Cuba Beaches
Exotic and Tropical



I will try not to be biased when writing about Cuba Beaches. I was born in Cuba many decades ago and the best memories of my childhood and growing years are in the most beautiful beaches of Cuba.

Varadero Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Now think of it when it was underdeveloped and virgin.


Map of the Island of Cuba the largest of the Antilles

Map of the Island of Cuba the largest of the Antilles


Cuba is the largest of the Greater Antilles lying proud as the “Key to the Gulf of Mexico” just a 35 minutes flight from Florida. I

t is an island with such immense beauty that is it known that when Columbus first arrived in 1492 mentioned “Esta es la tierra mas bella que ojos humanos han visto” or in English “This is the most beautiful land that human eyes have ever sighted”.

The Capital of Cuba is La Habana or in English Havana a bustling capital city with more than 2 million inhabitants. Let’s take a look at the top Beaches of Cuba.




Varadero Beach of white powdery sands and turquoise waters

Varadero of white powdery sands and turquoise waters


Varadero Beach

This is by far the most popular of Cuba Beaches, with a length of about 20 km. It is located on the Hicacos Peninsula near the city of Cardenas in the Province of Matanzas, about an hour drive from Havana.

The waters and sands of Varadero are still vivid in my mind as white powdery sands and shallow waters, that one can walk meters and meters inside and still touch bottom. Needless to say that the waters are as crystalline as one can expect.

If you are a diver, Varadero has about 30 diving spots with a marine fauna and flora to die for. There are abundance of fish, lobster, crabs and shrimps on the magnificent corals. The dolphins are visible from the shore many times during a beach day.


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Cayo Santa Maria on the northern coast of Cuba

Cayo Santa Maria on the northern coast of Cuba


Cayo Santa Maria

This small islet is located off the north coast of the island near the city of Caibarien. It is about 13 km long and its beaches are still untouched. It has, therefore, been designated a UNESCO reserve. The coral barrier reefs protect the islet from high winds.

Besides the white sands and crystal clear waters Cuba Beaches you may enjoy the amazing wildlife. Don’t be surprised to spot lizards, flamingoes and especially the island’s national bird, the Tocororo bearing the colors of the Cuban flag. There are an array of plants or more than 200 species.


Aerial view of Cayo Coco north of Camaguey Cuba

Aerial view of Cayo Coco north of Camaguey Cuba


Cayo Coco

This paradisiacal islet is located offshore north of the Province of Camaguey.

It is about 27 km long and features one of the top coral reefs in the world in the company of the Australian Barrier Reef and Belize Barrier Reef.

The beaches here are considered among the top beaches of Cuba with white sands compared to baby talc especially on the 9 km north coast of the islet.

In the south of the islet looking towared the mainland it is covered with tropical mangroves and abundant wildlife.

The waters of Cayo Coco are as clear as one can ask, therefore, you will see at any time the abundance of fish like red snappers, tarpons and stone basses, sharks and barracudas as they swim freely in their habitat.


Gardalavaca Beach Cuba facing the open Atlantic Ocean

Gardalavaca Beach Cuba facing the open Atlantic Ocean


Guardalavaca Beach

This awesome beach is located on the northern coast of the Oriental Province of Holguin and faces the open Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the smalles beaches of Cuba with the necessary quality to make our list. The beach is just 3 km long and has a barrier reef about 300 meters outside the coast. This created a fascination habitat of marine life the delight of scuba divers, with a visibility of about 20 meters inside the waters.

Only experienced divers would adventure into the famous Gibara caves for more in depth exploration of the glorious fauna and flora growing there.


Sirena Beach in Cayo Coco Cuba south of Bay of Pigs

Sirena Beach in Cayo Coco Cuba south of Bay of Pigs


Cayo Largo Beach

Cayo Largo del Sur, also known simply as Cayo Largo, means long isle, is located on the Caribbean Sea on the south coast of Cuba, actually south of the famous site “Bay of Pigs”. It is near and belongs to the Isla de la Juventud.

This islet features about five great resorts but no people actually live here permanently. The workers of the resorts stay for three weeks time and then return to their respective homes in Isla de la Juventud or Cuba’s mainland. It is such an important tourist destination that you may see at any time Jumbo Jets arriving and departing to Europe, Canada and South America. Please note that nudism is legal in Cayo Largo.

On the west coast of Cayo Largo are located two gorgeous beaches, Cayo Sirena and Cayo Paraiso.


Playa Ancon near the colonial city of Trinidad Cuba

Playa Ancon near the colonial city of Trinidad Cuba


Playa Ancón

This cozy beach is located south of the colonial city of Trinidad Cuba on the southern coast. It is considered among the most spectacular beaches of the nation. The proximity to the Cuban treasure Trinidad makes a perfect combination for those seeking culture accompanied by some leisure time at the beach.

This is a summary of Cuba Beaches, some of the most stunning on the Planet.


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