Top 5 beaches in Cuba

September 23, 2019

The best Cuban beaches with their white sand and crystal clear sea are just waiting to be explored. End your island tour with a relaxing stay on the Caribbean coastline.

Cuba, Cayo Largo beach

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!

Cuba tour with seaside extension: where to go

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.

Cayo Largo

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.

Playa Sirena in Cayo Largo, Cuba
Playa Sirena in Cayo Largo.


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.

Baracoa beach in Cuba
The wild coastline in Baracoa.

Cayo Levisa

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.

Cayo Levisa beach, Cuba
Cayo Levisa and its crystal clear sea.


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.

Guardalavaca beach, Cuba
Guardalavaca beach.


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.

Varadero beach in Cuba
Varadero is the most popular seaside destination in Cuba.

Now you just have to create your own tailormade tour in Cuba with our local experts adding a seaside extension!

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