The 10 most popular beaches beautiful of Cuba

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Cuba is the Caribbean island famous for its communist regime, cities with typical colonial architecture, such as Havana, Trinidad or Santiago and pastel-colored 50s cars. Not only that, here you can dance the salsa everywhere, sip cocktails based on local rum, smoke cigars and you can relax in splendid sunny beaches bathed by crystal clear and clear waters.

Cuba's 5.700 kilometers of coastline matter as many as 300 immaculate beaches characterized by light and soft sand and warm sea, where you can relax or play sports.

Are you ready to go? Or at least to dream. Here's what they are the 10 most beautiful beaches in Cuba!


  1. Maria la Gorda, Pinar del Rio
  2. Varadero Beach, Varadero
  3. Playa Pilar, Cayo Guillermo
  4. Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo
  5. Guardalavaca Beach, Guardalavaca
  6. Playa Esmeralda, Guardalavaca
  7. Playa Giron
  8. Playa Ancon, Trinidad
  9. Playa del Este, Havana
  10. Playa Maguana, Baracoa
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Maria la Gorda, Pinar del Rio

The beach of Maria La Gorda, 10 kilometers long and located in the western end of Cuba near Pinar del Rio, is located a short distance from a unique coral reef.

The sand is soft and clear, the seabed clear and not too deep ideal for snorkeling and diving activities. It is also characterized by dense vegetation where deer, iguanas, lizards and parrots live they belong to the Biosphere Reserve transformed by Unesco into a protected park. From here, you can also admire beautiful sunsets!

  • Where it is: south west end of Cuba, near the Guanahacabibes National Park in the Pinar del Rio district, 2 hours by car; the suggestion is to stay in the hotel on the beach - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling
  • Type: White sand

2 - Varadero Beach, Varadero

Perhaps one of the most famous beaches in Cuba, although in recent years hotels, villages and resorts have made the atmosphere of this place less magical.

Varadero is characterized by fine sand and turquoise water and has tons of services that allow anyone to spend your days here between relaxation, sports and various activities. However, the coral reef is not present so this place is not suitable for snorkelers and divers.

  • Where it is: north west of Cuba; it is 9 kilometers from Varadero and can be reached by taxi (average cost of about 5 CUC, about € 5,00) - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, nightlife, sport
  • Type: White sand

3 - Playa Pilar, Cayo Guillermo

One of the most popular beaches in Cuba on the western end of Cayo Guillermo, appears as a virgin coast surrounded by huge dunes that reach 16 meters in height.

Its fine white sand, crystal clear and turquoise waters and proximity to the reef make it one of the most beautiful places in the Caribbean. Here it is possible meet pink flamingos, herons and pelicans and enjoy a cool breeze lying under one of the many coconut palms.

  • Where it is: in the north central part of Cuba on the islet of Cayo Guillermo, connected to the mainland by a long bridge; you can arrive by taxi or with day trips organized by the various resorts - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: White sand

4 - Playa Paraiso, Cayo Largo

This Cuban beach is located on theCayo Largo island, one of the 300 islets of the Los Canarreos archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494 and was also the first Cuban area to be open to tourism.

Playa Paraiso is one of the many beaches on the island characterized by very white and fine sand and it is also the place where pelicans, herons, sea turtles and iguanas nest. A few meters from the shore there is also a beautiful coral reef, ideal place for diving and snorkeling.

  • Where it is: in the central southern part of Cayo Largo; can be reached by plane from Havana in 1 hour and then by taxi - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling
  • Type: thin sand

5 - Guardalavaca Beach, Guardalavaca

Another beautiful Cuban beach is Guardalavaca shell-shaped and characterized by a coastline of 3 kilometers of soft and clear sand, small coves and a coral reef a few meters from the shore.

Touristy but not too much, it is theideal for relaxing under the pine trees, snorkelling or walking on the dry bath and it is also equipped with services and facilities that make it the perfect place to spend a few days.

  • Where it is: north east of Cuba, Guardalavaca locality; can be reached by taxi or car - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation
  • Type: thin sand

6 - Playa Esmeralda, Guardalavaca

La typical postcard beach with white sand, Caribbean palm trees and warm, turquoise sea, this is Playa Esmeralda also known as Playa Estero Ciego, to be located in the Ciego Caleticas estuary.

A small paradise surrounded by cliffs, steep slopes and rich in vegetation, to which you can only access if you are a guest of one of the 3 hotels or trying to pay a daily entrance. Along the beach, various services and possibilities for sports and various activities.

  • Where it is: north east of cuba, 5 km from Guardalavaca and 72 km from Holguín International Airport; you log in as a hotel guest - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation and sport
  • Type: thin sand

7 - Playa Giron

Not far from the famous Bay of Pigs, the narrow inlet that was a "hot" area during the Cold War in 1961, Playa Giron is made up of rocks and sand overlooking a splendid Caribbean sea. ideal for snorkeling and long swims.

Positioned in front of the Cayos, the most accessible places for a swim are Punta Pedriz to the west and Caleta Buena, the cove east of the city center.
In the area there is also a cenotes "La Cueva de los Peces", frequented by diving enthusiasts.

  • Where it is: in the central part of the southern coast in the Golfo de Canzones; it can be reached on foot from the town of Playa Giron, while it is 3 hours from Havana - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling
  • Type: rocks and sand

8 - Playa Ancon, Trinidad

18 kilometers from Trinidad, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, is Playa Ancon, una tongue of white sand washed by a turquoise sea.

Along the beach is It is possible to rent sunbeds and straw umbrellas or cool off under the palm trees. In addition, there are some bars and restaurants.
This place is ideal if you want to relax, snorkel or indulge in some water sports.

  • Where it is: 18 km from Trinidad, on the central southern coast of Cuba, it can be reached from Trinidad by taxi at an average cost of 8 CUC (about € 7,80) or by bus from Via Pino Perez (ticket cost 2 CUC, about € 1,80) - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling
  • Type: light sand

9 - Playa del Este, Havana

Playa del Este is not a beach, but a set of beaches that follow one after the other 20 kilometers from Havana.

Characterized by fine sand and transparent sea, the main beaches of Alamar, Boca Ciega, Tarara and Santa Maria del Mar have excellent hotels, restaurants and bars and are theideal for those looking for a compromise between city and sea.
This long beach is perfect for those who want to relax after discovering Havana or practicing water sports.

  • Where it is: 20 km from Havana, on the northern coast of Cuba; it can be reached from the city by following Via Monumental on board a taxi or coco taxi (6 CUC, about € 5,50) - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, sport
  • Type: sand

10 - Playa Maguana, Baracoa

This beach, characterized by dark sand and surrounded by high mountains that slope down to the crystal clear sea, it is a small eden not far from the oldest city in Cuba: Baracoa.

A few meters from the shore extends one magnificent coral reef perfect for snorkelers and scuba divers. The only structure present is a hotel consisting of 20 wooden huts, ideal for those who want to spend a holiday of relaxation and privacy.

  • Where it is: 20 meters from Baracoa, on the eastern end of the northern coast of Cuba; it can be reached by taxi (5 CUC, € 4,50) crossing a very scenic road - Get directions
  • Ideal for: relaxation, snorkeling
  • Type: black sand

Haven't booked yet? Plan your trip to Cuba: flights, hotels and tours

Cuba is a 'Caribbean island that in some respects has stuck in the 50s. Outside of the large resorts and hotels mainly concentrated in Varadero and Cayo Largo, the streets are rather seedy and the movements are not easy.

Whoever decides to visit the island sleeping in small hotels or in private homes, can think of move from one location to another in private taxis that allow you to have a constant reference. You can rent a private taxi at an average cost of 90,00 CUC per day (approximately € 82,00).
Alternatively, collective taxis allow you to share the cost with other travelers and to reach the main destinations. Obviously, the price varies according to the routes.
Finally, those who prefer can choose to travel by bus company Viazul or Transgaviota, although it takes more time to travel the routes and it is necessary to respect stops and timetables.

  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
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