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Havana, Viñales and Varadero: Cuba’s golden triangle of the West

Want to see some of Cuba’s finest city life, nature and beaches all in the same region? Havana, Viñales and Varadero are the three places to do it. Transport between this ‘golden triangle of the west’ is fast and efficient, and the journey itself provides treats for the eye. Each place has so much to offer. Here is the lowdown.

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Havana, Viñales and Varadero: Cuba’s golden triangle of the West
Havana and Varadero: culture and relaxation
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Havana and Varadero: culture and relaxation

One of the best ways to holiday in Cuba is to stay in two different places. By staying in Havana and Varadero you can experience many different sides to Cuba. Havana and Varadero are situated less than three hours apart from each other. Havana is the ultimate "city break", full of charm, excitement and innumerable things to do. Meanwhile, Varadero is the ultimate Caribbean beach holiday, with one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of sand and sea, and top quality services to match.

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Escape the All-Inclusive! - The 5 Best Day Trips from Varadero
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Escape the All-Inclusive! - The 5 Best Day Trips from Varadero

Escape the All-Inclusive! – The 5 Best Day Trips from Varadero

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Short on time? - The 6 Best Day Trips from Havana
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Short on time? - The 6 Best Day Trips from Havana

Here’s a list of the six best day trips from Havana, listed according to how long it takes to get there. All these tours take less than a day and do not require booking for accommodation.

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Havana and Varadero - a holiday itinerary to the best of Cuba
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Havana and Varadero - a holiday itinerary to the best of Cuba

If a mix of city sightseeing followed by the Caribbean’s best beach relaxation sounds like your kind of holiday, then a trip to Havana and Varadero is the next thing to check off your dream holiday bucket list. About two hours (83 miles) from each other, Havana and Varadero offer a unique opportunity to experience two holidays in one.

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