Top 5 Cuba Beach Destinations on the North Coast
By Helen Phillips
Most people who travel to Cuba for their holidays think of Cuba as one of the top Caribbean beach destinations. In fact, though Cuba is much more than just excellent beaches, it is worth considering Cuba beaches when you are planning a holiday in the Caribbean.
Which are Cuba's top beaches? - It is a question many friends ask me. I would say that most Cuba beaches are above world standards. But there are some I prefer more than others. It all depends on what your preferences are and what kind of holiday you are looking for. I will go over the characteristics of some of them to give you a better idea.
Varadero is a world known beach that offers all the main attractions tourists might look for on their beach holiday: more than 20 kilometres of an uninterrupted fine white sandy beach with warm clear turquoise waters, that seem to be taken from a tropical beach postcard, lots of water sport options and night entertainment, a perfect place for those who like diving and are interested in finding a good all inclusive resort.
Some people claim that when you opt for Varadero you don't experience the "real Cuba". I wouldn't say that, it all depends on you. Besides, what is the "real Cuba"? I am one of those who think that no tourist will ever know the "real Cuba", but if what you mean is being in contact with Cuban culture and Cuban people, well, there are many Cubans in Varadero. Just don't forget that Cubans don't generally go to the beach from September to April. It is kind of cold for them. However, if you visit Varadero in July or August, you will see it is full of Cubans. Especially people from Havana like going to Varadero. They can't avoid the temptation of enjoying this top Cuban beach, just 2 hour drive from the capital city.
Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo
Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are two unspoiled Cuba beach destinations located north off the main island. They are part of Jardines del Rey and are connected to mainland by a causeway. These two small islets offer tourists astonishing beaches framed by an incredible coral reef, perfect for those who enjoy diving. Lots of water sport options await you there and if you are looking for fun, you will never get bored..
Cayo Las Brujas, Santa María, Playa Ensenachos and Playa Mégano
Cayo Ensenacho, one of the more than 500 islets north off Cuba is just a 2 km² cay with some of the best beaches in Cuba. Its clear waters, fine white sand and the great variety of fauna make it a perfect choice for a a wedding destination, a romantic getaway, or just a relaxing beach holiday in Cuba. That's why many people consider Cayo Ensenacho a jewel among Cuba beaches.
Not far from Cayo Santa Maria, north off Villa Clara, Cayo Las Brujas offers tourists one of the best beach destinations in Cuba. Its unspoiled virgin beaches with incredibly clear waters, fine white sand and exotic flora and fauna make Cayo Las Brujas a unique beach destination in Cuba.
Holguin Beaches- Playa Esmeralda, Playa Guardalavaca, Playa Pesquero, Playa Yuraguanal, Cayo Saetia
Holguin beaches are considered some of the best beaches in Cuba. They are all excellent and it would be hard to say which the best is. Their clear waters and pristine white sand make them many tourists' favourite. Apart from excellent virgin beaches Cayo Saetia gives you the possibility of exploring tropical exotic nature. Lots of water sports and excellent resorts will make your Holguin Beach holidays unique.
Playa Santa Lucia
Playa Santa Lucia, north of Camaguey, is an excellent Cuba beach that welcomes a great variety of migratory ducks, flamingos, colourful tropical fish and other marine species that are some of the main attractions in the area, the ideal place for those who love diving and enjoy nature.
Helen Phillips is a lover of Cuban Beaches. She has over 15 years traveling to Cuba.
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