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Cuba: Alternatives for Tourism

The Cuban tourism sector, with a strong component of the traditional sun and beach options, extends the range of alternatives to adventure, nature, cultural and historic modalities.

Actually, the Cuban archipelago takes advantage of its extensive beach areas and historic values that are preserved everywhere.

The extra-hotel infrastructure is also gaining ground as a true complement to recreation, where the golf practice is particularly important.

The essential space for this activity is in the coastal resort of Varadero, where the Varadero Golf Club is located on the north coast of the Hicacos Peninsula.

With a par 72 course and great challenges for any category of players, that facility gained international prestige in the late 1990s, when it hosted the Grand Final of the European Challenge Tour.

As a clubhouse, it has the Xanadu Mansion, opened in 1930 as the rest residence of French-born American billionaire Irenée Dupont de Nemours.

Varadero Golf Club. Bar Cafeteria
Varadero Golf Club. Caddy house
Varadero Golf Club. Caddy house

With three floors, several terraces and balconies, a pier and a cellar, the site was listed as the first stone building of the world-famous resort.

The expansion strategy of this recreational option extends to the heights of Bellomonte, where Cubagolf and the Chinese company Beijing Enterprises Holdings Limited will build a luxury hotel and high-standard apartments and houses on 336 hectares.

The project also involves the joint company Carbonera S.A., created with Cuban capital and the British company Esencia Hotels and Resorts.

This complex, on the outskirts of Matanzas province, will consist of more than 1,000 real estate units, a hotel with more than 100 rooms and an 18-hole golf course.

Over a dozen projects are underway in the field of golf, which also includes the one carried out in Punta Colorada (western Pinar del Río), whose first phase of investment exceeds one billion euros.

This golf course in Cuba's westernmost province will be complemented by three hotels with more than 1,250 rooms distributed among villas, apartments and bungalows.

Meanwhile, in central Cienfuegos province, three joint ventures will be set up to develop golf. The most important of the projects is Rancho Luna-La Milpa, which is divided into five stages with several facilities.

Another is Playa Ingles-La Tatagua, where two golf courses and real estate and hotel infrastructure, consisting of 1,700 residential units and a 280-room hotel, will be developed.

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