Playas del Este

In Cuba you happen to be hardly ever a long distance from an idyllic coast. Havana’s incredibly have pine-fringed Riviera, Playas del Este, starts just 18km to the east of Havana with the modest resort of Bacuranao, before continuing east by Tarará, El Mégano, Santa María del Mar and Boca Ciega to the town of Guanabo. Even though none of those places has up to now witnessed the kind of mega development redolent of Cancún or Varadero. Playas del Este remains to be a favorite holidaymakers secrete scape. Through the summer time months of July and August, all of Havana will come to play and loosen up on the soft white sands and obvious aquamarine waters from the stunning Atlantic coastline.

Whilst the seashores could possibly be suitably chic, Playas del Este are unable to nonetheless claim the all-round holidaymakers facilities of other Cuban resorts such as Varadero and Cayo Coco, significantly less the all-out luxurious of celebrated Caribbean getaways. Occur right here inside the winter as well as spot frequently includes a timeworn and marginally abandoned air, and in some cases in the summer, seasoned beach bums may well find the tatty restaurants and ugly Soviet-style lodge piles much more than a little incongruous.

But for many who dislike contemporary holiday camps or are keen to see how the Cubans get out and revel in themselves at weekends, Playas del Este is actually a breath of clean air.

Just about every of one’s six beaches that dot this 9km stretch of interesting coastline has its own distinctive taste. Tarará is usually a yacht and diving haven, Santa María del Mar is the place the biggest concentration of resorts (and foreigners) may be located, Boca Ciega is well-known with gay couples, although Guanabo is the rustic Cuban conclusion of one’s strip, with retailers, a nightclub and plenty of low-cost casas particulares.