Cuba Beaches

swaying palms, impeccable white sands and turquoise waters

The largest of the Caribbean Islands, it comes as no surprise that Cuba’s tropical coastline shelters some outstanding beaches. From the tourist hotspot of Varadero to tiny, sun-soaked islets, Cuba’s beaches won’t disappoint.

Cuba’s beaches, with their swaying palms, impeccable white sands and turquoise waters, rank amongst the best in the Caribbean. But that’s not all. You’ll also find yourself spoilt for choice with the range of water sports on offer, from snorkelling to deep sea fishing.

Varadero is a perennial favourite due to the fact that it’s just a short hop away from the capital. Its beach – stretching for some 20 kilometres – is perfect for swimming and basking in the Cuban sunshine. For those who want to snorkel and dive, the resort of Guardalavaca is ideal with its crystal-clear waters, sheltered reefs and colourful marine life.

Playa Ancon – a vision of white sand and astonishingly blue waters – is frequently heralded as the finest beach along the southern coast. It’s a fantastic base for snorkelling and diving excursions, and is within easy reach of Trinidad.

There are numerous islands and cays surrounding Cuba which are excellent for a quiet beach escape in a pristine setting. Cayo Santa Maria for example, carpeted in mangroves and lapped by an azure-coloured sea, is an idyllic retreat with some fabulous accommodation.

With so many beach options to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start. Our Cuba experts can design a personalised itinerary that is just right.

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