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Key West Backcountry Kayak and Paddleboard Eco Tours
"You Paddle. We Drive. We will pick you up at your hotel with our complimentary shuttle van and take you 15 mins away to a remote area known as Geiger Key. We will arrive at our Geiger Key Paddle Hut your guide will give you instruction on equipment and provide dry bags for camera's and personal items. We provide cold bottle water and quality equipment. We have an easy access ramp with a hand rail to help easily enter into the kayak. Your guide will trails and flats. Looking for a variety of birds and marine life. Along the prop roots you may see sea stars. Once you make your way through the mangrove creek you will glide across the shallow grass flats looking for our Eco Slam - Rays Sharks and Barracudas. (Nothing too big or scary you are only in 2-3 ft of water.)  Your guide may spot a nurse shark or bonnet head shark. You will move into a hard bottom community
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Key West Java Cat Charter Eco Tour
"Board the 6-passenger Java Cat at the Key West Historic Seaport and set sail with your small group for the Key West Wildlife Refuge. Take a seat in the shade or stretch out on the expansive trampoline. During the 1-hour journey your captain shares information about Key West’s mangroves and birdlife. After dropping anchor your captain assists you into a high-quality sea kayak with a comfortable backrest and provides instruction. It’s easy paddling in the tranquil waters of The Lakes region passing through mangrove islands and seagrass beds. You’ll discover abundant marine life amid the tropical fauna and have a chance to touch sea cucumbers jellyfish hermit crabs sea stars
From $124.00
 
Key West Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
"Explore Key West while hopping on and off at any of our designated trolley sightseeing stops. Visit over 50 points of interest with this all day pass as our expert guides provide live narration and entertainment with stories only locals could tell! Audubon House) LaConcha Hotel (Margaritaville Oldest House Museum) Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (Fort Zachary Taylor State Park U.S.S Mohawk) Higgs Beach (White Street Fishing Pier West Martello Tower) Southernmost Point (Southernmost House Mansion Upper Duval Street Shopping) Ernest Hemingway House Museum (Lighthouse Museum Bahama Village) Key West Bight (Schooner Wharf
From $20.00

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Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport

Even though Varadero is only a small town, its airport is the second busiest in the country thanks to the constant flow of tourists traveling to Varadero, mostly from Canada and Europe. The airport is not very big, but it's filled with small souvenir/duty free shops so you can easily spend those last few pesos while waiting for your flight - and since Cuban currency cannot be exchanged outside of Cuba, unless you plan on going back, it's better to spend it on a bottle of rum than to be stuck with it. Another thing to keep in mind is that you will need to pay a 25 CUC departure tax when you leave (to be paid in cash). Security isn't very tight when you leave (my friend had two bottles of rum in her carry-on luggage and they let her through so the 100 ml rule for liquids doesn't seem to apply), but they can be a bit fussy when you arrive, especially when it comes to electronics. If you have booked an all-inclusive resort, you will see plenty of buses waiting outside the airport and these offer free transportation to most hotels - someone will let you know which bus you should get on as they have a list with the names of all travelers. Otherwise, you will also see plenty of taxis waiting next to the free shuttles - just make sure you agree on the price before you get in. The ride to Varadero takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on how far from town your hotel is located. And while you're waiting for the shuttle to depart, why not have your first Cuban beer? They sell cold Cristals, which you can pay for using any currency - apparently prices vary, but we paid $5 for 2 deliciously refreshing beers!

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Jefie
Sep 22, 2012

By air

The airport closest to Varadero is Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport. There are direct flights and charter flights from Canada, Central America, Europe, South America and Africa. It's a small airport with 2 or 3 small shops, 2 cafeterias, internet access and money exchange.

Keep in mind that you need to pay a departure tax of 25 CUC when leaving Cuba.

If you are going to the airport by (rental) car, make sure you have 2 CUC available for the road toll.

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Helga67
Jul 21, 2007

Airport to Varadreo

From the airport to the hotl stip is a 15 miute ride. From there it depends where your hotel is, so you'll be 15-20 minutes away.

Taxi cost is 10-15 usd, but most hotel packages include a bus ride to your hotel.

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Anita_Porec
Oct 29, 2003
 
 
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Things to Do Near Varadero

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Parque Retiro Josone

This is a nice walk for anybody around the lake and mainly in the shade of the huge trees that are there. There's a few restaurants and bars if you need but mainly from 12h00 onwards. You can also...
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Beach

The most obvious thing to do in Varadero is to spend hours soaking up the sun on the sand in front of the turquoise sea. Certainly the widest and the longest beach I saw in Cuba, plenty of room for...
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