One of the most remarkable attractions of the Extra Hotelier Company Palmares in Varadero is, without doubt, the Josone Park. This retreat, founded in 1942, is a peaceful garden of about nine hectares, where we can find a great variety of trees and flowers. There’s also a natural lagoon in its center, which is why the park is considered the main green space in Varadero.
Since its establishment in the early 40’s around the Laguna de La Paz, it was envisioned that the gardens played an essential role to embellish the environment and combine harmoniously with the neoclassical architecture of the private residence of its original owners.
In the beginning it was the home of the Iturrioz-Mendez family, who were its first inhabitants in the middle of the last century. The first house was built of stonework and tiles to be used as a dwelling, and is currently occupied by the Dante restaurant; a place specialized in Italian food and with amazing feedback among diners. In 1945, a neoclassical mansion was built, which was turned into the main residence of the family and later became El Retiro Josone restaurant, specialized in Cuban and international food. Everyone interested in discovering the delicious taste of our cuisine, will have to try the menu of this exquisite place.
Currently the Josone Park, in addition to its restaurants, has many bars and a swimming pool, and offers a hosting service for events, dinners and banquets. In each of these facilities, the client can verify that offering a good service and performing every duty with the upmost quality are the premises that stimulate the work of the hosts. Also, recreational activities such as sports and entertainment, as well as other specialized services are provided in order to pleasantly occupy the visitor’s free time.
For Palmares Company, one of the main goals is to restore and rescue our idiosyncrasy; this is the reason why a multiplicity of styles and culinary trends are merging there. Among the alluring secrets of this attractive place is the rustic Basque cabin occupied by the La Campana restaurant. Definitely, you can’t miss the opportunity to taste the seasoning of its specialized meals, cooked by chefs that are willing to turn any dinner into an ideal moment.
Other spaces such as the guarapera; The Gruta del Vino; the La Estrella club –named after the shape of its structure–, composed of a central core that looks like a pentagon and five adjacent galleries, and which was originally a place for the employees of the Arechavala factory to enjoy; are some of the choices that the foreign visitor must try. There are many recreational facilities such as the reading room, a target shooting game parlor, a bar, a billiard room, dominoes tables, as well as an ice cream factory.
Parties and cultural events are celebrated in the pool, where the guests share a harmonious experience by enjoying the fresh air and the views. The smell of the sea permeates, from north to south, the recreational area. The tunnel below First Avenue is another must-see place. Of about two hundred meters, it goes from Josone Park to the beach, and it was built for the comfort of the inhabitants of Varadero. Finally, it is very tempting for lovers of the seabed to check out the International Diving Center of Varadero and its appetizing seafood restaurant.
To seal the family tour with a flourish, one of the greatest gems of Josone Park is its lake, where you can enjoy a pleasant boat ride. It is, indeed, a dreamy place for its visitors: with its beautiful bridges, a native fauna and exotic vegetation.
At night, tourist can meet at The Beatles Bar Restaurant where, thanks to the catchy rock vibes, they can go back a few decades in the past and fraternize with new friends from different latitudes. Let live music turn your night into a pleasant memory. The Josone Campus is one of those magical places you can’t miss; incredible moments are waiting for those who decide to live an adventure there.