Varadero is a resort town in the province of Matanzas, Cuba, and one of the largest resort areas in the Caribbean. It is also called Playa Azul, which means "blue beach" in Spanish. Varadero is foremost a tourist resort town, boasting more than 20 km of white sandy beaches and is the most developed of all Cuba's resorts. Located on a lush, narrow peninsula some 60 miles from La Habana. 

In addition to its most valued resource, the beach, Varadero has natural attractions such as caves and a chain of easily accessed virgin cays. There are also cultural, historical and environmental attractions in the vicinity, such as the cities of Matanzas and Cárdenas, the Zapata Peninsula and the resort of San Miguel de los Baños. Varadero, which is a free port, also possesses facilities for scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, yachting and other water sports.

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