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Since most hotels in Varadero are all-inclusive, most folks take the majority of their meals at their hotels. However, it's natural to want some variety when faced with a week or more at one resort, even if it has several dining options.

The restaurants inside Parque Josone are dependable, if unspectacular options; of these, the little lakeside Italian restaurant Dante (tel. 45/66-7228) is my top choice. Esquina Cuba (tel. 45/61-4019) is an attractive choice in an open-sided ranchón with a classic American car inside the restaurant. The generous portion of garlic chicken breast is a good option. La Mallorca, Avenida 1 at Calle 62 (tel. 45/66-77746), offers a good-value platter of battered shrimp. La Vicaria, Avenida 1 at Calle 37 (tel. 45/61-4721), is a very popular spot for light, inexpensive bites, in a pleasant open-air setting. Coppelia is a good option located in the Centro Comercial Hicacos (Parque del 8000 Taquillas). The cute blue-and-yellow Ranchón Cielo-Mar, next to the municipal museum, is a good spot for a drink with a view. If you'd like to mingle with the locals, try Cafeteria El Caribeño, Avenida 1 between Calle 30 and 31.

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