Taxis are plentiful in Varadero. A trip from one end of the peninsula to the other costs from CUC$15-CUC$17, and most trips to other places in the area cost CUC$2 to CUC$10. If by some chance you can't flag one down, or there's none hanging around your hotel, you can call Cubataxi (tel. 45/61- 4444 or 45/61-1616). Watch for rogue taxistas who refuse to use the taximetro. Víazul now offers a transfer from the station to any hotel in Varadero for CUC$2 after the long-distance buses pull in. As in Havana, open-air Coco Taxis are also available for CUC$25 per hour. In theory, they should charge CUC$.50 a kilometer, but they often cost more than a metered taxi. A horse-and-carriage ride costs CUC$10 for a city tour.
Sol Melía operates a free open-air tourist train between various points of the peninsula. The VaraderoBeachTour buses (tel. 45/66 -8992) that ply a loop from one end of Varadero to the other operate a day pass, with unlimited use of the route; it costs CUC$5 per day.
One of the best ways to get around Varadero is on a scooter. Rental agencies abound. Most rent modern, easy-to-use Vespa-style scooters for CUC$12 for two hours, and CUC$24 per day.
There are a host of car-rental agencies at the airport and around town. Virtually every hotel either has a car-rental desk, or can easily facilitate renting a car. Contact Cubacar (tel. 45/61-1875 or 45/66-7359; www.transturvaradero.com) or Transtur (tel. 45/61- 1435) for more information.