Averages for Varadero in February
February is still a good time to visit Varadero and the temperature will slowly increase from now on to the hottest months in August and September. The winter weather is warm and pleasant even at night compared to the European winters and the cold and rain. Rainfall is fairly stable at this time of year and the average rainfall of 20mm that will over just 5 days, is the same as last month. Towards the end of t...
February is still a good time to visit Varadero and the temperature will slowly increase from now on to the hottest months in August and September. The winter weather is warm and pleasant even at night compared to the European winters and the cold and rain. Rainfall is fairly stable at this time of year and the average rainfall of 20mm that will over just 5 days, is the same as last month. Towards the end of the month rain will lessen towards next month's low of 10mm. Rain is usually confined to short storms that clear to fine sunny days.
Average temperature has increased slightly to 23°C that sits between the average high/low temperatures of 18°C and 28°C. Temperatures will rise from now towards the average highs of 31°C seen from June to September. As the rainfall falls towards the end of the month the humidity will fall to a low of 75% that will remain til around June when it will start to increase with higher rainfalls.
Sea temperatures have dropped to the lowest level in February and March and the average sea temperature is 24°C. Towards the end of the month the temperature will rise steadily each month to the high of 30°C in August. Swimming is a pleasant activity all year round but during cyclone season it will be dangerous at the beaches and along the coastline with high surf and dangerous conditions. Average sunshine hours this month is 7 hours but that will increase towards the end of the month to a high of 9 hours next month.
The start of the month sees foggy days drop from 20 days in January to 18 days but they will then increase to the yearly high of 22 days next month.
Where to stay
The Sol Sirenas Coral resort is located on Varadero Beach and is a perfect spot for families to stay. Choose from 6 room styles all with air conditioning, satellite TV, mini bar, and umbrella and bathroom amenities. All rooms have a view of the beach or the pool and you can eat at one of the 8 restaurants including Oriental, Mexican, Italian, International buffet, grill and snack bars. There are 2 pool bars and other bars serving Cuban and other dinks and a Tea and Coffee Corner open from 7am to 7 pm.
Sol Sirenas Coral Resort, Varadero.
There is direct access to the beach, 3 freshwater outdoor pools including a children's pool and paddling area. There is a club just for the kids with daily activities and fun for all ages.
The Hotel Villa Cuba is just 3 kilometres from Varadero and all rooms are air conditioned and have phones, satellite TV, hair dryer, bathroom, terrace or a balcony and a small fridge. You are able to get an all inclusive package that will include accommodation as well as food and drinks including a la carte dining. Enjoy a swim in the pool and there is disabled access to the beach.
Things to do
For the scuba diver visit Varadiving and take part in a dive course for the beginner or take a dive tour with a number of dives over 1 to 5 days at different locations such as The Bay of Pigs and Coral Beach. With 2 dives a day you will see a great part of the marine life and reefs in this part of the world.
The Varadero Municipal Museum contains the history of this part of Cuba with many objects, maps and documents as well as personal effects. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. The architecture is typically Cuban with a colourful façade and interior.
For nature lovers the Varahicacos Ecological Reserve is a small park where you will see a selection of flora and fauna including many lizards. Be sure to wear enclosed shoes and you are given a map with a few trails to follow. There are many places to take great photos of the scenery and looking out to see.
Hit the beach
Coral Beach is a great location in Varadero for snorkelling between November and April. You will see more than 30 species of coral and numerous fish that swim in and out of the small caves in the coral. The beach often has many shells washed up on the sand and there will be people trying to sell you shells and other wares.
Sunbathing and relaxing on the beach is a great pastime in the warm weather of Varadero and there are many spots along the main Varadero Beach to spend a few quiet hours. You can join a game of beach volleyball, or go looking for shells in the shallow water. Wear beach shoes as the conch shells have spines and these are sharp and can cause a painful cut.
Where to eat and drink
La Voca Rasada is located Varadero serving a selection of international dishes. Favourites here are the charcoal baked pizzas, shrimp cocktail, chicken cordon bleu and fried bananas. A good atmosphere has been created on the rooftop with reasonable prices and a variety of cocktails.
For great Cuban and international dishes from Japan, Italy and Mexico try the Salsa Suarez Restaurant and Bar that have their own garden for herbs and such. House specialties include chicken cooked in honey and orange, Yixi Rolls, fresh seafood pasta and stuffed pork tenderloin. The chef puts on specials and these include Rabbit Risotto, Tuna with green sauce, fillet mignon, sushi tasting plate and chicken stuffed with crab and feta. Choose from the extensive wine list with red, white, sparkling, rose and dessert wines.
For great Cuban food you have to try La Rampa with the lobster a standout favourite. You are able to just ask the chef and he will cook something for you. Pina coladas are a crowd favourite and the chicken is good too. Very reasonably priced with lunch specials on lobsters.