If you are looking for sun, sand, and clear water, you will find it at Playa Ancón. This pristine ribbon of white sand beach is often hailed as the best beach on Cuba’s southern coastline. Set at the far end of the Ancón peninsula, the beach has a natural vibe, with verdant shrubs and trees that creep right down to the shoreline. It is long and large, meaning you won’t have to battle the crowds for the perfect spot in the sand. The gorgeous waters are the perfect place to seek refuge from the famous Cuban heat. There is a reason that Playa Ancón is often described as Cuba’s most appealing beach.
The coral reefs off of the beach’s shore are a major draw — and the perfect spot for snorkelling or diving. There is also a well-equipped marina that runs catamaran trips to several close-by coral keys. All in all, there are 21 diving sites off of the peninsula’s coast. Many of these sites allow visitors to get an up-close look at the famous concentrations of black coral, as well as a wide variety of sponges, gorgonians, common sea fans, and a seemingly infinite variety of colourful fish.
If you are looking for luxury, you will certainly find it here. The beach boasts three all-inclusive resorts. Guests who don’t have pockets quite that deep might consider a homestay in the quaint seaside hamlet of La Boca. Beyond the beach itself, visitors will also find much to do. Casilda, a friendly village and old fishing port about 6 kilometres south of Trinidad, is worth a visit. The Fiesta de Santa Elena tends to be the best time to visit the village. The whole place erupts into festivities, with enormous feasts, exhilarating horse races, and loads of rum.
One of the major advantages of Playa Ancón is that it is quite accessible. It is located a mere 15 minutes from Trinidad by car or 40 minutes by bike. However, guests are advised to be aware of the sand fleas. They can be merciless at both sunrise and sunset, so be prepared.
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If you are interested in Cuba's incredibly diverse indigenous biodiversity, the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park is worth a visit. Featuring 16 of the 28 protected national plant species and several endemic animals and birds, even those less attracted to flora and fauna will be impressed by the landscape and unspoilt beaches. It is best accessed from Baracoa.
A visit to the Almendares Park is an opportunity to relax in a lush, green setting in the heart of the city. Located by the river-side of the Playa neighbourhood, the park is an example of forward-thinking urban planning and offers some leisure activities for adults and children alike as well as the chance to see Habaneros relaxing with their families.
BioParque Rocazul is a verdant national park situated in the Southeastern province of Holguin. It's within easy reach of many of the areas tourist resorts and home to a variety of flora and fauna. Visitors to the park can embark on a range of activities including hiking, horse riding and fishing trips while accompanied by an informative guide. For nature lovers this is one of the top attractions in the eastern region of Cuba.
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