Cuba is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world for its famous tropical beaches, which serve up powder-white sands, translucent turquoise waters, and lazy swaying palms - in other words, total paradise. Whether you seek vibrant beach resorts or tranquil coastal retreats, you're sure to find it in this Caribbean jewel - particularly since Cuba plays host to over 400 diverse stretches, promising paradise for every type of beach lover.
You'll find some of the best beaches in the world here, from the likes of Varadero (regularly voted in the top three beach resorts in the world on TripAdvisor), or if you prefer a tranquil setting, a more sedate area like Jibacoa - a former fishing village with excellent snorkelling opportunities.
Whatever you fancy, we've uncovered a few of our favourite beach destinations to visit in 2024 and 2025.
If you’re seeking pure white sands and untouched natural beauty, the Cayo’s are an absolute paradise. Cayo Santa Maria is a small island off Cuba’s northern shore, best known for its beaches and watersports. One of the most popular stretches here is Playa Las Gaviotas beach, a gorgeous stretch backed by the lush vegetation of the Cayo Santa Maria Wildlife Refuge, where nature enthusiasts can revel in the splendour of this slightly more secluded destination and spot tropical birds such as the trogon.
Another coastal paradise in the north is Guardalavaca. It’s one of Holguin’s most spectacular corners - and the third most important tourist spot in Cuba. Why? For its sensational powder-white beaches and lush vegetation, naturally. In fact, it’s one of the first ports Christopher Columbus visited and has rapidly transformed from an untouched jewel to a popular haunt for sand and surf-seekers alike. While you’re on the isle, take time to visit attractions including Cayo Naranjo Aquarium and Chorro de Maíta Museum.
Close by and elegantly nestled within the Jardines del Rey archipelago, Cayo Coco beckons with its unspoiled, white-sand virgin beach that seems to stretch endlessly before you. Translated as ‘King’s Gardens’, it’s certainly fit for royalty. You’ll find your fair share of coral reefs here (so snorkelers eager to explore the ocean floor will be in their element!), plus other natural beauties including turquoise lagoons and marshes - home to one of the largest native colonies of pink flamingos in the Americas! You’ll also find a string of all-inclusive hotels fringing the sands, making it the perfect base for a Cuba beach holiday.
Another Cayo in the clan and also part of the iconic Jardines del Rey chain is Cayo Guillermo. A great choice for families, this portion of coastline is known for its clear and shallow waters, towering sand dunes, and popular beaches including Playa el Paso and Playa Pilar. The latter is said to be named after Ernest Hemingway’s yacht ‘Pilar’ and provides the setting for the author’s last novel ‘Islands in the Stream’. And if you’ve read the book, you’ll understand why it’s a bucket-list beach.
Lastly, but by no means least, is Playa Pesquero. Flanked by swaying palms and upmarket beach resorts, this popular tourist stretch is a hit with families and couples looking to experience a tropical retreat in Cuba. A 10-minute drive from Guardalavaca, it’s a great stretch for watersports enthusiasts to go and play, divers especially so, since the beach is protected by coral reefs, cliffs, and rich vegetation which rubs shoulders with the golden sand.
So, we’ve managed to persuade you to visit Cuba’s spectacular beaches and now you’re searching for the best place to stay? We’ve got you covered there, too.
If you’re visiting Varadero, the Iberostar Bella Costa and Melia Marina Varadero offer exceptional accommodations with direct access to the stunning beaches. This is Cuba’s most popular tourist haunt, so you’re sure to be surrounded by entertainment here.
For a more serene getaway, Jibacoa plays host to Memories Jibacoa Resort All Inclusive providing a tranquil beachfront retreat. Cayo Santa Maria is another paradise, boasting luxurious options like Angsana Cayo Santa Maria and Starfish Cayo Santa Maria.
Embarking on a beach holiday in Cuba is a truly unique experience. Set apart from other typical beach destinations, Cuba’s pristine stretches, vibrant culture, rich history and warm hospitality combine to create a one-of-a-kind getaway. Unlike cookie-cutter beach locations, this tropical isle invites you to experience a captivating blend of natural beauty and cultural immersion, with rhythmic music, historic streets, age-old tradition and diverse landscapes contributing to the flavours of Cuba. Engage with the friendly locals, savour the delicious cuisine and witness the island’s fascinating blend of Spanish, African and Caribbean influences. A beach holiday to Cuba promises not only relaxation and natural beauty but also a deeper connection to the authentic charm of this island.
You are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to Cuba beach holidays. One of the greatest advantages of choosing Cuba for your beach holiday is the ability to combine tropical beach bliss with cultural exploration. Indulge in the best of both worlds by twinning your beach retreat with visits to vibrant cultural hotspots such as Havana, Trinidad, or Cienfuegos, on a twin or multi-centre holiday.
Love Cuba offers a variety of unique packages that can be tailor-made to meet your specific needs by our friendly team of specialists. So, whether it's a straight up Cuba beach holiday or you want to combine your trip with other regions and cities, we have more Cuba holidays than anyone else - at unbeatable prices. Call us on 0207 071 3636 or get in touch at email@example.com to start planning your next visit, today.
When it comes to Cuba beach holidays 2023, the options are limitless. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a blend of both, the island’s tropical beaches offer the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable escape. Who’s ready to be enveloped into a world of pure bliss?