The door to a tropical paradise long barred for most Americans will finally be opened as the U.S. eases travel restrictions to best beaches in Cuba.
Sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, Cuba is renowned for its postcard-worthy, sun-drenched coastlines, rife with white sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush greenery. The best part of visiting Cuba is its year-round good weather – the average temperature in January is a warm 27 degrees Celsius.
Located on the Hicacos Peninsula about 140 kilometers (87 miles) east of Havana, Varadero is perhaps the country’s most famous beach. This 20-kilometer stretch of white sand has some of Cuba’s best-known all-inclusive resorts. Other natural attractions include caves and a chain of offshore cays – small mounds of sand surrounded by beautiful coral reefs.
Cayos Coco and Guillermo
Plopped in the shallow waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Cayos Coco and Guillermo have unspoiled beaches, great diving and a slew of water sports. The sandy islands are connected to the mainland by a manmade causeway and offer beautiful stretches of sun-soaked waterfront.
Playa Ancón is considered the “finest arc of sand on Cuba’s south coast.” It’s located a short distance from Trinidad, a Unesco World Heritage site punctuated by cobblestone streets and beautiful 19th-century architecture, perfect for people looking for a small taste of Cuba’s colonial past.
Warm waters and white sand beaches define Guardalavaca, whose name means “guard the cow” in Spanish. Located on the northern shore of Cuba, the resort destination’s long ribbons of beach are home to some of Cuba’s prettiest resorts.