by Susana Corona, cubaholidays.co.uk
Self-confessed Cuba expert and wander luster, Claudia Tavani, the travel writer behind the blog My Adventures Across the World, has named what she considers to be Cuba´s 31 best beaches. In an article published on her travel site, she lists and describes what she calls “31 Incredibly Beautiful Cuban Beaches”. Here we echo her words to let you in on what she seems to be Cuba´s finest shorelines and beachscapes.
It’s not easy to impress Sardinia-raised, Claudia Tavani, who spent her childhood and teenagehood revelling in some of the world’s most dazzling beaches. As an islander herself and someone who grew up surrounded by the most crystalline shorelines, it’s not easy to convince her that any beach is better or more beautiful than those in her native Sardinia. She has been to the Maldives, she has been to Thailand, she has been to Bali, she has been to the Dominican Republic, she has even been to Antigua and for all of its 365 beaches worth she wasn’t even that impressed; she didn’t find them to be that special. Talk about Cuba however and she concedes that the majority of the island’s beaches “are simply gorgeous”, even to a self-declared beach expert like her.
After touring the island and getting acquainted with an impressively long list of Cuba beaches, Tavani recently wrote an article listing “The 31 Best Beaches in Cuba”, according to her. Here, we share her list with you and let you in on far more Cuban coastal beauties that you probably were aware of. In fact, many Cubans won’t probably be familiar with at least half of the beaches mentioned in Tavani’s list.
In Matanzas, you will, of course, find the ultra-popular and quintessential Varadero mentioned, and that´s despite the tourist crowds and the fact that it´s nowadays lined by over 50 hotels and resorts. Still, it more than 20 kilometres of turquoise shoreline maintains its beauty and allure as fresh as ever.
In Tavani’s list you’ll find some of the most popular and developed Cuban beaches, which means that whatever the amount of development you throw at them it doesn’t diminish their beauty (at least not yet) as well as some perfectly secluded beach coves where you’ll hardly come across another soul.
If you’re a serious beach-bum and self-confessed beach lover, next time you go on Cuba holidays you should aim to check off as many as you can from this list:
Cayo Jutias in Pinar del Rio
Maria La Gorda in Pinar del Rio
Cayo Levisa in Pinar del Rio
Playas del Este in Havana
Bahia de Cochinos in Matanzas
Playa Los Cocos in Matanzas
Playa Giron in Matanzas
Caleta Buena in Matanzas
Playa Larga in Matanzas
Varadero in Matanzas
Playa Coral in Matanzas
Rancho Luna in Cienfuegos
Punta La Cueva in Cienfuegos
Playa Ancon in Sancti Spiritus
Cayo Blanco in Sancti Spiritus
Playa Los Cocos in Camaguey
Playa Santa Lucia in Camaguey
Cayo Sabinal in Camaguey
Playa Pesquero in Holguin
Guardalavaca in Holguin
Playa Blanca in Holguin
Playa Caletones in Holguin
Playa Los Bajos in Holguin
Playa de Morales in Holguin
Playa Cazonal in Santiago de Cuba
Playa Siboney in Santiago de Cuba
Playa Nava in Baracoa, Guantanamo
Playa Maguana in Baracoa, Guantanamo
Playa Paraiso in Cayo Largo del Sur
Playa Los Flamencos in Cayo Coco
Playa Pilar in Cayo Guillermo