Have you ever wondered which are the best secret beaches in Cuba?
That is, those beaches that can be considered virgin, less touristy and paradisiacal; perhaps not because their sand is the whitest and finest, but for its tranquility and because they are away from the hustle and bustle and mass tourism.
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In the more than 5000 km of coastline in Cuba, it is thought that there are about 400 sandy beaches. But who knows for sure?
For those who venture to search for less known natural sites in Cuba, this figure is not definitive.
By surprise, or following directions from local residents, you may find a cove with a picture-perfect view, with a sandy shore to lie on.
As these beaches do not appear in lists or tourist guides, we share with you first hand 5 Cuban secret beaches.
These beaches have been discovered by a young Cuban on his tireless pedaling around the island, and he invites you to explore them as soon as you can take a well-deserved vacation in Cuba.
Adriano, a young Cuban explorer
Adriano Flechilla is a 29-year-old Cuban. He graduated in Mathematics-Cybernetics at the University of Havana and has been working as a free-lancer programmer ever since.
Adriano loves pedaling around Cuba, discovering it from his bicycle (which he calls "la guajira") and exploring every corner of his island, which enamors and surprises him more and more every day.
He enjoys direct contact with nature, so whenever his busy schedule as a programmer permits, he unleashes the explorer in him and travels hundreds of the 109 884 km of the 109 884 km2 the island has.
5 secret beaches of Cuba
With 5 km of fine sand on one side and coconut palms and grape coves on the other, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cuba.
Adriano discovered it on his trip to the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, the westernmost tip of the island.
He tells us that this beach line is practically virgin and that what he enjoyed most was walking along its fine sand dunes, contemplating the turquoise tones of the sea and the natural beauty of this remote spot.
In the area of Cabo de San Antonio, the extreme western point of Cuba, very few people live there and every year tourism arrives, but not in a massive way. So this beach is a paradise of tranquility and relaxation for sea lovers.
Adriano slept in the sand, in his tent. So if you are into that more adventurous plan, great. But if not, we can arrange a good accommodation nearby.
The playas del este are just a few minutes from downtown Havana, but both Adriano and we agree that, if it's a question of secret beaches, these are not!
Among the beaches closest to Havana, Playa Baracoa is one of the ones Adriano recommends you to visit. He arrived here cycling very fresh, as it is located only 25 km from the capital, to the west.
Our intrepid explorer says that Playa Baracoa is a small coastal town with lots of charm, in Artemisa province.
Its attraction lies not only in its beach, but also in interacting with the local fishermen, who are friendly and hospitable people.
Fishing, taking a boat ride on the beach, cooking a fresh fish on the seashore, or taking a refreshing swim in these waters rarely visited by tourists, can be simple but truly unforgettable experiences.
As a part of the nature activities in western Cuba, enjoying a sunset on the shore of Playa del Muerto is something that, according to Adriano, you can't miss.
"It's true that the name impresses, but you'll be more impressed by the incredible view and the orange tones the water takes on when the sun sets," he says.
In the village of Bacunayagua, where this little beach is located, there are literally only 3 fishermen's houses, so it is a real secret beach and super paradisiacal.
Here the best plan is to lie down and listen to the murmur of the sea and meditate unhurriedly. For Adriano, this is an ideal place for those who like snorkeling in Cuba, as the beach has a beautiful underwater landscape.
Although it is a popular beach, it is not very crowded, so Adriano likes to go there on weekends, crossing the Via Blanca on his bicycle.
A mere 50 km from Havana and on the way to the super famous Varadero beach, Jibacoa does not boast fame, but it does boast beauty, charm and many adventures.
It is a quiet little beach, with a very curious horseshoe shape.
Adriano shows us some spectacular photos he has taken of the landscape, where you can appreciate a wonderful contrast between the green of the trees, the blue of the sea and the rocky textures of the hills and cliffs.
Talking with Adriano, we also learned that this beach is a good place for scuba diving in the coral reef that extends a few meters from the coast.
For those of you who enjoy hiking, there are also very interesting routes in the area that can be done on foot or on horseback with a local guide.
As there are several campgrounds nearby, during the months of July and August you will see many locals vacationing with their families on this beach.
But the rest of the year it is a paradisiacal refuge where, perhaps, you will only see Adriano arriving with his bicycle.
We are sure you doubt that Adriano reached the easternmost tip of Cuba on a bicycle, but he did!
Making several rest stops in Camagüey, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba, this 21st century Alejandro de Humboldt has also discovered natural treasures in eastern Cuba.
This is how he arrived at Maguana Beach, in Baracoa, Guantánamo province. In a relaxed atmosphere fishermen move around with their nets. Other passers-by offer ox-eye seeds (against the evil eye), or sell the typical local sweet (coconut in syrup wrapped in cones of dried palm leaves).
There are also two or three beach bars where you can eat local delicacies such as tetí or fish with coconut milk, at very low prices. That is the atmosphere of this beach of white sands and emerald waters almost all year round!
We encourage you to visit Cuba, not only to discover its less explored and paradisiacal beaches, but also to immerse yourself in its oldest colonial villages, its unique corners of nature, its cultural traditions, its Creole gastronomy and, above all, the friendliness of its people.
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- 5 great nature activities in western Cuba.
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