One of the reasons why people decide to take a trip to Cuba is the opportunity to relax on its fabulous Caribbean beaches. Our recommendation, after visiting the colonial towns and the tobacco and coffee plantations of the hinterland, is to end your itinerary with a seaside stay in one of the most evocative beaches. There is really plenty of choice in the pearl of the Caribbean!
Whether you like equipped beaches, flanked by bars and restaurants, or you prefer wild remote bays, here is our selection of the best beaches in Cuba to get inspiration for your next vacation.
Described as one of the most charming cayos (islets) in the Pearl of the Caribbean, it derives its name form the slightly elongated shape. Here you'll find white sand, sea turtles, pelicans and a rich sea bottom for diving and snorkeling lovers. Located in Los Canarreos archipelago, its top beaches include Playa Paraiso and Playa Sirena.
Another recommended beach is situated near the colonial town of Baracoa, one of the most ancient urban settlements in Cuba. Driving out of the town center for about two kilometers, you will reach Playa Blanca, where the sand is obviously very white and the sea is crystal clear. This beach is protected by a reserve accessed only by paying a fee: the ideal choice for anyone looking for an unspoilt environment. Those who want to travel even further, 20 km away there is also Playa Maguana, with golden sand beaches and palms all around.
A little island in the province of Pinar del Rio, it boasts white sanded beaches, mangrove forests and lamantees swimming in its waters. The sea bottoms are enriched by a colorful coral reef and the land is lush and wild so as to satisfy the needs of the most adventurous travelers.
Guardalavaca beach is one of the most popular with tourists from all over the world, especially thanks to its line of luxury hotels. The most famous beach is Playa Guardalavaca, but there are others, smaller and wilder, such as Bariay, Pasquero and Esmeralda.
Varadero is perhaps the most famous seaside destination in Cuba. Varadero boasts 20 km of equipped beaches, hotels and restaurants in Western style. It is the perfect destination for those looking for an all inlcusive seaside vacation.
Now you just have to create your own tailormade tour in Cuba with our local experts adding a seaside extension!