Varadero is a busy beach resort around 140km east of Havana, sprawled along the narrow Hicacos Peninsula. The long stretch of more than 20km of white sandy beaches are a dream of iridescent waters and Caribbean breezes. Varadero has plenty of vast hotels with sailboards, small catamarans and sea kayaks available for rent at various points along the public beach. If you fancy a change of pace, try a guided boat trip. Alternatively, if you have your own kitesurfing equipment, head to Playa del Este. Only 20km from Havana, this beach is a great spot with plenty of action when the wind is up.