Unbelievably soft white sand, glass-like turquoise bays, technicolour coral reefs and free-flowing mojitos? There are a lot of reasons to check out Cuba’s Varadero on the island’s beachy Hicacos Peninsula. Known as the Cuban Riviera, Varadero is seriously stocked when it comes to excellent all-inclusive hotels.
The picture-perfect coastline lies just 170 kilometres south of Key West, Florida, so it’s easy flying distance from major Canadian cities. But that short flight will transport you to another world entirely, where Spanish-speaking hosts will gladly share their little piece of paradise with you. And as far as hotels go, whether you go for a modern multi-storey or a classic village-style property, you’ll find lagoon pools, fantastic food, kids’ clubs, golf courses and adult-only zones. We’ll help you choose with our own top 7 picks of all inclusive resorts for a truly relaxing vacation that’s close to home, yet so far away. Bring on the mojitos!