Just a 2 hour drive from Havana, Varadero is Cuba#39;s favorite for its 20-km long powder-fine white sand beach, located on a peninsula on the northwest coast of Cuba. Since 1940 Varadero has become a popular tourist spot. This is not only because of its beautiful beach, but also because of the closeness to the cities like Matanzas and Cardenas, which are worth a visit. Plus, Varadero offers a great variety of hotels, restaurants and activities.
The turquoise waters around Varadero are also great for diving. Varadero has several well established diving sites at Matanzas bay and on the western side of the Sabana-Camaguey archipelago. Highlights are shipwrecks, flooded caves, gulf walls, coral barriers and even friendly moray eels. The Hicacos Peninsula, on which Varadero sits, is close to one of the most important coral reefs in the Caribbean. The Cajilone is a very popular dive site in the area, offering great corals and marine life.