Top Western Cuba beaches
Many visitors claim they want to see the real Cuba: get in touch with people, listen their music, eat their food, feel as a local and not only get the beach resort experience. Well, the truth is that greatest assets of the country are not placed in its coasts; however, you cannot dismiss the fact that we love beaches, Cubans and foreigners. We couldn’t live without dip into the sea in summer near to 34 degrees!
Placed in the middle of the Caribbean, Cubans are always boasting about having the best beaches in the area. I couldn’t say how right are they or not, but what I can do is to assure you we do have incredible beaches all around the country. White sand, clear blue water, endless beach lines and terrific water temperature are some of the features you’ll fall in love with.
The northern coast of Pinar del Rio (West Havana) is a paradise of clear turquoise waters and coral islands. Also known as the land of cigars, Pinar del Rio is certainly one of the best places to go around for a while. Here you’ll find beautiful beaches and breath-taking mountains. Here you won’t find long beach lines yet small cays (Cuba has more than 4000 small cays and islets) are strongly recommended. Places you cannot miss are Cayo Levisa and Cayo Jutia.
Cayo Levisa is a small coral island ideal for snorkeling and diving with plenty space on the beach; not many hotels but tons of palm trees and sunbathing spaces. Cayo Jutia, also in the north coast, has a narrow but long beach perfect for a day visit if you are staying in Viñales (there is no hotel here), however you’ll be delighted with the food served in a beach bar, fresh seafood in a hidden spot where you won’t need more than your swim suit and sunglasses.
Also highly recommended Guanahacabibes area is a must if you are in this side of the country; hard to pronounce (even for Cubans I must said) this is a truly world gem. If you look in the map you’ll see we are talking about the very Western land of Cuba. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this region of open landscapes will give you a different perspective from the rest of the country. Peaceful and mind-blowing, natural and spotless, green and blue…touches of heaven in Earth. You have two places to stay here: Maria La Gorda (ideal for snorkeling) and Cabo San Antonio the truly border between the island and the Caribbean Sea; any of them really worth a try.
Just 60 km from Havana, on the east side, Jibacoa is an excellent option if you are short of time to visit a nice white sand beach. Here you can find private local options to stay and some hotels as well. Very popular within local people, this beach might not be the best in the island but has a unique attractive: the closer coral reef from Havana. Plus, tasty food served in local restaurants, a long white sand beach and really nice people around might get your whole attention.
Then we must talk about one of our national treasures: Varadero, our most famous beach resort. Located in Matanzas province (just next to Havana by the east) Varadero is a touristic engine; packages sold from all around the world offer a fortnight at the beach, not even a single Havana visit. I don’t believe at all this is the way to know Cuba, if you do this then you’ll only get a small piece of what really matters, a really small one; yet this is a highly recommended place to go for two or three nights if you are beach crazy lover. One the best white sands in the world are here: warm, extra-clear and many shade waters might be the perfect solution to a very stressed life. World class hotels to stay will make this journey even better; more than a hundred of them and top brands as Melia, Blau and Iberostar are more than pleased to get you in a 5 star all-inclusive experience. This isn’t paradise just for visitors; is very common people from Havana going to Varadero every year and stay a few days as their perfect holiday break, so you’ll probably find more Cubans that you might expect in this piece of heaven.
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