Cuba is known for many different things – it’s amazing Rum, it’s cocktails, it’s cigars. But above all else, it’s known for its amazing beaches, some of which are amongst the best in the world. As the largest island in the Caribbean, there’s a reason why people like to return to this country again and again. You may also want to look at the best beaches in Trinidad and Tobago.
There’s around 3,600 miles of coastline around this island, and much of it is made up of amazing beaches. But which of these beaches should you add to your bucket list? Here are a few of the best Cuban beaches you can find out there.
Best Beaches in Cuba
Cuba has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, and indeed the world. Beaches in Cuba are more than just fine sand and warm blue water. They’re a cultural experience that every visitor should indulge in at least once while exploring this beautiful island country.
From white sugar-sand beaches like Playa Ancón to stretches of pure black or gray volcanic sand like Playa Maguana, you’ll find pristine views on Cuba’s near 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers) of coastline. Beaches in Cuba provide year-round opportunities for swimming, surfing, snorkeling and other water sports.
Cayo Largo del Sur is a small island just off the South coast of the mainland of Cuba, and it’s home to some of the world’s best beaches. one of them is undoubtedly Playa Paraiso, also known as paradise beach.
As you walk onto the beach here, the blue sea and white sand makes it one of the most aesthetically pleasing beaches out there. There’s no doubting that coming to Playa Paraiso feels a little bit special. The water here is very calm, and it’s the perfect place to go if you want to have a casual day swimming.
Swimming’s not the only good thing to do here – they have some of the best seafood the island has to offer just a short walk from the beach, and you can grab a cold drink here for a really reasonable price too.
This is not the easiest beach to get to when you come to Cayo Largo, but I promise you that it’s definitely worth the effort. It’s fairly long at a few kilometers, and it will give you a feeling of tranquility.
Back to the mainland, and on the Northside of the island is Varadero Beach. If you want to make the journey here from Havana, then it’ll take you around 2 hours – but it’s worth it.
Like most of the best beaches, it’s filled with white sand contrasting with the bright blue water is what makes it visually attractive. This beach offers some of the best sunrises and sunsets that you can find on this side of the island as well.
One thing to mention here is that with this beach, there isn’t really a great deal to do here. So if you’re looking for a ton of water activities to do, then this beach probably isn’t the best place for this. However, if you just want to relax in paradise, then this is one of the top places to do so.
Playa Los Flamencos
Caya Coco beach is the name of the island just to the North of the mainland. The main beach in this area is called Playa Los Flamencos, but you’ll commonly see it referred to as Caya Coco beach.
The beach here is free to enter, and there’s lot of parking if you’re planning to make your own way. The Plaza complex is not far from the beach itself, and it’s got a good assortment of stores if you need to pick up some bits for the beach here too.
This is a clean beach that isn’t surrounded by resorts and hotels, which gives it a more secluded and untouched feel. This whole region is filled with resorts, so to find a beach which hasn’t got a lot of them bordering it i quite unique.
In the evenings, you’ll be able to the locals playing some great Cuban music which you can join in and dance to if you wish. It isn’t that easy to get to this beach if you’re driving yourself, but if you want to find somewhere in the North of Cuba, then this is a great destination.
Whilst saying that Playa Los Flamenco is the best beach on Caya Coco is fair, there’s another great beach just along the road. The difference? It’s actually located on a different, tiny island called Caya Guillermo, which is further along the drive West from Caya Coco.
And the best beach on this much smaller island? Well, if you follow the road through to the peak then you’ll come to Playa Pilar; one of the best beaches in the whole of Cuba. This beach has pretty much everything you could want from a beach.
It manages to balance having a relaxing, quiet atmosphere along very well with having enough for you to do here too. The beach is a few kilometers long and is completely clean, and it’s quite wide as well so there’s a lot of space here.
There’s a small bar here, as well as a variety of different watersports that you can try out too. You can also rent a cabana here for the day for a pretty good price as well. It’s another one of the best beaches Cuba has to offer.
Cayo Las Brujas
Another one of the most well known islands in Cuba is Cayo Las Brujas, which can be accessed quite easily from the mainland. You can drive along the famous Pedraplen a Cayo Santa Maria, which connects the mainland to these islands.
The island itself is pretty much as you’d expect – few people, white sands and blue azure blue sea. There are some great places here if you want to stay, with some great food and bars to visit as well. The island itself is only around 2.5² miles. With two other islands here, they make up the Cayos de Villa Clara, which is a popular resort (the other islands are Cayo Ensenachos and Cayo Santa Maria).
Although it is fairly secluded, the hotels here have been growing over the past few decades since the bridge was built more than 30 years ago. So if you’re looking for a nice relaxed place to visit in Cuba, maybe you should think about coming to Cayo Las Brujas.