday camps for Cubans. In the spirit of fairness, I decided to try both: three nights in Varadero beach in the north and a few nights in Playa Ancón on the south coast a few kilometres outside of…
Well, if you are like me and wanted to know why Varadero, as you now know:
*** is known as a tourist resort town;
*** has more than 20 km of white sandy beaches
*** known for its stunning white sands and clear blue waters…,
then why is it that Cuba’s beaches are free of large crowds and full of tranquility?
If that is on your mind too and you want more I invite you to visit Indiana Jo’s blog and get the rest of the juicy information, or will you find some lemon.