Top 5 of Cuban Beaches
Top 5 of Cuban Beaches
Images of paradisaical beaches with crystalline waters come to our mind when we talk about Cuba. These are beaches that offer a perfect scenario to combine rest, relax and experiment pleasure through different activities.
Cuba, an island with a coast of more than 1000 kilometres, outstanding in the Caribbean due its Keys and islets, surrounded by unique beaches which sands of many colours, from the purest in white in Varadero to a shining gold in Guardalavaca, Holguín. Even black sands can be spotted in the remote Duaba beach, near Baracoa.
Impressive cliffs and formations in limestone surround beaches in the high parts of Cuba, such as Siboney Beach near Santiago de Cuba, while exuberant mangroves surround the lower regions, as in Levisa Key in Pinar del Río.
The country offers Sun - lovers 300 natural, immaculate beaches and quiet, transparent waters to swim in all year long due its fantastic sub - tropical weather. Since the Cuban offer is unmanageable and varied, and tourists often spend few days in the island, here there is a presentation of Cuba's best beaches.
Varadero beach is the most famous of them all, with 20 kilometres of quite sand that meet turquoise waters. It's in the harbour of Hicacos, in the province of Matanzas, and it is known due to its popular stripe of white sand and a slight declination to a sea of many shades of blue.
It is one of the most chosen beaches and it has nothing to envy to all other Caribbean beaches. It is the touristic centre of Cuba, a privileged spot that has beautiful beaches of crystalline waters where reefs and turtles can be seen. A varied offer of resorts can be found in the zone, not only to enjoy the beaches but to practice all kinds of activities.
There is also a wide variety of leisure and entertainment where it is possible to discover caves, virgin keys and transparent waters. Though nudism is not frequent, topless is recurrent.
Playa El Pilar
It was named after Heminway's boat, who was captivated by its amazing dunes and 16 metres tall palms. Playa Pilar is located in Guillermo Key, in the archipelago Jardines del Rey in the Province of Ciego de Ávila.
Guillermo Key is an uninhabited island, a protected wildlife area covered by palms and mangroves. The water is so clean here that it looks like a giant aquarium where silence is a sovereign.
It is considered one of the best beaches in Cuba, due to its quality and wide sand stripe and waters of great temperature in which colourful fish can be seen. There are those who think that Playa Pilar is neat perfection.
Paya Cayo Sabinal
An impressive reef in an environment that it's totally natural. Visiting this city, located in the North - East of Cuba, is a must, Its name comes from the term ''sabina'', a tree of precious wood that can be found in abundance in the area.
A place that is highly recommendable for those who want to be away from noise, with breathtaking nature.
It has beaches that are protected by reefs and has few commodities. It belongs to the Jardines del Rey archipelago and it is joined to Cuba by a rout over the sea that starts in Nuevitas, in the province of Camagüey. The most important beaches are Los Pinos, Playa Brava and Playa Bonita.
Rich in wildlife, this is the perfect spot for ecotourists. There are many trees such as oaks and cedars. Its diving centre is popular because of the many sunk ships in the sea, Pizarro, Mortera and Nuestra Señora de Alta Gracia.
Its amazing beauty will leave those who contemplate it, simply beathless. Its flamencos, its pirates stories and its crystalline waters will make us feel in a way we have never felt before with the certainty that we are enjoying one of the most beautiful places of the Caribbean.
Guardalavaca beach is one of the most emblematic spots in West Cuba. His beauty was noticed by Cristophorus Columbus who described it in his blogs as one of his most important findings. 'Never before I have seen such beauty'' he said at the time he landed in the region, and there might not be better words to describe it.
Guardalavaca is home for many indigenous settlements, and its turquoise water, with the soft movement of its waves, has a mesmerizing effect on us. Culture, History, Nature and fun meet in Guardalavaca. Old traditions and legends say the beach is named after the pirate activity in the region, since it was their favourite place to hide their booties. Do notice that in Spanish, ''Guardalavaca'' means ''keep the cow ''.
For Nature lovers, a sunset in Guardalavaca offers a mixture of green vegetation that is in contrast with the blue sea, protected by a stripe of white sand and reefs. Few steps away from the beach, a forest of the greenest vegetation begins.
Nor far from Guardalavaca is the very famous Playa Esmeralda, to the North of Holguín, which is the authentic ecological Cuban paradise.
The Bahía del Naranjo Natural Park is there, surrounded by precious gardens and an area of great natural appeal. This part of Cuba is highly recommended for those who come with children.
Playas de Baracoa
Baracoa, the first village founded by the Spaniards, has natural beauties that are still kept. Great coconut palms and black sands surrounded by mountains are part of the exquisite image of this beach. Playa Duaba and its back sand make it worth it. Playa Maguana, protected by a reef, allows you to step on white and golden sands. El Manglito stands out due to its mixture of sands, white, golden and black. Waters in this particular beach are quite warm, since it is not very deep.
It is the context what make this beaches, located in Guantánamo province, fantastic, not only its waters and palms. It has a distinguishing Cuban flavour, since Cuban themselves spend their summers here - which is the best guarantee.
Sunsents in Baracoa, with its incredible landscapes, and the Sun setting in the sea create a real and magic explosion of colours.
When you travel to Cuba, be ready with your swimsuit, beach umbrella and sunscreen to take advantage of these wonders, available on 330 sunny days per year where landscapes, sunsets and transparent waters can be enjoyed.