Varadero is one of the Gay Friendliest places to visit in the Caribbean. There is no gay “scene” in Varadero as it is a tourist enclave which is kept extremely family friendly by the government, while in comparison, Havana does have a gay scene which is the largest in the entire Caribbean. There are excursions available to Havana from any of the resorts in Varadero, which can be booked directly from the front desk. Another option for guests who are more budget minded, is take the Viazul bus to Havana for day trips.
Varadero itself is all about the beach and sunshine, not necessarily the night life, as the majority of evening activities take place on the resorts so guests simply don’t often feel the need to venture out to look for things to do.
Quite often you see same sex couples walking hand in hand on the beaches and on resort properties showing normal levels of Public Displays of Affection. The entire community is quite Gay friendly and there are simply not many restrictions or considerations to worry about when choosing your resorts, as all GLBT travelers have not expressed any major concern when staying at them. Many people do develop a preference to their resort destination, in accordance to their own personal style preference and budget.
Caleta is at the beginning of the Peninsula and of Varadero, so it has easy access to shops, restaurants and clubs. The beach at this end has courser shell type sand, compared to the other end which tends to be finer. All the resort beaches in Varadero are wonderful and you can literally walk for miles.
The first resort I would highly recommend is the Breezes Varadero. Others which are GLBT friendly and accepting are: Royal Hicacos, Breezes Bella Costa , Tuxpan, Be Live Turquesa, Sunscape, Willemsted Curacao, Cuatro Palmas, Barlovento, Arenas Blancas. Arenas Blancas is the higher end sister property of Solymar and guests share amenities between them.
The more lively end of town is near the resorts of Cuatro Palmas, Palma Real and Solymar.
Solymar seems to have a younger and louder clientelle. If you prefer a quieter area, away from larger crowds, then traveling by coach 90 minutes to Cayo Coco might be warranted and properties to consider would be the Iberostar Mojito or the NH Laguna.
The most well known and popular bar for Gay friendly guests is called “CALLE 62” which is at the corner of Calle 62 and Av 1ra; just down the street you will find the “Havana Club”, which is mostly tourists with a 5 or 10 CUC cover charge. The bar hosts lesbians, gays, trans and heteros. At the end of this street is the “HAVANA CLUB” which is also gay friendly. The “Comprisita” is a great club to be found near the 4 Palmas and hosts more locals then tourists.
For pertinent information when in destination, simply ask any of the animation teams from the resorts, who are very familiar with the area and all new clubs which may have recently opened.