Being a Caribbean island, Cuba is probably one of the best places in the world for a beach holiday and it has some of the best spots for a bit of sunbathing, swimming or diving in the coral reefs. There are few countries with as many different options when it comes to a holiday for a beach lover.
- Varadero is perhaps the most famous beach destination in Cuba and can be found in the North West part of the country, just a 2 hour drive from Havana. Here, you’ll find long stretches of white sandy beaches, along with quite a few resorts, restaurants, shops and diving schools. The sea here is bright blue, warm and the calm waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Its the classic spot for a Cuban all-inclusive getaway.
- Santa Lucia is the main diving destination in Cuba, found just off the North West coast where you can find one of the world’s largest coral reefs. The reef here is in pristine condition and it’s a great spot for diving. There are also a large number of deserted beaches and abandoned areas off the coast where you can find the castaway feeling.
- Guardelavaca is a town in North East Cuba with beautiful beaches and lots of resorts. However, if you head a bit further down the road, you’ll find a much less touristy area and simply more beautiful beaches. Playa Pesquero is idyllic. There are three all-inclusive resorts in the area.
- Cayo Largo is a natural island in the Caribbean, located between Cuba and Central America. Here, you can really experience that ship wrecked feeling and spend your days lounging in a hammock or floating in the turquoise waters. Sea turtles swim in the coastal waters here so keep an eye out for them.
- Cayo las Brujas is a tiny island paradise behind the Cuban mainland. You’ll find unspoilt beaches, palm trees swaying the breeze and small authentic places to stay. You can also explore the coral reef with a catamaran snorkelling trip or take a drive to the surrounding keys.
- Maria la Gorda is a remote tropical paradise on an isolated peninsula on the South West tip of Cuba. You can spot schools of brightly coloured tropical fish and watch the colourful tropical birds fly above your head. Spend a few days on the beach and a few days walking in the National Park.
- Baracoa was Cuba’s first Spanish settlement and the first capital of the country. Not many tourists come here so it’s a lot quieter than some of the other beach destinations. It can be found in the North East corner of the country. On the Baracoa beaches in Cuba there is a very laidback atmosphere where golden beaches combine with coconut trees and the tropical green jungle.