(North Coast) Varadero has been officially designated as one of the top-ten beaches in the world. A two-hour drive east of Havana, Varadero is about 145 Kms (90 miles away) on Cuba‘s north coast. It lies on a long; narrow peninsular with over 20 Kms (12 miles) of beautiful white sandy beaches and is one of the premier beach resorts on the island.</p> <p>The area is closely linked to other natural attractions such as caves, virgin keys and transparent waters are complemented by a strong infrastructure that can satisfy the needs of the most demanding vacationers. Marinas such as Chapelin, Puertosol, Darsena de Varadero and Gaviota guarantee excellent conditions and means to go diving, including appropriate boats, trained personnel, diving centers, hyperbaric chambers and means of transport in case of an emergency. Thousands of rooms for international tourism, run by major international hotel companies linked to the leisure industry, are complemented by a broad network of extra-hotel facilities that have expanded along with the increase in the number of vacationers who bet on that tourist destination.<br /> Varadero also holds the International Parachuting Center and the Varadero Golf Club, the first 18-hole-par-72 professional golf course in Cuba. The Plaza America Convention Center, with its 600-seat plenary hall and seven additional halls, hosts major international events and meetings, becoming an excellent choice in programs that combine leisure with work in a pleasant and calm atmosphere. There are international flights into Varadero. Overland transfer time around 2 hours from Havana.

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