Tripadvisor users vote Cuba beaches among world's best

Posted: 29-Jan-15 18:05

The Tripadvisor website is respected by the leisure and travel industry worldwide for its users' views, and compiles lists every year of their favourite destinations, landmarks and hotels. Find out what they thought of Cuba's stunning beaches, known for their unspoiled beauty, white sands and clear waters.

Tripadvisor users vote Cuba beaches among world's best

Playa Paraiso Beach has won two 2014 Travellers' Choice awards: number 3 in the Caribbean and number 11 in the World, in their 'Top 25 Beaches' lists. Users on the holiday reviews site praise the north-westerly resort area for its powdery white sands and crystal-clear water.

Unspoiled beauty and opportunities for snorkelling have seen Playa Paraiso ranked the number one attraction in Cayo Largo, seeing off stiff competition from neighbouring beach Playa Sirena. Despite very limited facilities for chairs and loungers, and with just one beach bar, it's popular with the families and travellers shuttled over from the nearby hotels.

Cuba took three further places on Tripadvisor's 'Top 25 Beaches – Caribbean' list: Sirena beach itself placed number 7; Varadero number 11, and Playas de Este in capital city Havana number 20.

The rankings reflect genuine feeling among travellers, and since its inception in 2000, Tripadvisor has become one of the most influential travel websites in the world. Spanning 45 countries and 28 languages, it has over 200 million pieces of content from travellers worldwide. It's no wonder, then, that the leisure and travel industry takes Tripadvisor verdicts and awards seriously.

Figures suggest that while Canadian nationals make up the majority of holiday visitors to Cuba, closely followed by Europeans, the recent tentative warming of US-Cuban relations will see an increase in Americans legally visiting the island.

Cuba's stock as tourist destination has risen in the last three decades, since the collapse of the old Communist regime which took the heavily subsidised local sugar industry down with it. Thanks to a dedicated government ministry and foreign investment, Cuba can look forward to the increased prosperity that comes with increased tourism – which would normally spell disaster for the famously unspoiled beaches, were it not for laws put in place to protect the environment from significant impact.

That means beaches like Paraiso and Sirena will continue to dominate sites like Tripadvisor with postcard-perfect images of starfish, reefs and perfect white sands – and the influx of hard currency will boost local business and service providers, pushing those beaches even higher up in the world rankings.


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