Unique history, stunning beaches, coral reefs and underwater wildlife make Cuba one of the most sought after beach destinations in the world. The island offers its visitors golden sand, crystal clear sea and plenty of sun.
Cuba and its chain of islands and islets (cays) are world-famous for generous shoreline with stretches of powdery sand with shady palm trees and turquoise waters. Some islets are connected to the main island of Cuba by a causeway. Cayo Santa Maria, made of very fine white sand, offers services of water sports and recreation for all preferences. Playa Paraiso is a secluded and gorgeous beach with glittering powdery sand. It's located about 5 km from the hotels' zone, at the west end of Cayo Largo. If you like water sports, in Playa Sirena (about 20-minute walk west) there's all the equipment available. There are also some naturist beaches in the hotel zone of Cayo Largo.
If you're looking for a calm sea, consider going to Cayo Ensenachos, Cayo Las Brujas, Cayo Guillermo, or Cayo Coco. Cayo Guillermo is an oasis of peace, known for its pristine beaches of fine white sand with shallow waters. It is home of the most beautiful beach in this area of Cuba, Playa Pilar.
How to get there:
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Where to stay:
In Playa Santa Lucia, we encourage you to stay at 3* Cubanacan Gran Club Santa Lucia with very good reviews. Located in the seafront, this 3-star hotel is distinguished by its experienced staff and the variety of its entertainment programs. Services provided include a pool with an area for children, day and night entertainment, mini golf, children club, not motorized nautical sports, and sport areas (soccer and tennis court). Service of snacks and drinks is available 24 hours a day. All rooms have air conditioning, mini bar, phone, satellite TV, hairdryer and safe. The junior suites have a living room and view to the sea, and the standard rooms have view to the gardens.
In Holguin we recommend you to book Islazul Hotel Mirador de Mayabe. This well-rated hotel is a unique and charming property surrounded by flourishing gardens and offering guests a pool, solarium, restaurant and bar. Although this is a budget hotel, the hospitable Mirador de Mayabe is situated in a beautiful natural setting with magnificent views of the royal palm tree-studded valley.
What to do:
Water sports, such as diving, snorkelling, sailing, fishing, kayaking, kite surfing, water skiing, or paddle boarding, are offered all year long. There are many water excursions to choose from, like a glass-bottom boat cruise or a catamaran cruise with deep sea fishing. Take a dip among dozens of colourful fish. Swimming with dolphins is just a dream for most people, but this is your chance to make it real at the Las Guanas Beach. Pay a visit to Pinares de Mayari, a region blessed with natural beauty, boasting one of the highest waterfalls in Cuba. Nature lovers should go to El Nicho Falls on the Río Hanabanilla in Sierra de Trinidad mountains. The waterfalls can be reached by a short trail near Cienfuegos, which passes two natural pools where you can swim.
Varadero and Havana boast the only golf courses in Cuba. These cities will also appeal to people who are looking for nightlife scene with numerous bars, discotheques, cafes, and cabarets.
If you like art, visit Fabrica de Arte Cubano or Fusterlandia in Havana. If you seek for some entertainment, go for a salsa party. While in Trinidad, you should visit Discoteca Ayala, a subterranean dance club located in a cave. You can also go to Baconao Park in Santiago de Cuba to see 200 life-sized dinosaurs, constructed by inmates from a local prison. The lush Valley de Viñales, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is worth visiting. You’ll find there the Viñales Mural de la Prehistoria, an interesting work of art painted on a rock wall.
Visit the colonial town of Trinidad de Cuba, the UNESCO World Heritage Site built on the back of the 19th-century sugar and slave trade. Explore Che Guevara Mausoleum in Santa Clara.
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