Around The Caribbean Beaches In Cuba

cayo jutias cubaSun and beach, music and entertainment, culture and history, past and present, myth and reality, a mixture of races. Cuba is all that and more.

We can contemplate Cuba’s splendid past in its countless buildings, cobblestone streets and squares, that despite more than 500 years of use, still remain intact in the main cities. Havana,Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Santiago are good examples of our fascinating history, but they are not the only ones. Most beaches on the island are still undiscovered, even Baracoa’s waters, which were the first to welcome Columbus receive few visitors.

Hundreds of kilometers, some of the best Caribbean beaches with fine, pure white sand and calm blue waters. That's the other Cuba - the everlasting summer where only a few spots on the island are known. However, Cuba boasts endless beaches protected by fabulous coral reefs, making it a marine never neverland.

In Pinar del Rio region and west of the island we find secluded beaches like Maria la Gorda with excellent reefs for diving or Cayo Jutias, the antithesis to Varadero, access is by road only, and there are no hotels, camping or houses, but only a Ranchón to eat or drink - a place rarely visited by tourists. Another Cayo to be discovered is Cayo Levisa, which is accessed by boat and has less than 35 hotel rooms.

cienaga zapata cuba75 minutes from Havana, is the most beautiful Cuban beach resort, Varadero. It is the most visited and best equipped beach with more than 50 hotel resorts along 22 kilometers of tropical beach, calm waters combined with plenty of entertainment and many types of activities on offer.

South into Bay of Pigs there is plenty of recent history to be seen at the museum in Playa Giron beach or admire the various bird species in the Zapata Swamp. A favorite area for diving and snorkeling is Punta Perdiz and Caleta Buena, where you’ll find one of the world's largest coral reefs bathed by the Caribbean Sea.

Along the coast lies Cienfuegos, undoubtedly Cuba’s most beautiful city with the Malecón seawall resembling Havana. A few kilometers further and we reach the colorful Trinidad, a magical city brimming with living history through its colonial houses and cobblestone streets. On the coast Playa Ancon and La Boca are photogenic areas of sunny beach to rest away from the tourist hordes, with a marina offering boat and fishing trips.

Returning north, Santa Clara lies ahead, cradle of the revolution and home to Che’s remains. 80 km further north and we arrive in Cayo Santa Maria & Las Brujas. Strikingly beautiful, perfect for relaxing, snorkeling and even naturism, thousands of tourists are attracted to a wide range of resorts.

cayo coco en cubaIn Ciego de Avila region, Cayo Coco & Cayo Guillermo have turned into major tourist destinations with excellent quality beaches, plenty of dunes, corals and untouched nature. At the same time, luxury hotels offer all kinds of watersports, nightclubs and entertainment. Less cluttered are Playa Pilar beach and a little further Playa Guardalavaca, popular for swimming, sunbathing or fishing and boasting idyllic beaches.

And there are more, Cayo Saetía is an economical alternative surrounded by breathtaking scenery, beautiful nature and unspoiled beaches. And then, the romantic sunsets of Baracoa under the infinite green shade makes this beautiful environment an explosion of color and stunning beaches.

We arrive finally at Santiago de Cuba, the home of Son & Bolero and a former capital city. A mixture of aromas, music and people create the purest Caribbean style. Santiago is to the east, over 800 kilometers from Havana and is known for its exotic white sand beaches and lush forest covered mountains. Despite the poor state of the roads it’s well worth the effort and the Sierra Maestra mountains route is a must for cycling fans.

cayo granma santiago de CubaWe end the tour in the pristine Cayo Granma, where tourists flock to enjoy the peace and bathe in its clear waters with access only by boat or swimming.

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