8 beaches you should visit on your trip to Cuba

Tue 21 Feb 2017 - 0

beaches you should visit in Cuba

Planning your itinerary? We will help you discover the beaches you should visit on your trip to Cuba. In BandCuba, Bed and Breakfast in Cuba, we will show you our favorite options for scuba diving, relaxation and fun. Crystalline water, thin sand and warm weather are common points for every place on the list.

How to plan trips to the beach in Cuba?

If the purpose of your trip is to visit the beaches in Cuba, planning is essential. You will find good accommodation, save money on transportation. It will be easy to move to other areas. To continue discovering the country's natural paradises. Make a budget and plan an itinerary based on the places you want to know.

One of the aspects that worries more the tourists is the transportation. Because taking a taxi to the beaches and areas of interest is expensive. It is best to negotiate rates in advance or consider the option of paying for a rental vehicle to travel by road.

Casas Varadero

There are no so many possibilities to go around to the most popular beaches from Havana. The only options are to travel on the tourist bus VíaAzul or the Astros line. Both are comfortable and prices range from 8 to 44 CUC (depending on destination).

For accommodation a good option to save money in your trip to Cuba is to stay in a private house “casas particulares”. That is important if you travel with your family. This gives you possibility to get to know the surroundings and relate to the locals.

Also when you travel to Cuba with purpose to go to the beach you should check when are he dry and rainy seasons. Between May and October is the best climate (22-31 °C) to refresh you in the calm and crystalline waters.

8 beaches you should visit on your trip to Cuba

To help you put together your itinerary we will prepare a list of the 8 best beaches to visit on your trip to Cuba. Dare you to meet them all.

1) Guardalavaca, Holguín

Eastern Cuba is a tropical paradise of white sands, crystal clear waters and natural beauty. Guardalavaca is one of the country's tourist centers. Strengthened by a constant flow of visitors throughout the year.

The beach is located on the north coast of Holguín, an area known for the biodiversity and ecosystems that lives in its waters. The beach has a length of 1200 meters and about 50 meters wide. Being a place with high tourist traffic there are many activities to do on your trip. Among the most popular are water sports such as windsurfing, kayaking, boating, diving, nautical excursions, exploring other islands, parachuting and excursions to the aquarium.

If you like scuba diving you have more than 25 diving sites to appreciate the coral reef that surrounds the place. This adventure will cost you around 35 CUC with qualified staffs and quality equipment.

Fact: This beach is listed by tourists as the most beautiful and paradisiacal of Cuba. To enjoy it to the most it is advisable to go with a good amount of money.

2) Playa Varadero, Matanzas

Varadero on the Hicacos peninsula is one of the most visited and appreciated areas in Cuba by tourists from all over the world. It has 12-mile stretch of soft, white sand and crystal blue waters. It´s known for the amount of activities that can be done during the visit. Some things to do in Varadero are:

  • Do hiking trips into the cueva de Saturno, camino de El Patriarca, Cueva de los musulmanes and other natural wonders.
  • Practice aquatic activities. Such as scuba diving and snorkeling to explore tunnels, caves, corals, sea sponges and underwater passages.
  • Sport fishing is also permitted in Varadero.
  • Visit areas of interest such as the Xanadu Mansion, the handicraft fair and the central park.
  • Go on an excursion and bathe with dolphins.

Here are some options for activities in this area. If you want to do a full tour use the tourist buses, the ticket lasts all day.

3) Cayo largo, archipiélago de los Canarreos

beaches you should visit on your trip to Cuba

Entering the waters of the beaches in Cayo Largo is like swimming in a huge crystal clear pool with turquoise water. The sensation of lightness and relaxation has no equal in this paradisiac destination. It is not as crowded as Varadero and that is why it is perfect to relax, explore the wilderness of the area and drink some delicious tropical cocktails.

In Cayo Largo there is an International Diving Center and more than 30 areas dedicated to this activity. The price per dive is about 30-40 CUC with specialized guide.

4) Cayo Saetía, Holguín

Cayo Saetía is a natural paradise hidden in an island of the Province of Holguín. It is rich in native flora and fauna and is also known as "city of parks". Transparent waters, cool climate and thin sand define this piece of Cuba. It is one of the best areas to do marine exploration.

Being a destination a little hidden access is limited to a few options. It is best to access from Guardalavaca beach by boat or from the city of Mayarí about 12 miles. For lovers of nature and tranquility this place is fantastic.

5) Playas en Baracoa (Province de Guantánamo)

Baracoa is a small town full of stories and beautiful tropical beaches in Cuba. The most representative are Maguana, Duaba, Miel and Nava. All are ideal for relaxing, long walks on the soft and warm sand and even for cycling. There is an interesting contrast between the sand (of an intense dark brown), the transparent waters and the dense vegetation that borders the mountains.

Among the best things to do in Baracoa is to bathe in its crystalline waters. Also it's recommended to take long walks along the beaches. To visit the Independence Park, the Serobuco Castle and the Chocolate House. Fo explore the mountains and more.

6) Playa El Pilar, Cayo Guillermo

In travelers' sites like TripAdvisor some users rate the Playa El Pilar in Cayo Guillermo as the most beautiful in all of Cuba. Its main features are its white sand dunes with palm trees and a coral reef that extends to about 250 miles.

It is a perfect destination for lovers of underwater exploration as it has impressive reefs. To get to other nearby places you can use a tourist bus that charges about 5 CUC per trip, rent a vehicle or hire a taxi.

7) Cayo Sabinal, Camagüey

Do you want to relax without noise or discomfort? Then Cayo Sabinal is your beach destination in Cuba. This place is surrounded by an extensive coral reef. Another of its main characteristics is the flora and fauna that it gathers. Aloe, flat, oak, orchid and cedar are prominent plants.

Playa Bonita, Playa Brava and Playa Los Pinos are in this cay. They are areas protected for the conservation of their areas and their flora and fauna.

8) Playas del Este

If you arrived to Havana with low budget there are also cheap options to visit Cuba's beaches. The option for those who stay in the capital are the Playas del Este. Like Tarará, Santa Maria del Mar, Boca Ciega Mi Cayito and Guanabo. The majority are 10 minutes far from Havana and can be reached by taxi or bus.

Save on your tour of the beaches at low cost

There are some ways to save money on your trip to the beaches in Cuba. To fulfill them you will have to sacrifice some luxuries in your stay and transport. Follow one of these recommendations:

  • Save on hotel costs. Look for private houses in Holguin, Varadero or any other place of interest. In these destinations the prices are lower, depending on the house that you want to rent, and includes breakfast.
  • Ask for the possibility of camping for a few days on some of the beaches or in nearby villages. You need the corresponding permits.
  • Investigate your transportation options in detail. As this will be your greatest source of savings on your trip.
  • Be clear with the beaches you are going to visit. Make sure they are nearby to move easily. For example Cayo Saetía is near Guardalavaca beach.
  • The entrance to caves, excursions, monuments, parks and others is of payment. So decide carefully the activities you want to do on your trip to avoid inconveniences.
  • Join a group and ask if there are discounts on tours and activities together.
  • Investigate some beach options that fit your budget. As there are expensive destinations such as Guardalavaca and Varadero.

Have you decided which beaches you should visit on your trip to Cuba? We hope that this guide will help you to set up your itinerary and get the most out of your trip. Do not hesitate to contact us if you need help in the search of private houses to vacation in your trip to Cuba.


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