#1 The Varadero Beach is located on the Hicacos Peninsula about 140 kilometers (87 miles) east of Havana. It stretches 20-kilometer of white sand and has some of the Cuba’s best-known all inclusive resorts. There are plenty of coral reefs, caves, offshore cays you can explore. This is probably the most famous beach in the country. You can get to everything by walking so you feel like you have a lot to see! Walk around the 5 Avenues that run the peninsula: Kawama, Primera, Playa, Las Americas, and Autopista del Sur. Or you can board a tourist train, rent a car, a moped or a bicycle, or even taking one of these old, horse-drawn coaches.
#2 Cayos Coco and Guillermo- Very picturesque- people love to take pictures on this beach. If you love Water Sports, this is the place to go! The shallow waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Cayos Coco and Guillermo beaches is great for diving. The sandy islands are connected to the mainland by a man-made causeway and offer beautiful stretches of sun-soaked waterfront. There are all-inclusive resorts located there too.
Playa Ancón is known as the “finest arc of sand on Cuba’s south coast. The precious ribbon of white beach on Sancti Spíritus’ iridescent Caribbean shoreline.
#4 Cayo Levisa is the best place to go diving and snorkeling. You can only get there by boat from Palma Rubia, about 90 miles from Havana. The white sand beaches on its north coast attract tourism, and the weather is always beautiful. It is part of the Colorados Archipelago coral reef and well known for its black coral
#5 Guardalavaca: Guardalavaca, whose name means “guard the cow” in Spanish. Located on the northern shore of Cuba~ warm waters, sandy beaches, and beautiful resorts. Guardalavaca is a town in the Holguín Province of Cuba
Besides enjoying the beautiful beaches, you need to check out more scenery so visit Esencia Experiences for car rental info and more travel ideas.
- Old Havana– A lot of museums, bars, older cars, and plazas are just around the corner. Takes you back to the 50’s. Check out the Jazz clubs.
- Valle de Vinales- Away from the hustle and bustle this is a must see for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. Horse ride through the Cuban farming community.
- Dolphinarium, Cayo Naranjo- Swim with the dolphins. This is on my bucket list, and so I’m sure it is on others. If you do the day trip that include’s an open bar on board the catamaran. You can stop on the way for snorkeling and swim with dolphins.
- Old Plaza~ Many buildings are being restored back to their original glory. The palace of the Count of Cañongo, Count of Jaruco’s home and museum of cards are a few of the sights surrounding this plaza.
- Party: Stay up all night on The Malecón~ it comes ALIVE the place to be from sunset to sunrise. Five miles of street vendors, musicians, and fun that last all night.
- Food: Make sure you try the LOCAL Street Vendor foods- any place you go you will experience authentic Cuban food.
- Beauty: El Morro — a 16th-century fortress that was also used as a prison for many years — now serves as an excellent vantage point where you can catch beautiful Atlantic sunsets. Every night at 9 p.m., a ceremonial cannon is fired from the fortress walls.
- Hikers: At 1,974 meters, Pico Turquino provides a very challenging hike for outdoor adventurers.