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Address: Arenas Blancas Resort, Varadero 42200, Cuba
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Kind of neat

We took a hike to see the cactus when we stayed at Starfish. We took a right when we hit the beach and walked for maybe half an hour or 45 minutes to get there. It is not well... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
Highlandcree
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Alberta, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

"El Patriarca Cactus" is the giant cactus tree just off of the beach of the Ocean Varader El Patriarca resort and is easy to get to through a small fenced area on the beach. It costs $2 CUC and worth the look.

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Alberta, Canada
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We took a hike to see the cactus when we stayed at Starfish. We took a right when we hit the beach and walked for maybe half an hour or 45 minutes to get there. It is not well signed but there is a pathway in the trees near Memories. The cactus isn't anything earth shattering but is kind of... More 

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Durham, Canada
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897 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,132 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

For those who love to garden and those they wish they lived in a temperate zone friendly to cactus. This is basically a very mature large king of the cactus, great background for a selfie, fun.

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Thank chickandbeast
toronto
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201 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

If you find natural beauty interesting, this cactus if worth the 2 cuc to visit. It is gigantic for a cactus. You can find it at the back of the beach of the Ocean Varadero El Patriarca resort.

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Thank jotrips
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

It's easy to miss the stop for this and the walk down is along a very unprepossessing hotel back strip. However, the cactus is truly magnificent-it's amazing to think of it standing there since the Spanish conquest. Felipe, the guide, was happy to answer all of our questions and clearly very proud of his monster charge. It's not at all... More 

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Thank Sue T
Waterbury, United States
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

The giant cactus is indeed GIANT, and it's pretty cool to see. The roots are substantial too. Sadly, the cactus has been heavily vandalized by carvings (think: Steve + Suzie 1997). There's nothing else immediately nearby, and it's a bit of a walk from the hop-on-hop-off bus stop, but if you don't mind a little walk and you've got 15... More 

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Thank LAURIE S
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

we went to see cactus by varadero shuttle bus. u have to walk a little to get to the cactus. but i as a landscape architect absoluterly loved it. its a very big tree))

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Thank Anastasija P
Winchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

worth a visit to pay the guard to keep this 500 year cactus protected, interesting visit. very close to the Ambrosio cave and nature reserve to combine the three in a day.

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Thank Katherine L
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

The signage from the road is good but if you are taking a beach walk from your resort and simply want to add the Cactus to your tour that day, keep your eyes peeled for the sign at the junction between the beach and grass as you wander past Ocean Veradero Patriarca. For the $2 CUC entrance fee the guide... More 

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Thank Christine J
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Ocean Varadero El Patriarca and this cactus is just off the beach. You have to pay 2 CUC to see it. It's over 500 years old. It's just a shame that they have to try to make money off this. There is the same type of cactus plant on the way to the beach that is pretty... More 

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