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The Province of Matanzas, Cuba, east of Havana, includes the Caribbean's largest resort complex at Varadero Beach. Tens of thousands of Canadians and Europeans come to Varadero each year to bask in the sun at hotels like the Tryp Peninsula, Bahia Principe, Melia Varadero, Paradisus Varadero, Club Amigo, SuperClubs Breezes, and the Iberostar. The 20 kilometers of unbroken white sandy beach is the main attraction here, as witnessed in one of our Varadero travel pictures.

The old city of Matanzas is just a short drive west of Varadero, but most visitors are bused straight through on their way to Havana. That's a pity because the streets and monuments of Matanzas are worth exploring. Matanzas and Varadero Beach face the Atlantic Ocean, and the Caribbean coast to the south is often warmer and quieter. The beaches and resorts on the Caribbean side are much smaller than those at Varadero, including Playa Giron in our Bay of Pigs photo.

All the photos on Cuba-Pictures.com are by David Stanley, original author of Lonely Planet Cuba.
The images on this page are details. To view the complete photos, click on the thumbnails.

The Hotel Melia Varadero is typical of
Varadero's massive tourist resorts.
Cuba welcomes visitors. This Caribbean country offers a unique and very different travel experience.

A beach at Playa Giron on the Bay of Pigs, site of the 1961 invasion.

Varadero's answer to Burger King is Cafeteria el Rapido.

Varadero sits on Cuba's largest oil field, as seen in these nearby wells.

The Municipal Museum in Varadero provides respite from the beach.

A few old wooden houses still linger in Varadero.

1957 Chevy before the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Matanzas.

Agricultural workers hitching a ride home in the city of Cardenas.

Kayakers framed by the Rio San Juan bridge in Matanzas.