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Matanzas

 

Cuba tourism Matanzas

Matanzas Cuba
Tourism: Beach | Nature | Kiteboarding | Nightlife | Relax | 

Matanzas is Cuba’s second largest province and home to its largest tourist resort - Varadero. There are well over 50 hotels in Varadero, along with one of the finest beaches in Cuba.

In the south there’s the famous "Bay of Pigs" and "Playa Girón" beach. Inland there’s the stunning Valley of Yumuri with its wholly enchanting landscape.

Accommodation offers Matanzas

tourist accommodation Matanzas Cuba

Accommodation in Matanzas ranges from camping and casas particulares to hostels and plush 5 star hotels. Casa particulares in Matanzas are easy to find in the capital city. As for the tourist Mecca, the amounts of hotels in Varadero are seemingly endless!

Although perhaps slightly overbuilt, Varadero is still where you wanna go to if you’re after an easy (all-inclusive) beachside Cuban holiday. It won’t disappoint.

Mantanzas - Capital city

Cuba Matanzas sights and private accommodation

Matanzas is often referred to as the “Venice of Cuba” because of its many bridges. In total there are 17 crossing the three rivers (Rio Yumuri, San Juan, and Canimar). It’s also known as the “Athens of Cuba” for its many poets and famous Afro-Cuban folklore.
Matanzas is located east of Havana, 32 kilometers west of Varadero.

Varadero

Varadero town is located on a peninsula, between the Bay of Cárdenas and the Straits of Florida. It’s one of the most exclusive parts of Cuba, packed with top class hotels, stunning stretches of beach and even a golf course. Varadero is one of the largest resort areas in the Caribbean.

The main airport here is "Juan Gualberto Gomez" (VRA) and you can fly here directly from Canada and Europe.

Apart from its amazing beaches, Varadero has some fascinating caves you can explore and a chain of idyllic virgin cays, all close by. There’s facilities here for all kinds of water sports, including scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and yachting. Cultural attractions include the cities of Matanzas and Cardenas the Zapata peninsula - home to the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park.





Matanzas Province is huge and pretty much has everything from beaches and mountains to history and culture. Whether you’re planning on staying in a casa particulare in Mantanzas capital or a touristy hotel in Varadero, you’re likely to fall in love with this diverse and captivating part of Cuba.



Matanzas - Cuba

Matanzas

  • Capital: Matanzas
     
  • Havana:                98 km
  • Santiago de Cuba: 797 km


  • Map & Next provinces

  • Maps of Cuba Matanzas & Varadero
     

Top attractions in Matanzas:

  • Varadero, for that uncomplicated "fun in the sun" holiday experience
  • Scuba diving between Playa Larga and Playa Giron
  • The capital city with its important cultural offer
  • Nature - go bird watching or check out the crocodiles at Cienaga de Zapata (the largest swamp in Cuba).
  • Sports - everything from sailing, snorkeling, kiteboarding and skydiving to golf.
Where to stay

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  • Hotels

    Matanzas
    "Hotel E Velasco"
    "Hotel Islazul Canimao"


    Valle de Yumuri
    "Hotel Casa del Valle"


    Peninsula Zapata
    "Hotel Horizontes Batey Don Pedro"



    Playa Girón
    "Hotel Cubanacan Playa Giron"


    Varadero
    "Gran Caribe Hotel Varadero Internacional"
    "Iberostar Varadero"
    "BelleVue Palma Real"
    "Hotel Club Kawama"
    "Breezes Bella Costa"
    "Hotel Be Live Las Morlas"
    "Islazul Villa La Mar"
    "Hotel Barcelo Cayo Libertad"
    "Hotel Barcelo Marina Palace"
    "Hotel Barcelo Solymar Arenas Blancas"
    "Blau Marina Varadero Resort"
    "Islazul Mar del Sur Aparthotel"
    "Hotel Be Live Turquesa"
    "Hotel Acuazul"
    "Islazul Villa Sotavento "
    "Hotel Tuxpan"
    "BelleVue Sunbeach"
    "Sol Palmeras"
    "Mansion Xanadu"
    "Islazul Hotel Dos Mares"
    "Hotel Horizontes Herradura"
    "Hotel Roc Arenas Doradas"
    "Sol Sirenas Coral Resort"
    "Hotel Club Puntarena"
    "Mercure Playa de Oro"
    "Hotel Roc Barlovento"
    "Brisas del Caribe Hotel"
    "Hotel Allegro Varadero"
    "Gran Caribe Villa Tortuga"
    "Playa Caleta"
    "Hotel Villa Cuba"
    "Hotel Aguas Azules"
    "Hotel Cuatro Palmas Varadero"
    "Club Tropical"
    "Hotel Los Delfines"
    "Blau Privilege Cayo Libertad Hotel"
    "Melia Las Americas"
    "Villa DuPont"
    "Hotel Riu Varadero"
    "Paradisus Varadero Resort & Spa"
    "Royalton Hicacos Varadero Resort & Spa"
    "Paradisus Princesa del Mar Resort & Spa"
    "Tortuga Lodge"
    "Iberostar Tainos"
    "Memories Varadero Beach Resort"
    "Ocean Varadero El Patriarca"
    "Iberostar Laguna Azul"
    "Iberostar Playa Alameda Hotel"
    "Melia Varadero"
    "Melia Península Varadero"
    "Blau Varadero Hotel Cuba"
    "Breezes Varadero"



     
Sights & Beach
  • Sights


     
  • Beach
    Playa Varadero
    Playa Girón
    Playa Larga (Bahía de Cochinos)
    Playa Los Cocos (Bahía de Cochinos)
    Playa Judio (Matanzas)
    Playa Bacalao
    Playa Sucia
    Playa Camacho
    Playa Caleta
    Playa Musulmanes

     
Useful Informations
  • Internet Matanzas Cuba
    Internet
    Etecsa wifi-zones (buy your prepaid-card)

    Matanzas

    - Parque La Libertad
    - Peñas Altas

    Varadero

    - Complejo Todo en Uno

Province Matanzas

Cuba Beach: Matanzas

Cuba beaches Matanzas - Playa Giron

  • Varadero Beach

    Varadero - perhaps Cuba’s finest beach - offers over 20 kilometers of dazzling white powdery sands bathed with crystal clear warm turquoise waters. Many believe it to be the most beautiful shoreline in the world.
    It’s located 140 kilometers from Havana City and has well over 50 hotels and resorts, over 15,000 rooms and 50 weekly flights coming in from Canada alone. There’s no shortage of activities in which to indulge here.

  • Beach "Playa Larga"

    Playa Larga is situated in the infamous “Bay of Pigs”, where a small number of Cuban exiles landed and attempted to overthrow Fidel Castro back in the 60’s. Castro was ready for them and the whole event turned out to be an embarrassing fiasco.

    The diving here is spectacular. Expect temperatures of around 25 degrees with 20-30m visibility. Playa Larga’s warm blue waters are home to a variety of species - huge colonies of crabs, lobsters and barracudas.
    Bird watching is also popular here in the Montemar Great Natural Park. In the southwest of Playa Larga, you can see many species of migratory waterfowls between November and April.

  • Beach "Playa Girón"

    The beach "Playa Girón", just east of the Bay of Pigs, is also a very popular diving spot. The "Cueva de los Peces" is one of its biggest attractions (divingwise). This stunning crystal clear natural pool is over 70 meters deep and just 200m back from the beach. It’s a flooded cave with a collapsed roof with a series of underground passages and many colorful fish.

Travel in Cuba: Matanzas
  • Tourism Cuba Domestic flights Matanzas
    Airports
    Varadero (VRA)

     
  • Bus station Matanzas
    Bus station
    Matanzas, Varadero

     
  • Bus stations "ASTRO" Matanzas Province Cuba
    Bus stations "ASTRO"
    Matanzas

     
  • Train stations Matanzas Province Cuba
    Train stations
    Matanzas
    Cárdenas
    Unión de Reyes
    Limonar
    Jovellanos
    Perico
    Colón
    Pedro Betancourt
    Agramonte

     
  • Car rental Cuba Matanzas
    Car rental
    Matanzas
    Varadero: Aeropuerto Varadero, Hotel Arenas Doradas, Hotel Villa Cuba, Hotel Arenas Blancas, Hotel Cuatro Palmas, Hotel Mar del Sur, Hotel Oasis, Hotel Tropical, Hotel Brisas del Caribe, Hotel Bella Costa, Plaza América, Club Amigo Varadero, Hotel Meliá Varadero, Hotel Sol Palmeras, Hotel Tuxpan