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22 Best beaches in Cuba

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Cuba, Cayo Largo, Sirena beach, palm trees
Cayo Largo is an island with the best beaches in Cuba. It is pure tourist reservation, but much better (and more expensive) than Varadero. Best beach - Playa Sirena - is located in the west of the island. / read more » /
Rating: 9.2 (440 votes)

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Cuba, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo beach
Cayo Coco are the islands with great beaches near the northern coast of Cuba. The best island is called Cayo Guillermo (in the west part of Cayo Coco archipelago). Playa Pilar beach in the extreme western part of Cayo Guillermo is the best beach in Cayo Coco. Cayo Coco is a tourist area, proposed mostly for foreigners. However, unlike Varadero there are no much hotels here, and beaches are more secluded. / read more » /
Rating: 8.9 (1190 votes)
Cuba, Pinar Del Rio, Cayo Levisa beach
Cayo Levisa is an island near the northern coast of Cuba. The island has one of the best beaches in Cuba, as well as an excellent diving and snokling. Rare black corals can be met here. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (249 votes)
Cuba, Playas de Este, Santa Maria Del Mar beach
Santa Maria Del Mar is the most popular beach to the east of Havana in Cuba. In most cases, when someone says Playas del Este, he means right this point. The beach is really perfect, and there's also excellent community of locals and tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (630 votes)
Cuba, Varadero, aerial view
Varadero - the most popular beach resort area in Cuba. It is a sand spit with a large number of packet hotels. Beaches itself are beautiful. But crowds of tourists spoils the experience. / read more » /
Rating: 8.4 (261 votes)
Cuba, Playas de Este, Tarara beach
Tarara is a beach in the east end of Havana in Cuba. Before the revolution, there was a perfect beach village with an amusement park, but now most of it is in ruins. However, the beach itself is still very good. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (219 votes)
Cuba, Trinidad, Playa Ancon beach
Playa Ancon is a beach near the town of Trinidad in Cuba, which is a UNESCOs World Heritage site. The beach itself is not the best by the standards of Cuba. However, it's very good, and the most important it's not far from the magnificent Trinidad. / read more » /
Rating: 8.3 (276 votes)
Cuba, Cayo Santa Maria island, beach
Cayo Santa Maria is an island on the northern coast of Cuba. The beach is beautiful with white sand and clear turquoise waters. Unfortunately, there are no much trees along the coast, but a lot of people. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (128 votes)
Cuba, Playas del Este, Guanabo beach
Guanabo is the most remoted beach in the group of Playas del Este to the east of Havana in Cuba. The beach is extremely popular among Cubans, but there are no many foreign tourists. There are few supermarkets in the village, as well as the cheapest accomodation options in the Havana riviera. / read more » /
Rating: 8.2 (700 votes)
Cuba, Camaguey, Playa Santa Lucia beach
Playa Santa Lucia is a very long beach in the north coast of Cuba, located not far from Camaguey city. Few beach areas have their own names: Playa los Cocos and La Boca. There are usually a lot of seaweed on the beach areas remoted far from the major hotels. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (232 votes)
Cuba, Bacuranao beach
Bacuranao is a beach in Cuba nearest to Havana from the east. While nobody consider it seriously, in reality it is a great beach with palm trees and other attributes of a tropical paradise. Due to a good location in an enclosed bay, there are no strong waves. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (172 votes)
Cuba, Cayo Jutias island, beach
Cayo Jutias is an island in the north-west of Cuba, not far from the magnifical Vinales Valley, listed in the UNESCO's World heritage List. The beach is beautiful, but its main advantage is that there are no hotels. However, there is a cafe and sun loungers for hire. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (242 votes)
Cuba, Playa Giron beach
Playa Giron is a beach on the Caribbean coast of Cuba. You will find an idyllic tropical scenery ashore, as well as an excellent snorkeling in the water. The water is always calm due to an abandoned causeway protecting the beach from the open sea. There is also an open Playa Coco beach a little to the east. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (305 votes)
Cuba, Holguin, Guardalavaca beach
Guardalavaca is a popular beach in the north-east of Cuba, not far from the major town of Holguin. Like Varadero it is a dedicated tourist area with luxury hotels. However, locals are allowed to the beaches of Guardalavaca, so the atmosphere is a little more like the real Cuba. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (89 votes)
Cuba, Cienfuegos, Playa Rancho Luna beach
Playa Rancho Luna is a beach near the town of Cienfuegos in the south of Cuba. The beach is quite ordinary, but Cienfuegos is a nice authentic Cuban town, worth a visit along with Havana and Trinidad. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (188 votes)
Cuba, Playas del Este, Boca Ciega beach
Boca Ciega is one of the "eastern beaches" of Havana in Cuba. The beach is known as the favorite place for the LGBT community. The area is quite typical for Havana, and it's notable only due to the old destroyed bridge. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (348 votes)
Cuba, Matanzas, Playa Larga beach
Playa Larga is an unremarkable beach in the south of Matanzas province of Cuba. It is interesting mainly as a convenient stopover on the way from Havana to Playa Giron beach. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (384 votes)
Cuba, Pinar Del Rio, Maria La Gorda beach
Maria La Gorda is a diver's beach in the west of the Cuba island. While the shore line is beautiful - with palm trees and white sand, the sea bottom is rocky and very uncomfortable for swimmers. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (95 votes)
Cuba, Jardines de la Reina
Jardines de la Reina is an archipelago in the south of Cuba. It has the best scuba diving in Cuba, as well as a great ocean fishing. There is also good wreck-diving with old Spanish ships. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (84 votes)
Cuba, Playa Jibacoa beach
Playa Jibacoa is a a series of beaches in the north of Cuba located between Havana and Varadero. The beaches are not very good by the standards of Cuba, but diving and snorkeling are great. The area is popular among locals. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (139 votes)
Cuba, Baracoa beach
Baracoa is a region in the east of the Cuba island. The beaches are generally bad, but Baracoa town is the most authentic in all of Cuba. In reality, this means ugly steets no comparable with beauty of Havana and Trinidad. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (133 votes)
Cuba, Manzanillo beach
Manzanillo is a town on the Guacanayabo bay in Cuba. Though the city and its surburbs have some beaches, these are not very good by the standards of Cuba. The main advantage of Manzanillo is that this is the most interesting region in the southeast of Cuba. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (162 votes)
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[2015-04-24] Eric

Timetable and route of that retro train is often changes. Now it looks like that:

Havana Casablanca - Hershey - Matanzas (Hershey station)

08:07 - 15:41 - 19:59

And in the return direction:

08:01 - 15:31 - 20:07

P.S.: Hershey itself is not interesting place.


[2015-04-24] Gustav

I'm looking for timetable for the retro train from Havana to Hershey. Did anybody travelled that train?

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