|Varadero is a favourite tourist destination
with Cubans as well as foreigners. It is precisely because of this that it
has certain distinctive characteristics which set it apart from the rest
of the country. It's not really possible to write a 'district guide' as
such, but it is possible to give a general description of the place and
point out various places of interest to the visitor.
To start with, Varadero's hotel complexes are well equipped in terms of the accommodation, recreational facilities, aquatic sports, and nightlife on offer. In general, tourists do not venture much outside of these complexes, but it has to be said that if they do venture out to explore the area, they will not be disappointed.
The Varadero peninsula and the province of Matanzas offer numerous entertainment options. The heavenly beaches, whose waters emcompass all shades of blue, from bright turquoise to deep blue, invite you to enjoy the various water-sports on offer, or simply to relax and soak up the sun on the beach. If water-sports are your thing, you can choose between diving, crossing the Bahía in a catamaran, or fishing, amongst many other things. Another of the area's attractions is the abundance of important archeological sites. Amongst these are the Cueva de San Ambrosio, with its cave art; the Cuevas de Musulmanes, famous for their ceremonial relevance in the Siboney culture; and Las Salinas ' a salt mine which formed the basis of the region's economy during the colonial era.
This part of the island is equally well known for its natural beauty and as a natural habitat for rare birds, some of which are now extinct in the rest of the world. Many birdwatchers come here on vacation every year in search of that unforgettable experience.
The city of Matanzas also offers sites of archeological importance, numerous caves, including the Cueva de Bellamar, and good camping areas such as the Yumurí and Canasí Valleys, both of which have a rich variety of flora and fauna, rivers and natural viewpoints. If you prefer to tour the city itself, there is much to see, including parks, squares, museums, galleries, etc. The architecture is extremely beautiful and undeniably of Spanish influence and there is a great view of the Bahía de San Juan. It is well worth a visit to this legendary city, birthplace of danzón, the musical style which is still going strong today, years after it was first created.
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