The island of Cuba is located in the Caribbean Sea and comprised of the main island of Cuba, the Isle of Youth and about 4,195 keys and islets. Cuba’s coastline stretches 5,746 kilometers (3,570 miles) long, has 200 bays and more than 289 beaches (nearly 588 kilometers – 365 miles – of world class beaches), characterized by crystal clear waters, white sand and an average annual temperatures of 28-30 degrees Celsius (82.4-86 degrees Fahrenheit). Below is a brief description of some of the best beaches in Cuba:

The Best Beaches in Cuba

Playa Ancón
Only 12km from one of the country’s colonial treasures, Trinidad, you will find Playa Ancón a spectacular ribbon of powdery white beach lapped by calm, blue, crystalline waters. Over the centuries, Caribbean currents have built up 4 km of powdery white sand here, and a few hundred meters offshore is an excellent reef for snorkeling and scuba diving. There is one very nice resort hotel here, which will soon have company.

Cayos Coco and Guillermo
One of Cuba’s premier beach destinations, distinguished by some of the most spectacular white and powdery sand and classic Caribbean-style crystalline turquoise water, these tiny cays off the north coast are separated from the Cuban mainland by a long man-made causeway. The cays share some of the same attributes as Varadero, but while they are the most developed of the entire stretch, they have a more isolated and natural feel and are populated by just a handful of resort hotels.

Cayo Sabinal
Arriving at Cayo Sabinal–a small cay on the northeastern coast–you will gaze upon a beatifully stunning natural landscape, flamingos, wonderful white sand beaches, and crystalline blue waters protected by stunning coral reefs.With its rich flora and fauna, a history rich with tales of pirates and bucanneers, Cayo Sabinal is an eco-tourist’s dream with very rustic facilities.

Guardalavaca is a hot spot, a shell shaped fine white sandy beach almost 1 km long. It is in a prime archaeological zone of pre-Columbian Cuba, with lush tropical vegetation, brilliant white sands, and clear turquoise waters. Long stretches of coastline are interrupted by charming little cove beaches, and some of Cuba’s finest resort hotels.

Playa Ensenachos and Playa Megano
The premier beaches on la Cayería del Norte are Playa Megano and Playa Ensenachos located on the tiny islet of Cayo Ensenachos. These two awe-inspiring protected crescents of sand drop off very gently into the protected crystal clear turquoise water, allowing you to wade 200 m or more out into the calm, crystal clear waters without the water getting much above your waist. While both of these beaches are stunningly beautiful, critics slightly prefer Playa Megano. Unless you stay at the Occidental Royal Hideaway Ensenachos, you will have to pay a 80 CUC day-use fee to visit these once public beaches.

Playa Paraíso and Playa Sirena
Protected from the prevailing southeasterly trade winds, fronted by blue crystalline Caribbean waters, these two connected fine white sand beaches are the most outstanding of the spectacular beaches of Cayo Largo del Sur. There’s a charming thatch roofed beachside restaurant on Playa Paraíso but not much else.

Varadero ranks right up there with the best in the Caribbean. From some of the island’s less developed stretches of sand, to well-run all-inclusive resort loaded with amenities and activity options, Varadero has it all.With over 20 km of uninterrupted beaches with broad strips of fine white sand along its shoreline, and a continetal shelf that slowly sinks into the warm crystalline sea, complemented by numerous, caves, cliffs and lagoons, and rounded out with cultural and historical sites–Varadero is Cuba’s premier beach resort destination.