Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, Cuba's shoreline is a tropical paradise. Although the beaches in Cuba offer something different from the party atmosphere of Havana, they still boast the traditional music and welcoming culture that makes Cuba so special.
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The Top 5 Beaches in Cuba
Cuba has miles and miles of coast, with scenic golden beaches all over. Here's a rundown of the best beach holidays in Cuba.
1. Playa Sirena
Located in a sheltered cove that protects it from the wind, Playa Sirena has a large coral reef close by that attracts both novice and experienced divers. Local businesses offer a range of watersports from paddleboarding to windsurfing, and snack bars serve up fresh grilled shrimp.
2. Playa Los Cocos
If you stay close to Cienfuegos, make sure to see the wildlife at Playa Los Cocos. Local guides will take you on diving and snorkelling expeditions where you can spot sharks and brightly coloured flamingoes.
3. Playa Paraíso
Voted the World's Most Beautiful Beach by Traveller's Choice in 2016, Playa Paraíso is quiet and peaceful. Although there isn't much infrastructure, its seclusion makes it beautiful, and there are a couple of small beach bars that serve cocktails and soft drinks throughout the day.
4. Varadero Beach
A fun-filled beach next to a vibrant town, Varadero Beach has activities galore, with snorkelling, watersports, and boat tours. The town has many busy cafés and restaurants, as well as art galleries and museums. Several spas nearby provide massages, facials, and manicures.
5. Cayo Santa Maria
Although it's slightly off the beaten track, Cayo Santa Maria is worth the trip. Its pristine white sand, palm trees, and warm blue water make it ideal for unwinding as you try to spot the dolphins playing near the shore. The sea is warm and calm, so it's perfect for swimming or paddling.