The Gaviota Varadero Marina is one of the largest development projects by the Gaviota Tourism Group SA , leading company in the sector in the Caribbean Island . This seaside resort, considered the largest tourist port of Cuba and the Caribbean, will mark a new stage in the country, since it is a window to navigation tourism.
Located at the tip of the Hicacos Peninsula, the facility will be expanded with over 1300 berths for small boats to mega yachts. It has a large fleet of own boats, catamarans, ride and fishing yachts, as well as providing moorings for passing yachtsmen and sailors.
“A modern international port with all the facilities necessary for the care of the boats, it is becoming the main gateway to Cuba for boating enthusiasts and to the new Meliá Marina Varadero and its apartments, along with a beautiful shopping area in process, we aspire to be ready for the 2013-2014 winter season, ” Frank País Oltuski , vice president of marketing of Gaviota said at the International Tourism Fair of Havana ( FITCuba , 2013) .
Oltuski recalled that the Marina is protected from northeast winds prevailing in the area and close to the top hotels available to the main destination for sun and beach in the country.
Works include investment in an administrative building, new piers and jetties, marine workshops, an ice factory and warehouse for catering of ships.
“A modern dive center will expand the offer. New boats for fishing and private rides are available to our customers and people are increasingly requesting the life on board product, “he said.
Of the excursions, the most in demand is the Crucero del Sol, offering a cruise in French catamarans Tahiti 75 and 80, with open bar, snorkeling in coral reefs, interacting with dolphins, seafood lunch and beach time in Cayo Blanco. Other services are Seatours, specialized swim with dolphins, snorkeling and fishing.
“The outlook for the immediate future is that Gaviota Varadero Marina offers the best facilities and services for those who choose to know Cuba and arriving by sea in their own boats,” reads in a brochure by the Gaviota Group.
Enriquez Roberto Calzadilla , assistant director, said the marina, the largest in the island, is in a period of delivery and reception, in which their potential is observed.
This ambitious project is already running the exclusive restaurant Kike Kcho, only in Cuba in concept and design, with an extensive seafood menu and exhibition of live lobsters for selection by customers before being prepared with the best ingredients.
It also has a modern TravelLift capable of lifting up to 100 tons. Its activation has been to enhance the capabilities of Gaviota Varadero Marina on maintenance and repairs, opening an advantageous line of services to its own fleet, direct customers and third parties.
“The commercial spaces of Gaviota Varadero Marina with shops and hotel condominiums total 10 thousand square meters. The largest concentration is in the Commercial Paseo, a must stay in the most famous beach in Cuba, with live music and variety of offers, from handicrafts, cigars and rum, to clothing and items related to yachting activity, which can be enjoyed also by the general public “, Gaviota SA published
Marina Gaviota will have numerous facilities and new facilities like the sailor walk, Marina Meliá Varadero hotel with beach access, the commercial area where specialty restaurants are located along shops, boutiques, craft market, meeting and events halls, bowling, party room, marina, spa, heliport, shop for yachtsmen, own lighthouse, among others.
” Gaviota Varadero Marina is growing with optimism and strength to encourage the nautical development in Cuba, as part of the development strategy of complementary facilities that has drawn the Gaviota Tourism Group, SA, in order to fully ensure tourism in the country, seek new market niches and achieve a high level of performance in the sector, with a variety of options and maximum quality “the Group said, which has in Varadero 11 Four and Five Star Hotels, totaling 7201 rooms .
The launch of the Marina is inserted into the facilities provided by the Decree 314 of the Council of Ministers published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Cuba, which regulates the organization and operation of maritime and port services in Cuban marine tourism, with the aim of strengthening its competitiveness.