Get Inspired / Central America / Cuba Beach Breaks, Cuban Style Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Central America / Cuba Beach Breaks, Cuban Style story by: Tom Ricketts The island nation of Cuba is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches around. Miles of white sand beaches, the pristine waters of the Caribbean, and its tropical weather attract tourists from around the world. However, interestingly it’s perhaps the unfortunate parts of Cuba’s history that make her beaches such a great destination. The banning of tourism to the island by the US means the beaches are relatively quiet. The lack of major economic development means there’s little pollution and relatively few giant resorts blighting the landscape. And finally, the low exchange rate means it’s nice and cheap too. Here’s a few of our favourites… Varadero The most well known and most visited of Cuba’s beaches is Varadero. Lying on the north of the island near the city of Matanzas, the town is built on a narrow spit that stretches out into the Caribbean. Thanks to the relaxing of tourism restrictions, several large resorts have been built on the beach, however it’s not overcrowded because the beach is just so long! Most of the accommodations are ‘all inclusive’ but there is a small number of restaurants and bars in the town, as well as a small market. Varadero has a surprisingly good golf course with a large country club. Atop the building is a small bar where you can get hands down the best mojito you will ever taste, as well as breath taking views over the ocean at sunset. Cayo Coco Cayo is the Spanish word for island, and that’s exactly what Cayo Coco is. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, Cayo Coco is also on Cuba’s northern coast. Much of the island is a designated nature reserve and home to a massive population of pink flamingos as well as a popular snorkelling and diving reef. The island was a favourite haunt of Ernest Hemingway who penned a couple of books here. A new international airport has meant several large resorts have opened here recently. Holguin Also known as Guardalavaca, the beaches around Holguin are famed for their soft white sand and bright blue waters. Discovered by Christopher Columbus himself, he described it as “the most beautiful land human eyes have ever seen”. Amongst the bays, rivers, islands and caves can be found over 100 different beaches, so getting one to yourself is not a hard task. Holguin is a popular destination not just for international tourists, but for Cubans too. This means there’s a bigger range of cheaper hotels than other beach destinations. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist What it’s really like to fly Emirates Business Class Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Where should I go in South & Central America? Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.