With entertainment options a little thin on the ground in Varadero, it’s no surprise that boat trips to the islets and reefs around the peninsula are so numerous and popular. The family of cays beyond the eastern tip of the peninsula – cayos Blanco, Piedras and Romero, among others – make up most of the stopping-off points; they’re bordered by small coral reefs and offer the best opportunities for snorkelling.

Most of the trips can be booked through any one of the principal travel agents or at the marinas themselves; book at least a day in advance, or earlier during times of high demand. Most trips include the transfer from your hotel to the point of departure in the price; children under 12 are usually charged half-price rates.

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