Near the beach, Josone’s Oasis is just that, an oasis where visitors can relax in the gardens or beside the lagoons, ... More or enjoy a meal in one of the old mansions that have been converted into restaurants. Varadero’s restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisine to suit every taste, from Asian, Italian, and Spanish specialties to traditional Cuban dishes including barbequed meat and shellfish.
The Ambrosio Cave is probably the most important historical site in Varadero. This archaeological site was first used for ceremonies by the island’s first inhabitants, and later became a haven for runaway slaves. At the end of the Hicaco peninsular, near a natural salt pit that was used to prepare leathers and meats for centuries, grows one of the area’s natural wonders: a 600-year-old cactus as tall as a tree.
In nearby Matanzas City, visitors can enjoy an interesting glimpse into the past through Le Triolet French pharmacy, which is still stocked with the medicines and medical utensils used at the time of construction in 1882. Vigía Square was the site of the original town, home to the Junco Palace Historical Museum, the Sauto Theatre, an example of 19th century architecture in the region, and the former military headquarters, which today house an exhibition of ancient fire-fighting equipment. Just outside the city, on the mouth of the river, a small colonial castle called El Morrillo houses the bodies of two revolutionaries, as well as an archaeological museum.
Varadero is situated right on the beach, and is one of the most famous beach destinations Cuba has to offer. Everything in the city is within easy reach, ... More with five avenues running along the peninsular.
Nearby Matanzas, 30 kilometres from Varadero and the province’s capital, is another of the region’s beautiful historic cities. Matanzas was made rich by French immigration, which lasted until the end of the 18th century. The region is also host to a wide variety of natural beauty, from the marine world of beautiful beaches and turquoise sea to the flora and fauna of the Hicaco and Zapata peninsulars.
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