Car Hire from Varadero Airport
Varadero Airport is located in Central Cuba and there are some great attractions in the local area. From the beautiful beaches of the Varadero resort to sweeping national parks, there are some spectacular natural landscapes to discover. Hiring a car from the airport means you can forget about timetables and explore at your own pace.
Where to hire a car at Varadero Airport
There are a number of car hire companies based inside the terminal building at Varadero Airport. Cubacar, Havanautos, Rex and Via all have offices here. It’s a good idea to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Petrol Stations near Varadero Airport
Varadero Airport is located between the towns of Varadero and Matanzas. You can find petrol stations on the way into both towns. There’s an Oro Negro petrol station four kilometres before you reach Matanzas and a Servi-Cupet petrol station close by too.
Driving around Varadero Airport
From the airport you can head north towards Carbonera. From here you can pick up the Puente Bascular which travels east along the coast to Varadero and west to Matanzas. The road between Boca de Camarioca and Santa Marta, on the way to Varadero from the airport, charges a toll of $2. You also have the option to head south from the airport to Guamacaro where you’ll pick up the Central de Cuba highway. This road also leads to Matanzas as well as heading southeast to Jovellanos and Colon.
Roads around Cuba aren’t always in great condition. You’re sure to come across a number of potholes so it may be worth hiring a 4WD if you’re going to do a lot of exploring. Potholes, animals in the road and vehicles travelling without lights make driving at night hazardous. If it can’t be avoided, be sure to take extra care on the roads after dark.
Getting to your destination
When you hire a car from Varadero Airport, there are some great destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:
Varadero is one of the most popular beach resorts on the island of Cuba. It’s home to stunning white sandy beaches, great restaurants and nightlife and some world class golf courses too. You can visit the Bellamar Caves, see dolphins at the Delfinario or while away your evenings at the Tropicana, a Cuban cabaret club.
It takes about 40 minutes to drive from Varadero Airport to Varadero town, taking the Puente Bascular road eastbound and then branching off onto the Autopista Sur. Most of the big resorts have parking facilities and the roads around town are well signposted.
Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata
Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata is home to some incredible birdlife, beautiful beaches and sweeping swamps. It’s the place where the Bay of Pigs invasion took place in 1961. Visitors can enjoy hiking, scuba diving and a trip to the crocodile farm.
Parque Nacional Ciénaga de Zapata is around an hour’s drive from Varadero Airport, taking the Puente Bascular through Matanzas and then heading south on route 72. Roads through the park can be a little rocky so a 4WD is advisable.
Matanzas is the closest town to Varadero beach resort. It offers visitors a slice of real Cuba with a great arts scene. You can enjoy listening to bembe drummers in the Marina area, visit one of the town’s theatres or enjoy great food and drink at a neighbourhood eatery.
It takes 20 minutes to drive from Varadero Airport to Matanzas, taking the Puente Bascular west along the coast. The town is relatively small and easy to navigate with plenty of parking options.