Crime & Safety
While people get shot in broad daylight in Cancun, not far away from Cuba, Varadero is absolutely safe. It can even be said that Varadero is even safer than the rest of the already very safe Island. Vacationers can move around completely freely without restrictions, at all areas and all times of the day.
Only at the beach you should take care of your things, especially with a crowded beach in summer, when many Cubans from Havana and other regions come. It also regularly happens that excessive prices are charged, mainly in state-run stores and restaurants. Typically, popular products - such as drinking water - are taken for these scams.