At the Ocean shore

When we hear about Cuba, we think of that image of tranquility that we feel at the seashore, shaded by wild palm trees, while we breathe in the ocean breeze and drink a traditional Cuban mojito. The island - and its surrounding cays - attracts tourists because of the warmth of its people, but also because of the promise of its beautiful beaches.

Along its 288 kilometers of beaches, we come across a large variety that range form the famous waters of Varadero, passing through some that constitute true natural treasures - especially the in the waterfalls to the north and south of the big island - and others, more accessible because of their proximity to the capital. There is a large range of possibilities that satisfy both those who are looking to enjoy a bit of peace, as well as those that want to experience new adventures at the bottom of the ocean, sport fishing, or windsurfing.

If you are interested in pursuing any of these adventures, we will tell you about some of the most spectacular beaches in Cuba and why are they are so sought-after.

El Paraíso Paradise is the name of one of the beaches selected by National Geographic as among the best on the planet. It is located in Cayo Largo del Sur, the easternmost of the islands and islets of the Canarreos Archipelago, facing the Gulf of Batabanó, 177 kilometers from the southern coast of Havana. You can only get there by boat or plane, and even then, you need to get a taxi to take you from the where the hotels are located to El Paraíso. But it is worth the effort, as the unspoiled nature of this unexploited shore pales in comparison to any Caribbean postcard. It is, as one person commented, “the beach you wait to see.”

Varadero is the most famous beach and one of the most important tourist spots on the island. Its fundamental attraction stems from the sometimes surreal beauty of the beaches that stretch for 20 kilometers. Its crystal clear waters and fine coral sands make you wonder how it is possible to have so many varieties of blue between the sky and ocean. This zone offers a spread of luxurious hotels, residential villas, a marina, shopping malls designed for travelers, interspersed with the traditional rhythm of the towns that sit on the ocean shore.

El Pilar In Cayo Guillermo, north of Ciego de Ávila, there is a beach that reminds us of Ernest Hemingway, and takes its name, El Pilar, from the writer’s boat. However, if you are interested in diving, the most important thing about this beach, along with its majestic tranquility, is the opportunity to dive into the second largest? coral reef in Latin America.

Playa Esmeralda, in Holguín, was baptized by Christopher Columbus himself. And to describe this spot precisely: a small, natural gem, 1 kilometer in size, in the shape of a half moon, located in a new tourist area that is gaining popularity each year.

Are you excited to go to one of these beaches? CTN can take you.