The hotel boom started in the 1950s. After the 1959 Cuban Revolution, the beach's many mansions were expropriated from their rich owners. As a symbol for the new integrated tourism for Cubans and visitors of all social classes, the Park of the 8000 Cubicles (Parque de las 8000 Taquillas) was built in 1960.
The visitors could leave their belongings in the basement of the park, had access to sanitary installations and gastronomic services at the first floor, and could rent bath articles and swimsuits. At the Park the marginated parts of the population, including women, found paid work. The surroundings of the Park became the center of the city. Between the 1960s and 1980s Varadero transformed itself into a cultural centre.