Varadero, Cuba’s largest beach resort, always offers tourists and photographers some new image arising from its beautiful landscapes, the movement of waves and the creation of new recreational centers.
This fascinating destination captivates most of the tourists coming to Cuba, due to the quality of its beaches and its setting in general, is now further enhanced by nautical activities and cultural and historical choices.
Varadero’s coat of arms speaks for itself: concentric circles symbolizing the aboriginal presence, a Spanish fort recalling the colonial period, and strokes representing the ten families that founded the town.
Officially established on December 5, 1887 by the “Los Decembrinos” society, Varadero’s first houses were made of wood and Spanish tiles. The site would later be renowned for the paddle boat races, its shells and sea horses.
Its geological formation dates back to the quaternary era, while the name of the Hicacos Peninsula is derived from a green thorny leaved tree that used to grow in this 22-kilometer long area.
Its northern coast features a unique sand strip and the Bay of Cárdenas lies to the south. Located some 140 kilometers east of Havana, Varadero is a municipality that comprises 26.6 square kilometers and boasts Cuba’s most important tourist resort.
According to historians, U.S. citizens were the first ones to discover its potential, setting up a real estate agency there back in 1917, in a small wooden palace built by R.H. Johnson of the Johnson Construction Company of Wayne, Pennsylvania.
In 1926, U.S. tycoon Irenée Du Pont Dehaumors settled there, in the former Xanadu Mansion, today the Golf Club.
He founded the Henequenera de Cárdenas S.A. company, and opened other business ventures.
Varadero was also the home to such famous persons as gangster Al Capone, whose former residence today serves as a hotel (Kawama).
The triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 would provide another major boost to this territory with the creation of the National Tourism Institute, focused primarily on the domestic tourism market.
Later, in 1990, it was given a further boost by developments based on tourism as a world industry.
But the beauty of this setting is what most captivates visitors, making it a special place for photographers, both for its variety of colors and its daily life.Share on FB Share on TT