Varadero is not real Cuba. Matanzas it is. A real authentic Cuban experience just 40km away from Varadero. A real city with real people, beautiful colonial buildings and an historic pharmacy to visit.
It is also possible to take a train to go back to l’Havana. The capital is just 100 km away but the journey can take 4 hours! It’s perfect if you want to travel slow, take your time, meet locals and stop in nice towns off the beaten path. It’s long but you’re going to reach your destination…truly enriched!