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VARADERO, CUBA


How to get there: Four flights per week on Sunwing and Air Transat seasonally


Flight duration: 4 hours, 30 mins.


Varadero was a town for the elite. Famous and infamous peo- ple, such as Al Capone, flocked to the growing resort town in its 1930s heyday. By 1990, another hotel building campaign was underway as international tourism opened up. Many of Cuba’s largest resorts line the thin peninsula in the


province of Matanzas. Varadero is famous for its clear blue waters and miles of unspoiled beaches and vibrant nightlife. With 20 kilometres of white, sandy beaches, you will defi- nitely want to spend some time kicking back by the water. Jump in a jeep for a tour of the El Nicho waterfalls, followed by a swim in the natural pools or scenic hiking along the trails. Natural attractions such as caves and a chain of virgin cays


attract many, and water sports are also a huge draw, includ- ing scuba diving, sea kayaking, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports. Cultural and historical attractions are available nearby in the cities of Matanzas and Cárdenas, the Zapata Peninsula and the resort of San Miguel de los Baños. It is worth it to plan a day-trip to Havana. Drive or take a bus to Cuba’s capital and explore the architecture, Old Havana and historic landmarks like the Catedral de San Cristóbal.


SANTA CLARA, CUBA


How to get there: Three flights per week on Sunwing and Air Transat seasonally


Flight duration: 4 hours, 35 mins.


Santa Clara, located in the most central region of the country, is the fifth largest Cuban city by population. If you are look- ing for more than just beaches and want to truly experience the Cuban culture then Santa Clara may be the place for you. It’s a charming city filled with a variety of museums and Cuban history. Learn about Che Guevara, the famous revolu- tionary, visit his mausoleum or explore the various sites built in his honour. Admission to the Che Guevara museum is free, and most of the items inside are labelled in English. Attend a concert at the Museu de Artes Decorativas, or view Cuban contemporary art at the Casa de la Cultura Juan Mari- nello. Visit Parque Vidal and learn about the lost romantic custom that used to take place there. Te park is a great place to mingle with the locals and people watch. Tose interested in architecture may want to see the Plaza


et Iglesia del Carmen. Built in 1748, this is the oldest church in Santa Clara and has been perfectly restored. If you are just searching for a beach, don’t fret, Santa Clara does have more than 13 kilometres of beaches and it is one of the few places on the island where you can find waves.


46 • Winter 2015 The Hub


Photos by Wilder Mendez.


Photo by Ansalmo Juvaga.


Photo by Emmanuel Huybrechts.


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