If you’re in the beach resort town of Varadero, there is a lot of unique shopping, both in the town and on the beach itself. Keep in mind that art objects purchased in Cuba, including paintings, must be accompanied by an export permit, and that cigars may be seized if they are not accompanied by an official receipt. If you’re looking for souvenirs like Cuban cigars and coffee, and crafts from local artists, be sure to check out these spots:
There are always vendors along the beach. Their stalls are really unique – they built shelves for displaying their wares onto bicycles that they then could roll up and down the beach. They sold things like ladies wraps, bathing suit cover-ups, sarongs, hats, beach bags, shell jewelry, and carved wood art – like statues and bongo drums. You can even find things like Cuban Cigars, rum, and cold beer. Remember to always haggle for purchases with these vendors!
Romeo Y Juliettas Cigar Shop
This shop is in downtown Varadero and is the place to buy cigars in the area. They have a wide variety of wonderful cigars. They do accept credit cards, but they charge an 11% surcharge. They also sell cigars that are illegal to take out of the country, and the people in the shop won’t necessarily warn you, so be sure to do your research on what you want before you go in.
Varadero Craft Market
There is a Craft street market in downtown Varadero that has rows of stalls with local artists selling their woodwork and artwork. You can find statues, wood carved jewelry, and paperweights. This market is a great place to go to support the local artists and to find unique souvenirs.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about places to shop in Varadero.